Ragu Alla Bolognese

A traditional Italian sauce with so many different versions and oh so good on top of pasta and garnished with Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano. It epitomizes cooking in Bologna, Italy and is a meat-based sauce where garlic and basil are usually absent. Often just seasoned with salt and pepper,  grated nutmeg and occasionally a bay leaf. Tagliatelle is the preferred … Continue reading

Red, White and Blue Strawberries

Are you looking for a simple and sweet treat for the Memorial Day weekend?  Give Buddy Valastro’s, or The Cake Boss, strawberries a try. These are delicious 🙂 I’m linking these sweet treats to Fiesta Friday #121.  

Lasagna Updated

I have been making my traditional lasagna for many years as just about everyone in my family likes it except for a few vegetarians.    I always have extra sauce to serve over spaghetti for them or the younger kids so no one is ever left out. As a matter of fact it is one of … Continue reading

Pesto Chicken Panini

These sandwiches were a big hit beginning in the early 2000s and as far as I am concerned are still a hit.  The flavors blend together so well under the weight and heat of the Panini press.  With sun-dried and green basil pesto (homemade) what a combination this Panini is.  Now is the time to … Continue reading

The Cake Boss Brownies

I first saw this baker, Buddy Valastro, on the TLC TV Series and thought he was very entertaining and what great cakes he makes.  On one of my trips to the bookstore (I like to browse the cooking section) I found his cookbook.  Looking through all of the recipes I saw the one on brownies and that the chocolate … Continue reading

Baked Chicken Fingers Two Ways

Everyone likes chicken fingers, especially if you have a nice sauce, or two, to go with them.  I have two versions, one by Buddy Valastro (I did change his recipe a little) and the other is a Weight Watcher’s recipe.  I have included some dipping sauces  to go along with the chicken. See also Best … Continue reading