Ina’s Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

Doesn’t this pasta dish look delicious with sweet sausage and anise flavored fennel? In my recent Food Network Magazine this was one of the recipes and feeling the need for some comfort food I knew this had to be on my menu soon. This pasta dish is rich but you can use lower fat cream … Continue reading

Sausage, Cranberries and Apple Dressing With Fresh Herbs

Even though it is after Thanksgiving I had to share this “new favorite” dressing. This would make a great side not only with turkey but ham – think holiday dinners!  It is my fourth dressing/stuffing recipe and my second one with sausage.  Besides sausage this recipe has cranberries and apples in it and I also … Continue reading

Ina’s Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake

Just this year I fell in love with the Italian liqueur Limoncello. I noticed it online, in cookbooks such as Ina Garten’s latest, and then I found it at my favorite Italian grocery.  It’s also good as an aperitif if you are in to that kind of beverage. Me, I love the flavor it imparts … Continue reading

Ina’s Fruit Salad with Limoncello

Fruit in some form is frequently a part of every meal I serve, especially when entertaining. I might just have a bowl of fresh fruit such as apples, grapes or oranges; serve fruit as a salad over greens or have something a little fancier such as these summer berries topped with a yogurt seasoned with … Continue reading

Cauliflower and Pasta Shells in a Fontina Cheese Sauce

I recently received Ina Garten’s latest cookbook, “Cooking for Jeffrey”. I mean how sweet is this to publish recipes she cooks for Jeffrey and  their friends.  Now why didn’t I think of that – “Cooking for Gene” hmmmm 🙂 This is Ina’s 10th cookbook and yes I have the other 9. She is a New York … Continue reading

Lobster Mac and Cheese

I love macaroni and cheese and this dish is probably one, if not the best, comfort food I could eat all year round.  Occasionally you need to kick up your macaroni and cheese by adding a special ingredient like seafood. Ina Garten has upgraded the typical mac and cheese by adding lobster to it.  Lobster is pretty … Continue reading

1770 House Meatloaf

This is a favorite dish Ina Garten often orders when she dines at the 1770 House in East Hampton, New York. Being that it is one of her favorites I know it would be a favorite of mine too! The Inn was originally built as the home of William Fithian back in 1663.  It was … Continue reading

Peanut Butter Noodle Salad

Pasta is so good in many dishes, from a spicy  marinara sauce to an Asian inspired pasta salad such as this recipe. I have adapted this from Ina Garten’s, “Crunchy Noodle Salad”. I love pasta and especially with a peanut butter sauce! See also Weight Watcher’s Asian Sesame Noodle. I’m rather late but I did … Continue reading

Orange, Banana and Strawberry Smoothie

I love smoothies and I am always looking for recipes where I usually have the ingredients on hand. This  tasty beverage comes from Ina Garten who never fails me with any of her recipes. I am bringing this smoothie full of great fruits to Fiesta Friday #90. A very simple recipe but one most people … Continue reading

Wedges (Slices) of Iceberg Lettuce with Homemade Ranch Dressing

After searching and experimenting with different recipes I finally found a ranch dressing I could work with. I have already posted wedge salad recipes with Thousand Island Dressing and  Blue Cheese Dressing. Now, you get the Ranch dressing version. These salads have been popular for a long time on American restaurant menus and I just had a … Continue reading