Marinara Sauce with Vine-Ripened Tomatoes

I’m baaaaack! As some of you noticed, I took a bit of a hiatus from publishing during a hellish semester of teaching last spring. But now I am well traveled (including a trip to Europe) and well rested (many hours reading by the pool) and am ready to post my culinary creations yet again. As…

Farfalle with Chicken, Zucchini & Tomato

If you don’t mind cutting fresh vegetables, this is another flavorful quick-fix one-dish meal. I know many families spend an hour or so on Sundays doing food prep for the week, but I’m one of those rare folks who finds using a knife relaxing. For this meal, all you need is a fresh zucchini, a…

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes & Basil

Warm weather necessitates lighter fare and provides opportunity to showcase homegrown garden vegetables. This pasta dish features fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden; of course, store bought are fine. These simple ingredients yield surprisingly rich flavor. Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes & Basil 2 Tbsp olive oil ½ onion, chopped 12 fresh Roma tomatoes, chopped…

Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Olives, and Fresh Herbs

When they eat chicken, most people prefer chicken breasts. But the real flavor is in the dark meat. Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Olives, and Fresh Herbs is an inexpensive meal that’s packed with flavors. Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Olives, and Fresh Herbs 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil…

Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli & Pine Nuts

A late meeting forced a late dinner this evening – and I didn’t feel like spending a long time cooking. So I threw together this quick chicken and pasta dish that’s surprisingly fresh and flavorful. Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli & Pine Nuts 1 package angel hair pasta 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 2…

Tortellini alla Panna

Way back in the 80s when I went to college in Rome (Italy), rather than having class in a traditional classroom, we studied on site at famous places like the Colosseum or the Imperial Forum. Then we’d break for lunch to eat a local trattoria. My husband – who was then my fiancé – would…