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Pastina…Italian comfort food

By On March 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

By definition, pastina means tiny dried pasta, and Acine di Pepe is the pastina my mom always made for us – in the form of (two) quick soup-like pastas for a simple lunch or snack. As a comfort food, it’s great when off your ...

Split Pea Soup…with ham

By On February 8, 2014 · Leave a Comment

It’s been windy, rainy and damp in NorCal this week (for a change), with much more on the way. That means time to comfort ourselves, as in make soup and eat it. The beauty of soup making is the low cost, simplicity, and of course indulging. I ...

Roasted Italian Sausage With Peppers and Onions

By On October 6, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Roasted Italian Sausage With Peppers and Onions (and optional potatoes), is a family tradition my mom made year round. My sisters and I still make it today and love it every bit as much! I’m talking about a mouthwatering main dish, enveloped ...

Spinach Baguette Sandwich…lunch in a minute

By On September 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

If a sandwich can be sentimental, this one is to me. I couldn’t begin to sum up all the sauteed spinach sandwiches my mom and I enjoyed for lunch over the years. Although hardly a recipe because it’s ready in 5 minutes! There’s ...

Mom’s Chili Con Carne

By On March 10, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Another dish I grew up on is my mom’s chili – Italian-style more or less. To be clear, this is not authentic, slow-cooked New Mexico or Texas style chili. Mom made it her way with homemade Tomato-Basil Sauce, lean ground beef and dark ...

Minestrone Soup…meatless or mighty

By On February 3, 2013 · Leave a Comment

My gosh, I’ve been making this soup for such a long time and never tire of it. My minestrone has always been a simple soup of vegetables, beans, and some pasta, and it tastes even better the next day after the flavors infuse. With that said, I ...

Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup

By On January 6, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Hello January! Time to get back to reality…take off the chill, eat less (or no) sugar and make pots of nourishing homemade soups. This is my variation of my sis’s super-quick, no frills roasted chicken broth. It’s easily thrown ...

Turkey Soup…advantage carcass

By On November 25, 2012 · Leave a Comment

One of my favorite things about winter is hot soup, and lots of it. As Thanksgiving comes and goes and the turkey is boned, don’t toss that carcass, it’s got more to contribute. The stock I like to make simmers for quite awhile, but ...

Mini Meatball Soup…aka Italian Wedding Soup

By On March 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

No romantic story to be told regarding Italian tradition, because Italian Wedding Soup actually has nothing to do with weddings. It merely symbolizes a love created by marrying tiny meatballs and vegetables in chicken broth – leave it to the ...

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