Finally…the perfect chili. :)

It's taken years. And every time I tried a new recipe, suitNtie would have one teeny, tiny little comment on how to improvement. I made chili in advance for [...]

Extra, Extra!!! lobster & shrimp fra diavolo

One of my husband's favorite meals is pasta with seafood and fra diavolo sauce. You may have had it as arabbiata sauce. Since "arabbiata" means angry, and "fra [...]

white bean chicken chili

  I've found my go to chili con carne recipe, and now I'm expanding out into the world of chicken chili.  This is my first attempt! Adapted from [...]

italian beef stew

SO good. I didn't even get to take a photo. :) Sorry. Next time!!! Adapted from Cooking Light magazine. 4  teaspoons  olive oil, [...]

Italian Cold Cut Calzone

A pizza night alternate. :)  I feel like suitNtie could sing "My Favorite Things" to this calzone (well, if I added pepperoncinis and jalepenos to it).  [...]

Swiss Steak

So, I tried swiss steak many years ago, when suitNtie and I first got together, and it sucked. I threw in the towel. I was bummed, because I had hoped we'd [...]

Swordfish with Salmoriglio Sauce

Yum. This was fabulous and so easy to make. The picture really doesn't do it justice. I made mine in my toaster oven! 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup [...]

Chicken with white beans and tomatoes

From Jan 2011's Real Simple magazine. 2 15.5 oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed 1 pint grape tomatoes 4 springs fresh thyme 4 sprigs fresh oregano, plus leaves [...]

Spaghetti and Meatballs

I don't sit and make a homemade sauce that often, because when I do, it's an all day affair. I grew up in an Irish family, but we still have our own sauce [...]


When I make lasagna, unless I'm expecting company, I make several of them at a time in the disposable aluminum bread loaf pans. I've found that those are the [...]