Spaghetti and Meatballs

These meatballs freeze well, and are great for both sandwiches and spaghetti. This is an easy recipe to double for a crowd.

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Serves 6

1 cup (about 3 ounces) panko bread crumbs
3/4 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup of plain yogurt thinned with 1/4 cup milk)
3/4 teaspoon powdered gelatin, dissolved in 1-1/2 tablespoons cold water… Read more

Fettuccine Alfredo

This is the classic, rich Roman pasta dish. Fresh pasta is the best choice, here. When boiling the pasta, undercook it slightly (even shy of al dente) because the pasta cooks an additional minute or two in the sauce. Note that Fettuccine Alfredo must be served immediately; it does not hold or reheat well.

Fettuccine Alfredo
Serves 4-6

1-1/2 cups … Read more

Classic Lasagna Pasticciate

This is the magical lasagna recipe from the 1967 edition of “The Cooking of Italy.” The book is long out of print, but I found a scan of the recipe online. The original recipe calls for twice as many chicken livers, which was too much for my taste, but either way, this is the most amazing lasagne you will ever … Read more

Macaroni and Cheese

Classic comfort food. Perfect for blustery winter nights.

Macaroni and Cheese

8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups hot half-and-half
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 cup white cheddar
1 cup … Read more

Israeli Couscous with Asparagus, Peas, and Snaps

This is based on a Bon Appetit recipe that I tweaked a bit here and there. It’s another recipe that I eat only rarely because of the processed wheat…but it’s a delicious treat! Making it with quinoa would make it a whole grain dish…and a tasty alternative, too.

Israeli Couscous with Asparagus, Peas, and Snaps
Makes 4-6 servings, depending on Read more

Easy Vegan Lasagne

It’s officially winter in the Pacific Northwest. Golden trees are punctuating the evergreens and we even got a little snow last week. This weather calls for warming foods, and for me that means lasagne. Luckily, one of my favorite Facebook groups posted this recipe and I suspect it will be on heavy rotation for potlucks, holidays, and guest dinners!

I’ve … Read more