Pasta Sunday

Meatloaf Or Meatball Stuffed Shells

Meatloaf Stuffed Shells



Our family never complains Spaghetti Again! It’s just one of our very favorites. But if your family needs a change up on Pasta Sunday try this. It’s so simple and fast. And what a hit! Use your or my favorite meatloaf or meatball recipe, stuff the al dente cooked shells, and bake in marinara. That easy!

Mangia! Mangia!

Don’t forget a great Chianti!

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Apple Pie for a Crowd

Easy Sheet Apple Pie


Two of my favorites, apples and my Carolina china. Can’t go wrong with this for guests. Opportunities for cooking during my North Carolina days were slim to none … my road warrior days. I look back at it fondly now but haven’t forgotten the long hours of commuting to the New England States, the Midwest, South, West Coast … well, everywhere in the US … except Hawaii which was given to those with more time at the company. 60 hour work weeks left little time to cook and I missed the cooking.

When I had some time I’d satisfy my gourmet needs by visiting Southern Season. Southern Season “has been known for the breadth and quality of its gourmet food, wine, houseware and cookware.” I picked up my special china during one of my visits. I loved the place!

My life in Raleigh, North Carolina was enriching and I wouldn’t change it. Okay, I agree it was a sacrifice for a friend to drive 1200 miles to visit. That was one way! Boy, were we young and crazy in those days!

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Worthy of Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day CookiesThis is my absolute favorite Decorated Cookie Recipe. It tastes like a mini-cake. Decadent! If your sweetheart is not into coconut … it’s still amazing!

Valentines Day CookiesOatmeal Raspberry Cookies Just so you know, this is no backup! You know what I mean, don’t you? Who wants a backup! Different look, different taste but oh so delicious! Oatmeal Raspberry Valentine’s Day Cookies

Garden Variety Vegetable Soup

Garden Variety Soup

That was some Super Bowl, wasn’t it! As the game progressed to a nail biting crescendo second and third helpings from our fabulous Super Bowl spread were inevitable. And we’re not talking vegetables & yogurt. After leftovers yesterday and still some cheesy dips and a few meaty taste treats left we’re craving something much lighter. I’ve grabbed the unused portion of cabbage head, posts: Winter Salad with Dill Dressing and Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage, and always have onions, carrots and garlic … And put together a very light but satisfying soup for tonight’s dinner.

The basics of this soup are red or green cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, olive oil and a little spice. Then add any selection of veggies or legumes. Light deliciously satisfying Vegan Vegetable Soup in 30 minutes.

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