Ricotta Stuffed Meatballs & Baked Spaghetti

Ricotta Stuffed Meatballs & Baked Spaghetti

Tasty best describes this dish. A little twist on meatballs and spaghetti. Pesto meatballs with ricotta stuffing top this baked spaghetti. The inspiration for the pesto comes from America’s Test Kitchen, here. The next time I give this a try, my favorite meatball recipe will top it off. Adding ricotta stuffing was my idea but not an original one apparently. These meatballs are made with lean beef and the texture is more firm than my favs. The ricotta stuffing might be tastier in a more tender meatball. This recipe just may become your family favorite.

Ricotta Stuffed Meatballs & Baked Spaghetti

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Portuguese Pork and Beans

Marinated Pork and White Beans

Portuguese Pork and BeansThe perfect meal for Dan’s birthday. Two of his favorites baked together, melding the flavors for an amazing taste experience. Add a beer and my brother is going to be a happy guy.

Portuguese Pork and BeansI’ve simply combined two of my Grandmother’s recipes into one. Try this combination or if you prefer bake them separately. In our family these recipes, marinated pork & white beans, were meant to be served together. The beans take a good amount of time and are best baked long hours without a lid. If you are baking these together the meat will cook much faster. It is best to add the meat at the end of baking to assure the meat isn’t overcooked. It is unlikely you will over bake the beans.

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BBQ Pizza

BBQ PizzaPretty popular these days and you may have seen a recipe or two for BBQ pizza already. But I can tell you what ‘not’ to do! Because I did it all with my first try. This is going to be my fallback this weekend because my air is out. Sounds horrible, no air conditioning, with 105 temps. But these old houses (built 1927) are perfectly insulated with walls feet thick. If I avoid creating heat indoors the house remains a comfortable 80. Of course, I must follow my Mother’s wise words to my children when they complained about her house being too hot, be very still. That was impossible for my children and actually for me too today. It’s time to get out the short shorts. Ha! I’ll leave that to my daughter.

Get your favorite toppings and here we go!

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Shirred Eggs Your Style

Shirred EggsShirred (Baked) eggs are easy, fast and a delicious way to cook eggs for one or many. Adding a little individual touch makes it extra special. Add lox, Italian sausage, breakfast sausage, bacon, or chorizo. I added linguica … no da. Oops! Make it vegetarian with bits of bell pepper, spinach, basil, onion (green or otherwise), squash…. But all this said shirred eggs can do it alone. Give it a try!

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Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Chicken Spaghetti CasseroleIt’s been a busy month and while food is always a priority I haven’t been cooking much. For the past month I’ve been flipping a house … you’re becoming a regular Leona Helmsley, says a friend. Ha! So not. I’ve been doing a lot of the cleaning and detail work myself. AND I just got back from my first trip to New York City … My youngest son playing Carnegie Hall. Check out his site, here. Much adventure with a little stress calls me back into my kitchen for a little cooking/baking therapy. Okay, so my first recipe here isn’t spectacular. It is a kid’s favorite, easy to put together and feeds a crowd. I say it works for that potluck this summer. Spicy? no Chicken filled? yes You just have to try it!

I’ll be putting up photos of my house flipping soon. Here are a few of the before.

House flippingAnd guess what we found under this carpet! Yes, beautifully finished wood floors and more, here.

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Pistachio Salmon

And Easy Rice Pilaf

Pistachio SalmonSalmon is so easy and so delicious. It really doesn’t need to be dressed up but I like the simple addition of pistachios and cilantro. This recipe doesn’t have exact measurements for the ingredients. It’s to your taste. You can’t go wrong. Use raw or roasted pistachios, salted or unsalted. Just make those allowances when adding salt to taste. Here you go….

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Broccoli Rice

Broccoli Rice

An old time recipe reinvented. Both recipes are here for you to enjoy. The original looks to be a tweaked Campbell’s Soup recipe, my Mother’s recipe. The second is revised for the family vegetarians, my recipe. For a carnivorous main dish add a little cooked chicken. Okay, this is not a dish that will knock off socks but it is a vegetable dish you’ll enjoy.

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Good Ol’ Fashioned Deviled Eggs

And Much Much More

Old Fashioned Deviled EggsMy food critic informed me his favorite deviled eggs are his Mother-in-law’s! But he doesn’t even like eggs! How can that be! Deviled eggs are a personal thing … there’s no one perfect recipe. My fav’s my Grandmother’s (can’t duplicate it) but you had to be quick to get a taste. I’m not exactly old fashioned but I love old fashioned recipes. I’ve gathered together a few I feel will please using cookbooks from the distant past. Choose one or two to try. And for that really special occasion use the sauce recipe too.

Deviled egg recipes usually have both mayonnaise and mustard but don’t limit yourself when putting your recipe together. Any number of different ingredients can be added to personalize yours. Enjoy!

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Eggstravaganza

eggstravaganzaWhat to do with those hardboiled eggs! Here are some recipe ideas. Not just sides but main dishes too. I can’t pick a favorite because I love them all.

Sour Cream and Onion Potato Salad

Salads and Dressings

Greens with Eggs and Ham

Tweaked Classic Best Foods Potato Salad

Portuguese Peas

Chicken, Rice & Eggs

Eggs, Ham and Mushrooms

 

Leftover raw eggs Too?

Butter Sponge Cake

Butter Sponge Cake

Eggs & Potatoes

Spinach and Eggs

Pound Cake

Pound Cake