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[12 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Roasted Tomato Pasta

This is a simple savory pasta dish that is so easy to prepare. Plus the enitre family loves it.

[17 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

My family and I recently attended a family reunion and we had some wonderful food.  My favorite dish was the Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad.  The orzo and roasted vegetables made an excellent side dish to the steak and smoked pork that was served.  This salad is a great side dish for a large gathering because it can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature.  You could also add grilled chicken or shrimp and make an entire meal out of this dish as well!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  …

[11 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Christina’s Meatballs

My husband and I recently went to a dinner party where the hostess served the most amazing meatballs I have ever had. They were exceptional. She was kind enough to give us the recipe, which deserves to be shared. Since these meatballs require a little more work and preparation, you would serve them along side risotto, mashed potatoes or fresh pasta.

[4 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

This hearty pasta dish is sophisticated enough to serve to guests, but easy enough to cook any night of the week.  It is packed full of vegetables and the shiitake mushrooms give it such a rich flavor you won’t believe there isn’t any meat in the sauce.

In a large food processor (or small food processor, working in batches), add:
3 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 oz. of shiitake mushrooms
6 oz. of assorted mushrooms (white, brown, or cremini) cleaned
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh …

[14 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

This lasagna recipe is amazing. It has such wonderful flavors because of the roasted vegetables. Roasting the vegetables takes a little bit more time than just browning them in a skillet, but it is worth it. My husband and two year both loved this dish.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. On a large baking sheet, sprinkle 2 tablespoons salt over:
1 eggplant, peeled and sliced lengthwise, 1/4 inch pieces
Let eggplant sit for about 45 minutes. The salt will draw out the excess liquid so the eggplant will …

[13 Jan 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

This is a simple delicious tomato sauce that can be used in pasta dishes, pizzas, or for meat dishes as well. It is a great base for soups as well.
In a blender, on lowest setting, puree:
2 cans (28oz) of whole peeled plum tomatoes, undrained
In a large pot, heat, over medium-high heat:
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon onion powder
Once garlic is browned, add pureed tomatoes, 1 tablespoon dried marjoram leaves and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low or simmer and let cook for …