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Meatball Sub!

This past weekend, I had to house to myself. This typically allows me to just cook what sounds good in the moment, without having to worry it something that the kids will eat. I decided to take my meatball recipe and my quick tomato sauce recipe, and turn it in to a meatball sub! Be sure to check out the post on Spaghetti and Meatballs to find some ideas for the kiddos!

Here are the recipes!

For the Meatball Sub

One Recipe for Quick Tomato Sauce
One Recipe for Meatballs
Loaf of Italian Bread
Parmesan Cheese

Cut the bread to size and split down the middle. Cut the meatballs in half and line them up inside the bread. Top the meatballs with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


Quick Tomato Sauce

Olive Oil
1/2 onion - diced
4 garlic cloves - minced
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp sugar
Tsp oregano
Tsp parsley
salt and pepper
spinach (optional)
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 Cup red wine (optional)

In a sauce pan, heat olive oil. Saute the onions and garlic with salt and p…

Cheesy Garlic Bread

I've always loved garlic bread. The toasted bread. The butter. The garlic flavor! But the plain garlic bread can get boring, so I wanted to experiment with some flavors and ingredients to see what would make it better. I came up with the idea of adding lemon, Parmesan cheese, and parsley, and all of a sudden garlic bread was on a whole new level! Try serving it with Linguine and Red Clam Sauce!






The Recipe: 3 Tablespoons ButterJuice of Half a Lemon1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley - Chopped1 Tablespoon Grated Parmesan Cheese3 Garlic Cloves - MincedSalt and PepperItalian or French Bread
Combine the butter, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, Parmesan, and salt and pepper. Slice the Parmesan in to two halves. Spread the mixture evenly on the bread. Try to spread it as thick as possible. Place the bread under a broiler set to low. When the bread is toasted to a light brown, it is ready. The cheese and butter will likely not be melted.  



Linguine and Red Clam Sauce

One of my favorite classic Italian dishes is Linguine and Clams, especially with red sauce. I'll settle with the white or cream sauce, but I definitely prefer the tomato based sauce.

The Recipe:

3 Tablespoons Butter1 Tablespoon Olive Oil1 Shallot -  Diced3 Garlic Cloves - Minced1 Can Whole Clams1 Can Diced Tomatoes1/4 Cup Clam Juice1/4 Dry ChardonnayJuice of 1 Large Lemon1 Package Linguine1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley to GarnishSalt and PepperCrushed Red PepperParmesan Cheese (optional) Sauté the garlic, shallot, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper in the butter and olive oil. Add in the clams and tomatoes. Stir until heated. Add in the the lemon juice, chardonnay, and clam juice. Cook until the liquid reduces by half. Stir into linguine and garnish with chopped parsley. You can top the pasta with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese as well. Sometimes I like to get fancy and  add some shrimp, scallops, or fresh clams. If you go this route, add them at the very end. They will cook very q…

7 Filling Italian Recipes That Won’t Put a Dent in Your Diet

I've got some Italian ancestry, so it only makes sense that I am drawn to Italian foods. But let's be honest, some of the old Italian recipes are loaded with extras that we don't need in our diets. I've made oven fried chicken before and it turns out great, so I'm going to have to try out the Baked Chicken Parmesan. The Skinny Shrimp Scampi caught my attention too. My version has always had some extra butter, possibly some cream, and definitely some cheese added in. I'll have to try out this healthier option.



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Italian Bread Dipping Oil

Growing up, one of my favorite parts about going to eat at an Italian restaurant was the oil for dipping the bread in. Sure other restaurants had bread and butter, but there was something about the olive oil with herbs and spices that made those Italian places something to look forward too! As I got older, I decided to try my hand at making my own spice mix to add to the olive oil. Sometimes I'll make a big batch and store it in a jar to add olive oil to later. I don't add salt to mine. I have found that the olive oil does not need any salt added. It can be added as an option.
The Recipe:

1 Teaspoon Pepper1 Teaspoon Onion Powder1 Teaspoon Dried Minced Garlic1 Teaspoon Basil1 Teaspoon Oregano1 Teaspoon Parsley1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper1 Teaspoon Salt (optional)







Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Add a spoonful to a small plate and drizzle enough olive oil to cover. Sometimes I'll add some fresh grated Parmesan to the mix. I found that the best way to make it is to have …

Essential Books for the Food Lover

I am beginning to assemble this page to talk about some essential books for the food lover. These are all books that helped shape who I am as a cook and as a food lover. Marcella Hazan - Essentials of Classic Italian CookingJulia Child - Mastering the Art of French CookingMatt Moore - A Southern Gentleman's KitchenSharon Tyler Hurst and Ron Hurst - Food Lover's CompanionAnthony Bourdain - Kitchen ConfidentialAnthony Bourdain - A Cook's TourAnthony Bourdain - Medium RawJeffery Steingarten - The Man Who Ate EverythingIna Garten - Barefoot in ParisGary Vaynerchuck - 101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire Delight and Bring Thunder to Your World

Sopa de Lima

Continuing with the idea of fall being soup, stew, and chili season, I wanted to share my recipe for Sopa de Lima. It is a soup full of big flavors, with plenty of spice and saltiness and some tanginess and acidity from the lime juice.
The Recipe: 1 Onion - Diced3 Garlic Cloves - Minced 3 Celery Stalks - Diced3 Carrots - Peeled and Diced1 Yellow Squash - Quartered and Chopped1 Zucchini - Quartered and Chopped 4 Chicken Thighs - Browned, Deboned, and Chopped2 Quarts Chicken Broth4 Tomatoes - Diced Fresh Cilantro - Chopped 1 Teaspoon Mexican Oregano 3 Jalapeños - Seeded and DicedSalt and Pepper Tortilla ChipsQueso Fresco or a Mexican style cheese blend2 Bay Leaves4 limes - Juiced




In a heavy bottom pot, I prefer a porcelain enameled Dutch over for this, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Cook about 10 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add in the jalapeños, squash, and zucchini and cook another 5 minutes. Add in the tomatoes, chicken, c…

This one tool will save your favorite cast iron pan | Fox News

I've written in the past about cleaning cast iron skillets. I use course salt to clean mine. I think I am going to have to try this tool out. From the first glance, it looks like it is course enough to help get the really hard cooked on food off, but delicate enough not to rid your pan of the perfect season you've taken years to create. I think I just might have to get one for myself!



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Chicken and Crawfish Gumbo

In some parts of the world, it is starting to cool off, as summer gives way to fall. Fall signals the time to dust of the soup, stew, and chili recipes, and start enjoying those comforting, warming, delicious bowls of brothy goodness. One of my favorites is gumbo, in all of its varieties. Gumbo is great to make on a Sunday night to leave in the fridge until Monday night. I make several different gumbos, that all play off of the same base. which is a combination of the Creole and Cajun styles. Today I am sharing a recipe for a Chicken and Crawfish Gumbo. This particular gumbo was one we threw together based off of ingredients we had in the fridge and freezer.
The Recipe:  1 Green Bell Pepper - Diced3 Celery Stalks - Diced1 Onion - Diced2 Garlic Cloves - Minced1 Cup Chopped Okra1 14.5 oz Can Stewed Tomatoes1/2 Rotisserie Chicken - Chopped3 Links Sausage - Sliced1 lb Crawfish Tails1 Stick Butter1/2 Cup Flour2 Quarts Chicken Broth2 Bay Leaves1 Cup Rice - Cooked1 Teaspoon Filé powderSalt a…

6 Healthy Snacks That Are Perfect For Eating at Work

If you're anything like me, you sit at a desk more than half the day. It goes without saying that all of that sitting is not great for us. Here are some healthy snacks you can make to eat throughout the day to keep away from the bag of chips in the vending machine.



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