Sausage and Tortellini Soup with Spinach

I spent about 45 minutes perusing cookbooks at my local Barnes & Noble on a recent afternoon, searching for one that “spoke” to me.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for — I’d know it when I found it. I flipped through the pages of every type of cookery book imaginable, but nothing … Continue reading

First meal from the new kitchen – breakfast!

We had the first “official” meal from the new kitchen this weekend.  (I did use the crockpot for a few meals last week as the remodel finished up, but I’m not counting those since we were transitioning and didn’t use any of the new appliances.) The first meal was . . . drumroll, please . … Continue reading

Cheese and Crab Brunch Bake

While it seems many of the breakfast casserole recipes I sample are variations of the egg and sausage strata, I recently tried a tasty twist highlighting crabmeat, fresh lemon and cheese. Built on English muffins, it emerged soufflé-like from the oven, settling back into manageable proportions as it cooled. With its base of half-and-half, eggs … Continue reading

Pesto Pizza – tasty twist on the traditional

A meal I enjoyed at my favorite restaurant, Hudson’s, in Montrose, Ohio, inspired this pizza dish.  Garlic Scape Pesto Pasta is a new offering on Hudson’s summer menu, a delicious concoction featuring garlic scape pesto with crumbled Italian sausage and diced fresh tomato over penne pasta. Craving homemade pizza yesterday afternoon, I theorized about combinations … Continue reading

Penne Pasta and Sausage in Cream Sauce

Where I found the original recipe(s): Another find from the compilation cookbook my workplace put together some years ago. (I posted about New York Spaghetti Pie earlier  – also a contribution from this book.) What I thought: This is one of those dishes I kept thinking about long after dinner. In fact, before dinner was … Continue reading

Skillet Sizzle – Zucchini and Sausage Pasta

Where I found the original recipe(s): This recipe came to me from either my mother or my sister; I don’t remember which. But I’ve had it quite some time and make it frequently. It is a family favorite and kitchen staple. What I thought: What I like best about this dish are the unexpected taste … Continue reading

Hale and Hearty New York Spaghetti Pie

Where I found the original recipe(s): Compilation cookbooks (like the ones churches and service groups put together) are a favorite source for recipes. I figure people only submit the recipes they truly like, which usually makes them worth trying. This week, I turned to a cookbook my workplace put together 10 or so years ago. … Continue reading