Friday, December 2, 2016

Roasted Sausage and Peppers

This was such a delicious dinner. Chris kept asking where the sauce was from. It was crazy easy to make. I worked from home today. At lunch I prepped the meat and veggies and around 2:00 I popped it in the oven.

The peppers and onions were sliced as was the sausage. Those ingredients went into a roasting pan and tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano. I opened a can of crushed tomatoes and mixed that into the sausage, peppers and onions. The oven was preheated to 375˚. Roasted for 20 minutes. Stirred the ingredients in the pan and back in for another 20 minutes. Covered the pan with foil. Back in the oven for 20 minutes. Then another 20 minutes uncovered again.

It was delicious. We ate almost a half loaf of Italian bread. The bread and a couple glasses of wine made this a perfect meal for the end of a long work week.

Looking forward to the weekend!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lentil Soup

Tonight was  perfect night for soup. One of our favorites is Mark Bittman's Lentil Soup. But we added something extra to the soup. There was meat left over from the Osso Buco. Oh what a nice thing to find on your soup spoon!

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Frittata

Getting back to basics. The Frittata Sandwich. This time I used zucchini, yellow squash, onion, red pepper and pancetta. Yeah the pancetta was a nice addition. This time I did not use any cheese. Hardly noticed that is was not added.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Return of the Stuffed Artichoke

I do love this recipe. And when the artichokes are only 2 for $4.00 at Bishops you can not go wrong. The recipe is from Food Blogga. A delicious dinner!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Slow Cooker Pork Osso Buco

I have a new favorite slow cooker recipe. Slow Cooker Pork Osso Buco,  from The Gluten Free Homestead. Today I had a lot of things to get done. I was so glad I found this recipe. The recipe called for 8 hours on high. I lowered it to warm after 6 hours and then put it back up to low for the last 45 minutes. The meat fell off the bone. The sauce was delicious. I can only imagine what this would taste like with veal...

2 pounds pork shank osso buco tied with butcher's twine
2 tablespoons of butter for searing the pork (or coconut oil if you prefer)
1 stick of butter for gravy, optional
1 onion, diced.
1 carrot, peeled and diced
¼ cup flour
3 plum tomatoes, diced.
1 bay leaf
1 cup bone broth, homemade
½ cup white wine
¼ teaspoon sage
½ teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste


Rinse meat under cold water and dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Add flour to a shallow dish. Dredge seasoned pork in the flour.
Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet. When the butter foams, add the pork to the skillet. Cook until golden, searing the meat for 4 minutes on each side and transfer to your slow cooker.
Deglaze the skillet with the wine. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet and pour into the slow cooker. Add the tomatoes and their juices, bone broth, onion, carrot, celery, sage, oregano and a bay leaf. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours.
Transfer the shanks to a plate, cover and set aside. Strain the juices from the slow cooker into your skillet. Mash veggies to extract liquid as much as possible. Skim the fat off the top of the gravy.
Simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in one stick of butter.

And I can tell you they were good to the last drop!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Dun Dun Dun Dun!

You know that tune - Dun Dun Dun Dun! Well, I am happy to finally announce that this blog address is now That's right finally I have redirected the Blogger address over to my own domain. This has been a long time coming. I played around with using WordPress but could not find a template that I liked as much as the one I use with Blogger. Finally, I decided to just to a redirect. Keeping the same template. And still using blogger. I have been using it for so long know that it is too easy to stop using.

If anyone finds any problems with the switch PLEASE contact me at

Thank you!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

This year I am thankful for the fact that I did not have to do any cooking for Thanksgiving. Well, the cookies don't count. My sister, Lenore, and her husband, Ralph, once again pulled out all the stops for an amazing feast! Antipasto, Wedding Soup, Turkey, Stuffing, Peas, Squash, Cranberry Sauce, Gravy, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie and fruit and nuts! Did I take photos of everything? Of course not. Too busy playing with Elenora and Luca! Hope everyone had a happy and filling Thanksgiving!