Cranberry-Peach Cream Scones

In today’s episode of Cleaning Out the Pantry, I reached for a bag of unsweetened, dried cranberries and some delicious dried white peaches from Trader Joe’s, courtesy of Mik❣️ For an explosion of flavor, I soaked the dried cranberries and peaches in one cup of warmed apple cider with a tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider…

Polpette & Busiate

There are hundreds of cuisines in Italy, not to mention the regional specialties. Then of course you have family secrets ~ the one thing you won’t find, spaghetti and meatballs. Oh, you can have a rich red wine-laced tomato sauce to dip the polpetti, or find miniature versions, almost like the Italian version of […]…

Basta Pasta

There’s a new pasta in town…gone are the days of using ricotta for pasta al-forno. Have you ever wondered why your perfectly prepared pasta, with the succulent sauce seasoned just right, noodles with the just-right bite of al dente, turns just a bit dry? Its the ricotta. Trust me.  Next time you have un gusto…

Arancini

Gelato, granita and arancini – the Lombardo family has most certainly consumed kilos of all of these- every summer has memories of family, sun and FOOD! Enjoy – v Arancini di Riso 5 cups chicken stock 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 cup finely diced ham or prosciutto 2 cups…

Protein in little packages

Just before Tony left for his deployment last time (back when it seemed we were only eating grilled tacos with nopalitos or just wilted spinach with garlic and tomato), we made a healthy life-style change with P90x2. The program whipped our behinds for the first 3 weeks, but then we noticed it was also whipping…

Not your Momma’s meatloaf…

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin In my family, we are pretty evenly split, as far as who is on the meatloaf love-band wagon, and those who cringe, gag and basically run at the mere mention… Meatloaf – did…

Polpette & Busiate

  There are hundreds of cuisines in Italy, not to mention the regional specialties. Then of course you have family secrets ~ the one thing you won’t find, spaghetti and meatballs. Oh, you can have a rich red wine-laced tomato sauce to dip the polpetti, or find miniature versions, almost like the Italian version of…

Mel’s Magic Meat

      Yes, Mel’s Magic Meat ~ not to be confused with Magic Mike, as several things have yet to be verified… his dancing! I’m referring ONLY to his dancing! Sheesh! All kidding aside, Mel is the active duty Guy-In-Charge at the Airman & Family Readiness Center where I volunteer.  He is a self-professed…

apple of my eye ~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TZCP6OqRlE       Calvados Apple Cheesecake Crust: 1 c graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c toasted pecans, finely chopped 4 T butter, melted 2 T brown sugar Cheesecake: 4 packages fat-free cream cheese 1 c sugar 1 tsp grated lemon zest 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 4 eggs, lightly beaten 3 T flour Apples: 1 1/2 c…

Puff Pastry, anyone?

While taking classes in Italy, I discovered just how versatile puff pastry was ~ and when you make your own?  WORTH every pounding moment! However, to enjoy the following recipe for “Strudel di Vegetali, Caprino e Basilico” (vegetable strudel with goat cheese and basil) a trip to your local grocer is all you’ll need.  …

Spiced Eggnog Spritz Griddle Cakes

            “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss     This morning I was inspired by the snow glistening on the rooftops, the Christmas decorations all aglow, and the…