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Pappardelle with Lamb Ragù

I found this recipe years ago after I had surgery. While in recovery I read endless cookbooks and magazines and found this recipe in Food and Wine from 2005. It was the first meal I ate when I came home and I was blown away. My mom made it for me at that time but this time I made it and it was just as good. My family went wild for it, especially my son who cleaned his bowl, which almost never happens. We also had it for lunch today and a day later it is even better.

There seems to be a lot of ingredients but there are really only a few more than a usual Ragù. This recipe also lends itself to kids helping in the kitchen. As with a few other recipes of mine, I use whole coriander and fennel seeds and let my son mash them in the mortar and pestle, which is one of his favorite past-times. I just love how doing it himself encourages him to try different flavors such as the spices I use in this recipe. If you don’t feel like using a mortar and pestle, store bought ground herbs are just as good.

Recipe by Andrew Carmellini

Carne Asada Tacos with Salsa Borracha (Drunken Salsa)

Carne Asada Tacos with Salsa Borracha

I found this recipe many years ago and have adapted it a few times until it worked for our family. What is wonderful about these tacos is that the salsa is completely unlike any traditional salsa. It is smoky and complex but not spicy. When you mix it with Mexican Crema it takes on a whole new flavor that just can’t be beat. It is a nice change from any traditional taco and will wow your family.

Easy Burgundy Meatballs with Noodles

Burgundy Meatballs

This recipe is so simple and easy. I make whenever I need a shot of iron. It is also my staple gift to new moms when they have just had a baby. It is warm and so inviting to eat. True comfort food. You can easily double this recipe and it tastes even better the next day. Use the leftovers for a sandwich!

Adobe Beef Torta with Queso Sauce

Adobe Beef Torta with Queso Sauce

Torta’s are the Mexican food translation for sandwich. This recipe takes all the rich and complex flavors of Mexican cuisine and intermixes them with a more traditional flavor associated with beef ~ horseradish. This 30-minute recipe will be a hit for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

What’s a Tartine?


Tartines by definition are fancy French open face sandwiches with at least one spreadable ingredient. They are a fun take on the basic sandwich and as with all sandwiches the possibilities are endless. For a quick and easy dinner this week, I planned a Tartine with roasted cherry tomatoes from my garden, goat cheese and Prosciutto di Parma. Prosciutto di Parma is right up there with bacon for us and can be eaten with just about anything since it is just that good. I recommend using the freshest loaf of bread you can find, and let the cheese and Prosciutto come to room temperature before serving. This is my take this French classic but it is easy to use just about any of your favorite ingredients to make them truly special. Serve with a side salad or soup.

Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Glaze

Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Glaze

We love meatballs. They not only are easy but also taste so good. They are perfect for lunch or dinner. This recipe is also great for a quick and easy appetizer for any party. The hoisin glaze is sweet and salty – a perfect accompaniment. Serve with brown rice and steamed edamame for a complete dinner.

On the Boarder Burrito’s

On the Boarder Burrito’s

One of our favorite skillet dishes is my Skillet Steak Peperonata, which has Italian influences. So, I have re-invented this dish with a Southwestern flair and turned it into Burritos. In this recipe, I use Skirt Steak but Chicken would work well too. If you prefer vegetarian burritos, leave out the meat and use the vegetables. The vegetables are what make this recipe so amazing and if you fear your kids won’t eat them leave them out of their burrito and serve them on the side so that they might taste them. This dish will win over your whole family.

Building a Fun Lunch Box – Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs Lunch Box

Kids, generally love meatballs. My son loves them in any form or flavor so, this week I wanted to do simple Italian Meatballs with Pita bread for dipping or to make sandwiches. Ideally, I would recommend making my Sunday Sauce with Meatballs recipe on a Sunday night for dinner and use the meatballs in lunch the next day for the kids. I bet the parents would even love them for lunch the next day. This is my families traditional sauce with a few touches of my own. The meatball recipe has been past down for many generations now and orginates with my Italian ancestors in Italy. We are from a small farming community outside Naples so since we are southern we love our sunday sauce and meatballs on the rich side but if you prefer them lighter try my Healthy Bolognese Meatballs or my gluten free Meatballs with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Ricotta Cheese.

Spaghetti al Vino Blanco, Kale and Pancetta

Spaghetti al Vino Blanco, Kale and Pancetta

This is a quick and easy recipe full of delicate flavors yet creamy and decadent. By adding in the kale, it is a great way to get your kids to eat greens.

Best Lunch Box Recipes – Mini build your own Tacos

Best Lunch Box Recipes - Build your own Tacos

It’s back to school time again. As buy and we go out all the prerequisite back to school supplies, lunch is always at the top of the list. We are all looking for easy and creative ways to fill our kid’s lunch boxes so that they will eat everything. This year, I wanted to create some fun lunch box ideas that are built on some kid favorite foods. So, this week’s feature is a simple build your own taco lunch. In this recipe, I use beef but these tacos can easily be made with chicken, turkey or tofu. To make it even easier on you, I recommend making the taco meat the night before for dinner and use it to feed your family tacos, burritos or taco salad and then use the leftovers for lunch the next day. I bet even the adults will want to take this to work!

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