Pasta Sauce: The Nectar of the gods? a little history

Spaghetti or pasta with tomato sauce, also known as marinara, is a staple of southern Italian cookery or almost anywhere that southern Italians live today. However, spaghetti with marinara hasn’t always been a pillar of southern Italian cuisine. It’s actually a relative newcomer. Let’s briefly touch on pasta. Once upon a time every school child…

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Italian Bacon & Egg Pasta with Tomatoes & Kale

Una Pentola (One-Pot) Bacon & Egg Pasta with Tomatoes & Kale Another perfect, simple, quick, easy and flavorful example of “Northern Italian Peasant” food at it’s finest! This recipe was inspired by my Mama Carmela’s love of fresh field greens. At the first sight of mustard greens, she would gather her tools and the hunt…

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Catsup or Ketchup? The Victorian Era Cure-All & Some Other Saucy Claims

The British-based “ketchup” or American-named “catsup” is a tomato-based table sauce used for dunking fries, spiraling on hot dogs and glazing meatloaf…on and on. However, in the Victorian Era, it held some pretty saucy claims. European traders were first introduced to the thick red pottage while visiting the Far East in the late 17th century….

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Want to Spice Up Your Weekend? Have a Christmas Leftovers Party!

Want to Spice Up Your Weekend? Have a Leftovers Party! Plan a Christmas leftovers party for a day or two after the conclusion of the Merry Day to avoid wasted or food gone bad.  Serve the fare in a similar fashion to the holidays, or create a variety of dishes from the leftovers such as…

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Guest Chef Chris’ Taco Bell Pizza! Famous Copy Cat Clone Recipes

This is friend and fellow Ouasie Chris’ Copy Cat recipe for Taco Bell’s famous individual pizzas. Chris is recently single and had to quickly rethink “dinners” He’s no stranger to the kitchen, but his motto is “I want it fast, I want it somewhat good for me and I want it delicious!” Well, here you…

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Your Last Minute July 4th Appetizer: Stuffed Italian Salad Shells

Where’s the marinara?! Where’s the ricotta?! Not in these delectably gorgeous stuffed pasta shells with a twist! Yes, time to think outside the box…pasta box and incorporate “chopped” salad that is. 🙂 I’ve found these crunchy delectables transport well, so they’re great appetizers for parties, picnics and gatherings. What I noticed most was how quickly…

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Romantic Valentine Indoor Picnic Featuring Nicoise Salad

It’s Romance week; dedicated to all hearts filled with love and devotion. Are you searching for ways to whisk away your Valentine to Romance land? Why not try a picnic at home? Where you ask? Look no further than your living room floor. Lay out a crisp, new tablecloth, scatter with rose petals, light a…

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Ketchup, The Victorian Era Cure All?

The British-based “ketchup” or American-named “catsup” as we know, is a tomato-based table sauce used for dunking fries, spiraling on hot dogs and glazing meatloaf…on and on. However, in the Victorian Era, it held some pretty saucy claims. European traders were first introduced to the thick red pottage while visiting the Far East in the…

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Friendship Soup Another Last Minute Gift Idea

Friendship Soup This is a dry soup mix packed with split peas, pearl parley, lentils, onion flakes, barley and macaroni. Just add tomato paste, diced tomato, ground beef, and garlic for a rich and flavorful soup. Makes a wonderful gift! Layer in 1 Quart Jar… Ingredients: 1/2 cup dry split peas 1/3 cup beef bouillon…

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