Italian Poached Eggs With Pesto & Roasted Pine Nuts

Italian Poached Eggs With Pesto & Roasted Pine Nuts

It’s MEATLESS MONDAY! Eggs are a great source of protein for Meatless Mondays. I was in the mood for Italian today, but didn’t want any pasta, so I decided to make eggs with an Italian theme. I served these eggs with broiled Asiago & garlic bread. The yoke mixed with the pesto really added something special to this dish. It was both filling and delicious… Continue reading

Fresh Tomato Sauce

Fresh Tomato Sauce 1

I love this time of year! The days are warm with a beautiful breeze and the evenings are just a little cool. Fall is approaching, the garden is slowing down and the Brussels sprouts will be here soon. This is the time of year when I like to make my own tomato sauce. Although we grow a lot of tomatoes, we did not grow any Roma tomatoes this year. So off I went to the growers market to buy a bushel of meaty Roma tomatoes. Just a tip for my sauce, I do not use any herbs in this first round because I use the sauce in so many different ways. When I am making a dish, that is the time I choose the seasoning and herbs. Just salt and pepper for this round… Continue reading

Turkey Thigh Cacciatore

When I saw these beautiful large turkey thighs I couldn’t help but think… ‘Cool, I bet these would make a great Cacciatore. And sure enough, they did. Delicious in fact. I have two secret ingredients that I add in my Cacciatore and I am going to share them with you today. This is a great dish to make for a crowd. You can prepare it ahead and let the oven do the rest. I love making meals that allow me to enjoy my guests. So if you are making it for a crowd use a cut-up chicken or chicken thighs instead. You will also want to cut the time by about 30 minutes as the turkey thighs are very large by comparison. Enjoy!    Continue reading

Pollo Gisado with Rice & Red Beans

Pollo Gisado with Red Beans & Rice

When Raf and I were first married (almost 30 years ago now!) we lived in Panama for a few years. As I had never been exposed to Latin food (not Mexican…Latin) I was enthralled with all the different flavors I tasted in Panama. My mother-in-law Rosario is a wonderful cook and this dish was one of the first I was able to glean from her. Although technically this is a Dominican Republic classic, my adapted version, in which I omit the green pepper, I consider purely Panamanian! Usually it’s served over a bed of white rice but today I served it over Rice & Red Beans (recipe below), another Latin classic and added a few Goya Platano Maduros on the side. It was absolutely delicious! Let me know if you like it as much as we do…Enjoy!   Continue reading