Spinach Pie

From 1988 to 1997, I lived in Rhode Island in the upstairs 2nd floor of my grandparents’ 2 family home. Rhode Island, like most places, has local cuisine not found in other places. One of the treats I came to like, and now miss, was frozen lemonade. Whether you fancied Del’s or New England Lemonade, you lined up during lunch or your break for the sweet, frozen delight each summer. Personally, unlike a lot of Rhode Islanders, I preferred New England Lemonade. It had a better taste to me, but then, what do I know, I’m from Texas! The other … Continue reading Spinach Pie

Easy Meatball Stew

Who doesn’t love meatballs? I’ve been making meatballs for so long I can’t remember how old I was when I first started making them. I know I was a child. I’m descended from an Italian immigrant, my grandpa; so, meatballs are in my blood. In addition to macaroni and meatballs, sometimes I like meatballs in other ways. Meatball stew is always a great way to have meatballs in a filling, stick-to-your-ribs, good, home-cooked meal. I’ve made variations of this recipe for years, but I’ve never actually written it down. I decided to write it down to share with all my … Continue reading Easy Meatball Stew

Easy Chicken Cacciatore Stew

You have chicken out for supper, but do not know what to do with it. Allow me to offer a suggestion. Being from an Italian family, my mom grew up with large family meals. Meals which could feed the army of people they were sure were bound to show up. The theory: if there was no food left, there was not enough food. People were hungry. My mom kept this approach to making meals even after marrying and leaving home. Growing up, our family of five always had a big meal. Casseroles, stews, and such. She’d experiment with adding ingredients … Continue reading Easy Chicken Cacciatore Stew

Grandma’s Pasta e Fagioli Recipe

Soup weather? Sort of. The calendar says it’s fall… or autumn, if you wish. In north Texas, it’s the crazy season of “what season will we have today? Summer? Fall? Spring?” It’s also known as rainy season part 2. It’s the season where the trees don’t know whether to bud out or drop a leaf. Sometimes they’re doing both at the same time. Regardless, we have some real chilly fall days thrown in to remind us north Texas can actually get quite chilly if not darn right cold! What better for those chilly days than to warm the house with … Continue reading Grandma’s Pasta e Fagioli Recipe