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Marinara Sauce

One of the basic sauces in Italian cooking is Marinara Sauce. I've used it with lots of dishes from appetizers like Fried Cheese with Marinara to the Spaghetti and Meatballs we serve at our meatball dinners. Every cook has their own way of making it and since there aren't a lot of ingredients, many look very similar. Well, here's my…

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St. Patrick’s Day Steaks

Once again it's the time when everyone is Irish and green reigns supreme. But, if you are looking for an AWESOME dinner, look no further. Every holiday seems like an excuse to eat a really nice steak! This recipe is great for this time of the year when grilling can be a challenge (although this week is looking great -…

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Penne alla Vodka

In my last few posts, I’ve talked about our trips to Rao’s restaurants. (If you missed these posts, check out Part 1 and Part 2.)My favorite pasta dish there is the Penne Alla Vodka – Penne in a Tomato Cream Sauce with Vodka. From reviewing some other writers, this recipe seems to have a good bit of controversy. Like other…

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If you missed the Marsala class a week ago, we had a great time exploring a variety of ways to cook with Marsala.  For dessert, we made zabaglione - an Italian "custard" made with Marsala and we served it over fresh berries. I did a little research on Zabaglione and everyone pretty much agrees that it was being made in…

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