Fava Bean Spread

The past two weekends I bought some fresh fava beans.  They’re hard to miss. Giant peapods with a rich green color usually next to a box of beans, fava beans are sure to catch your attention. The next thing to wonder is what to make with these colorful bean monstrosities. For me, there was an […]


Growing up with an Italian mother, well 3/4 Italian and 1/4 French, made for some pretty amazing meals that a young boy never could truly appreciate. However, there was one dish my mom was famous for: Lasagna. It was a staple of the holidays at our home. She definitely took a lot of pride making […]

Cavatelli with Vegetables and Olive Oil

Cavatelli is an often forgotten pasta. You probably don’t recall what it looks like when you see it on a menu, but when you see it you go “oh yes, I’ve had that before.”  It doesn’t have a familiar shape like bowtie, fusilli, or penne pasta. Cavatelli is great for sauces that are oil based, like this […]

Brown Rice, Broccoli and Cheese Bake

    While not the most appetizing looking dish, this bake had a wonderful flavor and made for a great weekday evening vegetarian main course. The secret is to cook the brown rice the day before.  I use a rice cooker and brown rice take about a hour or so to cook. Fortunately it keeps […]

Broccoli Patties with Arugula and Champagne Vinaigrette for #SundaySupper

This week’s Sunday Supper is all about the Skinny.  One thing that has helped keep our family less-thick was our move to more vegetarian meals. Most of our decision to go vegetarian 3-4 times a week came from Mark Bittman’s New York Times article “The Meat Guzzler.”  Besides the benefit of eating less meat and its more […]

Zucchini Cakes with Arugula Side Salad

“So how do they taste?” I ask my wife as I sit down at the table. “Zucchini-y,” she responds. “They’re good. Just lots of zucchini.” Well these cakes, patties, fritters do have quite a bit of zucchini in them.  I do recommend patting the shredded zucchini with some paper towel to remove the moister so […]

Linguini with Pancetta and Golden Beets

Pasta dishes are a great option for hotel cooking. They require only a couple pans and Extended Stay America’s kitchen came with a rather large strainer, showing someone thought a simple pasta makes sense for small kitchen cooking. Last night I modified a recipe I usually make with Pancetta and Parsnips and Taglietti noodles. I had […]

Bistro Macaroni Gratin

A couple weeks back I made Provencale Beef Stew from a French Bistro Cooking course I took over 15 years ago. There is a part two to this recipe.  The stew makes a flavorful broth that is used to make a macaroni gratin dish. I have never made the gratin without the two cups of […]

Orecchiette with Kale and Cherry Tomatoes

This is a very simple dish and a great way to put some fresh kale to use. It’s likely even people who do not normally like kale will find it enjoyable in this dish. Best part this dish takes less than 15 minutes including preparation. Orecchiette with Kale and Cherry Tomatoes Serves 4 1 lb […]

Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli and Chicken

Here is a simple pasta recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make. I highly recommend fresh pasta or at least the refrigerated pasta you can find at gourmet markets. If you’re local to SE Michigan, definitely add Ventimiglia Italian Foods in Sterling Heights to your shopping routine and pick up some of their fresh […]