Chicken in Marinara with Mushrooms

Ingredients:

3 cups marinara (either homemade or from a jar)
6 large fresh basil leaves, torn in half
Goodly shake of ground black pepper
1 T olive oil
1 (8 oz) boneless skinless chicken breast
1 T olive oil
8 small cremini mushrooms, rinsed, patted dry, and destemmed, then cut into chunks
1/2 cup onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 oz angel hair pasta
Condiments: pecorino Romano cheese, chopped flat Italian parsley or sliced (from a jar) Calabrian chiles
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Mama’s Marinara

Ingredients:

1 (28 oz) can peeled Italian plum tomatoes, well crushed by hand, shoulders removed
2 T good quality extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup of finely chopped carrots
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 t ground black pepper
1/8 t salt
8 large basil leaves, rinsed, dried, and torn in half

Optional: hot red pepper flakes or a little oil from the Calabrian chile jar. Be judicious. You can always add more later but you can’t take it out! Read More



Zucchini Latkes

Ingredients:

1 pound zucchini, grated or shredded
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plus one heaping tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup heaping cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons your favorite high heat oil, such as canola

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Easy Chicken Enchiladas

enchiladas made with flour tortillas

Ingredients:

2 cups, loosely packed leftover shredded beef or chicken (or 1 pound raw ground beef)
1 t olive oil if your meat is already cooked
1 (4 oz) can Hatch Green Chilis, drained – hot or mild
1/2 t chili powder
1/4 t cumin
1/4 t Mexican oregano
1/8 t ground black pepper
1 cup torn spinach, packed
1/4 cup chopped onions
your choice of 1 recipe of Chimayo Red Chile Sauce or 1 large can (19 oz) Old El Paso red enchilada sauce, divided use, yes a canned sauce  and that specific type
8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided use (more if you love cheese)
8 corn tortillas, or use medium sized flour tortillas
16 sprays of Pam

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Feeding the World One Ravioli at a Time

Mama D ravioli best 2019 copyMy Aunt-in-law was Minneapolis St. Paul’s beloved Mama D. No matter how busy she was, when hungry college students, who could not afford a meal, came to her restaurant, she would feed them at no charge.

To honor her husband, she would open her restaurant on St. Joseph’s Day and serve free delicious homemade ravioli to everyone who came.

Feeding the world ravioli is such a friendly, caring, and peaceful way to be. She made a difference in a way I hope I can.

You don’t have to make the ravioli from scratch, although you could if that makes you feel more connected to the meal. For some of you, buying fresh ravioli from the grocers makes it easier and less stressful. Buy or make some pasta sauce. Choose a way with the sauce that makes your heart sing. Read More


Anasazi Beans in a Crockpot

Ingredients:

1 lb dried Anasazi beans
5 cups water
2 T olive oil
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
2 t New Mexican Chili Powder
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t Mexican oregano
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 pinch of either ground Guajillo (mild to medium heat) or Cayenne (spicy) pepper (optional)
Pinch sugar
12 oz smoked sausage, sliced
2 t chicken base
1 large jalapeno, cleaned, but left whole Read More


Mayocoba Bean and Sausage Stew

Mayocoba beans sausageMayocoba canary beans

Ingredients:

1 crockpot
1 lb dry Mayocoba beans
5 cups water
1 T olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 t cumin
1 t Mexican oregano
1/4 t ground black pepper
1/4 t annatto
1 bay leaf
1 t chicken base
1 t olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage, cut into pieces
Additional water if needed
Optional: 1 large jalapeno stem shortened, but left intact, or 2 tablespoons chopped Hatch peppers (hot or mild), or 2 serrano peppers, chopped

Garnish: Tabasco sauce, chopped cilantro Read More


Lamb Stew

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless lamb cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
2 T flour
1/2 t ground black pepper
2 pinches of salt
2 T olive oil
3 strips of meaty bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 medium sweet onion, cut into chunks
8 oz cremini mushrooms, rinsed, patted dry, and cut into thick chunks
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
3/4 cup red wine
2 cups beef stock
1 lb unpeeled yellow or red potatoes, scrubbed, bad spots removed, and cut into large pieces
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch slices
2 t tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1/2 t dried thyme
1/8 t dried rosemary
1 T parsley, chopped
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Bolognese Sauce with Beef Pork and Bacon

Ingredients:

4 strips meaty bacon
8 oz cremini mushrooms, cut into large chunks
1 t olive oil, optional
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 large or 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into pieces
4 garlic cloves minced
1/2 lb ground lean beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1 (28 oz can whole peeled Italian plum tomatoes, crushed by hand, shoulders removed
1 rounded t dried thyme
1/4 t dried Mediterranean oregano
1/4 t dried garlic
1 pinch of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of salt (you may add when you taste but you can’t take it out!)
1/4 cup milk
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