the suicide hour

Ahh, the familiar question: “What’s for dinner, and when is it?” This signals the beginning of what is known in my house as the suicide hour! Everyone is hungry, and we don’t know what we want to eat, but we … Continue reading

quick bolognese sauce

I LOVE spaghetti with meat sauce. When I don’t have sauce already in my freezer, I frequently make a quick bolognese sauce, to satisfy my hypopastemia (a low pasta light!). basic ground meat mix Print Bolognese Sauce Course Main Course … Continue reading

shepard’s pie

On a cool evening I yearn for comfort food. And if it’s not pasta — my ‘go to’ comfort food, a beautiful shepard’s pie will fill the need, as well as my growling tummy. basic ground meat mix Print Shepard’s … Continue reading

tacos!!

¡OLE! It’s tacos for dinner, and EVERYONE loves tacos! Here’s the quick, go to recipe for taco filling. Make a double batch and freezer half for a busy night’s dinner. basic ground meat mix     Print Taco Filling Course … Continue reading

quick homemade chili

Whether you serve this as a steaming bowl of spicy goodness, over a plate of tortillas chips, on a hot dog, or rolled in a tortilla, it’s still mighty good, and takes about 20 minutes to prepare. You control the … Continue reading

quick stroganoff

Silky, rich stroganoff is a delight, and quick to make with a seasoned ground beef mixture.  basic ground meat mix   Print Stroganoff Servings 4 people Ingredients 1 recipe basic ground meat mixture cooked as directed above 1 tablespoon butter … Continue reading

pici (hand rolled spaghetti from Chianti)

Pici is a classic pasta, spaghetti, rolled by hand. The recipe and tradition come from the Chianti region of Italy. I learned this technique from my friend and Italian cooking teacher, Judy Witts. By the way, it’s way more fun … Continue reading

fresh pasta

Here at Sizzleworks, we make A LOT of fresh pasta — it’s a team experience! One of my readers has already commented that there is no dried pasta in the market in her area, so asked for a virtual class … Continue reading

marinara sauce

Quite possibly the MOST versatile sauce in the Italian repertoire! Not only is is fantastic on a plate of perfectly cooked pasta, but it’s also fantastic pizza sauce, or spooned over a chicken cutlet, topped with a bit of cheese … Continue reading