Homemade Lasagna Sheets

Homemade Lasagna Sheets

A quick handmade recipe for homemade pasta sheets to be used with the New York Lasagna or the Neapolitan Lasagna recipes. Homemade sheets of soft pasta will make your own recipe fly sky high!

Eggplant Zucchini Rigatoni Bake

Eggplant Zucchini Rigatoni Bake

Enjoy a comforting, light pasta this summer. Thin slices of eggplant and zucchini join forces with rigatoni. The vegetable pasta is then wrapped in a meatless tomato sauce. Ricotta & mozzarella ensure a cheesy bake. When you need a substantial alternative to outdoor grilling and…

Hungarian (Turkey) Meatballs

Hungarian (Turkey) Meatballs

These Hungarian Turkey Meatballs made by a Croatian are browned and then finished in the oven. They sit joyously in a traditional yet lighter goulash sauce, which includes bell peppers, hot pepper, paprika, wine, and stock, only to be finished with some orzo and sour…

Turkish Manti

Turkish Manti

If you go looking for treasure long enough, deep enough, and carefully enough, you will find it. Such are the tiny beauties known as Manti in Turkish cuisine. They are small (quite small) purse shaped dumplings filled with a simple something–ours were beef, onion, parsley,…

The Old Man’s Chicken & Spaghetti

The Old Man’s Chicken & Spaghetti

Anniversary in Quarantine I talk about my Croatian father a lot on this blog. Though it is my mother who influenced my obsessive nature, my recipe collecting, my inability to cook anything less than a full pot size meal, and my drive towards baking, my…

Rod Serling, Reminiscence, and Red Sauce (New Years Eve Sausage Ziti)

Rod Serling, Reminiscence, and Red Sauce (New Years Eve Sausage Ziti)

A Journey Into Time As I crack open the window in the pentagon shaped living room, the room that feels like a cabin on a ship perched high in the trees above the street, I feel cold, but no wind. There is a soft, periwinkle…

Red Wine Braised Short Rib Ragu with Swiss Chard and Pappardelle (European Style)

Red Wine Braised Short Rib Ragu with Swiss Chard and Pappardelle (European Style)

Rush Hour As I slam my car door shut, I look down the hilly street towards the waters off Bay Ridge, which I can only just see if I arch my head over from the balcony. Just as when I lived in Red Hook, the…

Napoli vs. New York Lasagna

Napoli vs. New York Lasagna

A History of Lasagna Growing up in Westchester, my Queens-Croatian mother made lasagna on the regular. It was delicious, and most fondly remembered in the 1980’s. Ronzoni lasagna sheets that she draped over the sides of the tall pasta pot to dry out after cooking,…