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Pasta with Tomato Gorgonzola Sauce

Joe and I have been making this recipe for years and years, perhaps since before we were even married. I haven’t got the faintest idea where the original recipe came from; it’s one of those hand-written recipe cards that found its way into our kitchen. We’ve tweaked it many times over the years, making minor improvements here and there. Because it reheats wonderfully, this is one of our favorite make-ahead meals. Especially when we know ahead of time that we will be in a rush after work, we make this the night before we plan to eat it. It’s better … Read more

Chicken Savoy

Easy make-ahead chicken recipes - This chicken savoy is simple and healthy. Baked in the oven, it's quick to prepare and you can do the bulk of the work the night before. Keto, paleo, and low carb if you skip the rice. We use boneless breasts, but you could also use bone in.

A couple of weeks ago, Joe found a recipe on a scrap of yellow paper tucked in a cookbook in our dining room. Obviously, I had copied the recipe from somewhere, but I don’t know when or from where. In the margins, I’d make lots of notes and changes. I vaguely remember eating it once, deciding that the chicken was dry, and writing it off. Joe remembered it too, but he remembered liking it. He decided to make it one day last week. He usually makes our dinner in the evening, after Grace is asleep. That way, he can turn … Read more

Cowboy Caviar

Near the end of my master’s degree program, I had the wonderful fortune to meet eight women from whom I would learn more than I had from most of my coursework. Our friendship began in an intensive writing workshop, where we poured our souls onto paper for eight hours a day, five days a week, for most of a summer. That exhausting and glorious workshop led into three semester-long courses on writing and teaching writing where a brilliant professor pushed us to the limits of our aptitudes and attention spans. In those two short years, several among us got married, … Read more

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

homemade spaghetti sauce recipe

Every year, we buy a glut of tomatoes, and Joe spends a full day blanching, peeling, blending and cooking homemade spaghetti sauce. A full batch or two lasts us through the whole winter. My mom, Grandma, and Gran have shared lots of recipes over the years. This is one of them. I remember it fondly from my childhood. I think it started with Granny, who is my father’s mother. Print Recipe Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Servings Ingredients 1 peck tomatoes10 onions chopped coarsely, divided3 stalks celery chopped coarsely1 green pepper chopped coarsely2-4 cloves garlic pressed1 tablespoon oregano5 bay leaves1 1/2 tablespoons … Read more