Just A Snack

Antipasto for one

Uno spuntino —Italian meaning snack

Made with three types of salami:  Italian dry salami with burgundy wine, peppered salami, and Calabrese salami, with fontina cheese and other nibbling foods.

Again With The Pasta e Piselli

“Pasta e Piselli” (Pasta with Peas).

Because this dish is an easy peasy and delicious meal, I made it again.

Not too long ago, I made this dish using homemade orecchiette pasta — this time I used the dried orecchiette combined with thick applewood bacon, instead of pancetta.


Butternut Hummus

Thursday, I cooked a pot of garbanzo beans / chickpeas / cece.

On Friday,  I roasted butternut squash.

Yesterday,  with the leftover chickpeas and squash,  I made a ‘Butternut Hummus’.

Most recipes call for a clove of garlic.  Rather than use raw garlic,  I roasted a couple of large cloves until soft to make my hummus.

Crespelle in Brodo

Fast, easy and delicious!

soup with crespelle

This soup was put together using chicken stock, olive oil, diced onions, garlic, celery, carrots, bay leaf, parm. rind, broken vermicelli and petite diced tomatoes.
To put into the soup, I made Parmigiano-Reggiano “Crespelle” (crepes).

Who knew the hardest part of being an adult is figuring out what to cook for dinner every single night for the rest of your life. — Unknown

Italian Sausage & Puff Pastry

‘Italian Sausage Puff Pastry’ for supper.

Italian Sausage Puff Pastry

Filling:  Italian Sausage, green peppers, onions, garlic, hot pepper flakes and cream cheese.

Turkey Soup

After Thanksgiving I always make a, hearty, turkey soup.

Homemade Turkey Soup

I make this soup the day before we are going to eat.  It, undoubtedly, taste better the next day.

I always yield more than 3 quarts of rich, delicious, turkey gravy when I cook a turkey, and have more than enough leftover to add a large portion of the gravy to the strained broth.

Turkey gravy

Instead of using store-bought egg noodles, as I usually do, we made fresh angel hair pasta.

Angel Hair Pasta

I never add the noodles / pasta to the pan of turkey soup.  The pasta will absorb too much of the liquid and get too soft. Add the pasta to the bowls before ladling the hot soup over the pasta.   

Angel Hair Pasta

This soup freezes well.

Cranberry & Orange Bread

Homemade “Harvest Cranberry & Orange with Pecans” bread.

harvest bread

Where the recipe called for water, I used apple juice instead.  The juice added a touch of sweetness to the bread.

harvest bread1

It was delicious with left-over turkey after Thanksgiving!

Maple Granola

Instead of purchasing granola, I make this recipe. I add about 1/4 cup (or more) of granola to a cup of low-fat, vanilla yogurt for breakfast or a snack.  Delicious!

Maple Granola

Preheat oven 250°

3 cups Old-fashioned Quaker Oats
1 cup sliced almonds or pecans
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon maple extract/flavoring (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar. Combine together.

In a separate small bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, maple extract and salt.

Gently, but evenly, combine both mixtures together. Put combined mixture onto 2 sheet pans (cover with parchment paper if desired). Bake for 1 to 1 hour and 15 minutes, flipping and stirring (with a spatula), every 15 minutes to achieve even color.

Remove from oven (see *note below). Cool and store in containers.

*Note: Raisins or other dried fruits can be added after removing from oven. Mix evenly to distribute.