Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms & Grapes

You already know about my addiction to shitake mushrooms, and how very good they are for you.   My brilliant nutritionist claims that eating shitakes throughout the flu season really boosts your immunity.   Hence, you will find shitakes cooking in my kitchen all year long, either sautéing, roasting or in soups and stews.  I add them … Continue reading

Halibut Baked with Mushrooms

Finally…..I have my kitchen back! It looks beautiful. I’m absolutely in love with my appliances. However, I need a PhD in “Appliance Use and Cleaning.”   Seriously, I have about 4 hours of tedious reading to do before I will feel comfortable using them. Instead of cooking, I seem to be busy polishing away every fingerprint … Continue reading

Sil’s Baked (and creative) Chicken

I’ve been following recipes, to a tee, for well over 4 decades. I’ve never waivered from a recipe, or tried to substitute one ingredient for another. If I didn’t have an ingredient, I’d go out to the store to get it. If the recipe called for tomato puree and I only had diced tomatoes, out … Continue reading

Veal Marsala

Veal Marsala was one of the first fancy veal dishes that I added to my repertoire of “company worthy meals” as a young, home cook. It scared me at first, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it was the Marsala wine that seemed exotic to me at the time. Now, I consider this a very … Continue reading

Kathi’s Stuffed Mushrooms

Looking for something quick and delicious for your Holiday entertaining?  I think this recipe for stuffed mushrooms might be just what you’re looking for.  In no time at all, you’ll have a fancy hor d’oeuvres to serve your guests.  This recipe has been in my recipe folder for 35 plus years.  I’ve tried many stuffed … Continue reading

Sauteed Mushrooms

Somewhere in the early 1960s, this dish of sautéed mushrooms made it’s way into our Holiday menu.  I remember watching my Aunt Mary, in her Bronx kitchen, stirring a huge frypan of this weird looking vegetable and wondering if I would like it.  It was Christmas Day, and we already had too much food.  Why … Continue reading

Chicken Cacciatore – The Real Deal??

Since I posted the recipe for “Grandma’s Chicken Cacciatore” a month or so ago, I have been haunted by the fact that my Grandmother’s (Little Nonni) recipe is really not the traditional way this dish was made. My other Grandmother (Big Nonni) made it in a much different manner. Actually, my memory of her making … Continue reading