My sister frequently makes this for summertime gatherings. There is never a bite left! So cool and fresh! The original recipe calls for Pesto tortellini, but you may use any kind you like. It also calls for fresh snowpea pods, but frozen may be substituted.
I don't care for corn tortillas, but LOVE flour tortillas! I wanted to make enchiladas, but as I was preparing them, this is what evolved. Absolutely one of the best Mexican-style dishes I've made! I used Goya Ranchero refried beans and Goya spicy tomato sauce with chiles.
I try to keep my pantry well-stocked with canned and jarred goods. Although this soup is one of my favorites (bar none), the beauty of it is that it can be made with ONLY goods from my pantry shelf! If I have 1 pound of ground beef, I prefer that, but 2 cans of white chicken meat works just as well. If I have a fresh onion I use that, but if I don't, I just skip it. If I have fresh cilantro I use that, if not I use dried. Everything else is on the shelf!
Long before Tuna Melts, in their many variations, became standard on every menu, my mother discovered this 1950's recipe. We grew up having these kid-friendly rolls on Friday nights when, as Catholics, we were forbidden meat. Served in corn-on-the-cob dishes with a side of french fries and a salad, Mom was out of the kitchen in under 45 minutes and we kids were in hog heaven!
My son asked for Cheeseburger Soup, and having never made it I researched 'Zaar. While I was browsing I had a vision: the best bacon-cheeseburger and fries I ever had, chopped into a soup or chowder. This is my vision realized. It came out even better than I had hoped. The flavors are layered, no one thing stands out, but each ingredient is recognizable. The celery stands in for lettuce, and everthing else is present! It is very rich.
While I was living in LA 30 years ago, this was my attempt to figure out how my favorite Boston Chinese restaurants made their awesome chicken wings. I've been doing it this way ever since. The amounts are flexible - the marinade will work for 1-10 lbs of wings, and can be frozen and re-used.
I don't recall where I got this excellent recipe, but have been making it for special occasions for 25 years! Easy to put together, and very elegant served with rice pilaf and a green salad for company. I like to serve this in prepared scallop shells.
I have always prepared broccoli this way. Even my kids loved it when they were small. The flavors are just magnificent together! The key is to keep heat high so the vegetables brown while remaining somewhat crisp.
On Memorial Day, my son asked me to make him some clam chowder, as he was having an intense craving. This was what I put together for him, and it was even better that the usual New England chowder I usually make.
Perfect, moist, tender chicken fingers with a very subtle seasoning. I made these with red beans and rice and a salad for a delicious 30-minute meal. The spice I used is called "Knorr's Sazon Seasoning with onion, garlic, annatto and coriander" and it comes in a box with 12 packets.
This is a must at my family Thanksgiving feast. I have no idea where my Mom got the recipe, but I suspect it is a New England holdover from the 40's (or earlier!). Sort of bland on their own, these babies really round out the textures and flavors of a holiday meal.
Years ago, when I cooked for a caterer, we catered an affair for Frank Purdue (of chicken fame!) at the Boston Aquarium. This was what he chose as one of the dishes featuring his chicken. I fell in love with it!
My Mother's people emigrated from Scotland to Nova Scotia around 1900. This recipe came from her great aunt (married into the family) who grew up in Cape Breton and had many Acadian ancestors. I am told it is an old Acadian recipe.
Tucked into a hillside in downtown Boston, is one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been to: Cafe Marliave. Over the last quarter century, I have gone there many times with my family, and have never had a bad meal. This recipe was sent to me, by them, in 1989.
Another frequently-made recipe from my days of cooking for a caterer. A really elegant dish that can be easily doubled for a dinner party. Savory chicken breasts stuffed with spinach-ricotta-pesto-prosciutto, and topped with a light mushroom sauce.
I worked as a cook for a very up-scale caterer many years ago, and this was one of the desserts most requested around the holidays. It is absolutely heavenly! This recipe makes a 12" cheesecake - HUGE!!!
This is a very simple dip to use with fresh fruit. It can be served in the same fashion as vegetables (crudites) and dip, a bowl of this surrounded on a plate by melon balls/slices, strawberries, grapes, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, bananas and apple slices. Just be sure to dunk bananas and apple slices in lemon juice first to prevent browning. Serve with a shot glass full of toothpicks, and Voila!