My mom's standard spaghetti sauce recipe - loved by all. Half of a 28 oz can of Dei Fratelli tomato sauce is used in this recipe, simply because we prefer the brand. If you want to use a 14 1/2 - 15 oz can of another brand, that works too. (Dei Fratelli doesn't sell a smaller can.) This recipe is at it's absolute best the day after making it.
If you like cheesecake and strawberry ice cream, you will LOVE this recipe. Perfect for summer but no one will be mad if you make it during a blizzard. For a finishing touch, I recommend thawing a box of frozen sweetened strawberries and topping each slice with a spoonful.
A great way to start the day or you could make it as an afternoon snack for an energy boost. This has it all: potassium from the banana, antioxidants from the blueberries, Vitamin A from the peaches, calcium from the yogurt and milk, and Omega-3s from the flax seed. Plus, you can make this all year long. If you want to make this a meal replacement, I suggest throwing in a granola bar!
This is my favorite pasta salad. It makes a perfect summer lunch served with cold red grapes and a fruity rosé wine. You can use whatever kind of salami you prefer (sopressata and genoa are both excellent).
These veggies can be paired with literally anything. They are especially good eaten cold the next day. To cut the red onion leaving the stem in tact, cut off the bottom 1/4 of the onion OPPOSITE the brown stem. Then stand the onion on the cut edge and cut 6-8 chunks by slicing exactly through the center of the stem so that all the pieces have a little bit of stem holding them together in chunks. Tip: Since herbs are quite expensive, you could use dried herbes de provence (about 1-2 tsp.) to cut costs.
Southern Living's recipe for THE drink of the South. So refreshing on a hot day... and the booze helps you forget how hot it is! ;-) The recipe author suggests using the Mint Simple Syrup in the OTHER drink of the South - sweetened iced tea.
This recipe serves two people and makes a special lunch for the working couple who only gets to eat lunch together on the weekend. Of course, if you have kids you could easily double the recipe. If they like tuna melts, they'll probably like this. As I created the recipe, I thought of all kinds of ways to jazz this up - sliced tomato under the swiss cheese, chopped scallions in the crabmeat salad... you can add or take out whatever you like to make it your own, but this is the way I like it. Tip: You could make this an appetizer by making a large batch and speading it on those little party rye breads.