Main Dish

Whether you are looking for a light meal or big steak, you’ll have lots of recipes to choose from!


Milwaukee Style Sausage Pizza

We like to make Milwaukee Style Sausage Pizza for Pizza Night at our house! This is the pizza that Joe grew up eating. The first time I went with Joe to Milwaukee he took me to his favorite place for pizza, Balistreri’s Pizza on 68th and Wells. We had pizza […]


Pumpkin and Radicchio Pizza

Pumpkin and Radicchio Pizza is perfect for fall or anytime of the year for that matter! For those of you who love all things pumpkin or someone like me that just likes something a little interesting and different, this pizza fits the bill. Interesting fall flavors The pumpkin puree is […]


Roasted Lemon Chicken and Vegetables

Roasted Lemon Chicken and Vegetables is one of our go-to dishes. Its perfect to make for just the two of us or a dinner party with a group of friends. This supper time classic is bursting with flavor and as a bonus it is a easy one dish meal. The […]


Moroccan Couscous

Moroccan couscous is a quick and tasty dish. It is great as a main dish or as a side dish with roasted pork or chicken. I like the deep roasted flavor of the Moroccan spiced eggplant and zucchini. The couscous has lots of flavors and textures. The carrots and raisins […]


Joe’s Big Italian Meatballs

Joe’s Big Italian Meatballs are the classic Italian-American comfort food!  Who doesn’t like a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs? Joe makes big juicy meatballs that are the size of baseballs.  Of course, you can make them smaller, but then they won’t be Joe’s Big Italian Meatballs! Why does Joe […]


Eggplant Pasta

This is my favorite eggplant pasta and soon to be yours too!  When Joe and I went to Sicily, it was eggplant season.  We ate eggplant at least twice a day every day.  This is a version of a delicious pasta dish we ate in the mountains of Sicily. Why this is […]


Beef Empanadas

This is the classic beef empanada filling that I think of when empanadas come to mind.  Its the most popular with my friends and family, even with our friends from South America! The seasonings have a Cuban influence, but I bake instead of fry them. Even though this is a […]


Venetian Vegetable Pasta

Venetian Vegetable Pasta is based on a dish Joe and I ate on our first visit to Venice.  We enjoyed it so much, we recreated it!   This pasta has a very light sauce made with a colorful array of vegetables, a little vegetable broth and lots of cheese!  This vegetarian […]


Tuna and Bean Salad – Italian Style

Tuna and bean salad is a classic Italian dish.  I love to add the tuna and beans to a big bowl of bitter greens lettuces, making it feel more substantial.  I toss it with a  homemade dressing with lots of olives and capers, adding a nice pop of acidity. There […]


Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

Everyone should know how to make a basic Italian tomato sauce! This tomato sauce is extremely versatile and easy to make. Basic Italian Tomato Sauce is an essential sauce A good basic Italian tomato sauce can be used as is or as a base for cooking other dishes. You can […]