Baked Lentil and Vegetable Casserole

This is an easy to make, healthy dinner with about 15 minutes of prep time and about 45 minutes in the oven.  It's also very filling and makes for a great meatless meal for vegetarians or for those trying to cut back on meat consumption for budget or health reasons.

Mediterranean Barley Salad

If barley salad could be classified as decadent then here it is. One could consider this a healthy dish, but with barley, navy beans, pepperoni and olives as the key ingredients it's on the higher end of calories and fat. On the bright side it is very filling and makes a great small meal or small side and is packed with flavors and textures that make you want to shovel it into your mouth as fast as possible. Beware!

Homemade Minestrone

This recipe came out of Jen's mysterious Ziploc bag of ancient Sicilian secret family formulas & food alchemy. On an aged sheet of irregularly sized 8 1/2 x 6 notepad paper. This particular notepad recipe comes complete with lotto numbers scribbled at the bottom 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. Just kidding, they're actually 38, 42, 11, 5, 46, 45, 28 if you'd care to try your luck.

Roast Beef and Salami Sandwich

I've categorized this under dinners because it was served with Minestrone Soup and made for a fantastic supper. These sandwiches were made with homemade bread from my Rich White Bread recipe.

Rich White Bread

This bread recipe has been a tremendous success compared to the Thirty-minute White Bread recipe. The first attempt at this recipe went remarkably well, and I have since made two more attempts which have also become increasingly better. For this particular recipe I would say that timing is everything.

White Bread Fail


This was my first ever attempt at making bread..

Parmigiano and Herb Chicken Breast Tenders

I just call it parm chicken
This is a family favorite. It's good! The only down-side is it gives me a little heartburn. I pretty much go by the recipe on this one, except the first time I made this I found I only needed about half of the breading recipe. I also omit the red pepper flakes. Below is the full recipe as printed by the original source.