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Lisa’s Pasta Puttanesca


  1. 2 very large ripe tomatoes, diced.
  2. 10 oz. can tomato sauce
  3. 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  4. 1 large shallot, minced
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1 stalk celery, fine chop
  7. 1 small clove garlic minced
  8. sliced baby portabellas
  9. chopped ambrosia olives
  10. salt, pepper, italian seasoning
  11. butter, bacon fat
  12. shredded parmasean (or 3 cheese italian)


  1. Saucepan: Melt 3 TBS butter or bacon fat
  2. Add shallot and garlic and celery, sautee until soft.
  3. Sautee Pan:  1TBSP Butter, Sautee Mushrooms and 1 clove garlic
  4. Sauce Pan:  After Veg.  Mixture is soft, add tomatoes, parsley, and olives.
  5. Season with salt, pepper and italian seasoning (to taste)
  6. Add Sauteed mushrooms.  Simmer on low 8-10 minutes.
  7. 3/4 pound spaghetti cooked al dente.
  8. Add a ladle of pasta water to sauce, stir.
  9. Drain spaghetti, put into a bowl, top with sauce and shredded parm.

Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

     A Food Friday Recipe:  Family favorite!!

  “Tis the season for baking cookies!”  (Well not for me usually.  I let my sister do that since she is a way better baker than I could ever be.)  But this is one recipe I never go wrong with.  

Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.  (Makes a very light cookie)

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup salad oil, 1 cup (real) butter melted, 2 eggs, and 2 tsp (real) vanilla.  Mix well.
  3. Sift in 4 cups flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 4 tsp cream of tartar, and 1 tsp salt.  (I find it easier to sift in one cup of flour at a time, including part of the soda, tartar and salt.  This way you don’t get that salty, soda taste in the cookie)
  4. Stir in one bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by tablespoon on a cookie sheet.  (I have terrible cookie sheets, so I usually line them with parchment paper or wax paper).
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Place on Parchment paper to cool.
  8. Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this and like it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

Waiting for dinner….that’s what my husband will be doing tonight when he walks through the door. Before he left for work this morning (at 7:30), he asked “So what’s for dinner?” …The step-daughter will be here, so I am going to make one of her favorite dishes…Salisbury Steak.  Continue reading