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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.

Tasty Tuesday – Philly Cheesesteak

When I was in college I worked two of my summers in Wildwood, NJ.  One of my absolute favorite things there was Philly Cheese-steaks.  We had a little Sub and Pizza shop right next to the apartment that I lived in.  I probably had at least one a week, if not more!

I worked at a small bar in North Wildwood, my first summer. The bar was called the Antler’s (after some research I found that it is now called the Owen’s Pub). The owner was from Philly (he was also my landlord that summer). We served bar food.  Pretty good, mostly fried, but it really wasn’t supposed to be a fancy restaurant.  I was a waitress and my other responsibility, besides keeping track of drink orders, was to cook the food.  Sometimes it would get pretty hectic.  Most of the time, I was the only waitress on my shift.   Continue reading

Tuna-Egg Salad

I’m really not too moody today (I had a visit with my therapist 🙂 ) So not much to write for Moody Monday,  but I did have a pretty good lunch.  So I thought  I would share my recipe for Tuna-Egg salad. Tuna-Egg salad sandwich  Thrown on some toasted Italian bread with a few lettuce leaves, it makes a very tasty sandwich!  Here’s what to do.

  1. Boil 3 eggs.  (The best way I have found to boil eggs that come out easy to peel is to put them in a pot and cover with water.  Add about a tsp of vinegar.  Bring  to a boil.  Cover, turn off heat and let sit for 15 minutes.  Immediately transfer to a bowl and cover with ice.  Put in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes.)  After they are cooled, peel, chop and put into a bowl.
  2. Open a can of tuna and drain.  ( I used Trader Joe’s albacore solid white tuna) Add to bowl.
  3. Chop up 1/2 stalk of celery and 1/2 an onion.  Add to bowl.
  4. Sprinkle with 1 tsp dill weed and some pepper.
  5. Add about 1/2 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise.
  6. Mix well
  7. Make yourself a nice sandwich!


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.

Leftover Roasted Chicken and Kluski Noodles

Remember yesterday’s post?  Herb Roasted Chicken and Giblet Gravy

Well, here’s what I did with the leftovers:

This is what I did:   Continue reading

Herb Roasted Chicken with Giblet Gravy

Today’s Tasty Tuesday Recipe.

Whole Chicken’s are so economical!  On a good week, I can usually find them on sale for 99 cents a pound.  You can’t beat 5 bucks for a 5 pound chicken that will feed a family of 4!!  (Or in my case a family of 2 – so that means homemade chicken noodle soup for lunch tomorrow!)   Continue reading

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