Italian

Pan Roasted Zucchini

In addition to roasting vegetables in the oven, you can get nearly the same flavor and look roasting them in a pan. It depends on how much zucchini or other similar squash you need; for small amounts, like four or five servings, you might not want to heat up the oven....

Tilapia Sorrento

This is an absolutely delicious Italian recipe for baking or pan frying fish. Of course, you don't have to use tilapia; that just happens to be one of our favorites that's always available from CostCo. But you can use flounder, halibut, catfish, or any reasonably mild...

Shrimp Linguini with Vodka Cream Sauce

For shrimp linguini with vodka cream sauce, it is not necessary to use linguini noodles. It's OK if you use spaghetti, penne, or fettuccini noodles. Actually, this shrimp recipe would also be delicious served over white rice. See, don't get hung up over details. Just...

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

I think if I could only have one shrimp recipe from now on, this would be it. And after serving it the other night to the family, it's clear they all feel the same way. "Fra Diavolo" means "Brother Devil", and is a classic Italian dish. It's spicy, so it's not for...

Oven Chicken Parmesan

This is a very easy, tasty, and good looking meal that you can fix for a crowd, and still have enough time and energy left over to enjoy the party yourself. To save time and trouble, you can buy the skinless, boneless chicken breasts all ready to go, either fresh or...

Green Beans Italiano

Here's an easy one-skillet way to make delicious green beans. The flavors are wonderful, and always get a rave review around here. Green beans for four or five people (about 1 pound) Small onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon...

Chicken Cacciatore

This dish gets A++ from everyone every time I make it. Plus the house smells great the whole time. One of the reasons it's so good might be that the tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions are oven roasted first. Plus, don't forget to brine the chicken after cutting it into...

Piedmont Pork Chops

From the Piedmont district, which includes the famous city of Turin, comes this delicious Northern Italian dish. However the recipe I found had a flaw, which is corrected here courtesy of the Cooking Dude. The original recipe I found required you to add the balsamic...

Lasagna

Lasagna is always a crowd-pleaser, and this recipe, from my sister-in-law Sherry, is about the best. Buy either dried lasagna noodles or the newer pre-cooked version. If you use dried, boil them according to the package directions and set them aside to assemble the...

Joe’s Eggs (Joe’s Special)

Joe's Special apparently comes from Joe's Restaurant in San Jose, California, although it doesn't appear on their menu by that name. However the menu photo of one of the specials, Italian sausage and eggs, looks a lot like the Joe's Eggs and Joe's Special recipe you...

Salami & Provolone Snack

  Here's a recipe for a fast, easy appetizer that everyone I know likes. The reason this is so easy is that Gallo sells a package that contains pre-sliced Italian Dry Salami and Provolone cheese. It should be hanging on a peg in the deli section of your supermarket....

Spaghetti (Marinara) and Lasagna Sauce

Here's a recipe for a sauce you can use both for spaghetti and lasagna. This is a contribution from sister-in-law Sherry. Of course you can use bottled sauce for both spaghetti and lasagna. And there's nothing wrong with that if you don't have the time. In fact, I...