Irish Soda Bread

My husband’s father is Irish-American and his mother was Italian-American, which means my husband grew up with an appreciation of both cultures, but a table topped with¬†Italian dishes. When our family began our own holiday traditions, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day was among them. But there was no cherished Irish Soda Bread recipe to be handedContinue reading “Irish Soda Bread”

Italian Wedding Soup

I can’t lie. It’s been pretty dreary in my world over the past few weeks. Between the rain and the cold and the dark, I really need my hearty soups to keep me from curling up in bed and pulling the covers over my head. This soup is a satisfying meal on its own, butContinue reading “Italian Wedding Soup”

Crispy Curry Fish

We are trying to eat more fish these days — for those good Omega-3s and to shake up the humdrum that can set in at the table. This recipe is tasty and doable and may stretch your palate — in a good way. The curry means it pairs nicely with a pot of rice, aContinue reading “Crispy Curry Fish”

Huevos Rancheros

This feels less like a recipe and more like a set of assembly instructions, but it does feel helpful to have a guide as I meal plan or rally myself to get dinner on the table on a busy weeknight. So here goes. My best instructions for how to make this simple, nutritious meal aContinue reading “Huevos Rancheros”

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Condiments are the key to whipping up a healthful, from-scratch meal. Having homemade mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, jam, Asian peanut sauce or salad dressing in the fridge makes grain bowls, pasta, cookies and pork more nutritious — and more delicious. Often those same sauces purchased from the grocery store are full of sugars or other unpronounceableContinue reading “Sweet and Sour Sauce”

Pantry Carbonara

Carbonara can seem fancy because there is a technique to getting those eggs to form a perfect sauce rather than become a scrambled mess atop your noodles. But my husband — with his Italian roots — reminds me that it’s really a simple supper, meant to be an easy weeknight meal using what every householdContinue reading “Pantry Carbonara”

Layered Chocolate Cake

This super moist, incredibly delicious dessert has graced many a holiday table at our home over the years. My girls discovered it at the Two Peas & Their Pod website and have stirred it up over and over — for birthdays and Christmas and, yes, for Valentine’s Day, as well. So if you’re looking forContinue reading “Layered Chocolate Cake”

Ham Roast With Blueberry Sauce

We often roast a cut of local pork for our holiday dinners. It feels festive but not fussy, and it leaves lots of room for sides. This ham-blueberry-honey dish has graced more than its share of celebratory tables, often alongside scalloped potatoes, mashed butternut squash, corn pudding and apple pie. But it works just asContinue reading “Ham Roast With Blueberry Sauce”

Molasses and Mustard Pork Ribs

Ribs are the ultimate in finger food — messy, tasty, chewy, lip-licking. This recipe is perfect for a summer meal on the patio or a winter dinner complete with baked potatoes and broccoli — the house will smell divine while they’re cooking. Double the recipe and invite some friends if you’re feeling social. Recipe inspiredContinue reading “Molasses and Mustard Pork Ribs”

Cuban Sandwiches

My son loves pork and he loves sandwiches and somewhere between food truck visits and repeated viewings of the movie Chef, the brilliant creation of the Cuban sandwich, or Cubano, came into our lives. We don’t always take the time to make a Cubano “right.” Sometimes we’ll turn ham roast leftovers into a sandwich withContinue reading “Cuban Sandwiches”