The anger. The resentment. The name-calling. The accusations. The foulness. The glares. The ignorance. The bitterness. The pettiness. The disillusion. These are the words that keep streaming past my eyes when I think of one thing….being apathetic to pasta noodle options. It is such a personal decision and people take great pride in their choice. How can we come to a resolution and decide that no matter which noodle we love best, there is a place in this world for all shapes and sizes of pasta.  (Unless you don’t like pasta at all and want to go live in Canada.) I started to think aboutRead More →

I’m a thief…a no good rotten thief!!! Now before you start looking at FBI posters for my picture, let me say what I’m guilty of. I steal from restaurants….kind of. You are probably saying “Barb, you can’t “kind of” steal. You either do it or you don’t!” Let me tell you what I steal before you throw me in the slammer to go live a life of commissary treats and pruno. (If you are unaware of pruno. It is a hooch made from fermenting fruits and very popular in prison. I learned of it from countless hours of watching the TV show Lockup!) It isn’tRead More →

The other day on Felt Like a Foodie I kind of joked around about strippers. I meant no offense. We all know that it isn’t a job for everyone and I shouldn’t judge anyone.   (Unless your parents gave you a name like Candy Cane, Cinnamon or Sunshine, you really didn’t have a choice.) I do know that would not have been my career choice. If I had to go that route, I would have been a lady of the evening….in Italy. I came to this conclusion the other day when I made Spaghetti alla puttanesca. Loosely translated, it is the whore’s pasta. Rumor has itRead More →

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the hardest days of the year if you ask me.  Your belly is all stretched out from the day before but you are running around so much on Friday, you don’t exactly make the best food choices.  (And for some reason the leftovers you were counting on for today’s dinner were stolen by your sister in law who happens to travel with her own Tupperware!) So what do you do to keep your energy up and eat well while you are hunting down gifts for your most beloved friends and family?  (Or in my case, the people IRead More →

*I have deleted my original post and hope you will like my substitution. Who doesn’t like lasagna?  When you mention the dish; a person is likely to tell you about how their family made it.  Everyone’s family recipe is “the best” and people tend to lean toward the flavors they grew up eating. After I wrote this blog, I heard quite a few opinions about lasagna and family recipes.  I was right that people are really, really  passionate about their sauce and recipe.  I completely accept that sentiment and hope that people realize that I am just writing down my thoughts, memories of my Chicagoland (anotherRead More →

I think you may need to sit down before you read the next sentence.  I’m not sure if I have admitted this before but there are nights that I don’t feel like cooking.  (GASP!)  It may happen because I am overtired or under inspired.  Either way, I still have to figure out how to put a decent meal on the table. It is at this time I play freezer lottery.  It is an easy game that you can play at home.  All you have to do is close your eyes and open the freezer door.  Dig around with your hands until they are numb andRead More →

For the most part, I use dried pasta in my dishes.  It tastes great, easy to make and inexpensive.  I don’t think it is for every recipe especially ravioli.  Something gets lost in the processing of store bought ravioli.  You lose some of the flavor, the freshness and the love.  That it is why Ravioli is one pasta dish I insist that is made fresh in our house. It isn’t just the taste that is important.  It is the whole experience.  The meticulous process of making the pasta sheets and filling each one is extremely gratifying to me. I will confess that I don’t makeRead More →

I have received a bunch of requests for the recipe for the shells that I made in one of my earlier posts.  I guess this was a bit of a blog cliffhanger but it I guarantee that it will have been worth the wait. Print Manicotti Shells   Ingredients 6 eggs 1 cup milk 1½ cups flour ½ tsp salt Instructions Beat the eggs well and I mean well! Whisk in the milk. Slowly incorporate the flour and salt. It needs to be mixed smooth with no lumps. Heat a lightly greased, non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour about 1 gravy ladle on pan. YouRead More →

In honor of my last blog, I thought I should share a really good chicken breast recipe.  I love stuffed chicken breasts because they really are simple to make but still have a rich taste. The other thing I like about a stuffed chicken breast is it is exactly what the name implies, a stuffed chicken breast.  One of the most important things I’ve learned as a foodie is that good food is really simple.  Fancy names and multiple specialty ingredients won’t make your meal better.  Your knowledge and care in the food’s actual preparation will make it delicious even to the most discriminating gourmets.Read More →

Even though I was a picky eater as a child, there was one meal that always got me to clean my plate….Grandma’s Manicotti.  It usually graced the table during the holidays or special birthdays.  I didn’t appreciate back then that everything from the sauce to the shells was made from scratch.  I did know it was the most delicious meal I had ever had and I couldn’t wait until the next time it was served to me. When I got married, one of the gifts Grandma gave to me was her recipe for the manicotti shells.  It is one of those legendary family recipes.  YouRead More →