Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce

Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Sauce come together in almost no time at all; made with Crescent rolls, deli sliced sandwich pepperoni, sliced provolone cheese, crisp green bell peppers, and RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce,  baked to perfection in the oven, then brushed with hot garlic butter and served with more delicious RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce for dipping .

First off,  I want to say, “Happy 80th Anniversary to RAGÚ®” How amazing to be able to celebrate 80 years of being Simmered in Tradition. From Italy to America, the founders have blended garden-grown ingredients and never compromised their high standards for making a really great sauce that families across America have grown to love over the years.

Some of the reasons I love about using RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce  in my favorite recipes is the delicious home-style taste, quality ingredients and convenience of not having to spend hours in the kitchen making a pot of homemade sauce every time I want to make one of our favorite quick and easy snacks like my Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls.

easy-peasy-pepperoni-rolls-with-ragu-sauceEasy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce can be ready in almost little or no time for snacks for the kids or even Game Day appetizers.You can fill them with a variety of your favorite pizza toppings such as green bell peppers, black olives, mushrooms, onions, bacon,  or sausage. Whatever you like your options are almost endless. Continue reading

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe

Every busy household should have a delicious go-to recipe for a quick, easy, tasty meal on the weeknight when they are hard pressed for time. My easy go-to meal in our household is my Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe; combined with a rich, thick, creamy homemade Alfredo sauce with grilled chicken and fresh broccoli that has me in and out of the kitchen in no time.

This hearty dish can take down the biggest of appetites. It begins with leftover tender grilled chicken marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon, which is then added to a tasty, creamy, delicious alfredo sauce with fresh broccoli over your favorite pasta, such as fettuccine, linguine, penne pasta, o even gnocchi.

chicken-and-broccoli-alfredo-recipe-1I love marinated grilled chicken and make it often, so we often have leftover grilled chicken in the refrigerator,  which is perfect for a jumpstart on making my  Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe on a weeknight a little faster. So don’t be afraid to use leftover chicken versus starting from scratch when making this recipe. Just marinate the boneless skinless chicken in olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper for about an hour. Grill till done.It’s that simple to make. Continue reading

New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp Recipe

New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp is one of the fabulous historical dishes of New Orléans. Of course, New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp isn’t about dumping a bunch of BBQ sauce on chargrilled shrimp. It’s actually a  very delicately prepared shrimp dish cooked in a rich butter sauce spiked with a healthy dose of Worcestershire sauce and white wine and eaten with a freshly baked crusty French bread to sop up the rich flavored broth. You can find various versions at the restaurants and in homes across the city of New Orléans, but the original recipe comes from the Uptown restaurant, Pascal’s.

In the mid-1950s, the New Orléans-based Italian restaurant Pascal’s Manale opened it’s doors in 1913 on Napoleon Ave,  New Orléans, LA  and invented the BBQ shrimp recipe. The story is told as one of the restaurant’s frequent customers,  a Mr. Vincent Sutro, had just returned to the New Orléans area from a trip to Chicago, and he began discussing a fabulous dish he had in Chicago with chef Jake Radosta.  He then asked the chef if he could reproduce a similar recipe for him that evening for his meal.

new-orleans-style-bbq-shrimp-2The Pascal’s Manale Restaurant’s Chef Jake  Radosta tried to no avail to recreate the original Chicago dish based on the customer’s description. What he served to Vincent Sutro ended up not coming out the same as the shrimp dish did in Chicago during his trip, however, he insisted that the shrimp recipe was even better. The Pascal’s Manale restaurant decided to put the dish on the menu, where it’s been ever since. Continue reading

Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

This hearty and delicious tasting Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage is perfect for chasing away the winter time blues. Made with some of the South’s favorite ingredients such as; smoked sausage, 15 different beans, fresh collard greens, onions, celery, green bell peppers, carrots, garlic, diced tomatoes with chiles,  Cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes, and Cayenne pepper served over white rice for the perfect balance of flavor.

This recipe for Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup is definitely a go-to meal for those of us who love of beans and rice recipes. The combination of beans, rice, collard greens and smoked sausage are definitely a plus in my book. Add a bit of white cornbread and I’m in my own little word of happiness.spicy-southern-15-bean-soup-3First off I want to apologize and give you all a BIG Thank you for being here. I know it seems as if I have been a bit lax on sharing recipes and stories with y’all; for that I am sorry. We have had one crazy mess going on that started with a leaking pipe under the house foundation and ended with concrete floors being dug up, new tile laid in the kitchen, and all new carpet in the rest of the living area. Now hopefully we can get back on track and have a little less dramatic household in the future. Continue reading

CAJUN FLAVORED HOPIN’ JOHN Recipe

New Years Day is nearly here and there are some Southern Traditions I plan to uphold; one of them being Cajun Hopin’ John along with a few other delicious Old Southern traditions. Hopin John like most Southern foods has a rich history to be told.

Now,  traditionalists may have a few words to say about my recipe, and that’s ok we all have our own specific traditions and family recipes we enjoy making. The original ingredients used to make Hoppin’ John were simple: one pound of bacon, one pint of peas, and one pint of rice.You couldn’t get any more straightforward or traditional than that back in the day.

cajun-flavored-hopin-johnIn  Sarah Rutledge’s The Carolina Housewife -1847, it’s important to know that everything was cooked together in the same pot. “First put on the peas, and when half boiled, add the bacon. When the peas are well boiled, throw in the rice, which must first be washed and graveled. When the rice has boiled half an hour, take the pot off the fire and put it on coals to steam, as in boiling rice alone.” Continue reading

HEARTY WEDDING SOUP – MINESTRA MARITATA Recipe

Hearty Wedding Soup-Minestra Maritata is traditionally served in Italian homes during the holidays; such as Christmas, New Years, and even Easter. It’s the delicious combination of meats, vegetables, and broth is how it become known as “Minestra Maritata”; which lightly translates in Italian, to a marriage of meat and veggie.

My recipe today for Hearty Minestra Maritata – Wedding Soup combines nutrient-rich kale, endive, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, quality pork, sausage, chicken, Italian Sponges or Croutons, homemade broth, and the perfect blend of Italian herbs and seasoning to make this a hearty Wedding Soup you won’t soon forget.My recipe today for Hearty Minestra Maritata – Wedding Soup combines nutrient-rich kale, endive, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, quality pork, sausage, chicken, Italian Sponges or Croutons, homemade broth, and the perfect  blend of Italian herbs and seasoning to make this a hearty Wedding Soup you won’t soon forget. Continue reading

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk,  a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.

I can not begin to tell you how delightful Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon really is without thinking back to the look that would come across my beautiful mama’s face when she would talk about how when she first had Chocolate gravy over her mama’s house in Tennessee, she felt like heaven and earth moved that day.

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk,  a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.

I know some of y’all are asking, “What exactly is Chocolate Gravy?”,  it’s pure chocolate heaven that we Southerners serve over our homemade buttermilk biscuits made of simple staple ingredients you probably already have sitting right in your cupboard and refrigerator now. It’s not a fudge sauce nor a chocolate sauce, it’s somewhere between, yet has a smoky flavor and is made from a special  cocoa and flour-based roux cooked to perfection in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Continue reading