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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Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe

This Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe is a wonderful leap in the right direction, combining the fresh delightful flavors of fresh raspberries, blackberries, quality balsamic vinegar, garlic, Vidalia onions, pure organic honey, tarragon, and fresh sweet basil.

Fresh mixed berries are some of the healthiest foods on planet Earth. New research is constantly being published and those juicy sweet ripe berries are being recognized and analyzed for their health giving properties.Fresh Berries are extremely high in antioxidants.

fresh-mixed-berry-vinaigrette-recipeThose delicious tasting fresh organic blackberries I included in my Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe are so much more than just powerful antioxidants. Blackberries are also extremely high in some of the highest forms of chronic disease and cancer-fighting compounds: vitamins C, E, and ellagic acid. They also have high levels of the soluble fiber known as pectin, a substance that studies link to lowered levels of cholesterol.  Continue reading

POTATO SALAD WITH ARUGULA, PEAS, & DILL

Potato Salad with Arugula, Peas, and Dill is a fantastic potato salad perfect for any season; made with sliced Red Potatoes, Peppery Arugula, Red Onions, Feta cheese, Sweet Peas, garden Fresh Dill weed,  dressed in a creamy deliciously thick Greek Yogurt sauce.

A few years back my friend and Author of Erica’s Recipes Blog made a wonderful potato salad that I used in a Blogger Roundup called, “20 Salads to remember this Summer” on my blog. I fell in love hardcore with her salad called Spring Potato Salad with Arugula, Peas, and Dill to the point of instantly being inspired to make a revamped version of my own for you guys.

spring-potato-salad-with-arugula-peas-and-dill2What did I keep?…

Erica was brilliant combining  Red Potatoes, Peppery Arugula, Sweet Peas, and Fresh Dill weed herbs,  those, of course, would stay. Heck, those are the ingredients that drew my attention from the start after seeing her recipe. Continue reading

Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing is a beautiful minty colored green blast from the past made with plain Greek yogurt, buttermilk, Duke’s mayo, chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice, and freshly ground pepper. It’s perfect for your Springtime freshly made salads.

It has been said in the past that Green Goddess Dressing’s origin points to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923 when the hotel’s executive chef Philip Roemer wanted something to pay tribute to actor George Arliss and his hit play, The Green Goddess. He then concocted this dressing, which, like the play, became a hit.

I have to admit I am an avid collector of anything vintage, including recipes.This dressing is right up my alley and definitely a delicious blast from the past on a wonderful crisp and cool salad. I adore the natural minty tinted color as well as the flavor of this dressing.

Green goddess dressing

I bet a few of you are wondering a few things…

What is Chervil? : Chervil, aka French parsley, is a delicate annual herb related to parsley.It is commonly used to season mild-flavored dishes and is a constituent of the French herb mixture fines herbs. Continue reading

Chicken and Berry Salad

Chicken and Berry Salad is an amazing way to wrap up summer with a beautiful bang. It’s so simple and budget friendly to make this amazing salad combining leftover Mojito Chicken or any of your favorite grilled chicken, fresh juicy, succulent blackberries and strawberries and a fresh spring mix with a wonderful refreshing Blackberry Mint Balsamic Dressing to tie it all together.

Labor Day is coming and we will soon be heading into the season of Everything Pumpkin, Homemade Soups, and of course the everyday casseroles that the cooler fall weather brings. While I do love the fall weather I want to be able to still enjoy and a delicious summer salad with fresh berries and grilled chicken, don’t you?

Chicken and Berry Salad is such stunning and fabulous way of making the most of your leftover chicken combined with fresh juicy, succulent blackberries and strawberries and a fresh spring mix with a wonderful refreshing Blackberry Mint Balsamic Dressing to tie it all together.

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The History of Caprese Salad {Insalata Caprese}

The first mention of  the beloved Caprese Salad {Insalata Caprese} was in the early 1920s, Caprese Salad appeared on the Hotel Quisisana menu;  where  Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, founder of Futurism, in the summer of 1924 protested  pasta calling it “outdated”.

Many years later, in the 1950s, it is noted that King Farouk, having requested a menu item that would be light on his stomach, as an afternoon appetizer, was served a bread encasing fresh mozzarella, vine ripened tomatoes and the fresh herb basil.

THE HISTORY OF CAPRESE SALAD {INSALATA CAPRESE}Caprese Salad {Insalata Caprese}is definitely one of the discoveries of the twentieth century; with vast tourism taking place, the Caprese no longer would be called a Capri recipe, it became an international dish. Meanwhile, the Caprese Salad would become very much so improved when the traditional vaccine mozzarella was replaced with bufala mozzarella, a dairy product typical of Campania, Italy. Continue reading

Creamy Ravioli with Bacon Spinach and Red Roasted Peppers

You’ll love this simple, easy to make Creamy Ravioli with Bacon Spinach and Red Roasted Peppers , made with quality cheese stuffed Ravioli, fresh organic spinach, Hickory smoked thick sliced bacon, freshly roasted red sweet bell peppers, shallots, all covered in a thick, rich, creamy, homemade four cheese Alfredo sauce.

I love Italian Cuisine, heck I grew up eating pasta till it was coming out of my ears, so these days I like fusing together pasta dish recipes with other fun ingredients. It’s so easy to have a little fun with Italian ingredients, adding a few surprise layers of flavor to really bump up the taste of things for dinners. My Creamy Ravioli with Bacon Spinach and Red Roasted Peppers is one example of how easy it is to change up your normal routine at dinner time.

You'll love this simple, easy to makeCreamy Ravioli with Bacon Spinach and Red Roasted Peppers , made with quality cheese stuffed Ravioli, fresh organic spinach, Hickory smoked thick sliced bacon, freshly roasted red sweet bell peppers, shallots, all covered in a thick, rich, creamy, homemade 4 cheese Alfredo sauce.Whew wee y’all, can you see how deliciously creamy this Creamy Ravioli with Bacon Spinach and Red Roasted Peppers is? Man look at all those yummy ingredients, cheese stuffed Ravioli, fresh organic spinach, Hickory smoked thick sliced bacon, freshly roasted red sweet bell peppers, shallots, all covered in a thick, rich, creamy, homemade 4 cheese Alfredo sauce. Can you imagine savoring this with fresh Italian bread and real butter? Continue reading