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my grandmother’s favorite dish

Tradition is the foundation of my kitchen. So many dishes come from ones cooked by my grandmothers while I watched with starry eyes. Over the years I have added to my recipe collection but I have always held dear our family favorites. They may not be the fanciest (think egg noodles with cottage cheese or chopped meat and scrambled eggs!) but we love them none the less. Today would have marked my Great Grandma Zam’s 108th birthday. She’ll be celebrating in heaven  but she’s still in our hearts and in my kitchen.

Grandma Zam's favorite dish

Grandma Zam’s favorite dish

They say that dishes get “flavored” through use and this is one of my favorite ones. I can’t count the number of casseroles, meatballs, lasagnas, and so on that have been baked in this dish but I do know that everything I make in it always seems a bit more magical. It was a staple in Grandma’s kitchen and now in mine. I’ll cook in it for my children as she did for hers. With trusted Elsie and Elmer by its side, anything I make, can’t go wrong. So remembering my Grandmother and wishing her the happiest of birthday’s, it may not be exact, but here’s the Conti households’ Grandma Zam’s Macaroni and Beef.

Classic and heartwarming :)

Classic and heartwarming 🙂

I can see these two dancing around like something out of Beauty and the Beast when the kitchen lights go out!

I can see these two dancing around like something out of Beauty and the Beast when the kitchen lights go out!

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sweet and salty orecchiette with olives, almonds, and ricotta

I’m always looking for new pasta dishes since they are usually inexpensive and filling for a family of four! This recipe from October’s Real Simple uses one of my favorite tricks/techniques for white sauce; using some of the starchy cooking water to bind ingredients. I love this tip and it’s one you will get a ton of use out of! Green olives mixed with nutty almonds give this dish its title of Sweet and Salty Orecchiette with Olives, Almonds, and Ricotta.

Orcheitte with olives, almonds, and ricotta

Orecchiette with olives, almonds, and ricotta

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four ingredient spaghetti alla carbonara

Oh pasta, how I love you so. Set a big bowl in front of me and I just can’t resist. While spaghetti with marinara is a go-to in our house, sometimes you just need a change. This recipe is just as quick and easy and packs a ton of flavor with only four ingredients…seriously! Here’s my tasty version of Four Ingredient Spaghetti all Carbonara.

Rich and decadent Spaghetti all carbonara

Rich and decadent Spaghetti all carbonara

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the easiest ever fettuccine alfredo with roasted chicken and garden grown parsley

This is a dish that I rarely splurge on since, let’s be honest, it’s probably not the healthiest of dinner choices! But hey, everything in moderation in the kitchen! Since this dishes rich and creamy flavor begs for smaller portions and with the addition of protein packed lean roasted chicken, it can still be a meal that I am happy to feed my family. And ok, I cheated and used shells. It was all I had! I’m a mom of one very new infant and his very active toddler brother, so I’m cutting myself some slack on this one 🙂 Here is my recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo.

Rich and creamy and fast!

Rich and creamy and fast!

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the simplest stuffed shells you’ll ever make!

When I think of my childhood Sunday’s, I remember church in the morning, taking my great grandmother grocery shopping (a box of cookies always included for me!), reading the funnies, and dinner back at her house which smelled like we had walked into a local trattoria! While Sunday’s might not alllllways be filled with this much nostalgia in our house, this dish will certainly give your home the feeling of family.

I make it in the same baking dish my great grandmother did and I am convinced that it gives it just a bit more of the perfect flavoring. But don’t worry if you don’t have my grandma’s pan, a quick, simple recipe, this will still most certainly be one of the easiest you’ll ever make with a delicious return! Here’s my recipe for Simple Stuffed Shells.

Simple Stuffed Shells

Simple Stuffed Shells

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“picatta-ed” shrimp scampi

Here’s a dish that brings together two spring time flavors and is sure to have you feeling like the warm weather is on its way! It’s light and fast and combines two of my favorite flavors; garlic and salty capers, making it a perfect weeknight meal! Here’s my recipe for “Picatta-ed” Shrimp Scampi.

"Picatta-ed" Shrimp Scampi

“Picatta-ed” Shrimp Scampi

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light farfalle pasta with turkey sausage and veggies

We love pasta in my house. I mean we LOVE pasta. If I would let him, my husband could quite possibly eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 7 days a week. (As a matter of fact, in his bachelor days I’m pretty sure he may have!) While I won’t let him get away with that these days, I still try to designate one or two pasta nights a week. It’s an inexpensive dish that feeds an army and has so many variations you couldn’t possibly try them all in one lifetime! Here’s a sauce-less recipe that is the first dish I ever made for John when we started dating; Giada’s Farfalle with Turkey Sausage. While it’s not a Foodetarian creation, and I don’t do a thing to change her recipe, it’s such a perfectly constructed meal that the original is the best to share!

Simple and light, quick and delicious!

Simple and light, quick and delicious!

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