• Flavors,  Italian,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Spinach & Ricotta Papparadelle

    Searching for a delicious and quick pasta dinner? Need to get out of the red sauce rut? Look no further than this luscious meal – simple to prepare, full of flavor and easy to customize to fit your family’s tastes. And although it’s delicious on it’s own, this pasta is also a terrific compliment to chicken, seafood or fish. I topped ours with seared halibut which I had brushed with some of my oregano marinade. Dinner couldn’t have been easier to pull together! If you’re adding protein to this dish, try my http://gatherconnectempower.com/2017/04/oregano-marinade/ Seared fish is a terrific addition to this pasta dish http://gatherconnectempower.com/2017/05/seared-halibut/ Spinach & Ricotta Papparadelle Author: Kate Wagner Serves:…

  • Italian,  Recipes,  Salads,  Vinaigrettes

    Caesar Salad Dressing

    Salad dressings are one of my favorite things to concoct. I love the simplicity of the mason jar, the math of the oil versus acid proportion, and the transformation of a handful of herbs tossed into the food processor. Not only are they great on salads, vinaigrettes are one of the fastest ways to answer the what’s for dinner question – marinate a protein in the yummy dressing you have in the fridge and you are halfway to getting a meal on the table. This vinaigrette is so easy to make, all you need is a handful of pantry ingredients and the secret ingredient – Greek whole milk yogurt. Caesar…

  • Italian,  Recipes,  Sauces

    Marinara Sauce

    Marinara sauce is one of the easiest things to make, and takes just a few minutes to put together. Toss with pasta, top a pizza…with a jar in the fridge you always have an answer to the “what’s for dinner” question. Marinara Sauce Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 14 cups I know a lot of marinara recipes call for whole tomatoes that you crush by hand. I like to skip that skip entirely, keep things simple and just buy crushed tomatoes. This recipe makes a big batch that you can store in some repurposed glass jars, remember that tomato sauce stains plastic, so stay away from tuperware for this recipe. Happy…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Italian,  Meat,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Roasted Meatballs

    I have never been one for frying meatballs (too messy!), so I am constantly tinkering around with baking meatballs instead. This recipe was inspired by Ina Garten’s new cookbook. I have always baked my meatballs, but usually at a low temperature. I still make meatballs that way from time to time, but I really appreciate the speed with which these meatballs come together. The additional breadcrumbs and higher heat help the meatballs keep their shape and cooks them all the way through…then all you need is a quick simmer in the sauce and dinner is ready! Have a few extra minutes? Make my delicious marinara sauce! Marinara Sauce Roasted Meatballs…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Italian,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Baked Manicotti

    I have been making this recipe for years – it’s one of my top 5 most requested client meals – but ironically it’s never been a meal I made for my kids because they one, don’t like marinara sauce smothered over everything (meatballs should have a bare dripping of sauce, that’s it) and two, casseroles, or any dish where the food is all mixed together is like torturing them. I have to face facts and accept that my kids, who are 13, 10 and 7, are not changing anytime soon. So, imagine my surprise, that along with blending our families, I get to cook for older kids that LOVE meals like…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Italian,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Sun-dried Tomato Meatballs

    These meatballs are perfect for warmer weather – they come together quickly, totally different than my long-simmering in red wine version. The turkey keeps them light while the pancetta and sun-dried tomatoes give these meatballs such a special flavor. Best of all, this recipe is a huge hit with kids! My secret? My kids rebel against the “green stuff” in meatballs, aka parsley. My lightbulb moment – serving the parsley on the side! Score one for mom… Sun-dried Tomato Meatballs Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 60 meatballs This recipe falls into my category of “If I’m getting all these ingredients out I might as well make a lot”. I just love…