Spaghetti?  Lasagne? Ravioli?  What is your favorite?  If you are like me you like it all.  Lots of sauce.  Lots of melted cheese.  Lots of flavor.  But for  some reason I don’t cook Italian very often.  That is why I chose the theme Mama Mia!  Let’s cook Italian! for this week’s Eating with Ellie theme.

I found a recipe for calzone in one cookbook.  A recipe for lasagne in another.  And then I ran across this recipe from Ellie for Chicken Parmeasan on line. Bingo!

Lots of ooey gooey melted mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.


Lots of flavor with the oregano, garlic powder, and paprika.  Lots of crunch from the seasoned breadcrumbs.  LOTS of crunch!


Who could say no that that?

This was probably the best Chicken Parm I have made.  AND it is healthy!  Pounded flat the chicken breast made a HUGE piece.   It was more than I could eat.  It was delicious!  And it was cooked in less than 30 minutes!  Big Plus.

The recipe is online at Cooking Channel TV.

And there are more Italian dishes visit Eating With Ellie.


aka QUICHE!  And it’s a good one.  AB gives the basics {Software} and then choices for the filling {Secondary Software}  And to make it super simple he suggested a frozen crust.  NICE!


Use a frozen {or fresh} crust .Mix together 2 large eggs, 1 cup half and half, and a pinch of nutmeg.

Distribute the “secondary software” over the crust.  {8 ounces of just about anything!}


I used cubed ham, spinach, sauteed onions, and Gruyere cheese.  If I had only had some mushrooms!

Place the pie on a cookie sheet and place partway into a 350 degree oven.  Carefully pour in the filling mix and slide the pie into the oven. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes or until it is still jiggly in the middle but set at the edges.

OH! MY!  Pretty much the best ‘refrigerator pie” I have made in a while.

AB also suggests combos like

  • cheddar with ham and spinach.
  • roasted chicken with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese.
  • pepperoni with black olives and green peppers.

In other words – anything goes…

The recipe is from Good Eats: The Early years page 152.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

Last week we were supposed to make a Curtis recipe that took 30 minutes or less.  I didn’t quite make it in time.  Although why I couldn’t find 30 minutes to make one simple dish is beyond me.

So here it is this week for the August I Heart Cooking Clubs Potluck.


barbeque chicken quesadillas

If you have some roasted chicken, and I did, this dish is ready in about 10 minutes.  Flour tortillas layered with Monterey Jack. roasted chicken, BBQ sauce and cilantro.  There was also Jalapeño pepper but I left that out.  NOT a fan! 

Simply put the fillings on 1/2 of the tortilla, place the quesadilla on a griddle and cook on each side for about 3 minutes to melt the cheese and crisp the tortilla.  10 minutes, 12 minutes tops.  It was perfect for a quick lunch or supper when you are too busy to do something complicated.  Definitely a repeat.

I used an apple cider vinegar which added some kick with out the pepper.  Perfect!

The recipe is from Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone.  Page 120

Want more potluck check out IHCC this week.

This month’s chef of the month is Diana Henry.  When we were cooking with her starting  October 2014 (for the next 6 months) I didn’t get to do many of her recipes.  I saw lots of yummy dishes through the other members of IHCC.  One of them was this dish which looks so tasty.


Spaghetti with Bacon, Egg, and Smoked Cheese.

This would be a great brunch dish.  A warm gooey egg drizzling down over spaghetti tossed with bacon and cheese.  It was comforting.  It was full of flavor.  It was delicious.  I understand how it got rave reviews from the members who made it.  I will definitely make it again.  The egg mixed with the melty cheese and crunchy bacon. 

The only change I would make would be to use less pasta.  2 ounces was really way too much for a single serving.  I didn’t realize it until I saw all that goodness piled on the plate and I knew I could not eat all of it.

    6 oz spaghetti
    3 tbsp olive oil
    4 oz bacon
    2 large eggs
    salt and pepper
    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    1 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (use about 1/2 cup chopped cilantro)
    2 oz smoked cheese, grated {I used Smoked Gruyere.}

Cook the spaghetti until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil {I actually didn’t use this for the bacon}in a large frying pan and cook the bacon until crispu and brown. Set aside.
Fry the eggs sunny side up. {If you used the rest of the olive oil, which I didn’t spoon the warm oil up over the top of the eggs to cook the yolks.} Season with salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta and put into the saucepan. Add the extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add in the bacon and parsley and toss.
Divide between two plates, sprinkle on the cheese, and top each serving with a fried egg. Serve immediately.

The recipe is from Henry’s Cook Simple:  Effortless Cooking Every Day.  You can find it HERE.  You should try this one.

For more from Diana Henry visit I Heart Cooking Clubs .

Three potato, four.  Remember that old round we used as kids to out somebody from the circle?  It still plays in my head even tho’ I haven’t used it in 60+ years.  My grands use it.  My kids used it.  It will never die. Ad it came into my head when I had to pick a theme for this week’s Eating with Ellie.AND you can never go wrong with a good potato recipe – especially when it has lots of cheese, herbs, and sauce.


Scalloped Potatoes au Gratin

This is one dish that is always a hit at the dinner table but usually it has tons of cream and butter involved.  Not with Ellie’s recipe.  Low fat milk, Gruyère cheese, garlic and thyme make this dish tasty but also much lower in calories.  Only 280 a serving rather than 380.  


Using a little flour to thicken the low fat milk  results in lots of creamy sauce and room for lots of cheese.  And since it’s Gruyère there is already tons of flavor.

The recipe is from Ellie’s comfort food fix (page 221). but also on FoodTv.  I made 1/2 of the recipe and it was more than enough for 4 healthy servings.

More potatoes on Eating with Ellie.  The themes through the end of September are posted.  Why don’t you join us.  Just cook, blog, and leave a link to the Ellie page.  Easy Peasy!

Ooey, gooey, melty cheese!  What’s not to love?  And in this simple dish from Donna Hay it all comes together.


Zucchini, Cheese, and Pasta Slice

This was so good.  Very soft and melty just out of the oven.  Just as good at room temp.  The only seasoning is just salt and pepper but the ricotta really adds a lot of flavor.  The result is a creamy grown-up mac and cheese.  

    1½ CUPS (135G) SMALL PASTA
    1 CUP (200G) RICOTTA
    4 EGGS

Cook the pasta {I used elbow macaroni.} until al dente.  Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Turn out into a lightly greased 8″ x 12″ dish. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes at 350°F until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Let cool {or not….} and slice into squares.

The recipe is from Donna Hay’s website.

Visit Wednesdays with Donna Hay for more Cheesy Delights! which was the theme this week.

I figured if I’m going to the Indy I am going in style.  Maybe a box seat!  Maybe the camper in the pits.  I’m going to need that because my lunchbox had a rather messy meal in it.


Ellie’s Open-Face PHILLY Cheese Steak Sandwich

When ever I try out a new place for lunch, if they have the Philly, I will try it.  I’ve had one from about 20 different places.  Most are good.  Some not so much.  The one from The Huddle House isn’t bad.  Neither is the one at IHOP.  I haven’t found one that blows me away yet.  Guess I will just have to keep trying.

Meanwhile Ellie’s will do nicely for a make-at-home Philly.  A toasted whole whet Italian roll (I used a WW English muffin instead) covered with nicely browned beef, sauteed onions and bells (Ellie said red and green but I am not a fan of green so I used orange instead.  Great Color!), and a lovely cheese sauce made with REAL cheese – extra sharp cheddar.  It was quite tasty, but quite messy as well.  Which is just fine with me.  Definitely a repeat, maybe NOT for the INDY, but any other lunch.

The recipe is from Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix (page 112) .  I also found it on my friend Tracy’s blog.

Check out what else is our Lunchboxes.


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