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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Rotelle With Mushroom Tomato Sauce

Most people think of a meat sauce when considering dishes such as spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli or Alfredo. A good sauce can make or break a pasta entree. But sauces without meat can be just as tasty and often are more heart-healthy. I’ll be the first to admit that a ground beef/Italian sausage tomato/marinara sauce is hard to beat when it comes …


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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Ham and Cheese Casserole

Ham and cheese is one of those classic food combos that never gets old. Just like bacon and eggs, hamburgers and fries, peanut butter and jelly and pretzels and beer, this dynamic duo is an American favorite. Always has been, always will be. Perhaps the simplest and most common of way is to combine the pair for the sandwich ― grilled …


CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Easy Meaty Lasagna

Dealing with leftovers sometimes can be a problem. Especially if you have picky eaters who don’t have an appetite for an entree the second or third time around. That’s not the case with food such as spaghetti, which is often better after it’s sat for a day or two. Whenever I make a pot of that Italian favorite, we usually …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cheesy Chicken And Broccoli Pasta

Pasta and broccoli is a winning combination. And no matter what you complement those two with, the outcome is sure to be a palate pleaser. I have several favorite recipes that feature broccoli and pasta. One is Broccoli with Rigatoni, which comes from a cookbook by the late Dom DeLuise, “Eat This … It’ll Make You Feel Better!” DeLuise describes broccoli and rigatoni …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Mozzarella And Beef Layered Hotdish

What would you call a dish that’s a cross between a casserole and lasagna, two of the ultimate comfort foods? That’s a tough one, for which I haven’t come up with an answer. But there are three things that I do know: Some of these concoctions can be very nutritious, mighty tasty and pretty easy to make. The last quality is important for working parents who have …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Baked Shrimp Parmesan

A good sauce can turn an otherwise mediocre dish into one of excellence. And in the case of an entree that already features mouth-watering ingredients, it’s a bonus. For example, take baby back pork ribs, in which the barbecue sauce can be the make-or-break difference. The same is true with entrees such as chicken Alfredo or eggs Benedict (Hollandaise sauce). The following …

JUSTIN WELSH: Food Muse — Pasta e Fagioli

“When the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool, that’s amore.” I heard this Dean Martin lyric a little differently one day while preparing for a day at work. I asked myself “What is this dish he croons over?” After a little research, I stumbled upon a few recipes. My first reaction was not one of positive impression. My …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Broccoli Pasta Salad

Broccoli is one of those garden vegetables that keeps on giving. After the first cutting of a large center head, the plant will produce smaller side heads for several weeks. And for those like me who enjoy a good broccoli salad, that’s dandy. Just yesterday, I was able to harvest several smaller heads on my four plants, which Therese used to …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Ruote with Eggplant and Ricotta

Anyone who has read one of Donna Leon’s best-selling novels knows about Commissario Guido Brunetti. Brunetti is the intelligent and capable police commissioner who confronts crime around his hometown of Venice, Italy. And he’s also the namesake of a cookbook by Leon and Roberta Pianaro, which features Venetian recipes such as orecchiette with asparagus; ravioli with squash, butter and sage; artichokes stuffed with …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Are you one of those people who finds it hard to resist making soup on a cold spring day? I am. And throwing together a pot of delicious vegetables with a little pasta is a great way to spend an early afternoon when the temperatures are on a slow descent to reach 50 and the wind is blowing a bit. …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Shrimp Pesto Linguine

Pesto and pasta. Now that’s a combination that’s surely made in heaven. And if you don’t believe me, see for yourself. There is nothing simpler than combining those two with the likes of seafood, sausage or ribs in a yummy sauce that might also include some tasty veggies. One of my favorite combos is pasta, pesto and shrimp with peas. …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Baked Tortellini Casserole

There’s no doubt that Italians know a lot about pasta. In fact, pasta might be a food that Italians know more about than pizza or tomato sauce, both of which have a relatively recent history. Despite what you may have learned in history class, Marco Polo did not discover pasta in China and bring it back to Italy in the …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Mac ‘N’ Cheese With A Twist

There aren’t many kids around who don’t like macaroni and cheese. It doesn’t matter how picky they are, kids just love this dish. Whether it’s the kind that comes out of a box like the one from Kraft or your own homemade version, mac ‘n’ cheese is classic comfort food. And it’s not just kids who love it. Take my friend …