Italian Lentil Soup
I wanted to make something substantial involving lentils... and this was truly delicious and colorful. My steak-and- potatoes-lovin' husband thought it was great, and he didn't even complain that it didn't have actual meat in it. Garnish with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese and serve with a nice crusty homemade bread.
Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup
Come home at the end of the day to a richly spiced broth filled with lentils, ham and veggies. Pair it up with cornmeal muffins and you have a great meal!
Richly browned oxtail sections are simmered low and slow in a rich tomato sauce until the meat comes off the bones-- this oxtail ragu is almost foolproof. The only way to screw up this incredibly succulent cut of beef is to not cook it long enough.
Chicago-Inspired Italian Beef Sandwich
I tried to combine the traditional Italian beef sandwich with the French dip sandwich with a little nod to the pulled pork sandwich. Instead of using thinly sliced roast beef, I used stew beef, with apologies to my friends from Chicago.
Briam (Greek Baked Zucchini and Potatoes)
A few simple ingredients are transformed into an utterly delicious dish!
Fasolakia (Greek Green Beans)
Fasolakia are Greek green beans stewed with olive oil and tomato, with a few pieces of potato added for good measure. This is a main dish in Greece, not a side dish, and a prime example of plant-based eating! Good crusty bread is essential for mopping up the sauce and I always need to have a healthy chunk of feta on the side. Serve fasolakia warm or at room temperature for best flavor.
Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe
This is a recipe that we have made in our family for many years--everyone loves it. It's a very basic and easy variation on mac 'n cheese.
Bob's Pulled Pork on a Smoker
Tender, juicy pulled pork that's brined, then smoked over hickory chips.