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Easy Italian Dishes

Early in our marriage, my husband and I lived in Italy for two years. It was fantastic and I learned to love Italian food. The wonderful fresh ingredients, fragrant spices, and variety make Italian dishes pleasing for almost everyone.

Here are three of my favorite “Easy Italian” recipes. They are ideal whether preparing dinner for a few or the whole family. Better yet, besides being easy to prepare, they freeze nicely and taste just as good heated up right out of the freezer. (Simply click on the link for each recipe)   

ChickenParmesan

Lasagna

LasagnaRolls

 

Timely Tips

Cooking Tomato-based Sauces

I like to use a wooden spoon when cooking tomato-based sauces. Certain metals can react to the acidity and plastic spoons will become stained.

A good way to cut down on the acidity of you sauce is to use a little sugar, especially if any of your diners has digestion issues. I typically add a small amount of sugar, approximately 1/2 teaspoon or one small sugar packet at the end of the cooking time.

 

 

 

Easy Italian Early Preparation Baking Directions

If you prepare in advance, you can refrigerate for up to 48 hours prior to baking. Cover dish in plastic wrap and cover everything in foil. To bake, remove wrap, replace foil, and bake for 15 minutes more than stated in recipe.

If you prepare and freeze, or want to freeze leftovers, cover in plastic and then foil. Freeze for up to two months. If you go directly from freezer to oven, bake for 1 hour more than stated in recipe. If you thaw the dish, bake for 15 minutes more than stated in recipe.

                        

 

 

Let me know what you think of these tasty dishes.

XOXO  Trisha

 

 

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Leftover Magic

Happy New Year

 

 

 

I hope you all had a great holiday season and are already enjoying the new year. If you are like me, you may have saved some of those holiday dinner leftovers. If so, I’ve got some “leftover magic” for you.

Here are two recipes: one I call Easy Pot Pie using turkey or chicken, and the other is a tasty Cream of Potato Soup using leftover mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Simply click on the link for each recipe.

EasyPotPie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CreamofPotatoSoup

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Timely Tip

 When traveling, toss those complimentary shower caps from your hotel (make sure they are sealed) into your suitcase. When you get home, place them into a kitchen drawer with your plastic wrap and foil. They are perfect for covering any food item that you will get into over the course of a few days. I use them for pies, cookies, salads, etc. When the food is gone, toss the cap.

  

Let me know what you think.

XOXO Trisha