Italian Gravy (Spaghetti Sauce)

by Anne Papina on September 14, 2013

Growing up, the making of the “gravy” was a big production. Actually, it still is, but once your kitchen fills with the heady aroma of fresh herbs and garlic, you realize it’s worth all the effort. A simmering pot of meaty-tomatoey-herby deliciousness promises of good things to come. My mom would start her day early, […]


Caprese Tortellini Salad #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on September 1, 2013

Parades, picnics, and barbeques all go hand-in-hand with Labor Day, which for most simply marks the end of summer. There was a time, however, when American workers weren’t afforded the luxury of a day off, and Labor Day honors the contributions and achievements of those who struggled to improve working conditions for everyone. Of course, […]


Grandma Papina’s Lamb Stew #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on June 16, 2013

Seems it’s that time of year again when we celebrate dad, so what better way to honor him than with his favorite meal? This week Isabel, owner of and the founder of the #SundaySupper Movement, is hosting a virtual shindig celebrating Father’s Day. For me, this was a no-brainer, as my dad loved his […]


Skinny Beef Chili #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on February 17, 2013

Sometimes nothing is more satisfying than a steaming bowl of chili. There’s something irresistible about that combination of meat, beans, and spices, simmering all day in a tangy gravy that beckons the taste buds. Whether you eat it straight, scoop it up with chips, or smother it over a hotdog or fries, it’s one dish […]


This is one of those recipes that’s a cinch to throw together, yet admittedly, I don’t make this as often as I should. Chicken Cacciatore’s rich aroma and flavors are borne in its simplicity. Some may remember Pollo alla Cacciatora as a relic from the 1950s’ Italian-American food scene–just add drippy candles and a bottle […]


Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes

by Anne Papina on August 30, 2008

wow is this yummy! I found this recipe in a recent williams-sonoma catalog, and modified it slightly.  Pair it with a fresh tossed salad, a crusty loaf of bread, and perhaps a beaujolais wine, and you have a perfect summer meal. Enjoy! Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 35 […]


Shrimp and Tunisian Fresh Tomato Relish

by Anne Papina on July 23, 2007

Shrimp and Tunisian Fresh Tomato Relish   Save Print Contributed with permission by ARA Content. Recipe type: Main Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 pound shelled and deveined shrimp 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided ¾ teaspoon salt, divided ½ teaspoon ground red pepper, divided 2 large yellow or green sweet bell peppers, diced ½ cup sliced green […]


Tortellini, Fresh Tomato and Pea Salad

by Anne Papina on July 23, 2007

Tortellini, Fresh Tomato and Pea Salad   Save Print Contributed with permission by ARA Content. Recipe type: Salad Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 pound frozen cheese tortellini 1 cup frozen peas 4 tablespoons prepared Italian or balsamic salad dressing, divided 1 pound fully ripened fresh Florida tomatoes, cut in chunks (about 2-1/2 cups) ½ cup salad […]


Roasted Squash and Eggplant Casserole with Chicken

by Anne Papina on January 5, 1998

(ARA) – Some of the things we eat today are rather new to the human diet. Tomatoes were at one time thought to be inedible, possibly even poisonous, but are now part of the everyday diets of people worldwide. Other foods that make a regular appearance on our table have been feeding people since ancient […]