Italian Dinner – Fennel Pork Chops and Risotto with Mushrooms and Saffron

Recipes in this Post Italian Fennel Pork Chops Risotto with Mushrooms and Saffron Sundays are the day in our family where we really try to keep the Sabbath day. We go to Mass, and I try to not get on the computer. No working on Sunday, sometimes not even to get email. Spane really likes going to the 5:30 p.m. Mass, the Life Teen Mass, mainly because it is a more youthful Mass, with a band that plays guitar, drum and piano, with really good jazzy singers. I like going to the earlier Masses because I really like listening to Holy Family’s award winning choir. I like to sing, too. Usually, we go to 5:30 Mass, so I don’t have that much time to make a real “Sunday” dinner, but today we went to 11:00 Mass, so I did. I thought that this was a good opportunity to praise God … Continue reading

A Little Italian, a Little French, a Little Mexican

Recipes in this post Linguine with Clam Sauce Garlic Bread I am Catholic, and I remember as a child that you ate fish on Fridays. There are all sorts of rumors why that is – the only real reason is that the flesh of land animals was restricted on Fridays, not to promote the Italian fishing industry. I think that eating fish on Friday is a good thing. It’s a good way to remember to keep fish in your diet, and there are so many varieties you are always guaranteed a good meal! When I looked in the pantry on Monday, I saw that I had a can of clams, Parmesan and a box of linguine. Yum! Friday was taken care of, all I needed was some white wine. I went to the grocery on Monday, and found mushrooms on sale, so I picked up the mushrooms and a bottle … Continue reading

Cold Rainy Day Friday Food – Clam and Red Snapper Stew

Recipes in this post Fish Stew It’s cold and nasty today – the kind of cold that makes your bones hurt, so I’m going to make my favorite fish stew tonight with some nice garlic bread and a glass of wine. When you make this, make sure that the shell fish you buy is still alive, so go to a reputable fishmonger to get your shellfish. The shellfish should be on ice, and you can ask the fishmonger to put in some ice when the fish is bagged up, especially if you live far away. Here’s my recipe: