Broccoli Pasta Salad

“What can we bring?” is the first question Jerri asks when we are invited to someone’s home for dinner. My mother asked the same question hundreds of times over the years. If your host or hostess suggests that you bring a salad, here is one that you can put together in under half an hour.…
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My Really Simple Italian Meat Sauce

On a rainy summer day or a cold winter afternoon I sometimes get the urge to make my marinara sauce. It’s best made with fresh tomatoes and needs to simmer slowly for a couple of hours to let the flavors develop. I usually make a pretty big batch and we freeze it in pint and…
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Jerri’s Ham And Swiss Lasagna

Like many good cooks who enjoy trying new recipes, Jerri notes ones that turned out especially well by writing the name and page number of the recipe on the flyleaf of the cookbook where she found it. “It saves a lot of time,” she observes. There are four thus noted in the Better Homes and…
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Chicken Marsala

When we moved to the country, the first outbuilding that Mom and Dad bought was a chicken coop. It was about ten feet square with a sloping roof. Dad and the farmer he bought it from somehow loaded it on a hay wagon and moved it to the corner of what later became our back…
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Scallop Scampi

Properly cooked, scallops are wonderful. Our friend Dardi sautés sea scallops to perfection. The trick is to cook the scallops until they are just done. Thirty seconds too long, and the scallops begin to toughen and soon resemble large rubber erasers. Dardi knows when the pan is ready for the scallops and exactly when to…
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