Carbonara with a Twist

Carbonara with Leeks, Bacon, & Goat Cheese

As I write this post my sink is full. There is flour spread haphazardly on my countertops. There are toys everywhere. There are at least two loads of laundry that need folding. Maybe three. But who’s counting? Weeds need pulling outside. Our carpets need vacuuming. The bathrooms need cleaning. And our realtor could text me at any moment to say someone wants to see our house in an hour.

But I’m ignoring all that because… well… I have been wanting to share this recipe and I cannot wait any longer!

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Mini Italian Meatballs with Ricotta Dip

Mini Italian Meatballs with Ricotta Dip

Whether or not you are a football fan… you are most likely a fan of at least one aspect of “The Big Game”….

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Ricotta & Sausage Calzones

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This is the second time I’ve posted a calzone recipe here on A to Z.

My family voted unanimously that they were better this time around. You’re gonna love ’em!

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Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Homemade Ricotta

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This is a “My tomatoes are going bad and I need to use them ASAP or they’re going in the trash” recipe.

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Italian Quinoa

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I have to admit that sometimes I’m a bit jealous of other languages. They just sound more refined than the English language.

Or maybe more romantic.

Or both.

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Mozzarella in Corrozza

If you appreciate using ingredients you have on hand to make delicious food, you will like the history of Mozzarella in Corrozza. It was a sandwich that was made to use up day old bread along with ingredients that would be abundant on a typical Italian farm: cheese, eggs, milk, and olive oil.

Simply stated, it’s a battered, fried cheese sandwich.

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It is Mozzarella in a Carriage (“in Corrozza”)… the bread being the “carriage” that holds the mozzarella!

If you’re in the mood for more Italian classics… check out my bruschetta recipe!

This being my first attempt at the sandwich I learned a lot and have some tips to pass on to you.

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Lemon + Ricotta = One Delicious Cookie

Today is actually a DOUBLE post day as I have to ‘get a move on’ to make it through Z before baby time…

I’m not sure that’s going to happen but we’ll cross that bridge when it comes I suppose.

The first thing I’m posting are these super light, decadent Lemon Ricotta Cookies w/ Lemon Glaze…

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And the next recipe, you guessed it, I couldn’t make it past ‘L is for Lemon’ without including the classic “Lemon Bars”.

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Easy Italian Sausage & Broccoli Calzones

Where did this past week go?!?

I haven’t a clue… if you know, let me know…

I’ve been busy working on a final Italian Sausage recipe while moving onto the “J” recipes!

Check out the CALZONE! Quick, easy, make ahead, cheap, and DELICIOUS!… Did I get everything in there…??

This recipe does it all. Except maybe the dishes… you’ll have to do those yourself… or enlist someone to help you.

Just tempt them with these calzones… they’ll have no choice but to grant you a night off from dish-duty!

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These are EASY because I don’t have you make your own dough… I experimented with two store-bought doughs and was happy with both of them. They yielded slightly different results but BOTH were tasty!

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Italian Sausage Soft Tacos with Roasted Veggie Salsa & Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream

Yes, the “I” in our A to Z line up is for ITALIAN SAUSAGE!

I must admit, I’m a bit burned out on sausage for the time being, as we have been eating sausage recipes all week….

But you don’t have to make them all in the same week like I did… If you are a sausage-lovin’-family (as we are) you might be able to do 2-3 meals without hitting burnout! ๐Ÿ™‚

First up….. nope, not an Italian dish…

TACO NIGHT!!

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Sausage Soft Tacos with Roasted Veggie Salsa and Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream

My mouth is officially watering…

Maybe I’m not as burned out on sausage as I thought!

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An Egg Ending

Whew… Found it!

Have you ever lost something important, torn apart your house to find it, and then had to give up in despair thinking you’d lost it for good. You’re mad because you don’t want to buy a new one but it’s something you need… or at least use often?? That was my past five days. I lost, I searched, I despaired.

However, this story has a happy ending… I found my lost something!! This is especially exciting for me, because usually the item I lost is never found and I’m always left wondering if it grew legs and walked away of its own accord somehow.

What was my precious lost item? None other than my camera card. I store all my Apples to Ziti and family photos on it. Nothing like a lost camera card to put a food blog at a stand still. All that cooking, all those pictures, all that time… I was so sad to report that we would have no final “E is for Egg” recipe and just a couple (if any) “F” recipes. But I don’t have to report that!

Here is my “Egg Ending” as I’ve chosen to call it:ย Egg Casserole

I couldn’t finish a series of recipes on eggs without including an egg casserole… classic and usually budget-friendly!

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The Splurge

GRILLED TUSCAN STEAK WITH FRIED EGG & GOAT CHEESE

I try to keep the recipes I select to under $3.00 per person if possible, but sometimes I feel the need to indulge so this is, by my definition at least, a bit extravagant. Doing E is for Eggs required that I did some sort of steak and egg recipe for my husband’s sake especially… and my own. I’ve been craving steak…ย good steak… for weeks now. This was just the satisfaction my craving needed! I think I surprised my husband by polishing off the whole steak as fast as he did… I got a good work out cooking the meal after all ๐Ÿ™‚

The cost is about $6.50 per person (not ridiculous actually). Once you see it, I think you’ll understand why I splurged…

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