Ground Beef Ragu

Ragu Calzone
A ragu is an Italian sauce or stew, made with tomatoes, ground meat, vegetables, and wine, and cooked for a very long time.  Blognese sauce is a variation on a ragu that most of us are familiar with – though, in that case, a specific regional variation that is a bit heavier on tomato than most.

Ragus are frequently used with pasta, especially spaghetti.  But they can go on just about anything.  Or, in the case of this week’s Pie of the Week, in anything, or at least a calzone.  They are rich, hearty, and full of flavor!
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Savory Pumpkin and Sausage Soup

Savory Pumpkin and Sausage Soup

It’s fall, and that means 2 Acre Farm is bringing their wide selection of pumpkins to the Culver Farmers’ Market.  They’ve already nearly sold out this year, but I did manage to snag a couple of Long Island Cheese pumpkins.  While most folks decorate for a few weeks and then toss their pumpkins, these guys are delicious.  So, when life gives you pumpkins, make soup! Pumpkin and sausage soup

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Pasta with Grilled Lemon Asparagus

Tricolor rotini pasta, grilled lemon asparagus, roasted red pepper

Pasta with Grilled Lemon Asparagus

After a late start, the asparagus harvest this year has been great!  But after grilling, air frying, sauteing, and roasting, plus Cream of Asparagus Soup, it was time to celebrate asparagus with something a little unexpected.  How about pasta?  And let’s grill it for good measure!  And lemon sounds like it would brighten things up a bit!

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Tromboncini Fajitas

Fajitas made with Tromboncini Squash

Tromboncini Fajitas

I really love tromboncini squash.  And, we’ve had quite a surplus from the garden this year.

So, pondering what to make for dinner, and looking at tower of squash, then looking at the onions I had just harvested, then over at the stack of lugs filled with peppers, the muse hit me with fajitas. Continue reading

Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Boat

Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Boat

So, I wanted something a little different for the daily zucchini adventure today.  Something a bit more filling.  Something savory and rich.  And I enjoyed the squash and Italian Sausage flavor combination from my Rotini Tromboncini the other day.

Well, our main zucchini variety is Costata Romanesca, an Italian heirloom variety that we really love.  Italian zucchini, Italian sausage….  What could be more faux-Italian (yet really American) than pizza? Continue reading

Crockpot Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Chad's version of a philly cheesesteak sandwich

Chad’s Crockpot Philly Cheesesteak

I’ve had Philly Cheeesesteak Sandwiches in many places, though ironically never in Philly…  Nonetheless, the combination of beef and cheese with a flavorful au jus, peppers, and onions is certainly a winner.

My version uses the slow cooker to braise the steak all day.  Then you can simply assemble and broil the sandwiches and be eating in just a few minutes. Continue reading