Brandy Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

With the holidays on the horizon, I felt like it was time to come up with a new gravy.  I tend to make the same one every year.  Why not jazz it up with a little brandy and shiitake mushrooms?  Why not, indeed?!  This gravy tastes amazing on mashed potatoes, stuffing, loaves, or really anything…

Pasta Marinara

What could be easier to make than marinara?!  The ingredients are so simple, and it cooks up fast.  The most important thing is buying “good” canned tomatoes.  I’m thinking of brands like Pomo, Mutti, or San Marzano. Or if your garden has been generous, make your own tomato puree, and cook up loads of this…