RECENT RECIPES

GRILLED OCTOPUS & VEGGIES - Great Neighborhood Cooks
BARB'S RECIPES, MAIN COURSES, SEAFOOD

Grilled Octopus and Veggies

We were at Week’s Fish Market earlier this week to pick up some fresh grouper & some of their salmon dip, smoked and made on premises.  Week’s is a hidden gem tucked into a strip mall in Old Bonita Springs.

Spaghetti with Veal and Porcini Meatballs - Great Neighborhood Cooks
BARB'S RECIPES, MAIN COURSES, MEAT, PASTA, VEAL

Spaghetti with Veal and Porcini Meatballs

As you know, Rob & I live in Southwest Florida year-round.  We have lots of friends down here who are seasonal & don’t do much cooking while on their 6 month “vacation.  I love to cook, enjoy entertaining friends.  Eating dinner out isn’t really my thing especially during season. To crowed, to pricey and reservations only available at 5:00 or 9:00.

Pasta Carbonara - Great Neighborhood Cooks
BARB'S RECIPES, MAIN COURSES, PASTA, PORK, VEGETABLE

Pasta Carbonara

Our daughter asked if I would be willing to spend 2 weeks in August watching her to girls Sophie (17) & Georgia (13). while she went to a writer’s conference in Vermont.  I love these girls and of course said yes!  Let me tell you about “babysitting” for a 17 year with a driver’s license, an evening job at a restaurant and her own car & a 13-year-old with a million friend within walking distance.  I never saw them unless it was to go to the mall or out for lunch!

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake - Great Neighborhood Cooks
BARB'S RECIPES, DESSERTS

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

My Mom was a great Mom but when it came to cooking not so much.  Her main goal was to make sure dinner was on the table at 5:00 when my Dad came home from work.  She was really good at stretching a meal to feed the 6 of us and casseroles were her specialty.
I remember that big yellow Pyrex bowl serves steaming from the oven with tuna noodle casserole (always served with crushed potato chips on top), scalloped potatoes and ham,
goulash, etc. I guess in the 50’s there was no Food Network!

There was one dessert we all loved and she usually made it for special occasions like birthdays.
Remember Icebox Cake?  It was whipped cream layered with Nabisco Chocolate Wafer made in a loaf pan.

This recipe is many steps up from the original.