Christmas Eve Seafood

We invited all our single friends over to help us decorate our tree on Christmas Eve. Of course one has to give in order to receive, so we lured them over with promises of food. Our traditional Christmas Eve feast is seafood, and this year was no exception. We served boiled shrimp as an appetizer. […]


Ditalini’s Lasagne Rolls

This is Ditalini’s adaptation of a Giada De Laurentiis Food Channel recipe. The original recipe called for mixing chopped prosciutto in with the ricotta/spinach mixture, but since Ditalini uses Italian meat sauce rather than meatless marinara sauce, she skips the prosciutto.

We usually have a few containers of Italian meat sauce in the freezer, so […]


Ditalini’s Little Chicken Dinner

This is a one-dish casserole dinner that’s been a deMenthe family favorite for years.

Casserole Ingredients

1/4 lb bulk sausage, crumbled 1/4 cup butter 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt home-made or purchased pie crust 2 cups cooked chicken, cut up 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup light cream 1 3-oz can mushrooms (with […]