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Spaghetti alla Carbonara - It’s hard for me to believe that I have never posted about Carbonara because it’s one of my wifes absolute favorites. On the three trips we’ve taken to Italy I think she’s tried them all! This recipe can be made … Continue reading
Gumbo! New Orleans Style! - As you know most of my recipes are at least modified from the original unless I make them up myself. This one is only slightly modified so I am linking directly to the allrecipes.com link I used. I eliminated the … Continue reading
Italy 2016 – Florence, Positano, Rome! - My wife and I recently took a trip to Italy.  Our daughter is doing a semester abroad so we decided to go visit her in Florence and then spend some time on the Amalfi coast. In keeping with  tradition, we … Continue reading
Jambalaya – Pork, Chicken and Shrimp! - This is my first time at trying Jambalaya and after reading a few recipes online, I decided to make the recipe up myself.  I cooked a pork butt yesterday and made pulled pork rice bowls and as  you know if … Continue reading
Strawberries – 4th of July style! - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
In honor or the 4th of July! Independence Day strawberries! 4th of July Strawberry ingredients: Strawberries, washed and dried Melted White Chocolate Blue Sugar 4th of July Strawberry Method: Melt White Chocolate Chips per instructions…
Spicy Zucchini Blossoms (fried) - I’ve seen fried zucchini blossoms on TV many times but have never tried making them at home. I planted a zucchini plant this year and it’s really doing well.  We’ve gotten several large zucchini’s so far and I decided to … Continue reading
Grilled Corn with Herb Oil - This recipe is so simple, but it is absolutely the best corn on the cob I have ever eaten.  A variation of this recipe is in this months Food Network Magazine. Grilled Corn with Herb Oil Ingredients: 8 ears shucked … Continue reading
Ravioli with garlic and herb - This is an original recipe I made up inspired by a dry spice packet I purchased in Tuscany for making Pici All’aglione, which is a spicy tomato sauce.  The spice packet is a mixture of dry italian herbs and crushed … Continue reading
Chicken Chili Wonton Appetizer - I love all kinds of wonton recipes including fried, steamed and now baked! I got this recipe from A Taste of Home. This is a slightly modified version of the original, as I used a hot chili mixture to spice … Continue reading
Easter Bread! - One of my best childhood memories is when my grandmother and mother made easter bread. My mother told me that my grandmother used to make it with a colored egg in the nest of the braid so that the … … Continue reading
Shrimp Bisque - I love seafood and one of the ways I enjoy it most is in soups and stews.  This recipe is a great way to enjoy shrimp and could be varied by using crab, fish or scallops as a substitute. This … Continue reading
Chicken Pot Pie - This has become one of my go-to meals.  I love pot pie and they freeze very well so they are ready to go anytime you want them! Many recipes online cook the carrots and potatoes prior to beginning to make … Continue reading
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup - Roasted Butternut Squash soup has not been at the top of my list in terms of favorite soups, but this recipe may have changed my mind! I was inspired to make this recipe because I tried to purchase Panera Bread … Continue reading
Advantium or Not? Is Speed Cook a good thing? - My wife and I have been remodeling our kitchen. This is how we started… This is where we are. Not done yet, but getting there. As part of the remodel, we chose a GE Profile Advantium double oven. It has … Continue reading
Chicken and Vegetable Soup - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
When there is so much bad weather across the country there is only one thing to do….make soup!! And vegetable soup is my favorite. This posting is a real challenge for me because, although…
Crescent Roll Christmas Wreath Appetizer - This is a great appetizer for around the holidays. The red and green ingredients make it a perfect appetizer for the Christmas season! I am not ashamed to say  I got this recipe from the Betty Crocker website. It’s delicious, … Continue reading
Making Pici in Toscana! - http://www.sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com is making Pici in Tuscany! Visit http://www.sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com for more great recipes and stories! Ciao! Mike.    
Braciole - http://www.sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com is making Brasciole! Check back soon for the recipe and method!                  
Zucchini Lasagna - If you love lasagna but don’t love the carbs, this dish is for you!! Zucchini Lasagna Ingredients: 3 Medium Size Zucchini 4 cups spaghetti or marinara sauce (see below for link to recipe I used) 15 oz Ricotta Cheese 1 Bunch … Continue reading
Fried Zucchini (Googootz) - There are so many things that remind me of my grandmother, but none as much as Googootz! My grandmother called fried zucchini googootz. Googootz is actually a slang word for cucuzza, a type of gourd found in italy. This can … Continue reading
Spaghetti Pizza - This is an easy and delicious way to use leftover Spaghetti.  It may seem strange but its a great crunchy snack that will be a hit with your family and friends! Spaghetti Pizza Ingredients: 2 cups left over Spaghetti 2 … Continue reading
Quick Tip: Meat Temp (Tri-tip quick tip!) - Cook your meat 5 degrees lower than called for and let it rest for 10 minutes. It will be perfectly done. This was cooked to 135 degrees and rose to 140, perfectly done while resting! Visit http://www.sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com for great recipes and … Continue reading
Basil Pesto Sauce - This is a pesto recipe I made up from a combination of many recipes I’ve seen and used in the past. This one has a key ingredient taught to me from a long time friend who is an amazing chef. Thanks … Continue reading
Quick Tip: Raising Pizza Dough - If you raise your Pizza dough in the refrigerator overnight the flavor will pop! I add a little olive oil to a zip top bag and put it in the fridge for up to 24 hours! Take it out of … Continue reading
Zuppa Toscana (sausage and potato soup) - I found this recipe on food.com. It is listed as a copycat of the Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana but I think it’s better. I modified it slightly by cutting the potatoes into chunks instead of slices and by adding a … Continue reading
Summer Salad (Tomato and Cucumber) - Since it’s the first day of summer I decided to post a simple summer salad recipe using some amazing fresh garden vegetables. This recipe is so simple, it’s really hard to call it a recipe. Just some fresh ingredients with … Continue reading
Shrimp Orzo with Garlic and Parmesan - This recipe is very simple and delicious.  I love garlic so I use 4 cloves of garlic. Feel free to modify it to your tastes. Shrimp Orzo with Garlic and Parmesan Ingredients: 1 lb Orzo pasta (cook per directions) 1 … Continue reading
Pizza Fritte (Italian doughnuts!) - This is one of my childhood favorites. My grandmother made these anytime she had leftover dough. I started making these for my kids many years ago and they are always a great sweet treat and a perfect way to end … Continue reading
Baby Back Ribs – Oven then grilled - For years I have tried to do ribs many different ways but I’ve realized that the best way is to not over think them and simply cook them low and slow with your favorite rub and BBQ sauce.  Finishing them … Continue reading
Weekend Trip to Charleston, SC – A Culinary Adventure - My wife and I recently took a weekend trip to Charleston, SC. Charleston is one of our favorite cities to visit.  It’s rich in culture and has an amazing food scene.  It seems like we ate our way through the entire … Continue reading
Cioppino pasta - I have made Cioppino many times and I usually end up throwing away the amazing sauce that is left after all the seafood is gone. This time I was determined to do something with it and it turned out delicious! … Continue reading
Sausage and Peppers - This dish has become my go to dish for game day or main events. It’s a good luck meal for any of my favorite sports teams.  I have made this no less than 100 times and I have yet to … Continue reading
Shrimp Fra Diavolo - I have eaten Fra Diavolo sauce in restaurants and love the spiciness of the sauce. I’ve had it in many varieties including: over rigatoni, angel hair, with penne pasta and asparagus and of course the lobster Fra Diavolo that many of you may … Continue reading
Spicy Crab and Corn Chowder - I love seafood soup and chowder. This recipe is a good cross-section between the spicy Cioppino and the clam chowder I have posted in the past.  I used a recipe I found on myrecipes.com and modified it a bit to … Continue reading
Crab Rangoons - This is one of my favorite appetizers when I go to  a Sushi restaurant. I learned recently, that they aren’t Japanese at all, but an american invention. They are so good it doesn’t really matter! They aren’t exactly easy, but … Continue reading
Broccoli and Linguine - This is a dish that my sister Ruth..(she’s my sister in-law but might as well be my sister!) introduced my family to more than 20 years ago. It’s hard to call it a recipe because it’s so simple, but it … Continue reading
Easter Bread! - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
One of my best childhood memories is when my grandmother and mother made easter bread. My mother told me that my grandmother used to make it with a colored egg in the nest of…
Potstickers - I got this recipe from my friend Jane years ago and these quickly became my favorite.  It’s hard to stop eating them! They are usually the first appetizer to be gone! Potsticker Ingredients: 1 12oz. Fresh bunch of spinach or … Continue reading
Grilled Chicken Salad - I know this may be crazy, but I realized when I was cooking dinner tonight that my wife and I eat grilled chicken salad more than any other meal.  I also realized that it’s never the same way twice and I … Continue reading
Sausage and Kale Soup - This is a great soup for a cold winter day.  I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of kale, especially raw, but it makes a great addition to soup and combined with sausage, well, anything combined with sausage … Continue reading
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo - This dish is one of my personal favorites. I think it’s best when I use homemade fettuccine noodles but it’s pretty good using store-bought noodles as well. Alfredo is a very quick sauce to make and is versatile enough to … Continue reading
Chicken Tortilla Soup! - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
This recipe was taken from food.com and I didn’t alter it a bit. It is fantastic just the way it is! Chicken Tortilla Soup Ingredients: 1 cup carrot, diced 1 cup celery 1 cup onion,…
Cannellini Bean and Sun-dried Tomato Bruschetta - My wife and I had a small gathering of the people we are going to Italy with later this year and I made this in honor of our trip. Although this recipe calls for cannellini beans, you can substitute northern, … Continue reading
Teriyaki Chicken Wings - Superbowl Sunday is a great reason to make wings! These wings are best if you use fresh chicken vs. frozen. I have made them with frozen wings and they turn out fine, but the fresh wings really make a difference! … Continue reading
Chicken and Vegetable Soup - When there is so much bad weather across the country there is only one thing to do….make soup!! And vegetable soup is my favorite. This posting is a real challenge for me because, although I’ve made vegetable soup many times, … Continue reading
S’mores Pizza - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
Through the years I’ve made pizza just about every way possible but I’ve never made a dessert pizza until now! This pizza was such a hit with my family I’m pretty sure it won’t…
Crab Stuffed Sole Roulade - I have to admit I copied much of this recipe from Emeril. I made the essence of Emeril seasoning mix and used it exactly as described. It was fine, but a more basic salt, pepper and paprika with my own … Continue reading
Risotto with Peas - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
I’ve made Risotto a hundred times but I always make it into rice balls and fry them as Arancini (see that recipe on sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com). My daughter asked me to make it and serve it…
Seafood Tortellini Salad - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
This is my wife’s recipe and it’s become a go to salad in our house because it only takes minutes to make and it goes with so many different things! This can be a…
Butter Poached Lobster - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
I love all kinds of seafood, especially shellfish. Among my favorites is lobster! I found a sale on lobster tail today so I decided to do butter poached lobster!  The fancy French name for…
About - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
Welcome to Let’s Eat! My family has always placed food at the center of every gathering or event we’ve had so that may explain why I start thinking about what I’m going to have…
Italian Wedding Soup - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
This is one of those recipes that brings back memories. My mother and grandmother made this on special occasions. As a kid I remember not wanting to try it. For some reason endive just…
2014 in Review - The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for http://www.sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com!   Click here to see the complete report.        
New England Clam Chowder (sorta) - I give my friend Chris Brennan and his son Keegan a hard time about their favorite teams, but it’s mostly because their teams are so good and give my teams the best competition they see in both football and hockey.  This … Continue reading
Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Poppers - These are certainly not an original recipe, but they are so good it doesn’t matter! I have made these several times and there are never any leftover! Of course, wrapping anything in bacon makes it better! Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno popper ingredients: … Continue reading
Zucchini Spaghetti - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
Those of you that know me, know that I usually don’t think too much about calories when I cook.  My friends Rena and Vic are very health conscious but also love a good italian…
Cheese Manicotti - Cheese Manicotti Ingredient: 12-14 Manicotti Shells (fresh pasta rectangles 4 x 6 inches if using fresh pasta) 4 cups Tomato Sauce (see Spaghetti Sauce recipe on this site!) 1 1/2 cups Ricotta cheese 1/2 cup chopped Parsley (can substitute spinach … Continue reading
Christmas Cookies – Italian Ricotta - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
One of the most memorable traditions in my house growing up is the cookies that my mother made every year. She started weeks ahead of Christmas day and baked hundreds of cookies of many…
Christmas Cookies – Italian Ricotta - One of the most memorable traditions in my house growing up is the cookies that my mother made every year. She started weeks ahead of Christmas day and baked hundreds of cookies of many varieties. When I got married my … Continue reading
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
It’s hard to think of this as a recipe, since its so simple, but I think it is such a great example of how Italian food can be so delicious with just a few…
Homemade Ravioli - One of my favorite types of pasta is ravioli. When I go to an Italian restaurant, I always ask if the pasta is made in-house and it’s usually the ravioli that is made fresh. My favorite ravioli is cheese, but … Continue reading
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio - It’s hard to think of this as a recipe, since its so simple, but I think it is such a great example of how Italian food can be so delicious with just a few fresh ingredients. For this dish, I … Continue reading
Chicken Tortilla Soup! - This recipe was taken from food.com and I didn’t alter it a bit. It is fantastic just the way it is! Chicken Tortilla Soup Ingredients: 1 cup carrot, diced 1 cup celery 1 cup onion, diced 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder or … Continue reading
Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches! - Sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com is making Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches to honor Mr, Bob Armstrong on gameday! A few years ago I visited Indianapolis with my friend Todd Armstrong. I am a Steelers fan, but could not pass up an opportunity to see the Manning … Continue reading
French Market Soup - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
This is a recipe that was given to me from my friend Peggy Davenport many years ago. It’s one of the only recipes that I haven’t modified over the years. This is a great…
Makin’ bacon! - A bad piece of bacon (yes, it’s possible) can ruin a dish as much as a good piece can enhance it!! I know this may seem basic, but bacon adds so much to many dishes that I don’t think it … Continue reading
Arancini (Rice Balls) - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
Last I checked I’ve been Italian all my life, but I never had Arancini until just a few years ago when my as close as family friends, the Carosellas, discovered Arancini while on a…
Pizza Dough - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
Pizza Dough Ingredients: 1 pack active dry yeast 2/3 cup warm water 2 cups flour 1 Tbsp honey Olive oil 1 tsp salt I  can’t remember exactly when I started making pizza dough, but…
Homemade Pasta - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
Homemade Pasta Dough Ingredients: 4 Cups of flour (I like to use half semolina, half “Antimo Caputo 00”, but all-purpose will do just fine). 6 eggs 2 tablespoons olive oil (vegetable oil can be substituted)…
Cutlery - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
Those of you that know me well know that I love cooking tools. I’m not a big gadget guy, but I love quality tools, such at pots, pans, and especially knives. I don’t have…
Prosciutto-wrapped Shrimp - This recipe is easy to prepare and cooks up very fast. It is great as an appetizer but can be served as a main dish over a bed of Risotto or Pasta! Prosciutto-wrapped Shrimp Ingredients: 1 lb Shrimp 1 Tbls … Continue reading
Bang Bang Shrimp - There are a number of restaurants that serve Bang Bang Shrimp but the Bonefish Grill is probably the most famous so I tried to come close to theirs. It’s a guessing game to figure out any restaurants recipe, but this … Continue reading
Wild Pacific Coast Salmon - As most of you know I enjoy food and just about everything about it, but mostly the surprises that come with a good meal. I had the opportunity recently to visit California for a business meeting and I was surprised … Continue reading
Risotto with Peas - I’ve made Risotto a hundred times but I always make it into rice balls and fry them as Arancini (see that recipe on sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com). My daughter asked me to make it and serve it with our dinner tonight. We were … Continue reading
Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce - Originally posted on Let's Eat!:
I can’t have a website called Sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com without adding a recipe for Meatballs!! When I was growing up it seemed that my Grandmother, my Mother, my Aunt Jean and my Uncle Joe each had their…
Chicken Panini (Guest Blogger Michala!) - Hey everyone, Michala here. I’m guest blogging for my dad today because he inspired me to start cooking and he also let me use his newest kitchen device before he got the chance to! I decided to make Chicken Panini’s … Continue reading
Stuffed Banana Peppers - This is a great tailgate dish. These things disappear before your eyes! Stuffed Banana Peppers Ingredients: 12 large Banana Peppers 1 LB Hot Sausage 1 pack of cream cheese 1/2 cup Panko or regular breadcrumbs 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (you … Continue reading
Caprese Appetizer - This is such a simple thing to make but is so fresh and delicious. It’s a great appetizer for any occasion. Caprese Salad Ingredients: Fresh Tomatoes Fresh Basil Fresh Mozzarella Olive oil Salt and Pepper Optional: Balsamic vinegar Caprese Salad … Continue reading
Strawberries – 4th of July style! - In honor or the 4th of July! Independence Day strawberries! 4th of July Strawberry ingredients: Strawberries, washed and dried Melted White Chocolate Blue Sugar 4th of July Strawberry Method: Melt White Chocolate Chips per instructions on bag Put blue sugar in … Continue reading
Chipotle Burgers! - This burger is simply the best burger I’ve ever eaten! Shout out to Dave and Shannon Rapp! This burger has now become a tradition for the first night arrival for our trip to Wrightsville Beach, NC. We’ve started two great … Continue reading
S’mores Pizza - Through the years I’ve made pizza just about every way possible but I’ve never made a dessert pizza until now! This pizza was such a hit with my family I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last time! S’mores Pizza … Continue reading
Bruschetta and more! (Weekend in Wrightsville!) - For several years my family and I have been visiting Wrightsville Beach, NC with our friends John and Peggy Davenport. Each year it turns into a full weekend of amazing food and this year was no different. Peggy is a … Continue reading
Italian Wedding Soup - This is one of those recipes that brings back memories. My mother and grandmother made this on special occasions. As a kid I remember not wanting to try it. For some reason endive just doesn’t sound appealing to kids, but … Continue reading
French Market Soup - This is a recipe that was given to me from my friend Peggy Davenport many years ago. It’s one of the few recipes that I haven’t modified over the years. This is a great way to use leftover ham and … Continue reading
Pizza with leftovers! - I have already posted pizza, meatballs, spaghetti sauce and chicken parm. Why not combine them all! This is my version of chicken parm, meatball pizza! Yum!
Chicken Parmesan! - This has become a family favorite and it’s a great way to use leftover Spaghetti sauce! (See that recipe in the recipe menu on sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com!) Chicken Parmesan Ingredients: Chicken Breast Breadcrumbs (I use a mix of italian style and panko, … Continue reading
Cioppino - The first time I tried cioppino was when I was in San Francisco which is where it’s known to have started. It’s also one of the best things I’ve ever eaten! The story is that this spicy soup gets it’s … Continue reading
Zucchini Spaghetti - Those of you that know me, know that I usually don’t think too much about calories when I cook.  My friends Rena and Vic are very health conscious but also love a good italian meal. Sometimes those two things can … Continue reading
Seafood Tortellini Salad - This is my wife’s recipe and it’s become a go to salad in our house because it only takes minutes to make and it goes with so many different things! This can be a meal on its own or it … Continue reading
Arancini (Rice Balls) - Last I checked I’ve been Italian all my life, but I never had Arancini until just a few years ago when my as close as family friends, the Carosellas, discovered Arancini while on a trip to Rome. They came home … Continue reading
Butter Poached Lobster - I love all kinds of seafood, especially shellfish. Among my favorites is lobster! I found a sale on lobster tail today so I decided to do butter poached lobster!  The fancy French name for the poaching liquid is, Beurre Monte’. … Continue reading
Cutlery - Those of you that know me well know that I love cooking tools. I’m not a big gadget guy, but I love quality tools, such at pots, pans, and especially knives. I don’t have many knives but I think a … Continue reading
Sausage and Kraut Appetizer - Sausage and Kraut Appetizer Ingredients: 1 pack Jimmy Dean Hot sausage 1 14.5 oz can of sauerkraut (drained) 1 package 8 oz Cream Cheese Pinch of Garlic Powder Sausage and Kraut Appetizer Method: This is a very simple, ready in 5-minute … Continue reading
Easter Bread! - One of my best childhood memories is when my grandmother and mother made easter bread. My mother told me that my grandmother used to make it with a colored egg in the nest of the braid so that the loaf … Continue reading
Homemade Pasta - Homemade Pasta Dough Ingredients: 4 Cups of flour (I like to use half semolina, half “Antimo Caputo 00”, but all-purpose will do just fine). 6 eggs 2 tablespoons olive oil (vegetable oil can be substituted) 1 tablespoon water There are probably … Continue reading
Pizza Dough - Pizza Dough Ingredients: 1 pack active dry yeast 2/3 cup warm water 2 cups flour 1 Tbsp honey Olive oil 1 tsp salt I  can’t remember exactly when I started making pizza dough, but over the past 5 years I’ve … Continue reading
Spaghetti and Meatballs! - My friend Mike Shanks tried the recipe for meatballs and sauce and sent me this pic! Nice job Mike!  Hope  Traci enjoyed it! I loved yourMike Shanks Ciambotti Meatball Pasta – one word to describe – DELICIOUS!! This will be the … Continue reading
Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce - I can’t have a website called Sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com without adding a recipe for Meatballs!! When I was growing up it seemed that my Grandmother, my Mother, my Aunt Jean and my Uncle Joe each had their own unique way of making meatballs. … Continue reading
Rustic Italian Bread (Granny Bread!) - I think it’s only appropriate that I start my blog with the single most important and memorable recipe I know. My grandmothers bread recipe! My grandmother made all kinds of bread but her rustic Italian bread is legendary.  This is … Continue reading
Why I started this site! - My daughter Michala and I were eating dinner at Kyo in Charlotte and I was eating the best sushi roll I have ever eaten! The Maguro Madness (in the middle of the picture below) She said “do you ever stop … Continue reading
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