Chocolate Curls

​For perfect chocolate curls every time: Melt 2 ounces of chocolate and 1 teaspoon shortening until smooth.  Pour melted chocolate onto back of baking pan.  Spread ¼ inch thick with metal spatula.  Let stand in cool dry place until firm. (do not refrigerate.)  When chocolate is firm, use small metal pancake turner to form curls….

Marinara Sauce

Photo Credit: InstaViewpoint Marinara Sauce  INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 medium onion, diced (about 3 tablespoons) 3 cloves garlic, chopped 3 1/2 cups whole, peeled, canned tomatoes in puree, (one 28-ounce can), roughly chopped A pinch of fresh thyme A pinch of fresh basil 2 teaspoons kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Directions: In…

Beef or Sausage Spinach Manicotti

Photo credit: InstaViewpoint Beef or Sausage Spinach Manicotti Ingredients: 1 pound fresh spinach, stems trimmed and well washed or a 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed Kosher salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon 12 manicotti shells 3 cups marinara sauce, recipe follows 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese (about 1 pound) 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces) 1…