Roasted Chicken, Sausage & Pepperoncini

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A sheet-tray meal popular in our family long before they became an Instagram sensation (or there was even color television), this combination of crisp-skinned chicken, juicy sausages, and potatoes that have sopped up the delicious flavors of the meats, garlic and pepperoncini are a perennial family favorite and perfect for feeding a crowd.

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Growing up in a large extended family, I learned two very important family meal rules pretty quickly.  First, never giggle while saying grace.  The hand of Bunny, backward with onxy ring a’flashing would be down on the back of your head in a New York second.  Second, and probably even more importantly, never ever sit across from Cizzie at the table.

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Pasta Fazool aka Pasta e Fagioli

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The most delicious soul-warming combination of beans, pasta and tomatoes in a simple but rich Parmesan, pepper-flecked broth.

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This dish is the reason that I started this blog.  If I think of Nonnie in the kitchen, it generally involves her making pasta fazool and me being shooed away from the pot.  “Elizabeth! Go. Out. Side!”  To be sure, I know this is correctly referred to as pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) but we have never called it that and I see no reason to start now.  Plus, I don’t think most of the family would know what I was talking about if it I called it Nonnie’s pasta e fagioli.

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