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Baked Ziti and Lasagna Bolognese
Convenience has never been more delicious. 

Fully prepared and ready to reheat. You can store these in your freezer for the times you don’t want to cook. Our selection of meal kits and frozen meals are prepared from scratch in Howie’s kitchen with the same quality ingredients and attention to detail you have come to expect from us. 


There are as many ways to make a good lasagna as there are Italian grandmothers to make them. I’d happily go toe-to-toe with any ‘nonna’ suggesting that ricotta cheese has no place in a respectable lasagna. 


Howie's Lasagna is a straight-up Bolognese classic. Its layers of ruffle-edged lasagna noodles, slow-simmered meat sauce, three types of cheese, and creamy white besciamella sauce create a perfectly balanced flavor. A lasagna should be subtle and balanced, rich but not ridiculous.


A simple salad or green vegetable is a sensible accompaniment, but I’d forgo the greens and finish the evening with another glass of Sangiovese, some biscotti and a few episodes of "The Crown."

Instructions for Reheating

  • Pre-heat oven to 400.

  • Remove the clear plastic cover

  • Place the item directly onto your oven rack (frozen is best)

  • Bake for 50-75 minutes or until heated through (bubbly) and the top is golden brown  


Lasagna Bolognese Ingredients

Wheat Flour, Olive Oil, Milk, Butter 

Mozzarella Cheese, Pecorino- Romano Cheese, Parmesan Reggiano Cheese

Bolognese Sauce: Beef Chuck, Pork, Chicken Livers, Chicken Stock

Carrots, Onion, Celery, Garlic, Diced Tomatoes in Puree, Tomato Paste, Red Wine

Herbs and Spices, Salt


Recommended Wines: 

2016 Bocelli Sangiovese 

Available at Howie’s in Palo Alto, CA


Baked Ziti? Fuhgettaboutit! If you grew up in the outer burroughs of New York, had a grandmother you called ‘Nonna” or have seen a Scorcese film, you know what I’m talking about. The Iconic Italian American comfort food. The casserole that defines the genre. Pasta tubes baked in a creamy tomato sauce with withs gobs of melty mozzarella cheese, savory Parmesan-Reggiano all under a golden herbed crumb crust.

Instructions for Reheating

  • Pre-heat oven to 400.

  • Remove the clear plastic cover

  • Place the item directly onto your oven rack (frozen is best)

  • Bake for 50-75 minutes or until heated through (bubbly) and the top is golden brown  


Baked Ziti Ingredients

Wheat Flour, Butter, Parmesan Reggiano, Pecorino Cheese, 

Mozzarella Cheese, Milk, Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Olive Oil, Herbs and Spices, Salt 


Recommended Wines: 

Bocelli 2016 Sangiovese

Available at Howie’s in Palo Alto, CA


My love for cauliflower knows no bounds. As a child It was the only vegetable I would eat. My mother cooked it in a frying pan with buttered breadcrumbs, as I still do to this day. Delicious. 

I have cozied up to Cauliflower Quesadilla and Cauliflower Tikka Masala. Cream of Cauliflower Soup, which I always serve with grated gruyere cheese and crunchy croutons, makes me dizzy with delight. Back in my culinary youth, I began serving my guests Cauliflower puree as a substitute for mashed potatoes and from that day forward I rarely wrote a menu without it.


I love cauliflower with roast lamb best of all, but cauliflower plays nicely with just about all meat, fish or fowl. Howie’s Cauliflower Gratin combines cauliflower with Rustichella Rigatoni Pasta, Gruyere Cheese and a creamy bechamel to make a rich and satisfying vegetarian main course. The crispy bread crumb topping, well that's for Mom, she would have liked it that way. 

Instructions for Reheating

  • Preheat oven to 400

  • Remove Clear Plastic Cover

  • Place directly onto your over rack (frozen is best)

  • Bake for 45-75 minutes or until heated through (bubbly) 


Cauliflower Gratin Ingredients

Cauliflower, Gruyere Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Milk, Cream, Green Onion

Wheat Flour, Olive Oil, Butter, Garlic, Chili, Spices


Recommended Wines: 

Scarpetta 2018 Pinot Grigio

Available at Howie’s in Palo Alto, CA

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Cookie dough is a hopeful thing. Like the first rose that blooms in early May, cookie dough is a harbinger of good things to come. With a pint of Howie’s “Those” cookies cookie dough at the ready, we know that a sweet moment is only moments away. We know that ‘warm and gooey’ is ours for the taking.  A freshly baked chocolate chip cookie is simply one of life’s great pleasures. Indulge yourself.

General Instruction for Baking

  • Thaw the cookie dough (overnight in the fridge is best)

  • Portion the cookie dough (see Notes)

  • Shape the portions into roughly round shapes. Flatten slightly.

  • Place cookie dough portions onto a greased or lined sheet pan or cookie tray (again, see notes)

  • Bake at 350 for approximately 15 to 20 minutes (see notes, dammit)

  • Cool for at least 20 minutes (oh sure) before serving


Portion the cookie dough to suit your preference. You’re starting with app. one pound of cookie dough. I would suggest dividing the dough into 8, 12 or 16 portions. Evenly spaced you should be able to fit all of them on a standard half sheet pan (13 x 18 inches). Baking temperature should be moderate, I suggest 350 degrees. If your oven has a convection setting reduce the temperature to 300. The cooking time depends on many things, not the least of which is the portion size. If this is you first rodeo, check the cookies after ten minutes and every five minutes after that. ‘Golden Brown All Aroun’ is what you’re looking for. 

Make sure your pan is greased or lined with bakers’ paper (parchment). Nonstick spray should be sufficient, but baker’s parchment is always the professional preference.


About five minutes before the cookies are done, take the tray out of the oven and holding the tray about six inched above a kitchen counter or a table, drop the tray so that it lands hard on the flat surface. Return the cookies to the oven to finish baking. This is know as “cracking“ the cookies. It will flatten the cookies a bit, but more importantly it will create a cracked surface which will make the cookies crisper and more visually appealing.

Available at Howie’s in Palo Alto, CA

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