• cacio pepe milanese
    Dinner

    Brown Butter Cacio e Pepe

    Cacio e Pepe is a pretty classic, easy pasta recipe which is what I love about it. The problem I have with it is, for a dinner, it can almost be TOO simple. I wanted to find a way to make it a little more interesting and also incorporate a protein source with the recipe. The answer is this Brown Butter Cacio e Pepe with Parmesan-Milanese Chicken. This chicken breasts are pretty straight forward. I started with some thin pieces, gave them a quick egg coating, and then into a breadcrumb/parmesan mixture. Then its just a simple pan fry in an oil/butter mixture. See, pretty simple! Now is the fun…

  • chicken bolognese
    Dinner

    Summery Chicken Bolognese

    Now that it basically feels like summer here in DC, its seemed like the right time to look at lightening up some of my favorite recipes. A prime target is one of my favorite pasta sauces: bolognese. When you think of bolognese typically a heavy, hearty meat sauce comes to mind, so I wanted to go after that. So, I started with the meat selection. Normally, I go for pork, beef, or lamb which all tend to be a bit heavier. This time I went with chicken; chicken sausage to be specific. I like cooking with sausage since it helps give a good base flavor to the sauce since its…

  • Rabbit sausage bolognese
    Dinner

    Rabbit Sausage Bolognese

    The idea to make something with rabbit was all Rob, as was the cooking. His love of a gamey meat sauce over pasta definitely highlights the Italian in him. As strange as it sounds, this kind of recipe is almost comfort food to him. So I let him cook for me, for our Sunday night date-night-in dinner. This started with an idea Rob had to make a Wild Boar (yes BOAR) pasta sauce after watching an episode of Phil Rosenthal’s food travel show on Netflix. PSA: If you haven’t watched “Somebody Feed Phil” or its PBS predecessor on Netflix, DO IT NOW!!! Our local butcher didn’t have boar at the…

  • spaghetti and meatballs
    Appetizer,  Dinner

    Chicken-Pork Meatballs

    Meatballs are such a versatile ingredient. You can eat them as a snack or over pasta. Plus they can be eaten right away or frozen to save for later. At any given time I probably have at least two dinners worth of meatballs in my freezer just waiting to be heated. I make meatballs in many different ways, more often than not based on the types of ground meat available at the grocery store. This trip, I was glad that they had chicken-based Italian sausage and ground pork. I didn’t want to double down on pork Italian sausage since I wanted to be able to build a little more of…

  • Dinner

    Brown Butter Cream Sauce Pasta

    I have to say Rob has been on fire with his recipe ideas recently, this Brown Butter Cream Sauce Pasta being the most recent. Not sure where the idea came from (he’s not either), but it was a real winner. It reminded both of us of a cream sauce pasta from one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Old Town Alexandria, VA. That dish is a cheese stuffed pasta with a rich creamy sauce that is deceptively filling (maybe get 6 pieces of pasta, but its enough). I know I’ve seen brown butter used in a lot of baking recipes recently but not as much in the general cooking arena.…

  • sausage broccoli rabe pasta
    Dinner

    Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Pasta

    I have been trying to figure out new ways to mix up my pasta game. While I have many favorite pasta dishes, as a food blogger I have been trying to innovate and develop some new recipes. I have also been trying to explore some new ingredients that I can incorporate. This is somewhat for the blog, but also because I feel like there are so many ingredients that I haven’t tried. I like cream sauces for a base since they serve as a versatile flavor platform. One thing I had not tried before was using sausage with a cream sauce. For whatever reason, I tend to use sausage for…

  • Skillet Lasagna
    Dinner

    Skillet Lasagna

    Lasagna is one of those comfort food classics that everyone probably grew up eating. Whether it was a Stoffer’s frozen version, a local favorite, Costco, or homemade, most kids probably had some version. Lasagna is probably the one of the more versatile and far reaching casserole classics. A traditional casserole style is great because it feeds a crowd and you can even make it ahead as a freezer meal. While delicious and classic, what has always made me dislike lasagna is the effort required. Individually the elements are pretty easy to make: meat sauce, pasta, and a cheese mix. The problem has always been the assembly; having to make all…

  • instant pot mac and cheese
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

    Normally, I make a roux-based, baked Mac & Cheese. I love the thick sauce that it produces, but unfortunately it can be more involved, intimidating, and time consuming. Mac & Cheese is something I have been looking for a good way to make it easier and a little more like a classic stove-top box. I also wanted to experiment with using my Instant Pot to make pasta since its a use I haven’t tried. I started by cooking the pasta in the Instant Pot itself. Thankfully, I think it actually worked really well. The pasta was perfectly cooked with only a little residual moisture and took less time than normal.…

  • creamy tomato pasta
    Dinner

    Creamy Tomato Pasta

    This Creamy Tomato Pasta is one of those recipes that is extremely easy, but really flavorful. I love making these kinds of pastas. Don’t get me wrong, I love a big pasta dish or a slow cooked meat sauce, but more often than not, all I really want is something simple like this. The sauce for this pasta is a tomato-infused cream sauce. I didn’t really want to make this very complicated and instead focused on simplicity. This sauce only has about 5 ingredients plus the chicken, pasta, and spinach. I love that because its easy but takes not effort or prep. I am really also starting to enjoy using…

  • pasta bake
    Dinner

    Easy Pasta Bake

    I love an easy Pasta Bake. They aren’t fancy or complicated, but they can taste really good. It’s an easy weeknight meal that can either feed a family of 6 or be dinner, lunch, and dinner again for 2. There are not many other types of dishes that really pull that off. For this Pasta Bake, I was aiming for a little spicier than my usual pasta sauce. I found this new pasta sauce at Whole Food (which was on sale, thank you Amazon Prime discounts). What caught my eye was that one of the ingredients was Calabrian Chili. I haven’t used those before, but I thought it could be…