• 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…

  • sausage potato apple hash
    Breakfast

    Potato and Sausage Hash

    Rob and I are not really “breakfast people.” We just generally do not put a lot of effort into making a big deal out of breakfast. We both leave for work early and on weekends we like to get up and get going. As a result we tend to do very simple things like cereal or bagels (I love a good bagel). So when we do decide to make a bigger breakfast, its a pretty big deal for us. Rob really wanted to do something with breakfast sausage. We had made a stop at our local butcher and Rob got THREE different kinds of sausage. If you live in the…

  • spicy sausage pizza
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Spicy Sausage Pizza

    This pizza is an amalgamation of different ideas we got when watching the Food Network. I can’t say that I really watch Food Network to directly make the recipes. But, you can learn a lot about new ingredients or techniques. This is primarily based on two very different hosts: Ina Garten and Giada De Laurentiis. Ina is honestly where I get some of my best recipe inspiration from. I love many of her recipes which have been a great jumping off point. Giada is an interesting cooking show host. She is actually a pretty good cook and has been a good way to find some ingredients. Generally though, her recipes…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Chorizo Skillet Nachos
    Cocktails,  Dinner

    Chorizo Skillet Nachos

    I love nachos, I mean who doesn’t, its chips with cheese and meat! I’ve found recently that I love using Chorizo sausage for the meat. It tastes awesome while having the perk of not really needing a lot of extra ingredients to add flavor. Chorizo has all the spice it needs and I typically just add a few ingredients to round out the dish. My go to add ins for chorizo nachos are yellow onion, diced tomato, charred poblano pepper, and grilled corn. The texture and flavors don’t try to compete with the chorizo but complement it perfectly. The benefit to all of these ingredients except for the poblano is…

  • Sausage Bolognese
    Dinner

    Easy Sausage Bolognese

    This Easy Sausage Bolognese is a one of my favorite weeknight go-to meals.  Its hearty, flavorful, and can be thrown together in about 30 minutes.  I have made many different versions of this to vary up the flavors but this is the one I have settled on as my favorite.  Its a little spicy and perfectly creamy. I will admit that this Bolognese is not exactly the most traditional preparation.  A traditional bolognese takes a while to cook and requires a lot of ingredients.  This recipe saves a lot of time since I cheat and just use jarred tomato sauce.  While I often really like traditional cooking methods, I love…

  • penne sausage vodka sauce
    Dinner

    Sausage and Penne with Vodka Sauce

    Penne with Vodka Sauce is a pretty classic Italian-American pasta recipe.  It makes for a great weeknight, family-style meal and is recognizable to most people by its distinctive sauce color.  Vodka sauce really makes sense from a culinary stance.  Alcohol helps to bring out flavors, and  vodka is pretty high in alcohol itself with almost no flavor.  This combines to really highlight natural flavors in the tomato sauce without adding a lot of competing flavor.  In general, I really like cooking with alcohol; there are so many kinds, flavors, and uses.  Unfortunately for vodka, not having any flavor of its own limits it to more specific uses like this one…

  • Stuffed Acorn Squash
    Dinner

    Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash

    I love cooking in the fall-winter season as you start seeing winter squash EVERYWHERE (kubocha, spaghetti, celebration, acorn, butternut, etc.).  There is such a variety in shapes, colors and uses that there is an option for almost any situation.  One of my favorites is Acorn Squash.  Acorn squash in particular is awesome as it serves as an edible bowl when roasted.  While this is true for most winter squash, acorn squash has the distinction of being almost exactly the right size for a single serving.  This makes it a perfect weeknight meal option or fun way to wow guests when they get to dig into their personal bowl. These also…