• summery bolognese

    Summery Bolognese 3.0

    As this is now my third version (Versions 1 and 2 are available HERE and HERE) of what might as well be a series on Bolognese, it should be clear that I love a good pasta sauce. I mean really whats not to love about a flavorful bolognese and pasta when you want an easy, low fuss dinner. As a result, I have made many varieties over the years to suite almost any situations. This particular version was born out of a desire to use ingredients we had on hand from a variety of store runs before they went bad. So we had a bunch of ground meats, some stuffed…

  • milanese pesto caprese

    Milanese with Pesto & Caprese

    So tonight’s post doesn’t really have a recipe with, but combines a few of my favorites from the blog for a nice, cohesive plating. The recipes for tonight are my Chicken Milanese (link here) and a variety of Pesto (links here, here, and here, if you can’t tell I like pesto). Separately, these make for great, versatile elements of a meal; combined they make for an excellent easy meal. When trying to come up with a cohesive meal, my general approach looks to versatile techniques that can be adapted easily. This way I am able to weave common flavors throughout the plate. Most of the time a good meal pairing…

  • creamy tomato basil pasta

    Creamy Tomato-Basil Pasta

    This is one of those recipes that basically came about on accident. Rob and I were brain storming how to best use some of the stuff we had bought. There were a few things we knew we wanted which was it would have chicken and a cream sauce. We originally started with a creamy pesto pasta, but I wasn’t feeling that. I wanted something a little bit different. That was about when I remembered the package of small tomatoes we had picked up. We decided to roast them up to really break them down and make them tasty. This then led to the next key ingredient decision which was to…

  • 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…

  • creamy tomato pasta

    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…

  • Dinner

    Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Tortellini

    This pasta was something that we came up with pretty much on a whim. Rob and I were texting over the course of the day trying to figure out what we wanted for dinner. We knew we wanted pasta and I gave Rob two thoughts: sun-dried tomato and stuff pasta. He filled in the blanks with using some arugula we had on hand to make pesto and combining that with a cream sauce. I love that he also has a mind for food, even if he doesn’t like cooking so much himself. This was an overall very simple recipe concept but it had so much flavor. I actually based he…

  • bruschetta

    Classic Bruschetta

    One of my favorite appetizers has got to be Bruschetta. It’s super easy and hard to dislike because of the simplicity. I also love that it has a bright, fresh flavor; you can eat a lot of it and not really feel all that full. Generally, I stick to a pretty classic recipe, but every so often I will do something to mix it up. Variations for me tend to come from using a flavored balsamic or olive oil to give it a subtle pop of flavor. To me, bruschetta is an awesome party food. It requires minimal prep work and if you want you can just do a self-serve…

  • Creamy Tomato Soup
    Lunch,  Soup

    Creamy Tomato Soup

    Tomato soup is probably my favorite rainy day lunch.  Its light but somehow perfectly hearty all at the same time.  I personally prefer mine to be pretty smooth with the slightest hint of spice.  If I end up having a chunkier can of tomato I will use a stick blender to smooth it out.  My recommendation though is to use canned tomato puree over crushed, diced, or whole.  It just saves you a lot of work to smooth it out. The other thing that HAS to go with tomato soup is a grilled cheese sandwich.  Ina swears by it, so it has to be good right?  I like mine to…

  • Sausage Bolognese

    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…

  • Spicy Shrimp Summer Pasta

    Spicy Summer Shrimp Pasta

    I will start this post with a bit of a confession: I historically have not been a huge fan of shrimp.  It always just seemed bland or overcooked which results in a strange texture that I do not like.  What I figured out when coming up with this recipe is that it needs a bright, even spicy, flavor.  Further, it also just really needs to be cooked perfectly.  Hence, this pasta recipe; it combines well cooked shrimp with the brightness of basil and some heat! The beauty of this pasta is that you can use almost any protein you may want, if you are not a shrimp fan.  Sausage or…