Tag Archives: Pasta

One Pot Chicken Sausage and Spinach Bowtie Pasta

“Read 1000 books before Kindergarten!” says a small sign at our local library highlighting a program encouraging early literacy. YES! We are in! I grabbed a bag and examined the rules. They allow for flexibility saying that its ok to re-read books or track discrete books, whatever works for you. All they ask is that […]

Creamy Pesto Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes

Well, it’s been almost a month since I last posted and in that time we have welcomed our snuggly, curious, and lovable son into this world! Liam was born on 7/13/19 (all prime numbers!) at 4:17 in the morning. He was born 7lbs 11oz and 20 inches long, 48 hours after my water broke.  It […]

Farfalle with Asparagus, Olives, and Feta

This pasta was inspired by the fact that my husband was recently working late and I wanted to make a dish filled with things he hates! I do often eat asparagus and olives, but it’s rare that we have them in a main dish as eating common meals cuts down on preparation and waste. Case […]

Cold Sesame Soba Noodles and Tofu

  Summertime, and the livin’s easy! Happy vacation to all of my teacher friends out there.  You’ve earned yourself a glass of wine and a comfy place to rest your feet. As of today, I’ve officially completed my second round of grade school… 13 years as a student and 13 years as a teacher/leader.  Schools […]

Spaghetti with Clam Sauce

‘Plan to have no plan’ was the theme of our date night this weekend as the hubs and I went out into the world and saw where the day took us.  We browsed the aisles of a favorite local bookstore then sipped on warm tea as we shuffled about town in single digit weather.  We […]

Bacon Mac & Cheese with a Chipotle Panko Crust

Yes, this dish was as good as it sounds, and yes, we had it for dinner between TWO thanksgiving feasts! On Thanksgiving day we visited my sister-in-law’s parents. Friday was Snacksgiving 2017, which featured this here mac and cheese, and then Saturday was Thanksgiving with my fam.   Families and holidays can be filled with […]

Make-Ahead Minestrone Soup

I’ve written before about how important it is to me to cook for friends during times of need and the gratitude I hold for those that supported me in this way after mom died.  Unfortunately we are in this position again as we mourn the loss of our beloved Q’s father.  While nothing cures the […]

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts

After our orientation to Italy in Chianti we hopped into our rental car and drove north to the Mediterranean coastline for a three night stay in Cinque Terre. The three hour drive highlighted the range of geography across Italy as we drove through farms, saw white capped mountains in the distance, and eventually arrived at […]

Cacio e Pepe

When your cousin marries a man whose family owns a stunning vineyard in Tuscany you drop everything and get yourself there!  Prior to this last month I had traveled to several beautiful parts of our globe but I had yet to visit a country from my family’s heritage.  I have climbed the steps of the […]