Tag Archives: Pasta

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 […]

Spinach Stuffed Shells

This is my 90th post! A year ago I regularly opened my fridge unsure of what to make for dinner and now my electronic recipe box is filling before my eyes and my repertoire is expanding.  Just this week I made these lentils for lunch, as well as a batch of chili, each time utilizing […]

The Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Experiment

The Blog is One year old! What began as an outlet for my grief after losing my mother about a year and a half ago has morphed into a robust documentation of my journey gaining confidence in the kitchen. My mother was my confidant and my cheerleader. We talked every day – particularly on my […]

One Pot Pasta

I came home ravenous last night after my first real run of the season. It felt great to get moving again but I needed to make something that was fast, easy and hard to mess up so that I could engage in some necessary r&r. In previous weeks I’d seen a few recipes for this method […]

Cheesy Pasta Bake

Nelson Mandela once said “there can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.”  Last year, in June of 2015, I experienced this first hand as family and friends selflessly stood by our side as we supported my mother through her last days […]