Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad


I hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July celebration with lots of delicious food. ­čç║­čçŞ It’s been a while since I posted a new recipe (I’ve taken a little hiatus in the kitchen), and thought I’d share this one I made yesterday. It can be a nice main or side dish, andContinue reading “Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad”

Pennette Lasagna


A couple of weeks ago, a coworker friend of mine brought me in some of his homemade lasagna and it was incredibly delicious. It took me a few meals to finish it as I like to eat pasta sparingly; however, when it was gone, it left me yearning for more, so I decided to makeContinue reading “Pennette Lasagna”

Creamy, Dreamy Chili Mac & Cheese Casserole


I decided since I was off work today, and it was a long & grueling week due to our fiscal year-end crunch, some comfort food was definitely in order. I was thrilled and honored when I was asked by┬áRag├║┬« earlier this week to create my own spin on their Chili Mac recipe, so┬áI chose toContinue reading “Creamy, Dreamy Chili Mac & Cheese Casserole”

Rigatoni Lasagna Pie


One of the things I truly love about Facebook, aside from being able to stay connected to family & friends both near and far, is the food pictures and/or recipes which inspire me to get into the kitchen and try them out. Most recently, a childhood friend posted a photo of her rigatoni pie, andContinue reading “Rigatoni Lasagna Pie”

Braided Spaghetti Bread


I loooooove bread and pasta, however, I try to keep my carb intake to a reasonable level. But, when I saw a picture of this recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it. The original recipe calls for using frozen bread loaf dough, which I found to be a little difficult (aka sticky)Continue reading “Braided Spaghetti Bread”

Stuffed Shells


I was very fortunate to grow up having a Mom who was (is) an excellent cook. And I know my passion for cooking and baking resulted from her amazing meals and desserts. Thanks Mom! One of my (many) favorites was her amazing stuffed shells. I think this recipe is pretty close to the one sheContinue reading “Stuffed Shells”

Tuna Penne Casserole w/Popchips Topping


Yesterday, I was craving some┬ákind of “comfort food” and was trying to come up with ideas of what I could make with things I already had on hand.┬á My Mom used to make tuna noodle casserole when I was a child that was absolutely amazing, so I decided I’d try to make a modified versionContinue reading “Tuna Penne Casserole w/Popchips Topping”

Rag├╣ alla Bolognese (Bolognese Sauce)


My friend, Peter, asked if I could post a good Bolognese sauce and this one is much better than good; it’s excellent. For those that are not familiar, Bolognese sauce is a thick, full-bodied┬ámeat-based pasta┬ásauce, originating from Bologna, Italy. After years of research, the Italian Academy of Cuisine and the Associated Brotherhood of the TortellinoContinue reading “Rag├╣ alla Bolognese (Bolognese Sauce)”

Got Sauce? Now You Do!


Here’s a quick, easy & delicious recipe for pizza/pasta sauce that doesn’t require cooking. Ingredients 1┬á(6 oz) can tomato paste 1/2┬ácup water 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt & pepper to taste 1/2 tbsp oregano 1/2 tbsp basil 1/2 tsp rosemary, crushed 1 tbsp sugar Directions Mix tomato paste, waterContinue reading “Got Sauce? Now You Do!”