Kase spaetzle, "mac & cheese" dumplings
sides, vegetarian

Kase Spaetzle (“Mac & Cheese” Dumplings)

Spaetzle, small German dumplings, is one of my favorite foods of all time. We used to have spaetzle all the time with goulash when I was little. There's a German restaurant not too far from my house that does spaetzle with cheese (like a mac and cheese) and ham. I wanted to do my own… Continue reading Kase Spaetzle (“Mac & Cheese” Dumplings)

lunch box, main courses, pasta

Baked Rigatoni

I made this dish because I wanted something easy to reheat for lunch throughout the week. I don't have a toaster oven at work, so anything I make for reheating needs to be something that microwaves well. This dish turned out to be great reheated. Sometimes I needed to add a little water to the… Continue reading Baked Rigatoni

Gnocchi bolognese
beef, main courses, pasta, pork

Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

I have a "book club" with a group of girlfriends that really isn't a book club - we get together and eat good good and drink wine. Why is it called book club, then? Long story! Last week, we were at a restaurant that has some great short rib dishes. One of my friends ordered… Continue reading Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

appetizers & snacks, lunch box, sauces & seasonings, sides, vegetarian

Guacamole

I had a potluck with my horseback riding club on Friday. I made brownies to bring, but my bestie was leaving late from work and wasn't going to have something to bring... so I made guacamole for her to bring! Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a… Continue reading Guacamole

Italian Pasta Salad
lunch box, sides, vegetarian

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad With tri-colored rotini, fresh mozzarella pearls, and pepperoni. 1 box tri-colored rotini2 cups chopped pepperoni8 oz mozzarella pearls⅔ cup shaved parmesan½ pint grape tomatoes (cut into quarters)4 to 6 pepperoncini peppers (seeds removed and roughly chopped)1 orange or yellow bell pepper (diced)½ cup white vinegar2 tbsp white wine¼ cup mayonnaise⅓ cup olive… Continue reading Italian Pasta Salad

desserts

Strawberries & Cream Filled Cupcakes

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). Pretty sure these are the best cupcakes I've ever made. The filling and buttercream were amazing. I can't take any credit for a recipe for the actual… Continue reading Strawberries & Cream Filled Cupcakes

sauces & seasonings, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Easy Pizza Sauce

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). I sometimes call this pizza sauce "lazy" because it's super easy, plus it uses canned tomatoes and a couple of already-mixed seasoning blends. This one is… Continue reading Easy Pizza Sauce