Grilled Chicken Caprese
chicken, main courses

Grilled Chicken Caprese

I can't take all of the credit for the delicious chicken you see pictured. My boyfriend first made this for me a year ago. I was a little skeptical that I'd like it since I'm not a huge fan of balsamic vinegar, but I loved it. It had just enough balsamic to give it some… Continue reading Grilled Chicken Caprese

Italian chicken & spinach dip
appetizers & snacks

Italian Chicken & Spinach Dip

One of my friends hosted a potluck brunch last weekend. This was originally supposed to be a filling for crescent roll spirals similar to these buffalo chicken spirals I made before. That turned out to be a disaster. I spread the filling onto the crescent roll dough, rolled it up. and it didn't hold up… Continue reading Italian Chicken & Spinach Dip

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

beef, low-cost, main courses, weeknight cooking

Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Ground Beef, & Basil

I volunteer to cook at a local shelter once a month with a group from church. I've typically signed up for side dishes and desserts, but this time I signed up to make the main dish. After almost running out of time with my roasted potatoes last time, I wanted to make something that would… Continue reading Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Ground Beef, & Basil

lunch box, sides, vegetarian

Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredients  1 box tricolor rotini 2 cups chopped pepperoni 8oz package mozzarella pearls ⅔ cup shaved parmesan ½ pint grape tomatoes, cut into quarters 4-6 pepperocinis, seeds removed and roughly chopped 1 orange bell pepper, diced ½ cup white vinegar 2 tbsp white wine ¼ cup mayonnaise ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 packets… Continue reading Italian Pasta Salad

appetizers & snacks, sides, vegetarian

Dilly Pasta Salad

I went with my horseback riding club to tailgate at the Winterthur point-to -point races last week. This pasta salad was one of the things I brought to share. It was chilly and rained off and on, but we still had a great time. Ingredients 1 box of tricolor farfalle pasta Large pack of grape tomatoes… Continue reading Dilly Pasta Salad