Crispy roasted brussels sprouts on a serving platter with serving fork
appetizers & snacks, sides, vegetarian

Parmesan & Garlic Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I recently asked my social media followers for some recipe requests. One of the requests was for more vegetable recipes. I make veggies a good bit, but I'm not so great at remembering to write down the recipes so I remember to blog them. I'll try to get better at that! I was out to… Continue reading Parmesan & Garlic Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Red wine braised short rib pot pie
beef, main courses

Red Wine Braised Short Rib Pot Pie

I was invited to a pie-themed party this weekend and wanted to make something unique. I was torn between a beef bourguignon pot pie and a short rib pot pie. I decided to go with the short rib pie because I knew I could do the short ribs well. I decided to incorporate some saffron… Continue reading Red Wine Braised Short Rib Pot Pie

Pesto
sauces & seasonings

Homemade Pesto

My boyfriend has two huge basil plants on his deck, and we had a fairly large harvest this weekend. He wanted to make pesto. We thought of several different recipes, but I ultimately decided on a pasta with grilled shrimp, zucchini, and squash. We had some leftover, which will most likely become a pizza with… Continue reading Homemade Pesto

parmesan & basil orzo
sides

Parmesan & Basil Orzo

This is a great recipe for fresh basil. My boyfriend has a few basil plants, so it was nice to be able to go right outside and clip off some leaves. This is also a really good recipe for summer. It's still a warm side, but it's also very light. We had this with the… Continue reading Parmesan & Basil Orzo

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)

Pasta with Easy Homemade Creamy Tomato Sauce
lunch box, main courses, pasta, vegetarian

Pasta with Easy Homemade Creamy Tomato Sauce

I needed something quick and easy to make for dinner the other night. I'd just been to Lidl, and I got a pack of tricolor fusilli pugliesi, which I really wanted to use. This recipe would be good with pretty much any type of pasta, though. This is definitely coming to work with me for… Continue reading Pasta with Easy Homemade Creamy Tomato Sauce

creamy tomato & tortellini soup
pasta, slow cooker, soups, vegetarian

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

I tried to make a tortellini soup in the slow cooker a few years ago after seeing it on one of those Facebook videos. The recipe called for cream cheese, which never really did anything but become a chunky mess. It was definitely a fail. I've wanted to make my own version (that would actually… Continue reading Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

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

Short Rib Ravioli
beef, main courses, pasta

Short Rib Ravioli

There is a new local restaurant in an area that desperately needs some good restaurants. One of their specials the first night I went was short rib ravioli, and it was amazing. I knew I needed to try to replicate it at home. I took a major shortcut and used sauce from Wegmans because I… Continue reading Short Rib Ravioli

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