pasta la vista, baby. [sun-dried tomato pasta w. sausage & asparagus]

June 11th, 2021 by | comments

When I’ve had a really long work day, there’s nothing I want more than a quick, easy and delicious dinner. And if carbs are involved, that’s a bonus. This creamy sun-dried tomato pasta his all the marks and makes enough for a whole family. Even though I was only cooking this dish for me and my husband, I wasn’t complaining because I was able to devour the leftovers for a couple days. :-)

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pieces of the past. [shrimp & squash pilaf]

June 7th, 2021 by | comments

If you’re in need of a quick and easy meal, I’ve got you covered with this shrimp and squash pilaf. All of the components are delicious on their own, but even better when combined. This post is particularly special because three beloved grandmas contributed in some way – from the pilaf portion of the recipe to the serving spoons to the lace runner. Thank you Pat, Mary Lou and Maxine for contributing to my post!

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let’s get grillin’. [balsamic-marinated grilled artichokes]

May 25th, 2021 by | comments

Grilling season officially kicks off this weekend, which means these balsamic-marinated grilled artichokes should definitely be on the menu. I’m at a loss for words trying to explain how delicious these artichokes are, so you’ll just have to try them yourself. :) I highly recommend squeezing some charred lemon on top and dipping the leaves into pesto aioli – a winning combo!

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IMHO. [creamy calabrian chili bolognese]

May 24th, 2021 by | comments

In my humble opinion (IMHO), there’s nothing better than a big, comforting bowl of pasta. If you’re feeling down or just really, really hungry, it’s sure to cheer you up and fill you up. This creamy Calabrian chili bolognese is one of my favorite pastas I’ve made in a while. It’s full of flavor with just the right amount of heat from the Calabrian chilis. Although I made way too much for two people, let’s be honest, it was gone in just a couple days.

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don’t let it fool you. [roast beef sandwich]

May 21st, 2021 by | comments

This roast beef sandwich may seem simple, but don’t let that fool you – it’s packed with flavor and beyond delicious. In my opinion, the pickled red onions are really what take this sandwich over the top. I could honestly eat them by the handful. As we head into summer, this would be the perfect sandwich to bring to a picnic, lunch by the beach or pool – you name it!

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holds a special place. [individual fruit trifles]

May 19th, 2021 by | comments

I’m finally sharing my favorite fruit trifle AKA one of the easiest and most delicious desserts. This trifle holds a special place in my heart because my mom always made it for us growing up – and I’m still obsessed with it to this day. You can serve the trifle in a large glass bowl instead of individual mason jars, but the jars are very Covid-friendly. :-)

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game changer. [deconstructed french onion soup]

May 10th, 2021 by | comments

How cool is this deconstructed French onion soup?! The onions are packed with flavor and are so easy to make. My parents recently visited family in Ohio and during their trip, they had dinner at one of my aunt and uncle’s friend’s houses. Their friend made smoked and roasted Vidalia onions that everyone absolutely loved. Over Mother’s Day weekend, my mom and I decided to recreate the onions but instead, turn them into deconstructed French onion soup – because you really can’t go wrong when bread and cheese are involved. I gotta tell you, these onions were a game changer. Drop everything you’re doing and go make them!

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pack a punch. [mini potato, pepper & chorizo empanadas]

May 10th, 2021 by | comments

These mini empanadas are addicting. And since they’re so small, you can eat as many as you want…right? The filling packs a punch with the kick of the United Harvest chorizo and is delicious inside the crispy, yet pillowy fried dough. These make for a perfect appetizer, side dish, or entrée. Serve alongside your sauce of choice, but I prefer and recommend a vinegar-based dipping sauce!

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sure to be a winner. [marinated carne asada]

May 5th, 2021 by | comments

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with this marinated United Harvest outside skirt steak aka carne asada. The meat was so incredibly juicy and flavorful. I honestly lost count of how many pieces I ate while cutting the meat. The carne asada is delicious on its own alongside rice and beans, or you can add it to a charred corn tortilla with cilantro and onion. Either way, it’s sure to be a winner!

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