Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mushroom Fettuccine with Kale in a White Wine Cream Sauce

In an effort to better our eating, I have been trying to implement a Meatless Monday in my home.  This is not easy with a "Carnivore for Life" as a husband, but thankfully he is a pretty good sport about it.  However, this past Monday he was not as willing to cut out the meat, so the challenge was to come up with a dish that I can add meat to, but would be equally as delicious without it.  I had no idea what I was going to make until I went to the fridge and pantry, and there it was!  The previous Friday I had purchased some beautiful kale from The Point Park Market Place in my area.  Then, while looking in my pantry, I saw the Mushroom Fettuccine I had purchased from the Rossi Pasta stand at the market as well and all of the sudden the heavens opened, the angels began singing, and I KNEW what I was going to make!  Mushroom Fettuccine with Kale in a White Wine Cream Sauce. As I said earlier, Studhubs was wanting some meat so I added a little Italian sausage, but trust me this dish would be amazing without it!  I can't wait to show you how I did it!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Chicken Fajitadillas

We all have nights that we don't want to cook.  There is no sense in trying to deny it.  Even I have those nights.  However, regardless if I feel like cooking or not my family has to eat.  Now, I realize it would be simple to go through a drive-thru or order in, but that is really not the kinda of meal I want to set before my family.  This is why I like to take one day a month and prep certain ingredients to have on hand.  That way when nights like this arrive I can still put a decent meal on the table.  That is what I love about this recipe.  It uses ingredients that are pre-cooked that you can throw together and bake off in the oven!  Chicken Fajitadillas!    This is a great quick and easy weeknight meal that you and your family will love!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sauteed Carrots with Thyme

I love carrots!  Aside from being my favorite color, orange, they are some of the most delicious and versatile vegetables on the planet!  You can eat them raw, roast them, boil them, the possibilities are endless.  One of my favorite ways to eat them is sauteed in a pan with a little butter and thyme.  They are tender, sweet, rich, and absolutely wonderful!  I am sure these carrots will become a family favorite!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gnocchi Primavera

I have a confession to make.

During the summer months I could very easily be vegetarian.  Oh yes, I could.  How you ask?  Well, why not I say!?!  If you spend any time at all at farm stands or farmer's market you too will become intoxicated by all of the fresh, vibrant produce we have available to us during this time of year!  Deep reds, vibrant greens, robust oranges, bright yellows.  If we eat with our eyes first, then summer is our culinary apex!  And that is what inspired this dish, Gnocchi Primavera!  Yes, I know, I know.  You are saying to yourself I thought this was supposed to be PASTA primavera!?!  Well, I really wanted the star of this dish to be the vegetables, and I feel that the soft little pillows of potato gnocchi help achieve that.  Trust me!  You are going to love it! 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Grilled Antipasto Pizza

For as far back as I can remember we had this tradition in my family. 
 Every Friday night, after school, my parents would take us to Blockbuster Video where we would take turns picking out a movie for the family.  Then, we would return home and order Napoli's Pizza for dinner.  EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT! I have to be honest about something, I don't remember the movies, but I remember looking forward to the event every week.  Why?  Because it was something my entire family did together. 
Today we are returning to these events known as family night.  Everyone is powering down and reconnecting over a movie or a board game, and always with food.  But wait!  What if you could make family night even MORE memorable!?!  Yes, you can!  For instance, what if, instead of ordering pizza, you MADE your pizza?  Everyone in the kitchen talking, laughing, cooking, connecting?  Talk about making memories.  Want your picky eater to try something new?  Put it on a pizza HE made and it is go time!
When it comes to pizza the varieties are only limited to your imagination, and today's pizza recipe was birthed out of just that!  One night, a few years ago, my best friend and I set out to create a delicious pizza that was a little healthier for us.  What was born is seriously one of the best pieces of pie I have ever put in my mouth! Grilled Antipasto Pizza!  Perfect for families, parties, and date night!  You are going to love it, and I can't wait to share it with you!!!
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Homemade Pizza Dough

This recipe is so simple you will never feel the need to buy a box or canned dough again!  With just a few simple ingredients you will be making a delicious, made-from-scratch pizza dough that is perfect for pizza, calzones, and so much more! 
Let me show you how easy this is!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Creamy Stove-Top Mac & Cheese

I have a confession to make.  Are you ready?  Okay, here is it.  I love the "blue box" mac & cheese.  There, I said it!  It is like mac & cheese crack!  But, like many others, I am trying to get away from processed foods in my life.  This has prompted me to figure out how to get that delicious, creamy, stove-top mac & cheese, in the same amount of time as the "blue box". 
Well, I am so excited to say that what I have come up with is actually BETTER that "the box" and it is ready in about the same amount of time!  I can't wait to show you how I did it! 
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