14th March 2017

Chicken-Spinach Mac ‘N’ Cheese

I originally planned to make Food Network's Spinach Artichoke Dip Mac N' Cheese but then I realized I forgot to grab a jar of artichokes when I went grocery shopping. I meant to but by the time I remembered I needed to go back I was already distracted by gardening stuff. It happens, HAH! I know I could still make the spinach mac'n'cheese though and I've figured add chicken too as a good source ...
16th September 2016

Cooking With Kids: Homemade Mini-Pizzas

Whenever Emma and I are bonding together in the kitchen it's mostly for baking desserts. The girl loves to bake cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and pies. Basically anything that's sweet. Can't hardly blame her, no? A few weeks ago a blogger friend suggested making pizza with your kids which I thought would be our next cooking project. Pizza is after all in the top tier of Emma's food groups. I have made pizzas before of course ...
7th September 2016

Garlic & Butter Seafood Pasta

This Garlic & Butter Seafood Pasta is a variation of the seafood spaghetti dish that's already in the archives. The latter used wine while this one has more garlic and buttery flavor plus the capers which I absolutely love in pasta dishes. Just like the other recipe, this one is also very easy to make.   Recipe: Garlic & Butter Seafood Pasta Ingredients 1 box of the angel hair noodles, cooked al dente 1 sm onion, chopped 4-5 cloves of garlic, ...
8th August 2016

Creamy Pesto & Bacon Spaghetti

Once you've made your homemade basil pesto you can pretty much go to town and add it in everything else your heart desires. My first one is of course a pasta dish with bacon. Pesto, bacon, spaghetti, oh my!   Recipe: Creamy Pesto & Bacon Spaghetti Ingredients 3/4 cup of basil pesto bacon, chopped and cooked spaghetti noodles, cooked al dente 3/4 cup of cream 1 cup + more reserved pasta water 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese Instructions Cook the spaghetti. In a pan, brown the ...
5th August 2016

Homemade Pesto

My main goal in growing basil this year is to make my own pesto. I love pesto on pretty much everything. I've harvested a bunch of basil earlier this week then made pesto on Wednesday to use for the pasta dish I made for dinner last night(Thursday). To end this week on a high note, here's the recipe for homemade pesto. Recipe: Homemade Pesto Ingredients a bunch of basil 2 large garlic cloves, peeled a sm bag of pine nuts 1/3 ...
28th June 2016

Creamy & Cheesy Beef Penne

I am in a cheese fix lately. I want to eat cheese all the time. I might have gone overzealous in the cheesiness of this Creamy & Cheesy Beef Penne but I didn't care. I just want all the cheesy goodness and I got it. The cheese sauce is basically the same sauce I make for my grown up Mac 'N' Cheese. Simple. Cheesy. Good. Recipe: Creamy & Cheesy Beef Penne Ingredients 1 box of penne, cooked al ...
11th May 2016

Creamy Bacon And Chicken Spaghetti

I saw a video of a bacon-chicken spaghetti recipe on Facebook the other day so I thought I'd make my own. The spaghetti, not the video. That recipe had spinach though and I think mushrooms too but mine doesn't. I didn't have spinach and I was saving my mushrooms for something else so this is just the basic version, I guess. Still yummy and would still satisfy the cravings for spaghetti with creamy white sauce, ...
3rd March 2016

Easy Baked Chicken Mozzarella

The pictures I took of this Baked Chicken Mozzarella are not giving the dish some justice. For the life of me I couldn't find the right angle to get better shots. I was in a hurry too because everyone was hungry and I was trying my best to keep the hot temperature. But trust me, these are good.   Recipe: Easy Baked Chicken Mozzarella Ingredients 4 boneless chicken breast(slice evenly in half) 1 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs fresh mozzarella ...
4th February 2016

Pork Sausage & 3-Cheese Lasagna

I should have taken a picture of my kitchen when I made this Pork Sausage & 3-Cheese Lasagna last Tuesday. Not only did I make this oh-so-delicious lasagna, my daughter and I made Valentine's Day sugar cookies too. The counter was messy with sauce and cheese while the baking station on the other side of the kitchen was busting with flour, food coloring, and cookie frosting. Fun Times! Nevertheless, my kitchen and I survived. We ...
23rd September 2015

Beef & Ricotta Cheese Lasagna Rolls

Every time I say 'lasagna' whenever my family asks what I'm making for dinner they all go, 'OOOOHHHHHH.' They did the same thing when I said I was making Beef & Ricotta Cheese Lasagna Rolls. Good thing I was able to resist eating the container of ricotta cheese. I couldn't help but have a couple of spoonfuls while filling up the rolls. They're just too good! So, lasagna rolls, this is so easy and sumptuous ...
17th August 2015

Creamy Chicken Rigatoni With Asparagus

I originally wanted rigatoni with Alfredo sauce but realized at the last minute that I didn't have any heavy cream so I decided to just make my own creamy white sauce with regular milk and sour cream. In all fairness, it turned out really well. I added asparagus for some green with one of my favorite pasta shapes, rigatoni.   Recipe: Creamy Chicken Rigatoni With Asparagus Ingredients half a box of rigatoni pasta, cooked al dente 2 boneless chicken breast, ...
20th May 2015

Pork With Carrots & Napa Cabbage Lo Mein

I think Lo Mein has been my go-to dish to make when I'm craving for pasta but not necessarily with the Italian flavors. It's the Asian in me, I guess? I love lo mein and I have a few recipes around here using my favorite angel hair pasta noodles with one recipe using spaghetti noodles. My Lo Mein dishes are a fusion of my 2 favorite cuisines, Italian and Asian.   Recipe: PORK WITH CARROTS & NAPA ...
28th April 2015

Beef And 3-Cheese Lasagna

Lasagna is always a hit dish in our household. It's one of my favorite Italian dishes but you'd be surprised how sporadic I make lasagna for dinner. I mean it's not that hard unless perhaps you're making your own Pappardelle noodles for it. Now that would take a little bit more time than usual. When getting the ingredients for this Beef And 3-Cheese Lasagna I found a box of oven-ready noodles which I figured would ...
14th April 2015

Beef, Mushrooms, & Capers Spaghetti

You want spaghetti but you're not feeling the tomato-based sauce? Or let's just say you don't have any in stock. Conveniently though you have a can of cream of mushroom soup, a few button mushrooms, and while you're at it why not throw in a few capers too. Yes, that totally happened in my kitchen, Hah! Recipe: Beef, Mushrooms, & Capers Spaghetti Ingredients 1-2 pounds of ground beef 1 box of angel hair pasta 1 sm onion, chopped 2 cloves of ...
1st April 2015

Mini Meatballs Sandwiches

These right here are so easy to make but oh soo good. I'm always impressed with my homemade meatballs. You know what they said, love your own, right? If you want an easy, delicious, and filling meal try making these Mini Meatballs Sandwiches. Use your trusted brand of spaghetti or marinara sauce. Or make your own sauce. I personally prefer Ragu and Delmonte brands.   Recipe:
26th March 2015

Lemon Pepper Chicken W/ Asparagus, Mushrooms, & Spinach

We had this Lemon Pepper Chicken W/ Asparagus, Mushrooms, & Spinach dish last night and Scott said, 'wow, we're really eating greens tonight.' To which I said, we need all the nutrients from the vegetables. Like iron, minerals, and whatever vitamins and nutritional values asparagus, spinach, and mushrooms provide. Sorry, lazy googler here. Of course, there's the chicken for protein. Paired with wild mushrooms couscous, the entire meal was quite scrumptious too if I say ...
3rd November 2014

Beef & Mushrooms With Penne Rigate

This is a quick pasta dish with my favorite pasta, penne rigate. It involves strips of beef, sliced mushrooms, seasonings, and Worcestershire sauce to give it that sweet and savory with a hint of tangy flavors. You can easily substitute beef with chicken strips. Seriously, this is quick and simple.   Recipe: Beef & Mushrooms With Penne Rigate Ingredients 1 box of penne rigate, cooked al dente 1 piece of steak, cut in strips 4 button mushrooms, sliced olive oil sprinkles of salt, ...