Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Pesto Penne (With No Pine Nuts)

Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Pesto Penne (With No Pine Nuts)

Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Pesto Penne (With No Pine Nuts)

The concept of Meatless Monday amuses me. I’m Catholic. Why have meatless Monday when every Friday is supposed to be meatless? While, technically, Catholics are supposed to eat meatless on Fridays all year, most only give up meat during the Fridays of Lent. And, honestly, I’m one of them. (That said, my family does still have pancake Fridays in our house year round.) When my husband and I look at the calendar and realize that Ash Wednesday is approaching, we start to prepare our menu for the next several weeks.  Lucky for us, there are lots of great meatless pasta

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Pizza Pasta in the Slow Cooker

Feeding my preschooler, Ginny, is a challenge on a good day. She is very picky and more than willing to go hungry if we don’t feed her what she wants for dinner. I’m also willing to let her go hungry because I’m not a short-order cook. Thank you very much! What drives me nuts is that one day she’ll eat chicken strips or nuggets and love them. A few days later, she will say, “I don’t like chicken, Mommy.” I’ll remind her that she liked it the other day, but there is no convincing her. She’ll reassert with “No, Mommy. I

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Mexican Stuffed Shells

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Well, a way to this woman’s heart is through my stomach. I’ve always been impressed by a man who can cook (and enjoys it). In fact, I find men who like to cook sexy. It means I won’t always be responsible for making dinner.  My husband and I had an unusual courtship, with most of it being long-distance. By the time we had our first “official” date, I knew I loved him. We met at Forest Park in St. Louis and had a picnic

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I’ve got to be honest. When it comes to spaghetti, I cheat. I cheat every single time I make it. I throw the noodles in the water, brown some meat, and then add jarred spaghetti sauce. If I’m in the mood, I might even add a few spices, including a pinch of cayenne to give it some kick. It takes me only 15 minutes to make, tops. Quick and easy. The problem with jarred sauce, though, is it doesn’t taste very satisfying. However, I’ve never been one to try making homemade sauce. Maybe it is because my dad did that

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Baked Ravioli

I’ve probably said it before, but I will say it again. My girls absolutely love pasta! Any type of pasta and practically any type of sauce. It makes feeding them, most days, quite easy. We usually make pasta or even rice, another favorite, as a side dish since it guarantees they will eat something for dinner. Lucky for us, we adore pasta too. Win, win!  When I saw this recipe for Baked Ravioli, I knew it would be a huge hit and it was! It is simple to make and the flavor of the sauce is amazing. As my oven preheated to

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Penne alla Vodka with Sausage

My two favorite cuisines have to be Italian and Mexican. Luckily, I married a man who agrees with me. We quite happily eat both types with regularity and make the occasional recipe that doesn’t involve either pasta or salsa. Needless to say, you will likely never see me declare that I’m going on a low-carb diet or have decided to go gluten-free unless I am being forced. (Although we do try to eat these items in moderation as much as possible.) Interestingly, I have not always had a love affair with Italian food (my love for Mexican likely began before

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Fresh Rigatoni with Chorizo

My husband loves Food Network. When we got married, he could happily spend an evening watching nothing but that channel. While I enjoy some shows there, I like to watch them in small doses. One show my husband and I agreed on, though, was Iron Chef. We love the show. When ABC came out with The Chew and announced that Iron Chefs’ Michael Symon and Mario Batali would be on it, I couldn’t wait to watch it. The show is fabulous! I love watching Michael cook and explain how to make a recipe, making something much more attainable than anything I would

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Baked Caprese Pasta

I’ve mentioned this before, but it needs to be said again. I love pasta! Heck, my family loves pasta, especially my toddler. Whenever I hear about people going on any form of carb-free diets, I gasp in horror. How in the world can they give up pasta? So wrong, so wrong. When I see a pasta recipe that looks delicious, I can’t help but Pin it onto my pasta board on Pinterest. I found this recipe for Baked Caprese Pasta by Heather Likes Food when I was making another one of her recipes that I found on Pinterest.   (You might want to swing by

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Ginny enjoying her pasta! My toddler, Ginny, loves pasta! It is one food we can almost guarantee she will eat, no matter how it is prepared.  Needless to say, we eat a lot of pasta at my house. Luckily, one of my DH’s and my favorite foods is Italian. So, this means that her preference for pasta works for us. Our other favorite is Mexican. Ginny has already learned to love quesadillas, enchiladas, and Mexican rice. So, yay, us!   When I ran across the following recipe on Pinterest, I was thrilled. It is a combination of Mexican and pasta,

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Chicken Parmigiana with Pasta

One of the things I like to do is cook.  I would love it, but unfortunately I hate cleaning up. Since cooking means I will make a mess, it also means I’ll have a mess to clean up.  So, I merely like it. 🙂  I’ve decided to start adding some of the things that I like cooking to my blog.  This blog is not becoming a cooking blog, but rather an addition to what I normally blog about.  I figure it fits in with the blog since I am a stay-at-home mom and this is one of the things I

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