Fresh & Easy Marinara Sauce

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Fresh & Easy Marinara Sauce

Fresh & Easy Marinara Sauce

This weekend, after a frustrating week at home with the kids, I needed an escape. A friend asked if I would like to spend an evening with her and another mutual friend. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance! After much discussion, the three of us decided to go out for dinner at a local Italian restaurant. As we waited to place our orders, the three of us talked about how we were all picky eaters. We learned, though, how we were each picky in different ways. One person didn’t like sauces, and another didn’t like certain vegetables. Me,

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Restaurant-Style Salsa

While pregnant with my baby, Samantha, I did not cook much at all. In fact, for the last two months of my pregnancy, I didn’t cook at all. Physically I struggled, particularly toward the end of my pregnancy. I dealt with bad asthma and legs that would not support me properly. The idea of cooking, under those conditions, stressed me. My husband prepared our meals every night. I’m blessed (and thankful) to have a husband willing to help out. It also helps that he loves to cook. Now that I’m five weeks post partum, I’ve started cooking again. I’ll admit that I’m

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Chicken Caprese Sandwich

With our garden busting at the seams, we have an abundance of delicious, sweet tomatoes. But what do you do with dozens of tomatoes? Beyond making tomatoes sauces, salsa, and bruschetta, I make lots of sandwiches. There is nothing quite like eating a sandwich with fresh tomato. Ahhh! Our bounty of tomatoes helped inspire this next dish, my Chicken Caprese Sandwich! I love Caprese salads. They delight my senses. So, one day it hit me that I should turn it into a sandwich. This sandwich turned out better than I could have expected (and it would be great even without

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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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