Italian Sausage Alfredo Casserole


Well, life decided to throw us a bit of a curve ball. We are all fine but we received a call from the County Health Department that my son was in contact with a person with Covid-19 at school and now he has to quarantine until October 29th. If he shows any symptoms between now…

Creamy Sausage Rigatoni


I love fall. Opening the windows to the cool breezes at night make for great sleeping weather. The hearty casseroles, stews, and pasta dishes are a favorite. Apple cider, pumpkins pies, and donuts abound. Bright mums, pumpkins, and cornstalks dot the houses and downtown stores. All of it just makes me so happy. Now, I…

Simple Balsamic Ravioli


We got to see my son’s senior pictures. Senior pictures. It seems impossible. I swear I am no more than 28-29 years old. Just don’t ask me to stand up quickly or every joint in my body will creak and pop. I am going to savor every moment of this year and not be sad….

Homemade Pesto with Tortellini


As everything is starting to ripen we are starting to use all the fresh produce and herbs we can. I don’t know why I have never made pesto. We love it but I usually just pick up a jar of it. This year with being home all the time we are growing all our own…

7 Yummy Picnic Sides


Whether you are having a picnic for 4 or 40 these picnic sides can be a great addition. All have lots of flavor and can be made in large or small batches for your gatherings. BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) Pasta Salad (click for link to recipe) Who doesn’t love a BLT with lots of…

Top 5 Recipes for June 2020


Is it really the end of June already? Where did the time go? It seems crazy to me that I am writing about the end of June when yesterday it was just starting or so it seems. Classic Hellman’s Macaroni Salad (click for link to recipe) The classic is always a great way to go…

Air Fryer – Fried Ravioli


Day 18 – We are just waiting for the Governor to declare that the school year is over for both kids. Neither one is happy. My son has 3 Advanced Placement (AP) tests to take and I know that they were trying to come up with a plan for the students to take those so that…

Barbecue Pork Pasta


So day three of eating pork. We had pork butt (click for link to recipe), Caramelized Pork (click for link to recipe) and now Barbecue Pork Pasta.  The nice thing was that no one complained because the dishes were so different that they didn’t feel like they were eating pork every day. And, I still…

Chicken Parmesan


Sometimes you need a comforting meal of homemade sauce and ooey gooey cheese. I have been craving chicken parmigiana for several days but didn’t want to go out to eat. So, it was finally time to make the meal at home. Verdict: We love this meal. I always add much more cheese than I should…

Parmesan Garlic Noodles


This is one of our go to dishes on busy nights or for an easy side dish. It is super simple to make and the entire family loves it. You can make it with as much garlic as your family likes and as much cheese too! My family goes for more garlic and more cheese…

Greek Pasta Salad


We had a picnic to go to that was bring a dish to share. I wanted to bring something that was a bit different than normal pasta salad, potato salad, or beans. I had feta, pasta, and some veggies in my fridge so this was the salad. I found an organic Greek salad dressing.  It…

What Do I Make for Dinner When I am in a Hurry with No Plan


Yes, this is it pasta, doctored sauce and fresh Parmesan cheese.  I don’t use jarred sauce very often but I try to keep at least 1-2 jars on hand for emergencies. Even then I add my own spices or freshly grated cheese to the sauce. Jarred sauce  is usually VERY sweet so depending on the…