Grandma’s Ring Shrimp Salad

Do you have one of those dishes in your family that is the stuff of legends? This recipe is one for our family. It is the dish Mom/Grandma/Great-Grandma would bring to picnics and summer holidays. It is the one recipe that makes all of us smile as we remember. It is a super simple salad…

Classic Baked Ziti

We are beginning to navigate cooking for two. We are marveling at how when we have leftovers they don’t disappear suddenly. We ordered pizza and salad for dinner on Friday and had leftovers while we were watching the game on Sunday. Go Buffalo! We even still had two slices leftover (from an 8 piece pie)…

Homemade Italian Hamburger Helper

As things are really busy now I need simple dinners. Things that pull together quickly and can be eaten in shifts if needed. The other night my daughter had dance and my son had a ceremony at school so we needed things that could heat up easily and be on the table in about 30…

Refrigerator Pasta

This sounds strange but it uses up our pieces of things before they go bad in the vegetable drawer. I always start with the same basic pasta recipe and then I try to remember to pull out the pepper, one carrot, spinach, etc… before it starts to go bad and put it on a shelf…

Salmon Pesto Pasta

So this picture isn’t pretty. My daughter referred to it as looking like weird cat food. It smelled amazing and tasted really good. I have strange issues around foods that I don’t think go together like pesto and salmon. I was hesitant to try it because I couldn’t think of the two strong flavors going…

Mashed Potatoes with Simple Sausage Ragu’

My kids still think when I say ragu’ that I am talking about the American jarred pasta sauce. So, when I told them what was for dinner they thought I lost my mind (as usual!). Spaghetti sauce AND mashed potatoes? No meat sauce with mashed potatoes. A ragu is more meat less tomato sauce. More…

Sun-Dried Tomato Ravioli

I love sun-dried tomatoes. We went on a Costco run a few weeks ago and while we were there I saw a jar of sun-dried tomatoes. Seeing as a small jar runs me about $4.99 in the grocery store the jar they had was only $8.99, on sale! Great buy, right? Yeah. I didn’t realize…

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…