Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup

Since I caught a cold this was the perfect recipe to try. So good and was a great chicken noodle soup. Will make it again this winter. Here's the link to the recipe

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter Tomato Sauce

I love pasta, Kyle likes it also but not as much as I do. So I try to change it up each time I make it. I had the tomatoes from the farmers market and when I saw I had this recipe saved I knew they were perfect for it. This is my kind of after work dinner since it's quick and easy to make. Because after working a 10 hour day I really don't feel like spending hours cooking. Here's the link for this great weeknight meal

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Breakfast Mini Quiche

Here's another make ahead favorite of mine, these are perfect for breakfast in the morning. They're so small I can eat them easily while doing my morning paperwork at work. I put mushrooms, carrots and zucchini in mine. I made a big batch of them and then wrapped them in our sealer (you can use freezer bags if you don't have one). Just like the pizza bagels you can customize these to your own taste and what ingredients you love. Here's the link for these

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Homemade Pizza Bagels

Yes I'm a big kid sometimes, but I really like those frozen pizza bagels. But I figured I could make them myself and they would be healthier than the frozen packaged ones and I can change up the toppings to whatever I like. These have my homemade sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella. Took the pic before they went into the freezer. Can't wait to mix up the toppings and make more of these. Since work is crazy for me this time of year I love having items like these that I can make ahead and freeze so they are ready when I want a snack or breakfast/lunch/dinner. Going to make another batch this week, I think a veggie version. Here's the link to make these for your freezer


Friday, September 26, 2014

Mac and Cheese with Chicken

This recipe looked amazing when I saw it on pinterest, but once I saw it was a Michael Symon one I knew I had to make it right away. No secret that I'm a huge fan of him and his recipes. He's the one chef that every recipe I've tried from him has come out amazing. This was a great dinner and even my husband loved it and he's not a fan of goat cheese (shhh, I didn't tell him what cheese was in this). Such a different take on mac and cheese and I can't wait to try this in his restaurant one day. Here's the link to the recipe

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I forgot to grab extra goat cheese (used the package I picked up for a mac and cheese) so I just made the topping and served over a sliced potato. This was really good and I love doing something different with sweet potatoes. Will try this again with the goat cheese because I'm sure it's amazing with it. Here's the link to the recipe

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sour Cream Apple Pie

Took this picture as soon as it came out of the oven, made it early for dessert so it can cool and settle down. I really like the addition of sour cream to this pie. My apples got a little crisp on some of the edges, but I really overstuffed my pie with apples so that's the reason why. We had a ton of apples from apple picking so this was the perfect recipe. Here's the link to try this wonderful pie


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I love pumpkin so I've been sharing a ton of pumpkin recipes, these were great for breakfast and were easy to make before heading to work in the morning. Will make these again soon. Here's the link to the recipe

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chicken and Waffle Meatballs

This recipe is from a recently discovered food blog and was one of the best meatballs I've ever had. I love the creativity of this recipe and was great for something different for dinner. Next time I definitely will make some more so I have them ready to go in the freezer. Here's the link to them

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chicken Pot Pies with Puff Pastry Crust

It's comfort food season so couldn't wait to make some pot pies. These tasted wonderful and the filling for this recipe was delicious. They were even delicious the next day for lunch. Here's the link to this recipe

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Baked Buttermilk Pumpkin Donuts

So I've been seeing a ton of homemade donut recipes lately and have been wanting to try it myself. Got a donut pan at the store and made these, so delicious and I can't wait to try more donut recipes. These donuts were so light and fluffy when they came out of the oven. These just scream fall to me and I will be making them again soon. Here's the link to the recipe

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

One pot Tortellini and Sausage

This was a great dinner and is quick to make. I added a little more tomato sauce to mine. This is just one of those great comfort meals.Here's the link to make this for your next dinner

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Caramel Apple Crumble Pie

I took this picture after the pie came out of the oven, so didn't put the caramel on (did that once I sliced it and served it) I also used apples I picked at the orchard instead of apple pie filling like the recipe shows. This was really tasty and a great fall recipe. Here's the link to it

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lasagna Stuffed Shells

The weather is starting to cool down here so to me that means comfort food. Since I already had sauce made (I make big batches and freeze it in batches to use for meals like this). I picked up fresh mozzarella at the local market, I'm not a fan of cooked spinach, so I put mine in uncooked (I'm a weirdo, but don't mind it cooked in something like this or a soup so I didn't precook mine before adding to the filling. Here's the link to this delicious recipe

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I love making healthy muffins like these for a quick breakfast in the morning at work. These don't take long to mix together and bake pretty quick. I had these baking while making dinner on the stovetop. Here's the link to make these amazing muffins


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Chicken Marsala Alfredo

I used whole wheat pasta with this recipe and cut the cream in half and used chicken broth for half the cream. This was really good and a filling dinner. Was even great as leftovers for lunch the next day. Here's the link to this recipe


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bolognese with Pappardelle

This is from the Rachael Ray Look and Cook book, I've made it before, but made it with a different pasta. Didn't feel right to me until I remade it with pappardelle. Since I was lucky enough to find some at the farmers market this recipe popped in my head to make. I also always make extra sauce and added some tomatoes I pureed into this since I like a heavier tomato taste in my bolognese. I love having extra sauce in the freezer for quick meals after a long day at work.

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 pancetta diced
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 onion, cut into small dice
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 1 carrot cut into small dice (I cut mine a little bigger, it's all about preference)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into small dice
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, a couple of sprigs, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram or oregan
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 lb pappardelle or fettuccine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheee
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat, then add the pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until it's browned and the fat is rendered, 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the sirloin and pork to the pot and brown 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up the lumps
  3. Add the onions, carrots, garlic and celery and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened 6-7 minutes
  4. Add the salt and pepper, nutmeg, bay leaves, thyme, marjoram or oregano and red pepper flakes
  5. Add the tomato paste and stir for a minute or so, then add the wine and scrape up all the drippings. reduce the wine by half for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and thicken the sauce for 1- 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally to keep the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  6. When you're ready to serve cook your pasta, when pasta is done (reserve a cup of pasta water), add milk to the sauce and simmer a couple of minutes to heat through. Discard the bay leaves and adjust the seasonings to taste.
  7. Drain the pasta, toss it back in pot it was cooked in. Toss with pasta water (cup you saved), cup of grated cheese and parsley. Add half the pasta sauce and toss well to coat.
  8. Serve the pasta in shallow bowls, topping with additional sauce.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pumpkin Donut Holes

I love pumpkin recipes and these even got the Kyle stamp of approval. They are definitely better when you eat them the same day they're made. Here's the link for this awesome fall treat

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

London Travel Book

I love making lists and tried to find a book to include all the things I want to do while in London and our travel info. I couldn't find one I liked so I made my own. It's small enough to keep in my purse and I divided it into categories so I can easily find what I'm looking for.
 The cover of my book, I know the map isn't of Europe, but I just loved this paper I had and knew it'd be perfect for this album

 Travel info can go on the left and then all the food info in this section

 I made these pages myself and some lines aren't perfect, but I love the homemade feel it gives it

 Have to make sure I don't miss any sights I want to see

  A girl has to shop while on Vacation, especially when you're out of the country

 For all my other travel info that doesn't fit in the other sections

 Travel info for home, plan on keeping this book to look back on

 The back cover

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mini Fruit Tart Cheesecake

These are a great little party dessert and don't take long to make. You can add your favorite fruit on top of these. Here's the link to this

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rainbow Cookie Cake

I made this for my sisters birthday. I changed the inside colors to hot pink and purple to match the party colors and added the leopard butterflies since my sister loves leopard. Here's the link to make this recipe for your next party

Wanted to share the banner I made for the party also