My hope is to inspire you to get in the kitchen and have an adventure. Make something you have never tried before.  Push yourself to make something you have always been intimidated to make but most importantly to have fun and make memories!


Pasta

chicken sausage and broccoli orecchiette & a GIVEAWAY

 

There is a whole lot of stuff going on around here.  First, I have been asked to do not one…but TWO cooking demonstrations at this year’s Nashville Home Show.  Cooking demos are always so much fun for me, I really enjoy teaching people to cook a dish!  The reps at the Nashville Home Show were kind enough to supply me with a few sets of VIP Passes to the show!  I will be giving away two of the passes to One lucky winner through this post (details below).

Red Gold Simple Gourmet Lasagna Party

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Happy Monday ya’ll.  I am here to tell you about a special promotion sponsored by Red Gold Tomatoes and Laura’s Lean Ground beef.  This is the second year in a row Red Gold has hosted this event.  The focus is to get in the kitchen and make a meal with your family and loved-ones.  You can find more about the promotion by clicking here.  Often when you think lasagna you think of how hard it is to make and how many ingredients it takes, right?  Well Red Gold has been doing some work testing out new recipes with fewer ingredients but still keeping all the flavor.  Let me tell you they have done just that with this recipe.  I chose to make the “All-In-One” lasagna it is fabulous and super easy to put together.  They are also featuring two addition lasagna recipes: Roasted Butternut Squash and Skinny Lasagna.  I had an opportunity to try the Skinny Lasagna recipe when I was asked to do a TV segment for WCRB Channel 3 in Chattanooga, the Skinny Lasagna was delicious and a big hit!  I hope this encourages you to get in the kitchen and make one of these recipes they are all fantastic!

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

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This is one of those recipes where after you make it for the first time you want to kick yourself for not making it sooner!   This recipe is extremely versatile.  It can easily be a delicious side to accompany any meal or it can be the main dish.  You can add a number of ingredients to make this a very quick dinner.  Some of my favorite things to add to this pasta are: Ham and peas, grilled or leftover chicken and frozen broccoli, sauteed onions and bell peppers or steamed squash and zucchini.   The possibilities are endless.  Leave a comment letting me know how you served this dish and what you added to it.  

Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Serves 6
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Cook Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. pasta (any shape will do)

Smothered Chicken Pasta Casserole

 

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Welcome to my new site!  I designed and built it myself with a little help from a very tech-savvy friends.  I am very proud to call this place home and I really to you enjoy the new layout! 

I got the idea for this casserole from the very inspiring Pinterest.  I happened to see a recipe that had chicken and pasta that was topped with bacon, I didn’t click on the image to get the details I just made a mental note of what some of the ingredients were so I could build my own recipe.  I love to create new recipes from just seeing a picture without knowing the actual recipe.  This casserole was the result and let me tell you it was a huge hit!  The sauce was so full of flavor I will be making this casserole time and time again.  

Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

 

There is nothing better than the classic spaghetti and meatballs.  It is such a great dish, I make pretty often in our house.  The recipe for the meatballs is one that I have used for years and years.  I learned the recipe from my mom.  She never used a cookbook when she made this recipe, she knew it by heart.  One day I need to ask her where she originally got this recipe from and hopefully she can remember. Growing up I never remember my mom or grandmother cooking out of a cookbook, if they did it was rare.  They both always cooked from memory which always fascinated me.  Don’t get me wrong, I do have a few recipes I can cook without referring to a cookbook or remembering where I originally acquired the recipe, but that’s just one or two. I would watch both of them in the kitchen successfully prepare a full Thanksgiving meal without even a peak at a recipe.  AMAZING!

Ravioli Bake

 
 

This week has been particularly busy for us.  We are prepping for our first family vacation to the beach!  Plus, work is just over the top at the moment, which will make me enjoy this trip that much more!  Needless to say, I have had absolutely no time to dedicate to my blog which makes me very sad.  I have tons of things to share with you, so please hang in there!  With such a busy schedule this week, I have not had a lot of time to cook so this recipe was perfect!  It is so easy to make, and it is also very delicious!  I hope you enjoy it!

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