Broccoli Pasta Salad

Broccoli Pasta Salad

I served this salad at the tea party bridal shower I recently hosted.  It was a huge hit.  I first has this salad about a year ago at a neighborhood pot luck and asked for the recipe right away.  I never got around to making it.  I wanted to add a salad into our tea party menu and I remembered how much I loved the salad and so did my party guests.  That evening, after the shower, at our neighborhood party, the neighbor who had given me the recipe originally [Continue Reading...]

Brown Butter Pasta

brown butter pasta

I have always been one of those moms that usually fixes a big dinner on Sunday but this Sunday I just wasn’t in the mood.   With everything going on over the weekend I hadn’t planned  very well. When you are an empty nester you can do that Since we don’t shop on Sunday I had to make due with what I had in the house.  I had to get  bit creative. I had a bag of leftover plain cooked pasta.  Some tomatoes from the garden and a bag of fresh spinach.Yeah, [Continue Reading...]

Fresh Tomato and Chicken Pasta

Fresh Tomato and Chicken Pasta

Pasta is a standby meal at our house. Whenever I can’t think of what to fix for dinner, pasta usually comes to the rescue. All you really need are some noodles or pasta(I used nice big fat, egg noodles this time), some meat (chicken or sausage usually), some vegetables (fresh chopped tomatoes, onion and tomato paste), some liquid (chicken broth) and some other seasonings (garlic, Italian seasoning, Dijon mustard and parsley) and of course a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese – Fresh Tomato and Chicken Pasta for dinner! The sauce can [Continue Reading...]

Roasted Tomato,Pesto and Sausage Gnocchi with Toasted Walnuts

Roasted Tomato,Pesto and Sausage Gnocchi with Toasted Walnuts

Recently, Johnsonville Sausage sent me a box full of lots of fun Italian foods to play with in conjunction with their Johnsonville Kitchen Italian Inspiration competition where you can win a trip to Italy!  In the big box was a small box of gnocchi.  For those of you not familiar with gnocchi it is basically an Italian dumpling made out of flour and potato. But for me gnocchi brings back some fun childhood memories.  Growing up in Wisconsin my very English blooded father started an Italian gnocchi company and named [Continue Reading...]

Creamy Tomato and Sausage Pasta

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Pasta is a go to meal at our house. Especially now that the nights are getting a cooler, evenings are busy with activities and Fall is in the air. A nice plate of  Creamy Tomato and Sausage Pasta is just good comfort food. This recipe is one that I usually have all the ingredients on hand, or almost all. So when I don’t know what to fix for dinner, pasta is usually the answer. This particular recipe calls for Italian Sausage but you could also use ground chicken, turkey or [Continue Reading...]

Roasted Cherry Tomato, Garlic and Chicken Pasta

Roasted Tomato and CHicken Pasta

Look what I picked from my garden yesterday morning. A basket full of these lovelies. Underneath there is a nice layer of cherry tomatoes.  My husband loves to just pop them right in his mouth but my favorite thing to do with them is roast them.  It makes them so sweet, just like candy. To roast a cherry tomato just slice it in half and place it in a baking dish cut side up. Drizzle with some olive oil and then sprinkle with kosher salt, pepper and some dried basil [Continue Reading...]

Roasted Red Pepper Ravioli and Giveaway

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Note:  My newsletter comes out today.  If you haven’t signed up for it yet you can do so my going to the front page of the blog and filling out your info.  This week you can find out how I Had Fun!  If you don’t get today’s newsletter just email me and I’ll forward you a copy.  You should start receiving them automatically from now on. I was recently sent some free samples of ravioli from Pasta Prima. I was familiar with their product as I had been buying their [Continue Reading...]

Pasta a la Leigh Anne

pasta a la leigh anne

Yesterday I had an over abundance of basil left over from dinner on Wednesday night so I needed to use it up.  I also had a couple of chicken breasts that needed cooking and I was in a pasta kind of mood. As a result I give you Pasta a la Leigh Anne. The first step was to cut up the boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  I decided to marinade them for a little to give them a some more flavor.  I mixed together some olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic [Continue Reading...]