• Homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole

    Homemade Chicken Tetrazzini

    This homemade chicken tetrazzini recipe will satisfy a hungry crowd! Normally I wouldn’t be crazy-excited for a homemade chicken tetrazzini casserole recipe at the end of August. To me, most casseroles are the perfect comfort food for crisp fall evenings — not the dog days of summer. Although I’d make an exception for things like baked ziti, which I could eat weekly throughout the year without feeling like I’m betraying summer menus. This August has been strange though. We haven’t seen the thermometer pass 90°F in weeks … maybe even a month. This is unheard of in Maryland in August, when it’s normal for the daytime heat and humidity to both…

  • Seared Shrimp with Whole Wheat Pasta

    Seared Shrimp with Whole Wheat Pasta

    I’m a big fan of pasta. Like, I could eat it just about every night if given the chance. The other evening we needed a quick dinner thrown together after a busy afternoon of dance practice, a lacrosse game, errands and work. Pasta’s great because most of the time the entire meal can be cooked in 20 minutes or less, from start to finish. I also had a slew of beautiful veggies from my Hometown Harvest delivery that screamed, “PASTAAAA!!!!” So, naturally I whipped up a quick seared shrimp with whole wheat pasta (angel hair, to be exact), and as part of the sauce I sauteed organic sliced cremini mushrooms and green onions, and…

  • Chicken Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta is another one to add to the "quick and easy" weeknight dinner rotation.

    Chicken Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

    Chicken mushroom bow tie pasta is another one to add to the “quick and easy” weeknight dinner rotation. Don’t you just love those? I think every weeknight is busy for us, especially during the school year and ESPECIALLY in the springtime. My husband is a high school varsity lacrosse coach, so we either try to squeeze in a quick family dinner before he has to leave for practice, or I try to make something that’s reheatable for later. To add another layer to the weeknight frenzy, my kids have after-school activities that make evenings kind of chaotic and hard to plan things around. This means juggling various practices and games…

  • Creamy Baked Chicken Pasta

    Creamy Baked Chicken Pasta

    I love Tetrazzini. Chicken or turkey – it really doesn’t matter. Creamy pasta, crispy topping, rich sauteed mushrooms, all baked to delicious perfection – and even better the next day for lunch leftovers. Yesterday after getting home from my daughter’s dance competition – we were in Baltimore, Md. for a night – I was craving some sort of comfort food, and I was exhausted. Yes, she did all the work, but after standing for 8 hours on the concrete floor of the convention center on Saturday, with awful food options, I was ready to collapse. And eat really good food. For whatever reason, I was craving Tetrazzini. Except – I…

  • Vegetarian Lasagna Rolls

    Vegetarian Lasagna Rolls

    The other day I was in the mood for Italian food, but not spaghetti, fettuccine, or baked ziti. Something else…. I had one bunch of kale left over from my last Hometown Harvest bag, and thought maybe that would be tasty in a lasagna, sautéed first with some garlic and olive oil, and then added into the ricotta mixture. My vegetarian sister happened to be in town from Brooklyn (and eating with us!), so I thought she’d be a fan of the combo too. I warmed the olive oil and minced the garlic. Then, I pulled the kale out from the fridge. “Hmmm…this kale looks odd,” I thought. Then, I…

  • This yummy baked ziti recipe makes enough to feed a crowd or to portion out for leftovers!

    Simple Homemade Baked Ziti

    Simple homemade baked ziti is one of the most delicious, ooey-gooey cheesy, comforting recipes out there! There’s this little neighborhood pizzeria about two miles from one of our old houses in Maryland that has the best baked ziti recipe I’ve ever eaten. I don’t claim to be a baked ziti expert, but I know a good Italian recipe when I taste one. And what I loved most about their baked ziti is that it’s simple; it doesn’t taste fussy or overdone. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. Just the right amount of fresh basil and fresh mozzarella, a sauce and ricotta ratio…

  • Making Swedish meatballs with ground turkey and Greek yogurt is a great alternative to the traditional recipe. Serve them and the gravy over pasta and enjoy!

    Swedish Meatballs with Ground Turkey

    Making Swedish meatballs with ground turkey and Greek yogurt is a great alternative to the traditional recipe. Serve them and the gravy over pasta and enjoy! This post was sponsored by Chobani®. You know me, I don’t meal plan. I prefer to keep my pantry stocked with everyday essentials, and buy produce and meats based off of two things: price and what’s local and/or seasonally available. Last week there were two things in the fridge that begged to be used: ground turkey and yogurt. Like, lots of yogurt. Chobani reached out to me a few weeks ago after finding this old recipe where I substituted yogurt for sour cream, and…

  • Farfalle with garlic cream sauce and seared chicken sausage in a skillet.

    Farfalle With Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce and Pan-Seared Chicken Sausage

    This farfalle with garlic parmesan cream sauce and pan seared chicken sausage is ready in thirty minutes—perfect for a weeknight! I happen to be one of the few who actually enjoys food shopping—as long as I don’t have my kids in tow.  While my weekly go-to grocery store is ALDI, I do still enjoy a visit now and then to Wegmans, even though the closest is about forty-five minutes away. If you’ve never been, Wegmans is like a blend of a standard grocery store with a gourmet market and eatery. It takes longer for me to get in and out of Wegmans because, for one thing, it’s a huge space—especially…