• Kielbasa & Peppers with Ziti

    Holidays are finally over and things should be settling down, right? Well, if your house is anything like mine then you’re still moving full speed ahead. I have a theory – it’s winter’s fault. When the winter solstice brings darkness at 5:00pm, it’s hard not to feel rushed once you get home from work. Something about long, bright summer evenings lure a slower pace, even if bedtimes stay the same and you still need to accomplish the same never-ending to-do list after work. Maybe it’s just me. Point is, let’s take a peek at another quick fix weeknight dinner, shall we? Kielbasa & Peppers with Ziti [Print this recipe] Prep:…

  • This great family recipe for spaghetti with sweet pepper sauce has lots of vegetables thanks to the soffritto base, and when they’re combined into this sweet sauce, kids just love it.

    Spaghetti With Sweet Bell Pepper Sauce

    Today I’m excited to have Nicole from a family that eats together back to share another one of her foodie AND family friendly meals. Thank you Nicole! Spaghetti ai Peperoni Spaghetti With a Sweet Bell Pepper Sauce The Arno Valley in Tuscany is well known for their sweet peppers. In this traditional Tuscan recipe I use sweet yellow bell peppers—the best when they’re at the height of their season—to make the sauce. Even though penne rigate is the most widely used pasta for this type of recipe, spaghetti works well, too, and it’s often what most people already have in their pantries. I recommend using Pecorino Romano cheese for the…

  • Farmhouse spaghetti is the product of a great CSA bag, full of wonderful in-season Maryland veggies.

    Farmhouse Spaghetti

    Farmhouse spaghetti is the product of a great CSA bag full of wonderful in-season veggies and a jar of basic spaghetti sauce. Little hacks like this work great for busy work weeks, especially when school’s in session! Yesterday as I slurped up the last strand of spaghetti leftovers for lunch, I thought mid-bite, “It’s shameful there isn’t more for anyone else.” Especially since I also used up the last of a crusty loaf of Italian bread, slathered with butter and broiled just long enough for the edges to crisp up (in a good way) and the middle to ooze cream buttery goodness. Perfect for sopping up the last little bits…

  • Baked Chicken Mozzarella For Two In About 45 Minutes

    Even though we’re a family of four, there are many times my husband and I find ourselves eating without the kids. You know, when my husband’s headed for a late afternoon of fishing that bleeds into evening after a long day at work, when we don’t have a chance to sit down until our youngest is already in bed. On these kinds of days, rather than cook a full meal for the kids and then save the leftovers for us to eat late, I’ll make something fun for the kids (breakfast for dinner, for example) and then a regular dinner for the two of us. Not that the kids don’t love this…

  • 15 Minutes To Simply Stated Shrimp Pasta

    I never tire of meals that can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes, especially when they involve pasta, seafood, and garlic. Shrimp, garlic, pasta…15 MINUTES, PEOPLE! Why wouldn’t you try it? Okay, you! {points finger} You, with the seafood allergy! Keep reading…. A seasoned and seared chicken breast would be the perfect substitute. OR, maybe a marinated and grilled portobello mushroom. Point is, there are endless ways to make this awesomely simple weeknight dish. Simply Stated Shrimp Pasta Ingredients 1/2 box linguine 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 bag frozen raw extra-large shrimp, thawed salt and pepper 1 teaspoon dried parsley or freshly chopped Italian parsley 2 green…

  • Peanut Noodles with Asian Pork Chops

    Marinated Asian Pork Chops & Sesame Peanut Noodles

    I found some really meaty pork chops at the grocery store last weekend, on sale for an ungodly price – about $3 for two 1″ thick, bone-in, steak-like chops. In the mood for something different last night, I decided to go with Asian flavors, which isn’t typical for my style of cooking although I intend to master using my wok and learn to make sushi with the kit I was given years ago, despite the fact that we do a lot of Asian takeout. The pork chop marinade was thrown together on a whim out of pantry items, but the noodles are based off of a recipe from my aunt,…

  • This beef mac-n-cheese casserole is like the comfort food you never knew you needed!

    Beef Mac-N-Cheese Casserole

    This beef mac-n-cheese casserole is like the comfort food you never knew you needed! I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This post may contain affiliate links. For some reason dubbing oneself a “foodie” means everyone assumes you don’t like “normal” food. Like processed, slow cooker, fatty, pre-packaged food. My view of a foodie? You can appreciate ALL kinds of food—even the non-organic, boxed, out of season varieties like this beef mac-n-cheese casserole! It’s oddly satisfying, super easy to make, and oh sooooo good.