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