BA’s Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs

One of the most comforting things to me is tucking into a big bowl of hot pasta cloaked with a rich sauce and may or may not have some meat involved. Another meal I made while Ryan’s dad visited was the epitome of fall comfort foods – classic spaghetti and meatballs.  I used the cover…

Summer Vegetable Lasagna

Last week at the farmer’s market, I saw two zucchini the size of my forearm. The cost for the pair: $1.50. Thinking about what I had received in our CSA share, two types of eggplant and lots of end of summer tomatoes I cooked up an idea to make a lasagna using end of summer…

Stuffed Shells with My Marinara

Since I posted about my marinara, I wanted to show you a fun way to cook with it.  Stuffed shells is something a didn’t grow up eating much of but when I had it, I loved it.  I adapted a recipe from Bon Appetit using my anchovy-fied marinara.  If your marinara is already made, this…

For the Love of the Summer Harvest

The other evening, while gazing happily into a simmering kaleidoscope of colorful summer produce I realized something terrible.  This beautiful bounty of tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant will all be over soon.  Before I know it, I’ll have to rely on tomatoes from a can instead of using fresh cherry tomatoes as a base for a…

An Adult Spin on a Childhood Classic

When I think back to my childhood and the lunches that I ate, I think of two things: Tortillas with Cheese (shout out to my younger years in the South West) and canned Spaghetti-O’s.  Oh, how far I have come! Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE me some canned ingredients like beans and tomatoes…

Green Ziti

Green Ziti?  Sounds a little off-putting, no?  I am so used to hearing ziti paired with a red sauce that a sauce of any other color just sounds criminal.  The other night when I wasn’t feeling too hot and wanted to zip up something relatively quickly, I decided to try Ziti with Roasted Green Peppers…

Cooking on the Fly

The other night, a few of my least favorite things happened in the kitchen.  I came home and noticed three things: I was missing a few ingredients for what I had plan to make for dinner I had forgotten to thaw meat needed for dinner Produce that I had purchased at the farmer’s market (outside…

Jammy Zucchini with Penne Pasta

Talk about a quick and easy weeknight meal!  I’ve seen this recipe in a few different variations across the web and tried my hand at it Tuesday evening.  Let me tell you it was simple and luxurious.  I know the phrase “jammy zucchini” can be a bit off-putting.  But when the zucchini caramelizes down with…

Inspired by Tuscany: Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes & Anchovies

I became obsessed with many things while we were in Tuscany.  The wonderful wine, the intoxicating smell of jasmine perfuming the warm breeze rolling over the hills and, of course, olive oil. I never really appreciated good olive oil until visiting Italy and now wonder how I lived without it.  It’s amazing how many Americans…

Gemelli with Peach & Tomato Pork Ragu

Lazy Sundays are meant for making a rich dish to enjoy for dinner before you have to head back to the hustle of the weekday grind.  The kind of Sunday where you can just put a big hunk of meat in the oven and let it cook low and slow for hours. This past Sunday,…

Vegetable Lasagna For Days

Before I disconnect from my day to day, I wanted to share a recipe I made this week with left over chard from a few bushels back and the mushrooms I received on Tuesday.  I was looking for a meal that could feed us all week long and maybe even be a source of a…

celebrating with pasta [& kale]

On busy work nights, when I get home a bit later than I planned and didn’t have anything in particular in mind to cook, I usually wind up cooking some sort of pasta. During the growing season, it becomes even more exciting to add different types of fresh vegetables into the mix and change things…