Pizza Party Pt. 3 + A Recipe!

It’s Friday!  And I’ve got the final installment of my Pizza Party series for you. Let’s get cooking! I cook my pizza using two methods.  One uses a pizza stone (which not everyone has) and the other uses a pantry staple, parchment paper. So, this will be the one I chat about in this post….

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…

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…

Time To Brine… Some Vegetables

After a week of basking in the sun, drinking margaritas and reading plenty of books on vacation, I was inspired by my couch potato (or beach potato for that matter) vacation style and was inspired come home and cook the vegetables that I had stored in my fridge.  Before heading out on our trip, we…

Taco Time: Vegetarian Style

Wednesday evening was another spent later at work so this meant I needed to get creative with what was in my pantry and fridge for dinner.  Nothing thawing in the fridge and not much time to spend cooking before I would eventually pass out in bed. I landed on a whipping up with a favorite…

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…

using your scraps: turnip greens pesto edition

I didn’t know much about the tops of beets or carrots or turnips before I started getting involved with local produce and learning how to store it to last.  My first lesson with this part of root vegetable was that you should always remove the green tops before storing  the “meat” of the vegetable as…

breezy summer evenings call for simple meals on the grill

Evenings like tonight make me appreciate our little 5 x 10 foot outdoor “oasis”.  We’ve got a little balcony over looking a courtyard and the city below that has just enough space for our herb garden, a bistro table and chairs and an electric grill. Though I do miss having that authentic charred taste you…

herbed potato salad

Nothing saying an American Classic meal like steak and potatoes.  Steak was on sale this week and in an effort to keep the grocery bill down a bit more, I decided to stay away from mashed potatoes or a potato salad side that I would need to purchase dairy or additional ingredients and tried to…