Spicy Thai Noodle Salad

I have a friend, Emily Brady, who is always posting yummy looking things on her instagram account. All her stuff always seems so simple and healthy and delicious.  And mostly this girl knows how to stage a food picture.  I wish I had this skill!  The other day she posted this recipe, and I gave…

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

I loved my baked macaroni and cheese casserole, but it takes a bit of time to make, and my kids always look at it and think that’s not the kraft macaroni and cheese that they were expecting when I said I was making mac n cheese for dinner.   But when I found this recipe…

Penne with Chicken and Roasted Red Peppers

This is just a simple recipe that I cut off the side of a pasta box because it looked good.  It’s pretty quick to throw together and I feel like it’s basically enough that most people would enjoy it.  It’s one of those dishes I make when I am making dinner for people and I…

Hungarian Goulash

Goulash is a traditional dish from Hungry.  It’s named after their herdsmen known as gulyas.  This was an easy meal for them to make because they had access to meat and it cooks slowly over the fire all day with little attendance from them and then be enjoyed at the end of their day.  I…

Creamy Pasta in Asparagus Sauce

I have to attribute this recipe find to my good friend Desiree.  And it reminds me that I should probably swap more recipes with her.  One day I was up visiting at her place and she said she thought it would be fun to exchange recipes with people whenever they found good ones and then…

Pecan and Arugula Pesto

One year for Christmas my aunt sent me this fabulous Rachel Ray cookbook.  I love Rachel Ray–Italian flare and usually fairly simple lots of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil-seems to be her favorite thing).   This particular cookbook was called Rachel Ray 365: No Repeats and is supposed to contain 365 different recipes, one for…

Baked Ziti

Gotta give weight watchers another shout out for this recipe.  I like this version of baked ziti because it adds a few vegetables into the mix rather than just sauce and cheese.  I made this today for neighbor who just had a new baby.  It’s a good meal that you can make and bring over…

Thai Stir Fried Noodles

I love Thai food and my favorite thing to order is Pad Kee Mao which is a noodle dish with wide noodles and lots of veggies.  So when I saw this recipe for Thai stir fried noodles in one of my Cooks Illustrated magazines I was intrigued.  I wouldn’t say it’s precisely like Pad Kee…

Heavenly Pasta Salad

 For a very short time, I dated a guy right before I left for college back home in Minden, Nevada.  His name was Josh Dadabo and he was a nice guy, but the best thing that came out of that relationship was this recipe for pasta salad.  His Mom made this for us one day,…

Homemade Egg Noodles

Gotta give Emily Brady all the credit for this recipe.  She like me likes to cook, not bake.  And she keeps posting pictures of these egg noodles that she says are delicious and so easy to make.  So, the last time I decided to whip up some Chicken Noodle Soup I gave her noodles a try.  I…

Simply Lasagne

 I will never forget my first attempt at making homemade lasagne.  I was in high school at the time and my boyfriend’s mother was having surgery.  I, without really thinking it through, insisted on making dinner for his family.  Lasagne for some reason was the thing that came to my mind when trying to decide…

Homemade Mac N Cheese

 If there is one thing I can’t stand it’s Velveeta style mac n cheese.  YUCK!  I also don’t like most mac n cheese sides you can order at restaurants all too much.  I discovered this recipe in the early years of our marriage.  I just had a hankering to make mac and cheese one night….