Taco Pasta Bowl

taco pasta bowl

I am a true blue taco lover.  I think I have firmly established my devotion to fish tacos with the grilled fish taco and fried fish taco recipes that I've posted over the past couple of weeks.  But don't think I'm not equally besotted by tradition beef tacos as well - I am head over heels for them as well.  The only, and I mean only, thing that bugs me in the slightest about tacos are the crunchy taco shells that shatter into a billion pieces when you bite into them, sending precious taco filling back on to your plate and/or down your arm.  And while soft flour or corn tortillas are one answer to this issue, there's another solution.  Pasta! Read More & Get the Recipe

Chicken Noodle Salad

chicken noodle salad

One of my favorite things in the worlds is steamy, comforting chicken noodle soup.  I made entire vats of it this past winter when the relentless snow was as high as our basketball hoop in the driveway.  Now that we are happily in the balmy days of early summer, I've finally eased up on the soup-making...but I wasn't entirely ready to leave chicken noodle wonderfulness behind.  And then it occurred to me...what's good for the soup is good for the pasta salad.  As in, chicken noodle salad! Read More & Get the Recipe

Parsley Pesto Pasta!

parsley pesto pasta

This is the time of year when I have to exert extreme self-control.  Here in the Northeast it has JUST started to consistently be above freezing at night (I know!) and so a couple of weeks ago I planted my annual crop of basil plants.  They are bright and cheery and they smell enticingly of, well, basil.  But they are still babies, and so I have to wait a couple more weeks before I start picking giant bunches of them to cook with.  Luckily, I don't have to wait for pesto though, because as it turns out, parsley makes an absolutely fantastic pesto.  Who knew??  (I did.  Read on!) Read More & Get the Recipe

Beef Stroganoff Spaghetti and Meatballs


I love making the Southern husband his suppertime favorites. As a result, shrimp and grits are frequently on the menu, along with okra and various things made with scallops, and he's always perfectly happy with good old fashioned burgers on the grill.  But every now and again I remember that he loves beef stroganoff...and then I don't make it.  There's something that feels so fancy and serious about it that I just can't pull it together for a Tuesday night.  And then one day it occurred to me that maybe the Tuesday night version was not the steak and mushrooms and egg noodles version.  Maybe it was the meatballs and shallots and spaghetti version. Read More & Get the Recipe

White Wine Spaghetti with Bacon and Parmesan


So, after about one million years of cooking pasta in plain old boiling water and tossing sauce on it, I recently discovered that if you take it out of the water a few minutes before it is done and finish cooking it in the sauce, the clouds will part, angels will sing, and you will ascend to new heights of pasta bliss.  So it was just a small step for me to take this to the next step, which was finishing it in a lovely bath of white wine.  And yes, it was everything I hoped and dreamed it would be. Read More & Get the Recipe

Chicken Parmigiana


Okay, I promised when I kicked off this spiffy new blog design that we were going to do some celebrating, and here it comes!  The best way I know to celebrate some blog newness is by giving away some cookbooks...and so I'm going to give away some cookbooks!  And I'm going to start off by giving away the newest one from Ree Drummond, the wonderful writer, photographer and fabulous cook who has inspired so many of us to try this whole blog thing.  And while I'm giving away her book, I'm also going to share my take on her fabulous, fabulous chicken parmigiana. Read More & Get the Recipe