Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese


There’s this debate raging about Mac and Cheese and whether it is considered a must-have Thanksgiving dish. I’m here to settle that debate. The answer is a resounding YES. At least in my house. Nearly every year that I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner I serve Mac and Cheese. I normally serve it at Christmas too. In…

Lightened Up Slopped-Up Spaghetti


When I was a kid, my grandma watched my sister and I quite often. She lived about a mile from the Catholic school where we attended grade school and I remember walking to her house after school or being dropped off there so she could watch me when I was sick. We would watch Days…

{low-fat} Cheesy Tuna Casserole


Folks, I never thought I would be doing this. Honestly. When I started this blog I pledged (in the back of my mind) to only make good-tasting and (for the most part) completely unhealthy recipes. There was a time when I would take healthy recipes and make them unhealthy. (Recipe calls for low-fat milk? I’ll…

Spaghetti and Meatball Stroganoff


The concept of having stroganoff in it with anything other than beef didn’t occur to me until rather recently when I began googling stroganoff and finding all the different options that existed. Years ago I had made Lamburger Stroganoff, at my sisters suggestion, when we had extra lamb after a holiday meal. I’d thought her…

Pasta Bolognese


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
My sister sent me this recipe about a year ago. The comment she made that she liked the smell of the sauce that infused the air in her apartment as it cooked for hours on her stove stuck with me and made me want to try it. I thought…

{crockpot} Shredded Chicken Stroganoff


Have you ever asked someone if they’ve ever had hamburger stroganoff and gotten a blank look? Like they had absolutely no idea what “stroganoff” is? That happened to me once and I thought it was weird. I thought everyone grew up eating stroganoff on a regular basis. My mom made this classic dish my entire…

Hibachi Noodles


Begrudgingly I thought about going low carb next week for two reasons. One, my coworker whom I get hot chocolate with every morning at our company’s “Starbucks” announced last week that she’s gaining weight and needs to lay off the daily hot chocolate. Sigh. It’s no fun to drink hot chocolate alone, I tell you….

Garlicky Lemon Greek Yogurt Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Feta


It was determined after the Saturday night fat bomb late night snack that a lightened up dinner was needed on Sunday. I’ve always shied away from using Greek yogurt in pasta because… Why would I want to eat pasta unless it was full of fat? However, I was persuaded to try Greek yogurt in pasta…

Roasted Tomato and Blackened Andouille Sausage Fettucine Alfredo


A few weeks ago my friend and I had a Fettucine Alfredo showdown. We made and compared two “classic” (read: simple) recipes for Fettucine Alfredo. Though we liked both recipes the winner ended up being the Pioneer Woman’s recipe, which I had made several times before. The recipe is so simple, so basic, and so…

Seven-Cheese Layered Mac and Cheese {inspired by John Legend}


The other day I was googling “layered+mac+and+cheese+casserole” for a completely different reason (than plain old mac and cheese) when I came across John Legend’s recipe. I also found a plethora of other recipes for layered mac and cheese. As I flipped through the internet pages searching the recipes, it dawned on me that I’ve never…

Chorizo Mac ‘n Cheese


Soooooo much has happened since I last blogged. For starters, I’m back in Southern California. For good this time? Time will tell. I just started a brand new job and I’m currently in corporate housing in Long Beach (for about the next three weeks). I put an offer in on a condo and we are…

Mongolian Beef Noodles {gluten-free}


I’m busy trying to cook through my jam-packed freezer. Though it feels like I’ve made a serious dent, I still have a long way to go. About a year ago or so I purchased two pounds of flank steak and only cooked one. So I took to Pinterest to look up flank steak recipes and…

Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup


If it seems like I haven’t been posting in a while, it’s because I haven’t been. Instead I’ve been out living my life, which must make me sound like a loser who never left her house until February 2014. I swear that’s not true! But I have been eating out more recently and trying to…

Pumpkin Gnocchi


Whenever possible my friends and I try to get together to have happy hour, which often includes making food. This past week I hosted Jen, Kyna and Christine for a night of gnocchi making. I found the perfect recipe at simplyrecipes.com.   I was hesitant to make gnocchi again because the last time I did…

Spicy Sage and Brown Butter Bacon Mac and Cheese


Not wanting to have to venture outside this amidst a winter storm that has nearly shut down the city, I decided a comforting mac and cheese dish would be in order for dinner. A few weeks ago my friend Julie (who is mostly vegan) gave me (the remaining amounts of) several pounds of cheese she’d…

Individual Mac and Cheese Pot Pies


After reading the details of Fromage Homage’s January challenge, along with a particularly hilarious post about an attempt to make homemade cheddar cheese, I decided I had a recipe that was challenge worthy: my mac and cheese pot pie. (See rules of the challenge here.) I figured my recipe was a shoe-in because it’s two comfort…

Chipotle Bacon Mac and Cheese


Mac and cheese is one of my all-time favorite meals to eat and was the star of the show for my Christmas Eve dinner this year. Of the dozens of mac and cheese recipes in the drafts section of my blog, I decided to go with a recipe my grandma clipped from Parade magazine featuring…

Brown Butter Hamburger Stroganoff


Last week I pulled some hamburger out of the freezer intending to make burgers while my dad was visiting. Then in the midst of all my food planning, I had to put my dog down. And suddenly I no longer felt like trying hip, new burgers. Instead, I wanted something easy to make. Something comforting….

Penne Cacio e Pepe


According to my thermometer it’s 90 degrees outside and 83 degrees inside. And we are not even close to the hottest part of the day. We have at least four or five more hours until the temperature will top out. I’m not into baking or cooking when it’s this hot. That really puts a damper…