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recipe: Cheesy Sausage Tortellini with Zucchini and Tomatoes

recipe: Cheesy Sausage Tortellini with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Every time I cook something amazing for dinner, I think “Self: You need to share this with your blog people.” But most nights, getting a meal on the table for my family is chaos and insanity, with the girls fighting in the other room, Zach climbing up my legs near a hot stove, etc… so… KEEP READING »


recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches

recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches

We’re headed into a very specific phase of cooking right now: Comfort Food Season plus I’m Too Lazy And Tired And Sick Of Winter To Make Anything Fancy. It’s the time of year when I become very good friends with my slow-cooker because having dinner essentially “done” by 9am? BEST FEELING EVER. This recipe is… KEEP READING »


recipe: whole roasted chicken in the crockpot

recipe: whole roasted chicken in the crockpot

Making dinner lately has been quite a feat. I try really hard to cook something halfway decent and semi-homemade a few nights a week, rather than just opening the bag of frozen chicken nuggets or making Dan pick something up on his way home from work. But with the crazy schedule we’ve had, plus Dan… KEEP READING »


recipe: chicken cheesesteak sandwiches

recipe: chicken cheesesteak sandwiches

This recipe is one of my FAVORITES. It’s easy and simple as far as ingredients go, and it’s so so so delicious. A twist on the traditional cheesesteak sandwich, it uses chicken instead of steak. And you could really customize it by adding different things if you’d like- mushrooms, for example, or hot sauce, or… KEEP READING »


recipe: tomato basil pasta with chicken & pancetta

recipe: tomato basil pasta with chicken & pancetta

This recipe was kind of an accident, actually. I had found one online somewhere that had something to do with breadcrumb-stuffed oven-roasted tomatoes served over pasta with basil, pancetta, and olive oil… and when I went to start dinner, I realized that a) I was out of breadcrumbs (GAH!) and b) two of the large… KEEP READING »


recipe: sweet & sour pasta salad

recipe: sweet & sour pasta salad

How about a yummy summer recipe to start off the week? Sweet and sour pasta salad! My mom makes this all the time for picnics and parties and it’s one of my favorites. She brought it recently to a family thing and I realized I never shared it here and that’s just a travesty. And… KEEP READING »


recipe: greek yogurt dip

recipe: greek yogurt dip

In my quest to eat a little better and lose this last fifteen pounds of baby weight before my baby goes off to college turns two, I’m on the hunt for healthy snacks. I like snacks. And I need them. I can’t go more than 2 hours or so without needing food of some kind…. KEEP READING »


recipe: buffalo chicken ring

recipe: buffalo chicken ring

I love all things made with Frank’s Red Hot (or any hot sauce, really. But especially Frank’s Red Hot) I also love cheese. And crescent rolls. And ranch dressing. So this recipe? Is basically my dream come true. It’s perfect for parties or football games or really could be a nice, quick tasty dinner (served… KEEP READING »


recipe: sweet & sour chicken

recipe: sweet & sour chicken

I was ridiculously excited when I came across this recipe for homemade sweet and sour chicken. You guys, it is SO GOOD. It’s a little involved with several steps (coating chicken, frying a little bit, then baking) but it is all worth it. Trust me. Start with a plate of chicken breast, cut into chunks…. KEEP READING »


Not Oreo Pops: a tutorial

Not Oreo Pops: a tutorial

For Audrey’s birthday party a few weeks ago, I had a plan. I was going to make these. Source: hiphiphoorayblog.com viaJennifer on Pinterest Easy, right? Oreos! Melted chocolate! Sprinkles! Yum! Except… notsomuch. The original pin I found on Pinterest didn’t really have any detailed instructions- which I didn’t think was a big issue. It seemed… KEEP READING »


recipe: chicken scampi

recipe: chicken scampi

Do you like garlic? If you don’t… keep moving ahead in your feed reader or blog list or whatever. But if you like garlic- LOVE garlic- you’ll want to make this. It’s by no means a quick prep meal. Kinda messy, lots of dirty pans, a bunch of steps. But seriously, it’s worth it. It’s… KEEP READING »


recipe: baked macaroni and cheese

recipe: baked macaroni and cheese

Carbs and cheese. Does it get any better than that? Seriously? Like a lot of the recipes I post, this is my mom’s concoction. She has made it this way for as long as I can remember, and it is still one of my favorite mac and cheese recipes. Easy, simple, and yummy. Though I… KEEP READING »


Recipe & Giveaway: Redpack Tomatoes!

Recipe & Giveaway: Redpack Tomatoes!

I use canned tomatoes in my cooking all the time. I make my own sauce when I cook spaghetti and other pasta dishes and canned tomatoes make it SO easy. And it tastes so fresh- or at least as fresh as I can get without having a garden in my backyard because that would just… KEEP READING »


recipe: guacamole

recipe: guacamole

I love guacamole. But only if it has FLAVOR. Have you ever had guacamole that tastes like… paste? EW. My sister makes damn fine guacamole. This is her recipe. We love it, and I’ve already requested that she bring it to our Super Bowl party on Sunday. (You know… the one where the STEELERS ARE… KEEP READING »


recipe: buffalo chicken sandwich

recipe: buffalo chicken sandwich

I love buffalo chicken. When we go out to eat, if there is a buffalo chicken ANYTHING, I will most likely order it. Pizza, pasta, chicken, sandwiches, wraps… LOVE IT. Sweet and tangy and spicy and I can smother it in ranch dressing. Perfection, really. So you can understand why these sandwiches are a favorite… KEEP READING »


recipes: COOKIE SWAP EDITION!

recipes: COOKIE SWAP EDITION!

A few weeks ago I hosted a cookie swap party at my house. I KNOW. I’m clearly insane to willingly invite a billion dozen delicious cookies into my house like THREE DAYS after I signed up for Weight Watchers (update on that: I’ve lost 3lbs so far. I consider that EPIC given the number of… KEEP READING »


recipe: steak sandwiches

recipe: steak sandwiches

This is a recipe I found a few years ago while watching Rachael Ray. I think I was pregnant with Maggie at the time- I watched a LOT of daytime television during that pregnancy, because I had just quit my job to focus on my business and didn’t have another kid to chase around. I… KEEP READING »


recipe: pierogie casserole

recipe: pierogie casserole

If you’re from Pittsburgh, you’ve probably at eaten a pierogi at least once in your life. Or you’ve heard of them. Or you’ve seen them running around the baseball field at PNC Park. And if you’re from other parts of the county (or the world), you may have had them too. I don’t know. I… KEEP READING »


recipe: lasagna

recipe: lasagna

I love lasagna. But I haaate extremely involved recipes. And, let’s face it: lasagna is kind of a pain in the butt to make, traditionally. Boil the noodles. Cook the meat. Mix the sauce. Burn your fingers assembling the still-too-hot noodles. Rip half of the noodles in the process. Curse loudly. Cry. But this one… KEEP READING »


recipe: fruit pizza!

recipe: fruit pizza!

It’s SUMMER YOU GUYS! This is one of my favorite things to make for parties and picnics in the summer. I made it last week for Memorial Day. Delicious! I’ve seen so many versions of this type of thing (Michelle posted one not too long ago) and really, there’s no right or wrong way of… KEEP READING »


recipe: tuna noodle casserole

recipe: tuna noodle casserole

I hate seafood. Shrimp, fish, lobster, crab… not a fan at all. Except for tuna. I know that sounds insane, because of all of the fishes out there, tuna is one of the stronger-tasting fish. But tuna fish from a can is just something I grew up eating, so I guess I developed a taste… KEEP READING »


recipe: chocolate bark

recipe: chocolate bark

I made this special treat over the weekend as a gift for Maggie’s daycare teachers- in cute little bags, it seemed to be quite a hit when she took them to school today. Thanks to my mom for the instructional lesson last weekend (she made peppermint bark.) Not only is this super-easy and yummy, but… KEEP READING »


recipe: Chicken Pesto Pizza

recipe: Chicken Pesto Pizza

So, how far behind am I on posting recipes? So far behind that this one includes pictures from my old camera AND our old house! But the food is still delish. I promise. Ingredients: pizza crust, a chicken breast, olive oil, mozzarella cheese, a tomato, and a jar of pesto sauce. Slice the chicken and… KEEP READING »


recipe: beef & vegetable barley soup

recipe: beef & vegetable barley soup

Hey remember when I posting recipes on a regular basis? That was fun, wasn’t it? For some reason, I stalled out on posting them, which is odd because I just checked and I have at least 2 more in my photo archive that I could post. Basically I suck and got distracted, and then I… KEEP READING »


recipe: Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

recipe: Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

I got this recipe from an old co-worker of mine. His version was actually served cold and didn’t have chicken. I’m sure that’s delicious too, but I have a husband who has declared that his dinner needs to have had a face at some point, so serving him cold noodles wouldn’t go over very well…. KEEP READING »


recipe: spaghetti & meatballs

recipe: spaghetti & meatballs

My favorite food? PASTA. Any kind, really. But you can never go wrong with a classic like spaghetti and meatballs. This is my take on it. It’s not authentic with sauce that simmers for days on end with fresh tomatoes and all of that (because really, who has TIME for that stuff?) but it is… KEEP READING »


recipe update

recipe update

This morning while I was making my breakfast egg burrito, I realized I completely spaced on the amount of eggs to use. I said 1/4 cup when I really meant 1/2 cup. Whoops! I updated the recipe but wasn’t sure if feeds would be refreshed or whatever, so I thought I’d post a note here…. KEEP READING »


recipe & weight loss tips: breakfast egg burrito

recipe & weight loss tips: breakfast egg burrito

The past month or so has been extremely busy and a bit stressful for me. Not really bad stress, just lots going on. When I get stressed, I eat. And when I’m really busy, I stop exercising. So naturally, these past few weeks, I’ve noticed a bit of a backslide in my weight loss. Nothing… KEEP READING »


recipe: Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce

recipe: Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce

I found this recipe years ago in a magazine ad for vegetable oil, believe it or not. I didn’t try it until last year sometime and OH MY, even as I was making it, I knew it would be a favorite. It’s a bit more involved than some of my recipes, what with the frying… KEEP READING »


recipe: Stuffed Pepper Soup

recipe: Stuffed Pepper Soup

mmm what could be better on a cold day than soup? And what’s better than soup? Soup that isn’t really soupy, but more like a chili-type thing. Also: TOPPED WITH CHEESE. This is a recipe for Stuffed Pepper Soup that I got from my mom. It’s ridiculously simple and amazingly delicious. And it makes a… KEEP READING »