Ummmm……. I made these two nights in a row. Yeah. It’s a happy discovery in that they’re so easy and REALLY good, but it’s also a sad one… because very soon, my pants are not going to fit. I’ve been craving lasagna for like, YEARS. Which is part of the problem. I … [read more]
Ahhh…. TGIF mannnnn. Fridays are the best. What’s your favorite way to celebrate Friday? My husband and I LOVE making it a date night. We recently added a new addition to our family, TOBY- He’s the best puppy … [read more]
This Copycat Cheesecake Factory Da Vinci Pasta is definitely on my regular rotation list now, forever more. (Forever more.) It’s even on my list of top 11 FAVORITE recipes that I’ve made to date! (And that list was not easy to nail down.) To put this dish into words, its….
Savory pasta doused in a rich and creamy marsala wine sauce with mushrooms and caramelized onions.
When I saw the ingredient list for this recipe, I knew it had to be good. My husband is more of a red sauce kinda guy, and he LOVED this- it’s a winner for sure. I wouldn’t change a thing about it- definitely one of those recipes you’ll want to save. My friends and I like to have the occasional “family dinner” during the week and it’s my turn to host soon, this would be a SURE hit.… [read more]
I’ve been on a recipe losing streak lately. It’s been a WEEK since my last post!! I really needed a pick me up. Something delicious to eat, that wouldn’t end up in the trash can instead of on my blog. That’s when THIS hit me. I didn’t even really have to do any actual WORK, other than scoop delicious things into a cup. I think … [read more]
This pull-apart cinnamon monkey bread is so moist, delicious, and easy to prepare : ) It’s great served as an appetizer or snack, My husband and I were DYING over this, it’s like a giant pull-apart Cinnabun! … [read more]
Potatoes are definitely my favorite side dish. I made this recipe for the first time ever, and DIED. After my roasted banana bars with browned butter-pecan frosting was such a hit at my friend’s partayyyy…. I decided to immediately dive into another recipe from Cooking Lights best recipes ever magazine- and YUP, another win. Another BIIIIIG win. These potatoes have garlic, rosemary, parmesan cheese, and gruyere blended perfectly together. My … [read more]
I’m about to pack up these bars (which are more like cakes really), and take them to a “birthday/spring is finally here (sorta)” party… and I can’t wait to see the reactions. My friends already caught wind that these will be coming with me… good thing I have a picture to remember them by, they’re not going to last long. They’re sooooooooooo good- Moist and super flavorful, the name says it all. The roasted bananas add a caramelized flavor, as does the browned butter icing. I got this from… [read more]
Chicken Marsala. OH so good. It’s my mom’s favorite (and becoming mine)… it’s surprising that it actually doesn’t take long to make. Moist chicken in a mushroom wine sauce, (maybe a bit of mashed potatoes?) … YES PLEASE!! My husband doesn’t even like mushrooms and he liked this. A LOT. … [read more]
Poutine is one of the greatest things to happen to French Fries. If, by chance, you’re not familiar with Poutine, (pronounced “Puts-In”, not “Poo-Teen”), it is simply this:
Golden French fries drizzled with thick, brown gravy and topped with melted cheese.
YUP, ’tis true. We used to visit family in Canada every year and Poutine was something I would GREATLY look forward to. I’m happy to see this making its’ way to the US. I’ve recently read that it’s popular in Chicago- is this true? I have never been there. But I learned today that of all the US States, the most people who like my Facebook page are from Chicago! Thank you Chicago-nians! (is that 5 syllables?)
Poutine reunites old BFF’s:
My middle school BFF and I used to go to Canada together, (with my mom- to visit her family in the summer.)- and we just L-L-LOVED getting Poutine there. You can easily find it in like every pizza place, and even at McDonalds! Well it’s funny, this BFF of whom I speak has HER own food blog too- when I discovered this, we reconnected immediately (time had drifted us for a bit but we’re back now!) And she will tell you how to make Poutine entirely from scratch. Where as my recipe, is designed to be quick, she does it right. I’m so happy that we are friends forever again! We talk all the time now, after going likkkkee… 10 years without! Crazy right?! I thank the poutine for that.
Traditionally, the cheese that is in Poutine is Cheese Curds. (Sounds unappealing to some, I would imagine, but trust me- it’s not.) I always thought it was chunks of mozzarella (and sometimes it is, and that is good too.) I was able to buy Cheese curds right at Hannafords- where the slightly fancier cheese are. It was just in a plastic Tupperware, similar to what you would find feta in. You can also make at home.
- 5 medium Russet Potatoes (OR a 32 oz. bag of frozen French fries)
- 1 Packet Chicken or Beef Gravy
- ¾ lb. cheese curds- (I found cheese curds at the grocery store where the 'fancy' cheese is, if you can't find any, you can substitute with mozzarella cheese chunks)
- Cut cleaned potatoes into fries, and bake in oven, or fry in deep fryer. You can also bake or fry frozen French fries. (Here is more info on how to make your own Fries from Scratch!)
- While potatoes cook, prepare gravy as instructed on package.
- Once fries are golden brown, place on serving plate and drizzle with gravy. Top with cheese and ENJOY! (If desired, you can bake it at 350 degrees for a few minutes once the cheese is added.)
Friends reunited <3
When I was little, I wasn’t a big seafood fan (though that has since changed a bit!) but when mom used to go to Red Lobster with a friend, I remember getting SO excited for her to bring me home their scrumptious Cheddar Bay biscuits. It’s been years since I’ve had one of their biscuits… [read more]