Vermont Cheddar Shells and Cheese

This Vermont Cheddar Shells and Cheese is rich, creamy and bursting with unexpected flavor. I decided to change things up a bit with this macaroni and cheese recipe so I chose to use a mixture of Vermont Cheddar and American White cheeses to give it a rich, creamy texture.  I also substituted pasta shells for [...]


Chicken Florentine and Tips For Easy Weeknight Dinners

Well, it definitely looks like "Easy Weeknight Dinners" is running away with it in the polls. And I hear ya.  What's not to love about a delicious, easy-to-prepare, home-cooked, nutritious meal after you get home from work? I don't know about you, but our time after work and before dinner is pretty packed.  After the [...]


Baked Mac ‘n Cheese

This week, I'd like to share a recipe Dustin actually created. I know I am the one with the food blog and personal chef experience, but Dustin is actually the one who used to do all the cooking in our home.  I used to happily take the sous chef role while he prepared things Beef [...]

Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

I recently made this Pasta Primavera and wanted to share it with you. It's a ridiculously easy meal you could easily make for a weeknight dinner or even use to impress your guests. I love how fresh and simple it is. Aside from the high yummy factor, this pasta recipe is also versatile. You can [...]

How To Make Zucchini Noodles

How to Make Zucchini Noodles

This post was last updated on October 24, 2014 to include new images and a recipe video Not being able to eat pasta with this new diet has kinda been killing me. Just kinda. I had to turn my creative thinking cap on. Like on super power mode. I came up with zucchini noodles. Yes, [...]

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Given this blog, my personal chef business and all I've learned and done with food over the past few years, it's still hard for me to believe I haven't always been a "cook." In fact, when Dustin and I first started dating, he did most of the cooking and I would help him.  Full disclosure: [...]

How to Make Pasta

Have you ever made homemade pasta? It is actually quite a rewarding -- and surprisingly easy -- thing to do.  Homemade pasta is so fresh, so succulent, so yummy. I admit: I do tend to put my pasta maker away in the cabinet and forget about it. For quite a while.  I'm sorry. However, once [...]

Meat Lasagna

Part Two of Dustin's birthday meal extravaganza: Meat Lasagna. And, when I say "Lasagna," I mean Dustin's style of lasagna -- with plenty of Italian sausage, ground beef and, of course, cheese. Not that I'm complaining. This particular lasagna recipe has actually been passed down over several generations in Dustin's family, starting first with his [...]

Pan-Seared Scallops with Linguine and Roasted Pine Nuts

Yay!  Pan-Seared Scallops are finally here!  For those of you who now think I'm crazy for randomly saying Pan-Seared Scallops are finally here -- as if they were missing -- see this post for the whole story). Believe it or not, but I had actually never made pan-seared scallops before.  I searched around for different [...]

Italian Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Manicotti

I was looking for a new recipe and happened to stumble upon For the Love of Cooking and Pam's Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Manicotti. As I've mentioned before, I love me some Italian food so I'm always happy for great new recipes to add to my collection. Really, can you go wrong with [...]