Comfort Food · Main Course · Pasta · Uncategorized

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Chicken

Well, we’re in the midst of the winter doldrums now. The holidays are in our rearview mirror. The last of the cookies have been eaten, the cork put back in the champagne bottle (for now, anyway.) There’s not a whole lot to look forward to this time of year. It’s dark when I leave the… Continue reading Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Chicken

Comfort Food · Holidays · Side Dishes · Thanksgiving · Uncategorized

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Smoothy, creamy and oh-so-decadent mashed potatoes are the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving table. Extra credit for being able to make them the day before. Well folks, we made it to election day. Our country has been been mired in dissension and bitter opposition these past few months leading up to the election. It certainly hasn’t been pretty.… Continue reading Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Comfort Food · Main Course · Soup · Uncategorized

Pappa al Pomodoro (Tomato and Bread Soup)

If you’re living the low-carb life right now, you might want to look away. Here, look, this Veggie Breakfast Hash is a low-carb dream. But if you stick around, be prepared to break all the low-carb rules. Because…I went and put a loaf of bread in our soup. Not just on it, in it. And I’m not… Continue reading Pappa al Pomodoro (Tomato and Bread Soup)

Comfort Food · Quick · Soup · Uncategorized

Creamy Kielbasa, Kale and Potato Soup

Is there anything more comforting than a hot and hearty bowl of soup on a chilly day? I don’t think so. Right about now I could use a cool, blustery day where all I do is hang out in comfy clothes while eating a warm bowl of soup on the couch. This right here would be my… Continue reading Creamy Kielbasa, Kale and Potato Soup

Comfort Food · Dinner · Pasta · Quick · Uncategorized

Grandma Pisani’s Pasta Fagioli

My grandma’s recipe for pasta fagioli departs from the typical soup version of the dish. Instead this is a hearty pasta dish, quick and economical enough to make on a weeknight when the pantry is bare. Grandma’s pasta fagioli is the definition of comfort food: warm, delicious and packed with love and happy memories.  My love for cooking… Continue reading Grandma Pisani’s Pasta Fagioli

Chicken · Comfort Food · Main Course · Uncategorized

Oven Roasted Chicken Shawarma with Garlic Sauce and Cucumber Tomato Salad

So let me preface this recipe by saying that I am by no means an authority on Middle Eastern cuisine nor am I an expert on the traditional means of cooking shawarma. What I DO know is that I am exceptionally glad that I can close my office door when I eat lunch, because I’m… Continue reading Oven Roasted Chicken Shawarma with Garlic Sauce and Cucumber Tomato Salad

Comfort Food · Uncategorized

Brown Butter Parmesan Polenta

I had my first taste of fall on the drive home from work this evening and it was delightful. While the temperatures are still summer-like, the rest of nature is easing its’ way into autumn. The light in the afternoon is softer and more golden. A few overly ambitious trees have already started to make the… Continue reading Brown Butter Parmesan Polenta