Roasted Garlic Ricotta Pasta

I had a lot of leftover homemade noodles sitting around my house, and I was craving some sort of fancier variation on a Mac ‘n cheese pasta dish. I searched around and then found this recipe:

I love anything with Ricotta in it, so I definitely loved this pasta sauce–especially with homemade noodles!! It’s a keeper!


Italian Rainbow Cookies

I am entering in a holiday cookie showdown contest on Tuesday, so I decided to bring out the big guns and make an Italian Rainbow Cookie! I know a lot of people will argue that they aren’t cookies, but once they taste them they won’t even care because they are so delicious! Definitely my favorites. Here’s the recipe I used:

It is absolutely a time consuming process, but it’s worth it in the end when you see the final product! Great recipe that was easy to follow with a very tasty outcome.

Cranberry Orange Custard Pie

For a game night with friends tonight, I decided to use up some cranberries that I bought for Thanksgiving. The first recipe I found that sounded was this cranberry orange custard pie:

It was absolutely great and everyone loved it, besides the fact that the middle was undercooked so I should have cooked it the full extra 45 minutes and maybe more. I would have just had to put some foil around the crust because the crust was starting to get dark brown and nearing the burnt side! Other than that, the flavors were a crowd pleaser! 

Homemade Crockpot Cranberry Applesauce

For Thanksgiving, my sister made this amazing homemade crockpot applesauce recipe:

Our whole family fell in love with it so she shared it with all of us. It was delicious both hot and cold. Because of that, I decided to use up more cranberries by making this homemade applesauce recipe and then throwing cranberries in there to make a nice and tart cranberry applesauce. I LOVE cranberries and I absolutely loved this recipe, so it was a new favorite! I think this applesauce recipe will be a new household staple recipe for both my parents and my sister and I! 

Italian Ricotta Cookies

Today, I decided to treat a young group of athletes by making them some Italian Ricotta Cookies!! They are one of my favorites—Ricotta always makes everything better! I used this recipe:

The only thing I did differently was for the glaze, I used 3 cups of powdered sugar instead of 3 & 3/4 cups. Also, the recipe made 75 cookies for me instead of 4 dozen!!! For the topping, I sadly did not have any sprinkles at my house, so I decided to problem solve and chop up some flavored chip morsels. I put chocolate, peanut butter and pumpkin morsels on the icing as toppings. My favorite was the pumpkin! Anyway, the kids loved them and they were delicious! A great recipe find! 

Vegetable + Quinoa Soup

In order to make an easy dinner meant to last the work week, my sister and I decided to make a crockpot soup and she chose the recipe this time:

Definitely one to write down, because it was delicious!! The only substitutions that I made was Acini de Pepe pasta beads for the quinoa just because we had it in the pantry, Tony Satchero’s seasoning for the Cajun seasoning and I also threw in some leftover broccoli (which was a great addition). The only thing I didn’t think through was that the recipe said to add the quinoa at the beginning so I just threw in my pasta substitute, which made it be way over cooked since it was in there too long! It still tasted great and almost had a dumpling like effect because the pasta was so soft… but, future not to self: throw in the pasta later! All in all, a tasty, easy and wonderful find by my sister! 

Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Our family has an old family Christmas cookie recipe with anise in it, but since my sister does not like anise we decided to look for a second recipe to make. After much searching, I decided to try and use this recipe:

I love that it was fast with little refrigeration time, yet the cookies kept their shapes very well! Not to mention they taste great as well! Next time I make it, I will definitely double the batch so I can make a lot more cookies! 

Apple Galette

My last contribution to our Thanksgiving meal was dessert. A couple of days before Thanksgiving Day, I received this email from the What’s Gaby Cooking email list, and just from the looks of it I knew I had to try it for Thanksgiving dessert!

It was incredibly easy to make and very delicious! It had a very strong almond flavor with the crushed almonds and almond extract, and I think I added too much lemon juice because that flavor was very strong as well, but I absolutely loved it! 

Mushroom & Chestnut Side Dish

My second contribution to Thanksgiving dinner was this mushroom and chestnut side dish. My dad and I absolutely love mushrooms and roasted chestnuts, so I decided to make this recipe for the both of us to try:

The only thing I did differently was I roasted chestnuts (12 minutes at 400) instead of using a jar, and it was a good side dish. It was just a tad on the sweet side between the chestnuts and the wine, so I think it needed a little more salt to it or maybe something more acidic than sweet. Overall, it is something I’d definitely like to make again though!