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!


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! 

Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

Leading up to Thanksgiving, my coworker was talking about how her grandma makes the best dish at their thanksgiving meal, which was a sausage and cornbread stuffing. It sounded so good that I decided to give it a try as my side contribution to our Thanksgiving dinner! Here is the recipe I used:

I loved it!! It will be tempting to make again before next year’s Thanksgiving dinner rolls around again! 

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Fresh Apples, Cranberries and Walnuts

I absolutely love cranberries, so want to use cranberries as much as possible before they’re out of season! Because of that, I decided to make a recipe similar to this one:

First, I cooked the acorn squash brushed with butter and brown sugar at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Then, while that was cooking, I combined all the ingredients together in a bowl with some fresh cranberries instead of dried ones. 

After the first 20 minutes of cooking, I pulled out the acorn squash and stuffed them with the mixture and then put them back in the oven for 25 minutes. I also cooked the fruit leftovers on a separate sheet pan, but those ones burnt after being in too long. The ones inside the squash were perfect though! It was a nice light meal that I’d love to have again. 

Chicken & Apple Cider Chili

I recently entered in another chili cook off at work that I wasn’t feeling as competitive about, so I decided to find a random different and new recipe to try for it.  I found this recipe and thought it sounded interesting, so I wanted to give it a shot:

I enjoyed the recipe and loved how it was different, but it wasn’t a crowd pleaser… Personally, I thought it was a good variation on chili though and will be making it again in the future!


Southwest Chicken Detox Soup

After eating a whole lot of sweets this weekend and with Halloween this week, I decided to make a healthy dinner to eat throughout the week with this soup recipe:

It was a bit bland so I added a lot more spices to it and then that did the trick. It was easy to make too because I just threw it all in a crockpot while at work so it was nice to eat when I got home!

Smoked Chili

I was asked to make a batch of chili for my friend’s baby shower this weekend, so I decided to try smoking some chili using this recipe:

It was a really great recipe and definitely a good find! I only used half of the spice mix on the bottom, though, because I don’t really like spicy foods and felt like it was enough spices when tasting the chili. I also had to add some water throughout the smoking process, as it thickened up quite a bit. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great!

Pineapple Sausage Chili 

Our chili cook off is happening next month at work, so I am going to recipe test some chili recipes until I decide on a winner! I found a great one for last year, but it wasn’t the winner, so I’m determined to find something great this year!

The first one I am trying is this pineapple and sausage recipe. I made it exactly as written, but also added a pinch of saffron:

It was good, but not a winner. Have to eat this one up before I can test another… excited to try another!

Homemade Beet Pasta 

For the cooking portion of my cooking & baking rainy fall Saturday, I wanted to try and tackle some flavored pasta, so I decided to give beet root pasta a go. It wasn’t that difficult to make, but the pasta recipe that I went off of made more of a wet and stretchy dough than your typical homemade pasta dough which was different, but all in all still ended up working well and tasting great! Not to mention it made a nice pretty pink plate of pasta!

Will definitely make it again in the future, but maybe add a lot more flour so I can get more of a tough dough to work with.