Sunday Pasta®: Bucatini con Pesto allaTrapanese (Basil, Almonds and Tomato)

Land, ho! It was “water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink” while on the high seas, but when it came time to port, the Genovese sailors treated themselves. And our paletes are thankful. As the birthplace of Columbus, pesto sauce, and a famous salame, the maritime powerhouse of Genoa launched the ships that sent the explorers around the world....more

Oven-Ready Stromboli

You can prep this "inside out pizza" the night before or in the morning, then just bake it when you get home. As the stromboli bakes, warm up some tomato sauce and throw together a side salad (or roast some vegetables alongside the stromboli for even less work, which is what I do.) Dinner will be markedly better than take-out or fast food, with barely any extra work....more
This looks wonderful, and such a great idea for making ahead (and sharing with a friend - how ...more

Recipe Monday - Easy Cheesy Chicken

This is a super easy recipe that gets five stars around here. RECIPE:...more

Summer Peach Balsamic Pizza

 {recipe courtesy of the fabulous Heather's blog and ...more

Calling All Cooks!

 I was recently gifted the annual Food & Wine Cookbook, and I'm seriously loving all the amazing recipes (over 700) from some of the most renowned chefs in the country. Here are a few that we have had this week that have turned out awesome. ...more

Rainy Days & Mondays Always Get Me Down

Blah. It’s raining today, and it’s hot and uncomfortable inside Glo-Worm’s house. What do you do all day when it’s pouring rain and you’re nannying? I’m not a fan of the TV, as I’ve said, so we’ll probably only watch one show. After 20 minutes in which I’ll hold Glo-Worm on my lap while she sucks her thumb, we’re bored again. So now what?...more

Quiche and Monkey Bribe I . . .Mean Bread

 Which is worse, quiche for dinner or stitches between the eyes?  I always thought I was a decent cook.  Not “food network is knocking at your door” material, but I could hold my own.  As it turns out, I’m worse than a hole in the face. My first hint came when the kids were little. We were sitting at the table listening to them whine about dinner and in exasperation Rick says “Listen, I eat plenty of things I don’t like around here and you don’t hear me complaining”.  Sheesh, thanks for the help. ...more
 @cdrdash  Moms should never have to go through holes in the face. I was more traumatized than ...more

The Great Reveal: Salmon Wellington

At the gym today I might have stumbled upon the Maury Show. Riveting television. Seems Maury has changed the formula for these types of programs and is now the great rapid revealer of all truths. Today’s program was filled with cheating husbands, lying wives and paternity mysteries. Previously, these types of programs would make you wait :56 minutes before finding out the results of the DNA or lie detector tests. Not anymore. The new formula: Maury revealed results in six different cases in rapid fire succession....more

weekly menu planner {back-to-school week}

this week i am doing a back-to-school series on the blog!i get excited every year at this time, even though i am sad to say goodbye to summer, i look forward to more structured days and weeks. the new beginnings with new classes, books, teachers, and friends....more

Guerillas in the Midst of Shrimp Tacos

I'm a little bit of a homophone-ophobe. This is a real condition. Seriously. It describes a person who fears words that sound similar but have two entirely different meanings. Like it was so sweet of the hotel to give us this suite. And I loved the kind maid who made the bed. Just typing it makes me shutter. In the '70's there were constant news reports about the Sandinista Guerillas in Nicaragua. In our house, once my father was home, we watched the news. Well, at least the news was on. I can't say I really was watching it....more