Lemon Balm and Cashew Pesto on Pasta

I planted a Lemon Balm plant last year and was happy to see it come back this year.  Not only did it come back, but it has GONE C-A-R-A-ZEEE!  It is a huge bush on the side of my house and may overtake the house...well, not really but it has gotten really, really large.  I love to rub my hands across it's leaves to pick up that fresh lemon scent and I love to put it in my sweet tea....more

Tuna pasta salad with fresh herbs

Top quality Italian canned tuna in Extra Virgin oil of olive + Sicilian capers + Italian Taggiasche sweet black olives + homemade sundried tomatoes + a nice mix of fresh herbs from my garden will make this pasta salad incredibly tasty, intense and perfect for a spectacular lunch! Enjoy!! ...more

Red, White, & Greens Pasta

Yes I know it is the week for Red, White, & Blue, but lets be honest there are just no good blue vegetables that would work in a pasta dish....more

Gluten Free Spaghetti alla Carbonara

My senior year of high school I made fast friends with an exchange student who was from Italy. She and I had a surprising amount of things in common, even joking that we were long-lost twins. While she was here in the states, my mom asked her for an authentic Italian recipe - because how fun is it to be able to make some nearly authentic Italian cuisine?! ...more

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta

While I was searching through my fridge for dinner options, and I came across some almost too sad baby artichokes and leftover cooked spinach. This is when it hit me. Why not make dinner with all of the flavours of spinach and artichoke dip in the form of pasta!This spinach and artichoke pasta comes together in less than 30 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal and it's so addictively good!FYI I thought this was some groundbreaking pasta dish but apparently others are a sharp as me. ;) LOL!...more

Tomato Pepper Pasta Toss

Looking for a weeknight meal that is quick, healthy and delicious? This Tomato Pepper Pasta Toss fits that description. I loosely followed a recipe I found online, and ended up with a dish that was mildly sweet and really good. ...more

Baked Chicken, Bacon and Feta Farfelle

The reasoning behind the name of my blog, the 5 o'clock rush came to true fruition last night. As I was driving the kids to their music lessons, my DS asked me, "What is for dinner?" I drew a BLANK. I knew that dinner tonight had to be fast and easy so I could be fed and at Advanced Hockey Training for 730pm without that full belly feeling. FYI Lessons are at 5pm LOL! ...more

Pasta Kheer: a fusion dessert

Kheer or payasam is one of the most popular dessert in India. Kheer is basically made of milk and another ingredient of your choice. In different parts of India different varieries f kheer is popular. My personal favourites are rice kheer, rawa (Bombay rawa) kheer and semiya (vermicelli) kheer. With this love for kheer, I tried to make a fusion by preparing pasta kheer....more