cheesy chili pasta bake

When fall hits we LOVE to have chili cooking in the crockpot. Do you ever look for new ways to enjoy your favorite chili? Or maybe you have chili leftover and you’re looking for something new to do with it. Well sit back and relax because I have the perfect thing for you!!You can do this with your own chili recipe or check out mine below.

Lemon Linguine

 Lemon linguine is a great side dish. It goes well with most meats or can be used as a main dish. Both of my kids always eat it up and ask for seconds so I make it quite often for them.8 ozs. uncooked linguine3 tablespoons butter, melted1 tablespoon lemon juice1 teaspoon dried basil1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoninggrated Parmesan cheese, optional1. In a saucepan, cook linguine according to package directions....more

One more burst of Brussel sprouts in this carbonara, then winter must surely be over?

They say you should wait for the first frost before you eat sprouts.  Sounds like an old wives tale doesn't it? There is truth in this particular 'rule'.  The freezing temperatures forces the little sprouts to turn their carbohydrates into sugar, so giving a better taste.  Don't ask me to explain the science of it.  Someone much more qualified needs to do that....more

Udon Noodle Bowls with Pork Belly and Mushrooms

Welp, not exactly the Super Bowl we were all hoping for. When your football dreams are being brutally dashed before your eyes, you turn to comfort food. One of my favorite comfort foods are ramen noodle bowls. Not the crap in a package at the grocery store, but a homemade Asian noodle bowl. My sister and I scour the country every time we are together in search of the best ones. Our favorite is at Momofuku in New York City. After dining out dozens of time in search of the best, it was about time that I try to make my own....more

Baked Mac 'n Cheese with Ham and Peas

Cheese, ham, peas and pasta!  It is a classic combination and for good reason.   My family could honestly pig out on this.  I have to remind them that between the pasta and the cheese, it's not low in calories, but that doesn't seem to stop them.  The flavor of the ham enriches the pasta with a smokiness and the peas are a nice touch to offset the oozing rich cheese.   You can also make this ahead of time and  I like to serve this with a simple green salad....more

A New Spin on an Old Favorite: Rosemary and Goat Cheese Mac 'n' Cheese

Sometimes all it takes is just a small taste of something and my mind starts wandering with all the different combinations of food I could possibly make. Such is the case with this Rosemary & Goat Cheese Mac 'n' Cheese. Images: Courtesy of Carrie's Experimental Kitchen ...more
@davenportdiy Thank you so much! We really enjoyed it, even my youngest who is 11! Enjoy!more

Plated + Served: Kale Pesto

Kale, kale, kale.Okay. We get it. It’s good for us. We should be eating more of it. It’s high in fiber, packed with vitamin A and C and has more calcium than a container of milk. It’s also, also, ZZzzzzzzzz.Enough of that. Here's an easy kale recipe to make THIS WEEK, even if you don’t think you like kale. The basil, garlic and Parm, keep the pesto true to its name. Serve it with everything: on top of pasta… as a spread for crusty French bread… drizzled into pumpkin  soup....more

Seafood Arrabiata with Lobster

Lobster & Pasta – A Flavorful Seafood Arrabiata Recipe“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”~ Lewis GrizzardTomatoes.  Unfortunately, most of the year, tomatoes are flavorless; however, the summer brings flavorful, juicy, not to be missed, tomatoes. How glorious is summer?I apologize for going on and on about fresh produce.  I am like a kid in a candy shop where fresh local fruits and veggies are concerned....more