Lately I have been seeing some great memories popping up on my Facebook feed from our trips to Italy. I do love that place and can’t wait to go back. One thing I did each time we returned was try to re-create different pasta dishes that we enjoyed.
Do you enjoy a good casserole? If you’re from Minnesota, we refer to them as hot dishes. Well known fact, when my mom suggested making her delicious chicken noodle hot dish for family out East, they replied, “hot dish? What’s a hot dish?” I think they thought us Minnesotan’s were a bit odd? Turns out, her hot dish was a big hit! It was so good, it’s still requested and served with much love by my mom when they visit us here in Minnesota!
When in Italy we ate lots of pasta. How can one eat that much pasta and come home weighing almost 5 pounds lighter? Not sure, but I did. Possibly because you walk and walk, and than walk some more. Than because I am a runner who likes to travel and run, I ran a marathon, and it didn’t stop there! We climbed stairs….and next we hiked and than hiked some more. It was an amazing trip!
I have to confess….I am not a big fan of Sweet Corn. Please don’t judge me my friends! Immediately when the first crop of LOCAL SWEET CORN corn shows up at the markets, you’ll most likely see mobs of people standing in line buying bags and bags of corn. Confession…..not me!
I get it, asparagus soup is not all that exciting compared to a cheesy pasta dish, a chocolate treat, or even a fat juicy burger, (sorry no burger as of yet)! But since I am getting so much flack for not sharing my asparagus soup recipe I promised to blog about weeks ago, I thought I should get busy before I get banned from our next runners group gathering.
Tonight I am finally getting around to sharing what I made my husband for Valentine’s Day. Better late than never right! These remodeling projects have definitely turned my life upside down.
Pasta is definitely my husbands fave but Chinese is a close second! When I surprised him with this Thai Chicken Stir Fry, he was more than pleased. It’s probably not like anything we had in China, or as good as what my friend Tina makes, but authentic or not, it’s a dynamite stir-fry dish that is perfect for any weeknight dinner!
This is one of the most versatile and tastiest sauces I have ever made! The added bonus is, it’s easy to prepare if you use roasted peppers in a jar.
What was your New Years like? I am pleased to say mine was everything I had hoped for. I did lots of my favorite things like run, workout, enjoy good food, and most importantly, spend time with family. My hubby, mom and I packed up my car, headed out on the highway about noon on Friday December 3oth, and almost 7 1/2 hours later we arrived in Gurnee, Illinois. We were tired, hungry but definitely excited!
It’s Christmas week and I have a yummy cheesy pasta recipe to share with you today. Seriously, who doesn’t need cheese filled lasagna for Christmas. Apparently a lot of my friends do since after chatting with them about their menu for Christmas, lasagna happens to be a winner! So it’s clearly the right thing to do. Who doesn’t love lasagna? I espeically love my version since spinach is involved, and it’s gluten free, so it’s kind of health’ish. It’s Christmas right!