Pasta + Zucchini Carbonara


I’ve assumed for a very long time that everyone makes Pasta Carbonara.  Without a recipe, just by use of memory and repetition. As if it is one of their kitchen staple dishes that they go to when in doubt and in pinch.  And when they are strapped for time and need the worlds fastest dinner on the table. Because thats absolutely how it is for me. But my mama slapped me ever so gently on the wrist when she called the other night when I was whipping this one up, it went a little like this:   Continue reading

Leftover Ham: 5 Simple, Delicious Weeknight-Worthy Meals


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I hope your Easter was a blessed one, friends.  We had such a lovely weekend…a ton of family time, endless fun for the kiddos and food galore.

Ham was on the menu over here and I know for many of you, as well.  So in an effort to simplify your meal plans for the week, lets find a way to use up that leftover ham in 5 Simple, Delicious Weeknight-Worthy Meals!  Continue reading

Open Faced Roasted Salmon Salad Sandwich


I once wrote an article about the positives of having a traveling husband.  And I totally forgot to include a very important perk.

When your husband travels, particularly to Seattle, he feels terribly bad that you are missing out on all the ‘fun’ so he has fresh fish from Pike Place Market sent home for you.  That Nickyboy.  He’s a total winner.  Continue reading

Sweet, Salty, Antioxidant Rich Snack Mix + Thanksgiving Meal Inspiration


I planned on just leaving you with a bit of Thanksgiving meal inspiration today.  I did.  But it felt wrong, you know, not sharing a new recipe and all.  It felt like going to a dinner party empty handed.  No dish to share, no bottle of wine or even fresh flowers.  It felt icky.  So it’s not going to happen.  This snack mix is your hostess gift.  I hope you like it 😉 Continue reading

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Carbonara


I won’t deny it.  Pasta Carbonara tends to be one of my favorite dishes on the planet when I’m in the mood for comfort.  And my entire family is right there with me, even on picky-eating days.  It’s as indulgent as all get out and I am always able to get it on the table in a matter of minutes which is huge.

But my little unsatisfied food brain got to thinking….if Carbonara is so delicious and weeknight savvy with spaghetti pasta…why the heck couldn’t it be with spaghetti squash?     Continue reading

Burger with Over-Easy Egg and Sriracha Sauce


Guys…I’m just not sure what to write. What do you want me to say?  That this is the most awful burger I’ve ever put in my mouth?  That I’d positively never, EVER advise you to eat such a disgrace? That the spicy, creamy sauce is a joke…and that teaming it up with a grilled burger, gooey, rich egg yolk and a juicy tomato is just disgusting?  Well thats surely not going to happen.  It’s pure heaven in my belly, people. PURE.  HEAVEN. Continue reading

Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Egg Bake


If you are looking for the perfect dish to serve for Easter brunch, here you go.  We love to have this on our “breakfast-for-dinner” nights paired with a green salad and it’s also a great one to make on Sundays and reheat for quick breakfasts throughout the week.  This is my go-to when we have overnight guests in town or when I am hosting a brunch…the meat mixture can be cooked, assembled and chilled the day before so all you need to do is whisk the eggs/cheese/milk and pour it on top right before baking.  This savory, gooey goodie is always a hit around here.



Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Egg Bake

adapted from this recipe

Note:  If you are making the meat mixture a day ahead of time just store it in the fridge in the buttered dish…that way all you have to do is pour the egg mixture over it before baking.  This may require a few additional minutes of baking as the meat has been chilled.


1 Pound Ground Breakfast Sausage

1/3 Cup Chopped Onion

1/3 Cup Chopped Oil Packed Sun Dried Tomatoes

2 Tablespoons Fresh Chopped Parsley

1 Cup Chopped Fresh Spinach, optional

6 Large Eggs

3 Large Egg Yolks

1 Cup Half and Half

1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella

1 Cup Shredded Parmesan

1/2 Teaspoon Salt


Preheat oven to 375 and butter a 9×13 baking dish.  In a large skillet cook the sausage over medium high heat until beginning to brown, breaking up with the back of the spoon, about 8 minutes.  Add the onion and cook until beginning to soften, about 4 additional minutes. Add the sun dried tomatoes and cook for one minute, stirring often.  Stir in the parsley and spinach, if using, and remove from heat.  Pour in the bottom of the buttered dish.

In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, yolks, half and half, cream, cheeses and salt.  Pour over the meat mixture and give it a stir. Cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the top is beginning to brown.  Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.  Serves 6-8


Soft-Cooked Eggs


Without a single doubt, my favorite breakfast.  Cooks Illustrated has perfected yet another fundamental recipe and I am oh so thankful.  Perfect soft-cooked eggs. Every. Single. Time.  Firm, perfectly cooked whites accompanied by gooey, creamy, rich yolks. As simple and delicious as it gets and you’ll be amazed at how steaming the eggs allows for easy peeling.  Out-of-control-nummy-in-my-tummy.

Soft-Cooked Eggs

Cooks Illustrated, February 2013


Large Eggs (as many as desired)

Salt and Pepper


Bring 1/2 inch of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Gently add eggs, cover, reduce heat to medium and set your timer for 6 1/2 minutes.  Once time is up run the eggs under cold water for 30 seconds to stop the cooking.  Peel and serve with salt and pepper.