Easy Macaroni & Cheese that really is the easiest homemade mac n cheese recipe!
What can I say about life lately….? Mostly that it has been crazy! I really hate that I look forward to summer all the seemingly endless winter long. Annd… then when summer comes life gets so crazy busy that it just blows by and I hardly have time to acknowledge that it was even here…wahh…
This is when recipes that are easy to make but, the tastiest that you have ever had come in handy. And in my opinion this macaroni & cheese is all of that. Fire up the grill and use this as a side dish or just make a meal out of it. I have definitely been guilty of that one:)
Layer cooked and buttered noodles in bottom of dish.
Layer grated cheese over the noodles.
The best part! Dollop sour cream over the cheese and noodle layers.
Pour milk and egg mixture over all the layers. Pile the rest of the buttered noodles on top. And last but not least add a really good layer of the white mexican quesadilla cheese on top. I find this cheese in the “mexican” section at a local grocery store. I’m sure another cheese could be substituted. This one is my favorite because it is just so melty!
I put the baking dish in a pan just in case it cooks over in the oven.
Sweet basil creamed corn pasta with cherry tomatoes and chopped jalapeno peppers- your new favorite barbecue pasta recipe!
This is one of those farmers market salads that can be made in just a few minutes and doesn’t require a very long list of ingredients. The fresh corn is really what makes the pasta stand out. That crispy crunch can not be found in a can or the freezer:) My new favorite summertime flavor combo is corn, basil, and a little cream in the blender.. so freaking yumm!!! That is exactly how I made the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Finish up with cherry tomatoes, jalapeno peppers,and bacon would be good if thats what makes you happy:)
Shrimp & veggies with gluten free noodles and a spicy sweet dressing.
I’m always looking for a new pasta recipe that is really good and that is easy to make. This one with all of it’s crunchy veggies and noodles and shrimp is one of my favorites. I know it will be on rotation in my kitchen all summer long with or without the shrimp:) I’m thinking chicken would be great if I didn’t have shrimp available but, I also could eat it all day long with just the noodles, veggies, and sauce!
Fabulous Kitchen Tip: Pour gluten free noodles into a bowl of cold water if not serving immediately. They tend to stick together pretty quickly after cooking and draining. The cold water will stop the cooking process and prevent them from sticking.
A Lemon Strawberry Muffin recipe that are full of fresh strawberries with a hint of lemon. Perfect for Sunday Brunch!
Sundays are always a good day to make muffins, pancakes, waffles or whatever you love but, never eat during the week. Well at least that is one of my fav things to do as long as I can wear my pj’s the whole time:)
It’s strawberry season and this is one of my favorite recipes. Muffins + strawberries + lemon zest…mmmm yum!
A Brussels Sprouts Salad recipe that is a Meatless Monday favorite!
So, I had a few vacation days last week. I relaxed part of the time and worked so hard the rest of it:)) Can’t say enough about that relaxing tho…definitely something that I would like to try again soon;)
Salads of all sorts are what we are having around here lately, along with veggies, grilled chicken, salmon..you get the point. I’m trying so hard to be healthy at least part of the time. And maybe I will find that bikini bod(that I want) along the way?? Please tell me it’s possible without starving, because I hate to starve and I love to cook!!
I love plain brussels sprouts in moderation. This salad changes all of that..warm or cold, just give me more and then some more.
These brussels get a sweet upgrade with chickpeas and a tangy dressing. They are even better the second day after everything hangs out together and the different flavors marry and become one:) The toppings are optional but, they really add a little crunch and tang which is not a bad thing in my book!
Fabulous Kitchen Tip: Soak onions in ice cold water with a little sugar before serving raw. It removes some of the strong flavor. That is what my mom always did, so….it must be done;)
A Lemon Cream Pie recipe that is a cool and creamy slice of springtime.
So, the sprinkles on this pie are super neon yellow… I may or may not have gotten a little carried away with the amount that I added to the top:) What can I say- bright yellow sprinkles put a smile on my face! If you want a dessert that represents daffodils or the sun then this is the one for you!
Irish Potato Burritos are about as Irish as we are going to get around here:) I am fine with that because potatoes are pretty much my favorite food of all time. I could literally eat them every day of the week(notice the name of my site,hah!)
Let’s talk about these burritos. I decided to use spinach tortilla shells because you know..St.Patty’s Day and also,because I like them so much. And then we layered crispy, spicy potatoes and roasted tomatoes. While they were getting all cozy together we added bacon, spinach, and avocado slices. Um, yummy! For a breakfast or brunch version of this just add a egg or two:)
This recipe post is suppose to be all about the vanilla bean pound cake but, those strawberries and whipped cream had to join the party and almost outshine the poor cake! I made the cake and realized that I had strawberries and whipping cream just sitting around…so, I made my favorite dessert;) Ugh, I could make this every week.
The Vanilla Bean Pound cake shines on its own rather well with its vanilla beans and cardamom making it seem all fancy;)
This recipe gets to live right here on my blog because it has become my favorite for those times that I need a plain cake and also, when I need one that is not so plain. It works for both occasions, winning all around! The crumb is just right and the flavors intensify after a day or more.
A pound cake recipe that is so simple to make and still gives that traditional texture and flavor. Vanilla beans and cardamom make this cake seem extra special. It is perfect for breakfast with a big cup of coffee or with strawberries and cream.
Recipe type: Dessert
3 cups self-rising flour
1½ teaspoon ground cardamom
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1¾ cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup whole milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter and flour 1 loaf pan and 1 small loaf pan or 1 bundt pan.
Cream sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until light and creamy.
Lower mixer speed and add one egg at a time.
Add fresh lemon juice and vanilla bean paste.
Gradually mix in flour and milk, alternating.
Mix just until incorporated being careful not to over mix at this point.
Pour batter into prepared pans.
Gently tap pans against counter to remove air bubbles.
Bake in preheated oven for about one hour or until wooden toothpick comes out clean.
If using small loaf pan the time will be much less than 1 hour so, watch and use the toothpick method to check.
Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad is a perfect springtime meal. And fun for St. Patricks Day! It’s just so green but, I love,love it!!
I decided to make this super easy with rotisserie chicken and store bought pesto. Which is perfect for you people that are challenged in the kitchen;) I don’t know why but, I am always so concerned for the people that say they can’t cook??? I’m ridiculous obviously…
It is still way too cold for my basil plants outside so, I have a really limited supply.. otherwise I would definitely make the pesto at home:)
Handy printable recipe down below.
Another cheesy tortellini recipe that you may enjoy: