Baked Manicotti with Spinach

This Baked Manicotti with Spinach features a tasty ricotta filling…
it’s the perfect comfort food for a chilly night!

This Baked Manicotti with Spinach features a tasty ricotta filling...it's the perfect comfort food for a chilly late Fall night!What is your all-time favorite comfort food?  Just the term ‘comfort food’ evokes so many different thoughts for me.  I guess comfort food depends on the time of day as well as time of the year, right?  Mornings call for blueberry muffins and cinnamon rolls.  Evenings call for creamy mac & cheese and delicious burgers.  The Fall calls for anything and everything apple.  Winter calls for hot soups that warm you from the inside out.  Continue Reading »

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet Bake

I’ve partnered with SocialStars and Johnsonville® to pep up pasta night with this delicious Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet Bake! #SausageFamily

This Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet Bake makes for one heck of an awesome weeknight meal! #SausageFamilyLet’s play a little game.  Close your eyes and think about your favorite restaurant in your area.  It could be a fancy restaurant where you celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.  Or it could be a little hole-in-wall pizza joint where you get take-out pies on cold, winter evenings.  Ok, so what is your favorite restaurant?

I’ve got a couple of favorite haunts in our area.  (I say haunts because Halloween is right around the corner…and I like to pretend I’m a ghost.)  But one of my favorite places is one which our neighbors introduced us to not too long after we moved into the neighborhood.  It’s a small, family-style Italian restaurant about 20 minutes away.  And it’s delicious!Continue Reading »

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta is one heck of an epic 1-pot weeknight meal!

This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta is one heck of an epic 1-pot weeknight meal!Do you guys ever have those nights where you just don’t know what to make for dinner?  We’re lucky enough that we typically have some sort of leftovers hanging out in our fridge.  (And we’ve become experts at turning leftovers into tacos.  Anything can be put into tacos!)  So the other night, I was at a complete loss for dinner.  We didn’t have any leftovers, and I had been baking up desserts like crazy.  As tempting as it might be to eat Lemon Coconut Cake for dinner, I do have some limits when it comes to dessert.  So I opened the fridge to see what I could cobble together for dinner.Continue Reading »

Potato Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Sauce

This light and fluffy Potato Gnocchi is complemented with a delicious (yet simple!)
Sage Brown Butter Sauce.  Buon appetito!

This light and fluffy Potato Gnocchi is complemented with a delicious (yet simple!) Sage Brown Butter Sauce.  Buon appetito!It’s funny how your tastes in food are influenced.  Obviously, you probably take a strong influence from the foods you ate growing up.  But there’s more to it than that.  (Otherwise, I’d be a strictly meat and potatoes kind of guy!)  I had the opportunity to study in Italy one summer while I was in college, and that trip absolutely influenced my foodie tastes.  I mean, c’mon…it’s Italy.  How can you not be influenced by the amazing food in Italy?Continue Reading »