SUBSCRIBE
to our mailer and receive a free downloadable cookbook with our TOP RECIPES!

Ingredient: Black Pepper

Tortellini Al Forno

Think those chain restaurants have a great tortellini al forno? Just wait until you try this recipe for rich, home cooked pasta. I’m a home cook, and I love experimenting with flavors. But that’s not to say I don’t eat out once in a while. It’s not only relaxing to me, but I’ve found that it’s a (sneaky?) way to get new ideas for recipes to try at home. That’s why I was so surprised when I tried the tortellini al forno mini pasta bowl at Olive Garden this past weekend. This rich pasta dish is one I’ve been...

Read More

Three Bean Salad

They say three’s a crowd, but it’s a winning number in my Three Bean Salad! This colorful concoction of beans soaked in a tangy, subtly sweet marinade will be an awesome potluck addition or an amazing side for any meal. Marinades are magic makers. They can turn a tough-as-leather steak into a tender, flavorful feast or a dry chicken breast into a juicy sandwich centerpiece. Heck, they can even elevate something as bland as tofu into a savory substitute for that steak. Guess what else they’re good for? Salads! No, not a big green monster of a salad, but...

Read More

Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Leftover ham helps create a legendary soup full of hearty, creamy white beans with just a hint of fresh thyme and tender chunks of everyone’s favorite smoky, salty piece of pork.  Soup’s on with my easy-but-exceptional Ham and Bean Soup recipe! Spending the evening at a fancy restaurant is every foodie’s dream, wining and dining to your heart’s content (at least until the bill comes). I think we can all agree, though, that being expensive doesn’t necessarily mean something tastes good, and there are some wonderful, inexpensive dishes that can beat the pants off a dainty, five-course meal. Cheaper...

Read More

Beer Brats Recipe

Fire up the grill and pour an extra pint for these amazing Beer Brats! Crispy, grilled sausages infused with caramelized onions, mustard, and your favorite foam-topped brew are serious beer business and make some seriously tasty fall eats. We all love dynamic duos like Batman and Robin, Lennon and McCartney, and my favorite, Ben and Jerry, but there are lots of culinary couplings that make our tasty world go ‘round too: peanut butter and chocolate, macaroni and cheese, and beer and brats. Sure, you can enjoy a tasty grilled sausage with an icy pint of your favorite brew, but...

Read More

Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup

Leaves are falling (or at least tourists are dwindling here in California), so it must be fall! This simple but satisfying, hearty Beef and Tomato Macaroni soup will be a repeat visitor to your dining table when the temperatures drop and appetites grow. Time savers equals life savers in the kitchen, and a big pot of warm, soul-soothing soup is one of my fall favorites. Most soups take minimal effort to put together with maximum flavor payoff, plus there are usually plenty of leftovers to dip into throughout the week between football practice, or shopping, or building Pinterest pages...

Read More