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Cavatappi with Creamy Tomato Sauce

 Savor the flavors of Florence in my Cavatappi with Creamy Tomato Sauce. No passport required! As some of you may know, I’ve dubbed myself a “reluctant exerciser,” and finding motivation is essential when you’re in the kitchen all day with amazing food. For some, that little nudge into the gym may be a great playlist blasting in their ears; for others it’s an encouraging friend who holds you accountable for your daily walk. I’ve found inspiration in a powerful, four-word mantra that works on even the most non-motivated days, that answers the question “why” when I’d rather dig into...

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Antipasto Salad

If there’s anyone in your life who thinks salads are boring, one bite of my antipasto salad will change their whole outlook. It’s chock full of meat, cheese, olives, and pickled veggies for new textures and flavors in every bite.  What if I told you there was a salad that was so flavorful and filling that you’ll forget you’re even eating a salad? Antipasto salad checks all those boxes and more. It’s an awesome starter for your next dinner party, a great dish to take to potlucks, and it’s a perfect side for grilled foods. It can easily be...

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Chicken Spaghetti

This Super Easy Chicken Spaghetti is definitely going to be a favorite at your dinner table. A few pantry staples and some leftover chicken is all you need for this fast, fabulous weeknight fare!  “Chicken Spaghetti” may conjure images of a chicken-Parmesan-inspired recipe: a simple (boring) chicken breast resting atop a mountain of pasta, bathed in marinara. This hearty and flavorful dish is no chicken spaghetti with red sauce, though. My Chicken Spaghetti is the go-to recipe for a super creamy, super cheesy, quick chicken dish that offers all the comfort of a cozy casserole made right on your...

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Tortellini Salad

Take a tour of the Mediterranean with the bold flavors in my Tortellini Salad.  It’s zesty and creamy and tangy and hearty – the salad that eats like a meal! One of my favorite things about pasta (other than eating it, of course) is all the fun shapes they can make out of a little semolina flour, eggs, and water. Of course, many of those shapes offer both form and function – designed to stand out on their own like tagliatelle or pappardelle or to cling to a savory sauce like macaroni or penne rigate (the ones with the...

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Carne Picada

Turn your kitchen into a south-of-the-border taco bar with this simple and versatile Carne Picada recipe. Provecho!  For those of us who spend our days cooking and crafting recipes, generally obsessed with food, inspiration can be found just about anywhere. Maybe you tried something at a restaurant you want to recreate at home, maybe you have fond memories of a dish your grandmother used to make, or maybe a late night of binge-watching old Friends episodes made you crave some homemade fried chicken. Sometimes, though, it’s an ingredient that sparks your creativity, something unique you found at your go-to...

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