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Ingredient: Fresh Basil Leaves, Julienned

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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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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Lemon and Garlic Pasta

Oh man this is one delicious pasta!  I can’t even begin to tell you how quickly this pasta is gobbled up when it’s served at my house. It has everything going for it. Carbs, olive oil, lemon and garlic.  I mean YUMMMM!  Serious…YUM! I’m not sure where this recipe originated from.  It came to my table via my dear friend Craig. This is even more delish if you make the sauce ahead of time (a couple hours) and just let it sit covered at room temp.  ...

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Basil Margarita

Have you seen this wonderful cocktail yet?  Well, I predict it will soon sky rocket to the top of your summer favorites list! I love margaritas and this new twist on an incredible classic is a great way to enjoy them. They have a unique, complex and fabulous flavor that everyone seems to enjoy.  There are a few ways you can prepare them. I like to make them in a blender so the basil becomes pureed.  Remember when you had mojitos a while ago with chopped mint and then flashed a huge smile at your ever lovin friends cuz you...

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Baked Ziti with Mini Meatballs

Is there anything better in life than a hot, bubbly pan of baked ziti coming out of the oven for dinner?!! Me thinks NOT!! Baked Ziti has to be one of the greatest pasta dishes of ALL time. It’s Italian family comfort food at it’s best and a perennial favorite at our house. I’ve tried many recipes over the years, some good and some just okay. This recipe from Giada is the one that has become my absolute favorite! She’s added homemade mini meatballs and taken the dish to a whole new level. These little babies really rock! Her original recipe calls for...

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