On Bruschetta Chicken

Can I just say, after now being in my house for 2 full months, it is SUCH a treat to have the kitchen to myself again. To mess up a little bit here and there (like for this recipe, I made an entire box of orzo pasta when only 1/4 of it would have sufficed…still…

On Italian Drunken Noodles

I know that this is usually made with pappardelle, but for some reason I just don’t like the way the pappardelle I’ve purchased from the store cooks up. It’s sticky and gummy…so until I figure out what the heck is going on (or just say screw it and make my own), I have turned to…

On Roasted Red Pepper & Goats Cheese Pasta

Hi Everyone! After doing recipes with my coworkers for over a year now, this recipe is another doozy of a winner! ABSOLUTELY delicious in every way, and super easy to whip up! Loved it with the farfalle pasta as well! I don’t really have much more to say except, definitely serve with garlic bread and…

On Baked Feta Cheese

Well, it’s now official!! WE ARE ALL MOVED IN!!! Maybe not so much unpacked just quite yet, but we’re working on it (slowly, but surely). The fun bit is that my folks are coming for a quick visit to check out the place, the neighborhood, and help us get all the more settled in (while…

On Creamy Pasta Alla Vodka

THIS! This is the BEST creamy pasta alla vodka I have made in SOME TIME!! Like…ever actually! I mean, this recipe…there’s a phrase in my friend group that I hope you won’t find offensive…but this recipe is the tits. MAN!! The trick I learned was not to used canned diced tomatoes, but tomato paste instead,…

On One-Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper [UPDATED]

I won’t lie to you, but there are definitely some days after work that I’m absolutely beat and I really don’t want to cook, but then those seem to also be the days that I don’t have anything in my fridge and I really don’t want to spend the money on takeout (Chicago is pretty…

On Artichoke & Spinach Stuffed Shells

Happy November everyone! Nothing makes me crave pasta and cheese more than colder weather, and in honor of the continued effort of the cooking initiative at work, below is a recipe I have adapted for you all to enjoy! I also won’t ignore the fact that today is Election Day, but don’t worry, I am…

Cooking with Coworkers: On Pasta Carbonara

Once again, I’m sharing one fo the recipes from our weekly cooking sessions with the coworkers from my day job! Now, if you know anything about me, you know that I don’t eat eggy things. Mixed in, we’re all good, but if it’s cooked eggs mixed in, eh, I’d rather not. I just don’t like…

On Maggie Maggie Trout Tacos (Or Any Fish You Want!)

Back in July, Frankie & I went to visit my family and my mom booked us on a private fishing charter on Lake Ontario, and it was one of the more fun experiences I have ever been on that was outdoor-related because, let me be totally honest here, I am not the most outdoorsy person…

On Quickest Cacio e Pepe

Ciao! Io sono Maggie. Io parlo Italiano un poco, e io sono cuoco. Io ho gli ingredienti ai cucino il pranzo. Ho aglio, olio, pepe, formaggio, e pasta. Io cucino pasta ai pranzo. (Translation: Hello! I am Maggie. I speak a little Italian, and I am a cook. I have ingredients to cook lunch. I…

On Cooking with Coworkers: Lobster & Green Pea Risotto

Welcome back to another edition of Cooking with Coworkers! This week, as I mentioned last week, was a risotto dish that I adjusted for the tastes of my familia (salmon is not a fave for most). But that’s the beautiful thing about risotto isn’t it? It’s basically a blank canvas once you get the foundation…

On Gingerbread Sheet Cake & Christmas

It’s that time of year, when we pull out our most festive threads, put up & decorate the tree (which I think Frankie did a TERRIFIC job of doing this year), and deck our home in Christmas lights and ornaments in all the vases I almost never put any flowers into. Let’s just say, I am…