Creamy Butternut Squash And Sausage Pasta Bake

This Creamy Butternut Squash and Pasta Bake was something I threw together the other night in an attempt to get some extra vegetables in the kids, have a grown-up dinner and use up leftovers at the same time. I was refusing to head to the store to pick up ingredients for dinner and was certain…
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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes With Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting

St Patrick’s Day is coming soon, and I will be celebrating in a sweeter fashion this year.  Even though I like to cheat my way through desserts by using pre-made mixes, there is one part of a cake that is definitely better when it is homemade: buttercream frosting.   Making frosting sounds much more difficult…
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Honey Parmesan Pork Loin

Honey Parmesan Pork Loin is our latest, greatest busy weekday meal saver.  “Honey” and “Parmesan cheese” are magical words in my house.   My favorite part about it is it’s also good enough to become a “company is coming” meal saver. To make the pork loin, place a three- to four-pound roast in the Crock-Pot.…
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Ricotta Cheese

I am usually all about keeping things in the kitchen as easy and “real life ready” as possible.  Most of time that involves buying some prepackaged foods and adding my own flair to it.  However, this past weekend I decided to do just the opposite.  I decided I was going to conquer cheese making.  Alright,…
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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I should just call this the “Perfect Tomato Soup”, but of course, I don’t want to get too many people over-excited.  The soup gets its rich flavors from sweet yellow onions, fennel, and garlic cooked in butter until tender and fragrant.  Of course, you can substitute olive oil if you like, but the butter flavor…
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