Free Macaroni Grill Gift Card! {Treat Yourself!}

Give yourself the gift of yumminess when you score a Free Macaroni Grill Gift Card! Are you craving some really good Italian food?  Scoring a Free Macaroni Grill Gift Card is like giving yourself a Free Italian Dinner! Imagine ordering yourself some fresh Rosemary Bread, a crisp Caesar Salad, creamy Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp, and finally… warm Homemade Chocolate Cake?  You finish by paying with your Free Gift Card! […]

Caprese Chicken Sliders

Oh my goodness!  These Caprese Chicken Sliders were so incredibly tasty!  We made these for a fresh tasting appetizer the other day and they didn’t last long at all.  The only thing I regret was forgetting about the fresh basil and arugula I had in the fridge, we were so excited to eat these that I completely forgot about them […]


So, I’m pretty sure Trader Joe’s now carries about 43 varieties of chicken sausage.  Ok, maybe just 10.  But still — SO MUCH CHICKEN SAUSAGE!!! Today felt like a good day to be a part of the fad, so I brought home some of their spicy Italian (I know – the least creative) variety and a batch of adorable little […]


Whenever I used to go grocery shopping with my mom as a kid, I always wanted to spend my extra allowance money on candy.  Candy, candy, candy. In college, it was ice cream, ice cream, ice cream. Today?  Produce, produce, produce. I know, there could be worse vices.  But seriously, I walked into the grocery store a few weekends ago with […]


These EASY lasagna rolls are stuffed with zucchini, ricotta and Parmesan, then topped with marinara and mozzarella cheese – delicious, kid friendly and perfect if you want to feed a crowd. You can make them a day ahead and refrigerate, or if you like to cook for the month, these are also freezer-friendly. Double it up, or bring an extra […]


Today I am rethinking one of my family’s favorite recipes: Chicken Tinga. Quick and easy to make, Chicken Tinga is a classic dish of shredded chicken in a tomato and chipotle chile sauce. I usually serve Chicken Tinga with corn tortillas, refried beans, and an assortment of toppings from avocado to sour cream. Chicken Tinga is one of the dishes my […]

Antipasto Pizza Recipe with Fresh Garlic Sauce

This antipasto pizza was another delicious re-creation from a local restaurant here, and it was so incredibly yummy.  If you are looking for a fun dinner idea this is a great place to start; I think what set this one apart was the addition of avocado (which you put on fresh at the end and I forgot to add before […]

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells

Don’t these Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells look amazing?  They taste even better!  I made them the other night as kind of an experiment just to see how they would turn out. I had a box of large pasta shells and I didn’t really know what to do with them and this idea popped into my mind. My kids LOVE the […]

Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

Ingredients 1 medium onion 2 cloves garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 small green bell pepper 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves 1/4 teaspoon salt […]


This Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti is my kind of meal; a delicious, spicy, satisfying plate of pasta with succulent grilled Cajun shrimp. It is based upon a restaurant meal I had a couple of years ago where chicken was used instead of the shrimp in this Cajun-Italian Fusion dish. You could very easily substitute boneless skinless chicken breast strips in this […]