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Greek Tortellini Salad with Avocados, Cucumbers, Feta cheese

I love cucumbers. They are wonderful, tasty vegetables that work so well in salads, usually doing a great job playing a "supporting" role. Well, I happened to have lots of cucumbers in my fridge that were going a little soft, so I needed to come up with a recipe where cucumber would be one of […] Read More

Chicken parmesan pasta

Chicken Parmesan is one of the best ways to prepare chicken breasts: when prepared properly, they come out juicy, flavorful, and crunchy, made even better by a delicious garlic tomato sauce and pasta. The chicken is baked, making this popular chicken dish a little bit healthier. Chicken Parmesan is a surprisingly easy dish to prepare. […] Read More

Pasta with chicken, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes in a creamy garlic and basil sauce

Pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms and tender, juicy, moist chicken, in a creamy flavorful pasta sauce - there are few pasta dishes that combine so many wonderful flavors together so well. You will love this recipe even more after you make it for the first time because you will see how easy it is […] Read More

Asian chicken salad

Introducing my new favorite Asian chicken salad: crunchy veggies, soft noodles, grilled or cooked chicken - all mixed in with the delicious, creamy, deeply flavored, sweet & sour, slightly spicy peanut sauce.  So tasty! Fast and easy!  A great dish to prepare after a busy work day. If you've got some leftover chicken (grilled, cooked, […] Read More

Easy marinara sauce

Easy marinara sauce recipe

One of the best and most delicious pasta sauce recipes is a simple marinara sauce, which can be served over a large variety of pasta (fettuccine, linguine, short and long pasta, etc.).   Perhaps, most often it is served over spaghetti as a  meatless spaghetti sauce or spaghetti marinara. So, what is a marinara sauce?   Marinara […] Read More

Asian noodle salad with peanut dressing

Cold Asian noodle salad recipe (with peanut dressing!)

Light, refreshing, crunchy and easy-to-make salad (or dinner), anyone? When I first found this cold Asian noodle salad recipe (with homemade peanut sauce salad dressing, of all things!), it was love at first sight. After I've finally made it and have been eating it for 3 days in a row now, I am head over […] Read More

Sun-dried tomato and mushroom pasta

If you're looking for a delicious and easy-to-make pasta recipe to add to your weekly/monthly recipe rotation, try this sun-dried tomato and mushroom pasta in a garlic and basil creamy sauce. The combination of flavors in this dish is SO GOOD, it's a pure comfort food that you will be tempted to eat right out […] Read More

Bacon jalapeno popper macaroni and cheese

Bacon jalapeno popper macaroni and cheese

Bacon jalapeno popper macaroni and cheese I am so excited to introduce my new favorite way to eat mac and cheese: with bacon and jalapenos!   This dish is so good, I am speechless.  I've been eating a whole pan of this mac and cheese for the last 3 days, and I can't stop - I […] Read More

Asian salmon with rice noodles and asparagus

Asian glazed salmon with rice noodles and asparagus

If you don't like salmon because it's fishy or dry, you will change your mind after you try this Asian salmon recipe! The salmon here is very moist, flaky, juicy, and flavorful. The Asian sauce is smooth and silky, with just the right amount of garlic. The whole dish is very easy to make - […] Read More

Easy paella with chicken, shrimp, and sausage

Paella with chicken, shrimp, and sausage

I used to think that paella was a highly complicated dish involving saffron threads, numerous ingredients, complicated mix of meats and seafood, and some secret spices. Well, turns out nothing could be further from the truth! It's one of the easiest meals I have ever prepared! All you do is basically throw all the ingredients […] Read More

Pad Thai noodles with shrimp

Pad thai noodles with shrimp

Pad Thai noodles with shrimp is one of my most favorite Asian meals, along with Tom Ka Soup and Thai red curry sauce. I've been making my own Pad Thai for the last 4 years now: it has become a staple meal at our house. We hardly even order Thai food take-outs any more - […] Read More

Healthy fettuccine alfredo with cauliflower sauce, shrimp, mushrooms, and sweet peas

After I made a healthier version of classic alfredo sauce 2 months ago, I had dreams at night (or you can call them nightmares) of how I was making different variations of that recipe, torturing myself with endless combinations of ingredients I could combine with that amazing cauliflower-based alfredo sauce. And, what do you think, […] Read More

Quick pasta with portobello mushrooms and green bell peppers

I love to make quick pasta packed with veggies and coated with lightened up creamy cheese sauce. I often use spinach and mushroom combination for veggies, and this time I wanted to try a different green vegetable that tends to undeservingly get little attention from me: green bell peppers. I've also decided to use large […] Read More

Asian fish and peanut sauce noodles

Asian fish and peanut sauce noodles

I love the idea of combining fish with pasta, but not all pasta and fish combinations work well in real life. What I found, however, is that using Asian flavors to create a base sauce for pasta and fish is always a win. For example, if you haven't yet tried my recipe for Asian salmon […] Read More

Healthy fettuccine alfredo with cauliflower sauce and sweet peas

When I first saw the recipe for healthy fettuccine alfredo with cauliflower sauce by Pinch of Yum on Foodgawker, I immediately fell in love with the idea of making a perfectly healthy alternative to my favorite alfredo sauce. Plus, seeing this sauce immediately brought back the memories of a few years back, during Atkins diet […] Read More

Mac and cheese with bacon and caramelized onions

Mac and cheese brings up nostalgic memories in a lot of people, as it certainly was a favorite food for a lot of us growing up. I've always wondered, however, whether adults remain as passionate about mac and cheese as when they were children, and for me the answer to that is YES! Except, these […] Read More

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

A good basic Alfredo sauce has long been a staple in my kitchen. Not only is it delicious, creamy and cheesy, the sauce is simple to prepare, and it uses the ingredients that can be easily found in any pantry. This ridiculously easy Fettuccine Alfredo dish can be served plain as-is, or alongside some add-ins, […] Read More

Easy homemade macaroni and cheese

Easy homemade macaroni and cheese

I make a lot of "adult" mac and cheeses (with strong cheeses and funky add-in's) to accompany steaks in our house. For once, however, I decided I wanted to make a "real" mac and cheese: very traditional, using regular cheese (such as cheddar), and using white sauce. As I was looking for an easy homemade […] Read More

Asian salmon and noodles

Asian salmon and noodles

This week turned out to be quite busy again, and it's during the weeks like this one that I love simple weeknight dinners, such as this Asian salmon and noodles. You might have noticed that this pasta dish is strikingly similar to my recent recipe for spicy Asian noodles with mushrooms and snow peas, including […] Read More

Pasta carbonara

Pasta carbonara is one of my favorite dishes to cook on weeknights, because it's very easy to prepare and usually takes me only 25 minutes. I also like to make pasta carbonara when I am short on ingredients, since it requires such basic ones: bacon (or prosciutto for less fat), eggs, stock, pasta, and Parmesan […] Read More

Spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms, with snow peas

For the last several weeks, these spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms became my staple dish on Monday nights (or any other days that are similar to my hectic Mondays). It's very easy to prepare; takes at most 40 minutes from start to finish, and it's very tasty. The dish is versatile - you can eat […] Read More

Pumpkin ravioli with brown butter sauce and pecans

Pumpkin ravioli was the first recipe idea that came to my mind after I found an unopened can of organic pumpkin sitting in my pantry, leftover, forgotten and unused from this past Thanksgiving / Christmas season. I've already posted two ravioli recipes on this site, and both of them involved cheese and greens. I thought […] Read More

Garlic spicy shrimp and asparagus pasta

Garlic shrimp and asparagus pasta

Do you need a recipe for a simple and delicious weeknight meal that is easy to make? Enter this very flavorful garlic shrimp and asparagus pasta. Of course, nothing is wrong with using this recipe for a nice meal on the weekend, too: it surely looks and tastes sophisticated, with shrimp coated in colorful spices […] Read More

Ravioli with goat cheese and spinach filling in parmesan cream sauce

My ravioli mold proved once again that 26 bucks I spent on it was not a waste of money. After I posted my first recipe for ravioli in a red, tomato-based sauce, I got obsessed with the thought of making the ravioli in a different type of sauce, this time - white, creamy, and cheese-based. […] Read More

Stuffed manicotti pasta shells with ricotta cheese and spinach filling

I've always looked at those large pasta shells (manicotti) on store shelves with great longing, vividly imagining that stuffing any kind of cheese or vegetables into that large tube-like shape would undeniably result in something very delicious, pretty-looking and very Italian. Besides, my husband had a very nice Italian wine (you can see it in […] Read More

Spicy curry shrimp pasta: curried tomato sauce, snap peas, orzo rice

Well on my way to use up all 30 pounds of seafood from my freezer, I've been cooking seafood like a mad woman lately, and this recipe for spicy curry shrimp pasta did not disappoint. You'll find a complexity of multiple flavors in the dish: spicy red curry based sauce (a little bit Thai and […] Read More

Creamy mushroom pasta with caramelized onions and spinach

Creamy mushroom pasta sauce sounded really good on my first night at home, after I have traveled for business through 3 different states last week and have gone out to restaurants for dinner almost every single night for the last 10 days. Homemade pasta dishes are something I always crave after lots of traveling and […] Read More

Beet and goat cheese fettuccine pasta

Beet and goat cheese fettuccine pasta

I am always looking for interesting recipes that include beets. In particular, I wanted the recipe with beets AND pasta, the recipe that accentuates the richness of beets (both in flavor and their bright appearance) and that I could serve as a main course. This dish combines pureed beets with brown butter and goat cheese, […] Read More

Lamb vegetable noodle stew, Lagman

Lamb vegetable noodle stew, Lagman

Lamb vegetable noodle stew, called Lagman, is a popular comfort food in Central Asian countries. This stew has Chinese origins and has a long history of being a staple of oriental cuisines from the Great Silk Road. Savory and delicious, it can be served as a stew, soup, or pasta dish. It all depends how […] Read More

How to make ravioli from scratch with spinach and ricotta cheese

I was originally planning to post a light-hearted and easy recipe about how to make a yummy plum drink, but Photograzing Community at SeriousEats.com was hosting an event this weekend, and I promised to post a recipe there.   So I changed my mind and instead of making a simple plum drink, I took an endeavor […] Read More

Lobster pasta in a creamy sauce

Did you know that lobsters mate for life? And that you can actually see lobster "couples" walking around, holding each other's claws? That's something I learned from watching TV the other day, right after I made a wonderful pasta dish with 2 lobster tails. For a moment I had double thoughts about eating my lobster […] Read More