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Sun-dried tomato and mushroom pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, pasta recipes, Italian recipes

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 of the pan:

Sun-dried tomato and mushroom pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, pasta recipes, Italian recipes

The fettuccine pasta is tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, and basil in a very tasty, creamy and velvety sauce. [click to continue…]

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Bacon jalapeno popper macaroni and cheese

Bacon jalapeno popper macaroni and cheese, easy macaroni and cheese, mac and cheese, homemade macaroni and cheese, comfort food, pasta recipes, pasta dinners

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 just made another half a batch!  You can’t go wrong with this combination of ingredients. Your taste buds will thank you. You will make your spouse moan. Your friends and co-workers will love you even more.  What also makes me speechless is how easy it was to make the whole thing – I think it took me about 30 minutes.

Bacon jalapeno popper macaroni and cheese, easy macaroni and cheese, mac and cheese, homemade macaroni and cheese, comfort food, pasta recipes, pasta dinners

Here is how easy it is to make this: combine and heat milk, cheddar cheese and a little bit of cream cheese on medium heat until creamy, add cooked elbow macaroni, then add cooked bacon and diced jalapenos. Cook the dish for a couple of minutes to heat up all the ingredients and infuse the flavors. That’s it! You have one of the best mac and cheese’s you’ll ever taste!

Bacon jalapeno popper macaroni and cheese, easy macaroni and cheese, mac and cheese, homemade macaroni and cheese, comfort food, pasta recipes, pasta dinners

I don’t even have to say this, but: if you love bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, you’ll love this dish! [click to continue…]

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Easy Blueberry Muffins, healthy blueberry muffins, yogurt blueberry muffins

What makes a great blueberry muffin? To me, it’s all about a fresh-tasting muffin, full of as many berries as the batter can possibly hold. I prefer to use a small amount of butter/oil in quick breads/muffin recipes, replacing most of it with Greek yogurt, which makes muffins lighter and moister and healthier. I also love simple recipes without complicated steps especially when we’re talking about breakfast (I do not want to spend a lot of time on making my breakfast!). These easy blueberry muffins meet all of these humble requirements!

Easy Blueberry Muffins, healthy blueberry muffins, yogurt blueberry muffins

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this recipe! These muffins will be gone very fast, trust me: you’ll be having them for breakfast and dessert, and maybe even for lunch or brunch! These blueberry muffins are as perfect as muffins can be: moist and fruity, light and fluffy, rising and puffing up perfectly as they bake! [click to continue…]

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Arugula salad with walnuts, golden raisins, and Gorgonzola cheese

Arugula salad with walnuts, golden raisins, and Gorgonzola cheese, salad recipes, appetizers, snacks, vegetarian recipe, nuts, gluten free salads, gluten free recipe

I love baby arugula leaves – they are so good and flavorful in fresh salads! I also love spinach. Spinach and arugula definitely top the list of my favorite salad greens! They are easily interchangeable in recipes: in this salad, you can easily substitute spinach leaves for arugula. [click to continue…]

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Banana whoopie pies with fluffy peanut butter frosting, peanut butter whoopie pies, sandwich cookies, whoopie pie recipe, peanut butter whoopie pie filling, whoopie pies with sprinkles

Banana whoopie pies with fluffy peanut butter frosting is one of those delicious desserts that everybody likes! I love baking with bananas, and these whoopie pies are no exception: they are so good on their own, you could eat them without any frosting. But, of course, adding the peanut butter frosting doesn’t hurt and makes them even more special. [click to continue…]

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Roasted cornish hen and vegetables, how to make cornish hens, cornish hen recipes, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions

If you’re craving a simple comfort dish, try this roasted Cornish hen with root vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes) and onions. It’s delicious and full of flavor: Cornish hens are usually easy to handle and come out great no matter what. The recipe is simple, which is perfect for weeknight dinners after a busy workday. Whole Cornish hens look beautiful on serving plates – which makes this recipe a great choice for special occasions, too! I’ve cooked them for Thanksgiving and Christmas before. [click to continue…]

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Chocolate pear cake

Chocolate pear cake

I made this chocolate pear cake quite a while ago and really liked it, even though never before have I combined chocolate cake batter and pears. As I luckily discovered, pears and chocolate cake work really well together in this easy-to-prepare, everyday cake. Especially if you have a couple of very ripe pears that you don’t know what to do with.

Chocolate pear cake, pear cake recipe, pear chocolate cake, easy chocolate cake recipe

The original recipe called for caramelizing the pears and placing them on the bottom of the baking pan for an upside-down cake effect, but I didn’t want to caramelize the pears I had because they were too soft and overly ripe already. Instead, I just placed chopped pears on top of the cake batter, expecting the cake batter to rise evenly around the pears. The cake did rise around the pears, but in very select places as you can see for yourself on the photos. Still, the cake looked reasonably pretty, especially when dusted with confectionery sugar, and, what’s more important, tasted really good! [click to continue…]

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Easy crepes with jam or fruit preserves, fillings for crepes, crepe fillings, dessert crepe fillings, what are crepes filled with

Crepes filled with jam or fruit preserves used to be my number one childhood breakfast favorite! Growing up, I used to really look forward to weekends when my mom would start making crepes for me and my sister which we then would fill with different kinds of jams and fruit preserves. Cherry and strawberry jam fillings were our favorite!

Easy crepes with jam or fruit preserves, fillings for crepes, crepe fillings, dessert crepe fillings, what are crepes filled with

If you ask me what’s my favorite way to eat strawberry or raspberry jam, it will definitely be as a crepe filling. I am not a big fan of toasting a slice of bread and then spreading a jam over it, but I do like jam-filled crepes! [click to continue…]

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Southwestern salsa with black beans, corn, and pineapple, homemade salsa, side dish

I’d like to introduce you to my favorite salsa made with black beans, corn, chopped bell peppers, tomatoes, pineapple, cilantro, and lime juice.   Those are very simple ingredients yet, when combined in this healthy dish, they create a burst of freshness, color, and flavor! [click to continue…]

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Mushroom sauce recipe, red wine mushroom sauce, oyster mushrooms

Look at those beautiful oyster mushrooms on the photo above!  I just love all types of mushrooms and use them in a lot of my recipes. I’ve made mushroom soups, mushroom pasta, mushroom pizza, mushroom ravioli, and many other dishes that have not yet made it to my site. But what I especially like about mushrooms is that they work great as flavorful and easy-to-make side dishes to be served with steaks, pork chops, chicken, duck, etc. Today’s dish is one of those easy and delectable side dishes: red wine mushroom sauce recipe with a little bit of cream.

Mushroom sauce recipe, red wine mushroom sauce, oyster mushrooms

This is one of my favorite ways to serve mushrooms alongside grilled steak, veal chops, and other meats. Here, I just happened to have oyster mushrooms, which is what you see on the photos, but this recipe also works great with regular white (button) mushrooms. [click to continue…]

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