Orzo Paella

Orzo Paella

March 27 is National Paella Day. Paella is a regional Spanish dish that originated in Valencia, which is located on the eastern coast of Spain. This recipe is an easy alternative to using rice which can be a bit tricky. Orzo is a rice shape pasta tha cooks up in 5 minutes. Traditional paella uses […]

Ginger Beef and Ramen Noodle Soup

Ginger Beef and Ramen Noodle Soup

Like many college students, I’ve eaten my fair share of ramen noodles. The inexpensive pasta packet was a mainstay in my culinary reportoire. However, I’m not one to just pour water over the noodles and dump a salty flavor pack in the bowl and call it dinner.  No sir. My favorite concoction consisted of ramen, […]

Creamy Orzo with Ham and Peas

Creamy Orzo with Ham and Peas

This summer I’ve been pretty slack when it comes to making lunch for my children. During the school year I’m the queen of lunch. I make sure my kids have enough food so they don’t get so hungry that they can’t think in school. Since my husband and I pay tuition my philosophy is you need to […]

Broccoli and Sausage Rigatoni

Broccoli and Sausage Rigatoni

I love it when I find everything I need for dinner in my pantry and freezer, and I don’t have to make a trip to the grocery store.  Don’t get me wrong, grocery shopping is probably my favorite passtime. I love going early in the morning when it’s just me and the staff, and I […]

Fusilli and White Beans with Broccoli Pesto

Fusilli and White Beans with Broccoli Pesto

I’m not a New Year resolution kind of person. I just try to live my life the same way everyday. I have 3 simple rules for my life: 1) Thank God for EVERYTHING. 2) Eat and make great food. 3) Have patience with people to maintain my award winning personality. (This is a work in progress.  I need […]

Creole Shrimp and Sausage Rigatoni

Creole Shrimp and Sausage Rigatoni

This recipe won 2nd Place in the al fresco Dinner Made Easy recipe contest I found in the June 2011 issue of Food Network Magazine.  The main criteria of the contest included a healthy, fresh meal using al fresco chicken sausage.  It also had to be able to be prepared in 30 minutes or less. At first I wasn’t […]