Maggiano’s Rigatoni di Gregorio


Click here for an updated version of this recipe. We attended a Derek Webb concert last night at Wheaton College with two other couples. They came over to our house for dinner and dessert before the concert. It was my chance to serve a pasta dish and use my pasta bowls that I love! I […]

Stuffed Acorn Squash


I like this dish because it’s fast and easy, and you can experiment with different varieties. It’s also healthy! Some people serve as a side dish, while I serve most of the time as the main dish, depending on the filling. It’s up to you! If you’ve never had squash and feel weary about trying […]

Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches and Other Party Food


We had our 3rd Annual BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) Party yesterday afternoon. It started in 2005 a few months after we got married. I was asking Ben how he would like to celebrate his birthday with his friends, and he said he just wanted everyone to get together for a Fall party because he […]

My First Apple Pie


Last night our friend, Heather, and her three boys came over for dinner. For dessert, I wanted to try and make Apple Pie, and what better guinea pigs to have than 3 boys (4, including Ben)! They ate the pie right up (served with homemade vanilla ice-cream) and wanted seconds! Ding, ding, ding! I’ve found […]

Chicken Nachos


Chicken, chicken, and more chicken. What can I say, chicken was on sale. So, the day after eating our Chicken Pesto Pizza, we still had some more to use. Bonus…I didn’t have to go to the grocery store. Another bonus to that evening was Ben actually came up with what to have for dinner! This […]

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Cream Filling (Hostess Cupcakes)


I was craving chocolate, and I was craving to bake. So, I checked out this blog I just found and came across a recipe for the Hostess cream-filled cupcakes. I had to run to the store for only one ingredient, but had to hurry because I only had 2 hours before our guests were coming […]

Crispy BBQ Burgers


One of our favorite restaurants for burgers right now is Red Robin. Ben and I share our fave burger as the Whiskey River BBQ Burger. We also both like the Banzai Burger, which is layered with pineapple and teriyaki. Tonight, we kept it cheap and simple with grilling angus burgers that were on a “One-Day […]

Individual Potato-Bacon Frittatas


I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blog sites called Culinary in the Country. One of the things I learned while making this is that for the egg substitute, I could use mayonnaise! But, it took 12 tablespoons!! It seemed like a lot, but it worked out well and the end result […]

Simple Dinner Tonight


Dinner tonight was simple. I’m all about keeping things easy, especially after spending the last two days with a nasty cold. Our landlord’s wife gave us some pastas and a jar of sauce that she bought from a wine store here in Wheaton. I was anxious to try them out, so I made the plain […]

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake


A friend of mine reminded me of this recipe when she asked for it the other day. I can’t believe I haven’t posted it on this blog! Instead of buying an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen, why not put some extra love into it and make it yourself!? This recipe is a great pick. […]

Baby back Ribs with Jammy Glaze


Taken from Rachael Ray’s magazine “Everyday with Rachael Ray” June/July 2006. I’m not too informed about ribs, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t use baby back ribs when I made this tonight. The sauce is delicious. It was Ben’s favorite part. The meat was good, too, but could’ve been more tender. I halved the recipe […]

Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken & Two Buck Chuck


If you don’t already know that there is a Trader Joe’s grocery store near you, then pause right now and visit their website to see if you can locate one. This is one of my favorite places to buy groceries, especially when I’m in a more adventurous mood. Even when I don’t have much money […]

Baked Chicken Parmesan


Serving Size: 4 1/4 cup butter 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 3 ounce can French fried onion rings, crushed 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves In microwave, melt butter. Stir into bowl with […]

MacGourmet – Recipe Organizer


Any food and Apple lovers out there must use MacGourmet to organize your recipes. I’ve been using it for a little over a year now and absolutely love it. Anytime I find a good recipe that I want to keep, I add it to my MacGourmet so I won’t chance throwing the recipe card away. […]

Penny Pincher: Free Food for Your Birthday!

Happy Birthday to me! My entire family is in town visiting and today is my birthday. What a wonderful birthday present! For the last couple of days, I’ve been researching on and off about which restaurants give free food to you for your birthday! 🙂 I’m such a deal finder… or maybe a wanna-be. So, […]

Portobello Chicken Sandwich with Muffalata


When I was sitting at my hair ladies waiting for the hair dye to soak in, I read the Better Homes & Garden magazine she had there. It had this similar recipe, but I was unable to remember exactly what was on the sandwich. So, I made my own version. Muffalata is an Italian style […]

Jell-O Oreo Pudding Pie


So this one is super easy and is pretty elementary. But, it’s also super delicious! I just took it off the back of an Oreo pie crust label. Jell-O Oreo Pudding Pie 2 ½ cups cold milk2 pkg Jell-O Oreo Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling, (4-serving size each)1 8oz tub Cool Whip, thawed, divided1 […]

Peach Upside Down Cake


I had to make a dessert to pass for our Growth Group at church. The day before, a Redbook magazine came in the mail that had a really good looking Peach Upside Down Cake recipe. So I decided to try it! It’s good! Peach Upside Down Cake Topping ¼ cup unsalted butter ⅓ cup sugar […]

Chicken Stuffed with Prosciutto and Fontina


I tried this from Paula Deen’s Friday night show, Paula’s Party. It wasn’t our favorite dish, but I would think about making it again. It was quite some time ago that I made this one… We’ve been so busy with moving and summer activities that I haven’t cooked/baked much, which leads to a bare blog. […]

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus


PrintParmesan Roasted Asparagus 1 bunch of asparagus Grated Parmesan Cheese Olive Oil Salt Pepper (all ingredients, to taste) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut hard ends off asparagus. Lay in a single layer on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 10 minutes.3.1 Seeded at the Table Just […]

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake


This special dessert separates into two layers as it bakes and becomes a fudge sauce topped with cake. Serve it warm topped with ice cream. PrintHot Fudge Sundae Cake 1 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons baking cocoa 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup milk 2 tablespoons vegetable oil […]