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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe. Grown up macaroni & cheese. Cheesy, peppery heaven in a bowl. Whatever you call it, it’s an Italian classic and one of my favorite dishes to create. I made this one on a whim. I just wanted pasta at 11:00 pm one night, as one does, and whipped this one up. And […]

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Truffle-Salted Roasted Potatoes

Nothing says winter like roasty, toasty potatoes. Or at least in my carb kingdom, that’s the case. Now, this side dish is one that will stand out with its simplicity. In this case, I jazzed them up with truffle salt, but feel welcome to be as adventurous or as traditional as you want with seasoning these […]

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Tortellini with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Tortellini is probably my favorite pasta. It’s the most underrated stuffed pasta, with it’s cousin, the ravioli, always taken up the limelight. Well, this is my way of making tortellini the star of the dish. This was another one of my “what do I have in my fridge?” recipes, and it turned out even better […]

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Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is an age-old classic. In fact, my family’s own Sicilian recipe is my absolute FAVORITE. Now, as a single woman with no kiddos or a husband, I’m not about to spend 2-3 days making a huge batch of my family’s recipe, so I created my own health version of a family favorite. […]

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Grown-up Pasta-O’s

If you were a child of the 90s, you KNOW the love that was in a can of Spaghetti-O’s. Now, I’m not about to recreate it, but rather take inspiration for this quick, tomatey, noodly bowl of love. This inspiration from Spaghetti-O’s came out of the need for a quick lunch or dinner – I […]

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Hearty Italian Sausage Skillet

In my humble opinion, Fall is the best time for food…especially hearty Italian sausage skillets. It’s cooler weather, shorter days are just calling for a cozy meal at home that you don’t have to be guilty about! The main focus of this dish is the hot Italian sausage and how it beautifully marries into a […]

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Cheesy Stuffed Banana Peppers

I’m here to share an old favorite with all of you: my cheesy stuffed banana peppers. I’ve mentioned this particular recipe on my “About Me” page. It all started in childhood, my family would often celebrate big life events at a local Italian spot in Orland Park called, Rocco’s. It had your basic Italian favorites, […]

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Sticky Chicken Teriyaki Bites

I remember watching Mad Men earlier this year and Betty made a special appetizer for Don and his colleagues called, “Rumaki.” I was fascinated. What is this fancy, 1950s dish that Betty cooked up! Well, I found out it was pretty much the basic party food involving bacon, water chestnuts, and a teriyaki style sauce. […]

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The Best Chili Recipe of All Time

The countdown to fall is officially here, and will football starting up, chili is on the brain…or at least it is for me. After a week of craving chili in the relentless 90 degree weather, I knew I had to make it. When my wonderful friend, April from The Tipsy Housewife mentioned she was having […]

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Cacio e Hot Pepe

My latest recipe is a twist on the classic, ‘cacio e pepe’ and feature hot giardinera in place of the black pepper! I like to call this ‘Cacio e Giardinera,’ but let’s face it, SEO rules all as a blogger, so here we have my Cacio e Hot Pepe! If you’re not familiar with giadinera, […]

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