Giada’s Green (and GOOD) Carbonara and Some Olive Oil Adventures

First, I’m going to torture you with stories of my day.  Then I’ll point you towards super delicious food.  It looks like this: But before I get to the food… It was a nice day today.  I had a short to-do list, which I thought would guarantee a completed list and a sense of well-being…

A Tale of Two Ravioli Recipes

We made a new-to-us ravioli recipe last night–Giada’s Ravioli Caprese.  We’re partial to all things Capri-related, especially if basil is involved.  So what were the winning points of this recipe? Well, the flavor was awesome.  Always an important feature for a recipe.  The inside was surprisingly filling, thanks mostly to the chicken and partly to…

Snack Attack

Scott made us a gourmet dinner last night.  It was Giada’s Pork Chops Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach.  The official version looks like this: Ours was rustic-looking but delicious.  I made the guts of the stuffing, and Scott did the hard work of actual stuffing and cooking.  I think we would both make this…

See-What’s-In-the-House Tuesday

I came home last night to a very exciting scene. This is what the bottom half of our staircase looks like:  This is what the top half looks like: Do you like how I didn’t vacuum the carpet for months so the before picture looks really really grimy?  Yeah, that was on purpose. Seriously though,…

Birthday Week Spaghetti

Spaghetti doesn’t sound fancy, right?  Well try this recipe: Giada’s Spaghetti with Beef, Smoked Almonds, and Basil. This made the birthday week menu mostly by virtue of its beef content, but I think I ended up loving it more than the birthday man.  The sauce is technically more like an Italian salsa (read: no cooking!),…

Thanks, Giada ( for your Gorgonzola burgers)

Okay, let’s say you already know an amazing recipe for blue cheese burgers.  But you want more.  And maybe you want grilled tomatoes instead of fancy onions on your burger.  Maybe you even want to use Gorgonzola instead of blue cheese.  Well, you’re in luck, my friend! We tried one of Giada’s newer recipes last…

Post-Holiday Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

After returning from Christmas in Colorado with family (tasty food post to come from our CO adventures soon, I promise), my first act in our house was to try to clean up our kitchen.  Somewhere along the line, I forgot how nice it is to start cooking in a kitchen with clean counters and no…