Chicken and Veggie Pasta Casserole

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Happy Tuesday or Wednesday or whatever day it is wherever you are! It's the middle of the week  and this week has been rough! You know why? I'll tell you why, 3 words, that's why. Daylight Saving Time! Why oh why do we have to have daylight saving time? I'm OK when we gain an hour but when we lose an hour well my life turns upside down. Not to mention the poor dog. You think I have a hard time getting out of bed on the Monday after daylight saving time? I'm nothing compared to my dog. You … [Read more...]

Healthy Cajun Chicken Linguine

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It's been a stressful week with me being sick and still super busy at work. I look forward to Fridays and am very grateful for little things such as having a wonderful lunch with great friends. Today I had Indonesian food with my dear friend from work. I had never had Indonesian food until my friend took me to this little place at the market that sells the best red curry with basil chicken that comes with a wonderful salad and coconut milk rice. One of these days I'll have to attempt to make … [Read more...]

Chicken Cacciatore

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Tonight I was in the mood for some chicken cacciatore. I don't make this very often, primarily for the reason that my husband is not a fan of rice or pasta, but I wanted some so I made some. It turned out great, and I loved it and although my husband complained about eating rice and kept muttering under his breath how he'd rather be eating some pork, he polished his plate. I decided to use some chicken wings and thighs I had and cut them in half and clipped the tips off and I added some salt … [Read more...]

Beef Soup (Ciorba de vacuta)


Today I'm going to share with you my husband's favorite beef soup recipe.  This is a very Romanian soup and very traditional.  It's very easy to make, just time consuming because you need to boil the beef for 2 or 3 hours until tender. You could speed up the process by boiling the beef in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes, just make sure you save all the beef broth and add that to your soup. Beef Soup (Ciorba de vacuta)   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 3 hours Total … [Read more...]

Skillet Lasagna


If you love lasagna but think it's too much work, especially for a weeknight dinner, I have the solution for you. Skillet Lasagna! Tastes exactly the same, but in a lot less time. The ingredients are simple ingredients, you probably have in your fridge and pantry right now and in just 30 minutes you could be enjoying this wonderful lasagna that is to die for. Now I feel I haven't bothered you with a picture of my precious puppy, Mia in a long time so here she is. Gorgeous as ever. Look … [Read more...]

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake


It's been such a stressful week for us as we've been searching for houses and coming up empty. It seems to be a seller's market and if anything good comes on it's gone in a couple days. So how do I deal with stress, well probably like a lot of people, with food, and what's more comforting than a delicious plate of pasta. But wait! Not just any plate of pasta, but a cheesy chicken pasta. And you know what's so great about these dishes, you don't really need a recipe. Like any good chef will … [Read more...]

Roasted Red Pepper and Pecan Pesto Penne

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I hope everyone's had a very merry Christmas, just as I did with my family. It was wonderful, just sad that it's now over. Today is Boxing Day in Canada, the biggest shopping day of the year here. For the first time in a few years I actually went shopping on Boxing Day, mostly because my sister dragged me out, I mean it's -25 Celsius here, and that's pretty cold if you ask me. Anyway to make a long story short, long day, tiring and cold. I was not in the mood to cook for hours so I decided on … [Read more...]

Lasagna Roll Ups

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I've just made lasagna roll ups for the first time and I have to tell you this is the easiest way you can make lasagna. Not only do they look incredibly adorable, but they are also very delicious. I'm sure everyone has their favorite lasagna recipe, but this is my easy recipe that I use whenever I am in the mood for lasagna. So whether you make it as a regular lasagna, or lasagna roll ups, this recipe is very easy to make, mostly because the ingredients are not fancy and are ingredients … [Read more...]

Lazy Linguini with Quail Eggs

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As I said more quail eggs recipes are coming over the next few days. OK, I know this isn't really a quail egg recipe, but I made some linguini and why not throw some quail eggs on top. This is how I came up with the name lazy linguini, because it's a simple simple recipe, and because I just threw some quail eggs on top. So it's lazy linguini!! I had to include this picture of the quail eggs again in this post, because I just think they are so adorable. Aren't they? So cute, you almost don't … [Read more...]

American Macaroni Salad with Bacon

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You all know my dear beagle that I love with all my heart. Here's a picture of her in case you don't know what she looks like. As you can see she's getting up there in age, she's 8 years old right now. A senior dog you might say. For the most part, she is the best dog in the world. I mean look at that innocent face. You look at that face and you think that dog could do no wrong. But that dog, that darling beagle always has one thing on her mind. Her tummy. So to make a long story … [Read more...]

Slimmed Down Spaghetti & Chicken Meatballs

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As much as I love eating spaghetti and meatballs I don't make them very often. Honestly. It's one of those dishes that is so easy to make, but for whatever reason, I don't make them often. But I do make my Romanian version of meatballs quite often. And those are good, so very good. Since I wanted a bit healthier version of spaghetti and meatballs, I used chicken to make the meatballs. I won't deny the fact that pork meatballs have more flavor because of the fat in them, but you can make … [Read more...]

Linguine Puttanesca with Tuna

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Ever wonder what Puttanesca means? Well I recently found out while watching the foodnetwork channel. However the history of pasta Puttanesca has many colorful Italian folk tales. The word itself Puttana in Italian means whore. One of these such tales, suggest that a restaurant owner had many such "whore" guests come to his restaurant to eat late at night as he was about to close. As he didn't have enough of any one ingredient to make a meal for them all, he would take everything out of his … [Read more...]