Chicken noodle soup! The best. Especially in winter. Because winter sucks. And I hate it. But you know this already.
The only good thing about winter is soup. Lots and lots and lots of soup. Soup that you can’t always eat in the summertime because sometimes its a million degrees outside and if you eat soup you feel like you’re boiling yourself from the inside out. Not pleasant. But I often do it anyway. [read more...]
Confession: this is a copycat recipe from Noodles and Co. You probably know it as Pesto Cavatappi – but they trademarked that ish, which means my title is forced to a bit more creative. We didn’t get Noodles and Co. unless we went up to Chicagoland when we lived in Illinois, and there isn’t one here, either. But I was craving some good ol’ pesto-y cavatappi-y goodness the other day. So I figured, who needs Noodles and Co.? Have pesto, will eat. Or something like that.
I actually didn’t even Google a recipe before I threw this together to make sure I was getting it “right.” Only after I’d eaten it all did I think to check my accuracy with the great collective knowledge of the interwebs. Turns out, a lot of copycat recipes out there use cream and butter, but I think they’re totally unnecessary. If you want a creamier sauce, go for it – but I think pesto is pretty perfect all by itself. I made my own pesto by swapping basil for the arugula in my favorite arugula pesto and adding a handful of toasted pine nuts to the mix. I actually stock up on basil during the summer when I can, either basil I’ve grown myself or (far more likely, because I kill plants) from farmers in the area who are drowning in the stuff at the end of the season. Then I go on a pesto-making spree and keep it in the freezer in small containers (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup per container) so I can pull some out whenever I want pesto macaroni and cheese or this amazing chicken pesto pizza.
There are so many good things happening with this pasta I can’t even handle it.
I love making
weird cool pasta. It’s so versatile – you can flavor it with anything! It’s a blank canvas just waiting to be artsy-ified into your new favorite dinner. This time around, I had a bunch of strawberries in my fridge that were just about to inch past their prime. So HEY! I thought. STRAWBERRY PASTA! Two of my favorite things (you’ve seen the name of my blog, right?) together at last. [read more...]
I think I have a new favorite dinner.
(I’m talking about this recipe. If that wasn’t clear. This recipe is my new favorite dinner). Do you want it to be your new favorite dinner, too? Yeah? I thought so. You should probably make it immediately.
Have you ever made your own tortellini before? It’s kind of super fun. Also, way easier than it seems. Which is a win.
Also, I’ve been working on a REALLY exciting project for the last few months, and this Monday, I’m joining forces with some of the best food bloggers around to announce the formation of something awesome. So…you should PROBABLY tune in on Monday to get the skinny and jump in on the fun. Want a hint? Follow my Facebook or Twitter feeds for some sneaky announcements. [read more...]