CREAMY PARMESAN SQUASH PASTA

CREAMY PARMESAN SQUASH PASTA

Fall is in full swing in Chicago. Nothing gets me more in the fall spirit than festive comfort food. This recipe is easy and full of flavor. I have honestly never cooked pumpkin but wanted to incorporate it into this recipe, what is more fall festive than a pumpkin, right? Unfortunately, the grocery store didn’t have pumpkins available… other than canned pumpkin. So, I resorted to butternut squash.

Squash always reminds me of my grandpa, he used to have the biggest garden in his backyard and grow everything, including squash. When we visited, he always made the best squash muffins and had tons of mashed squash in the freezer, I was hoping it was reserved for the future muffins he would send home with me. Since my childhood, I look back to those memories of cooking with my grandpa and all of the delicious things he would make from the garden in his back yard. Living in Chicago, I can’t have a full blown garden just yet but I am excited for the day when I will have my own garden that I can pull ingredients from. Until then, I am forced to rely on the grocery store’s product availability.

Anyways you didn’t come here for my reminiscing, scroll down for the recipe and enjoy!

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SPRITZ COCKTAIL

SPRITZ COCKTAIL

I am hoping that if I keep making Spring and Summer recipes that it will encourage the weather to warm up! I have been interested in making a spritz cocktail ever since it hit Instagram like crazy last year. Unfortunately, I was in the process of moving and adjusting to life in Chicago, so I didn’t get the chance to try it out. I posted a Spritz photo to my Instagram and got several questions about how to make it or what recipe I used. As requested, here is the Aperol Spritz recipe I use.

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GARLIC & HERB-ROASTED CARBONARA

GARLIC & HERB-ROASTED CARBONARA

Now that the holiday season has come to an end, it’s time to settle in because the cold is here to stay for a few months. This recipe has the warm comfort food feeling with all of the flavor you are looking for in the winter. Pasta, especially homemade pasta, is my favorite comfort food. I made this recipe one night for dinner and absolutely loved it. I posted pictures on my Instagram story and got several requests for this recipe.  Continue reading “GARLIC & HERB-ROASTED CARBONARA”

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COOKIE

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COOKIE

I am finally back to reality, I visited my family over the weekend to celebrate Christmas early. We made tons of cookies, fruit cake, fudge, and so much more. I love baking in the kitchen, put some Christmas music on, fill a glass of wine, and make cookies with some of my favorite people… I don’t know what could be better. Each year, I love decorating sugar cookies and sneaking the occasional piece of fudge but there is one cookie above all that is my favorite…  Continue reading “MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COOKIE”

FRESH HOMEMADE PASTA

FRESH HOMEMADE PASTA

HAPPY NATIONAL PASTA DAY!

I hope you all enjoy pasta as much as I do, if not you might be reading the wrong blog post. As it is National Pasta Day, a holiday I think we can all get on board with, I decided to make pasta from scratch. I am not an expert by any means, this is harder than it looks and it takes some time, not to mention, the mess! But, it is SO much fun to make your own pasta. This would be a great date night activity or fun to make when you have friends over, just make sure you start early if you want to eat by 7pm. Continue reading “FRESH HOMEMADE PASTA”