the simplest stuffed shells you’ll ever make!

When I think of my childhood Sunday’s, I remember church in the morning, taking my great grandmother grocery shopping (a box of cookies always included for me!), reading the funnies, and dinner back at her house which smelled like we had walked into a local trattoria! While Sunday’s might not alllllways be filled with this much nostalgia in our house, this dish will certainly give your home the feeling of family.

I make it in the same baking dish my great grandmother did and I am convinced that it gives it just a bit more of the perfect flavoring. But don’t worry if you don’t have my grandma’s pan, a quick, simple recipe, this will still most certainly be one of the easiest you’ll ever make with a delicious return! Here’s my recipe for Simple Stuffed Shells.

Simple Stuffed Shells

Simple Stuffed Shells

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celebrate your spinach with spinach-walnut pesto

Happy National Spinach Day! This nutritious little culinary kid begins its peak season this month and provides you with a whole bunch of iron, Vitamins A, B2, C, K, and folic acid. It stars in dips, as sides, rollatinis, and as one of my favorite secret ingredients in sauces. Here’s a quick and tasty recipe for Spinach-Walnut Pesto.

Celebrate National Spinach Day with this sauce chocked full of the good for you nutrients!

Celebrate National Spinach Day with this sauce chocked full of good for you nutrients!

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“picatta-ed” shrimp scampi

Here’s a dish that brings together two spring time flavors and is sure to have you feeling like the warm weather is on its way! It’s light and fast and combines two of my favorite flavors; garlic and salty capers, making it a perfect weeknight meal! Here’s my recipe for “Picatta-ed” Shrimp Scampi.

"Picatta-ed" Shrimp Scampi

“Picatta-ed” Shrimp Scampi

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a moister meatloaf to give your ketchup a holiday

Ah, there’s nothing more classic than a meatloaf and mashed potato dinner. But I know for many of us, the memories of a dry, flavorless mound of meat scares us away from what can be a quick and tasty dish! Here’s a simple and speedy recipe for an American classic; Mom’s Best Meatloaf.

A classic family favorite (I promise!)

A classic family favorite (I promise!)

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5 corned beef and cabbage leftover makeovers

It’s March 18th. The last Guinness has been poured, bagpipes have faded, and your Irish eyes are anything but smiling thinking of all the leftover Saint Patrick’s Day fare taking up space in your fridge. Corned beef and cabbage the next few nights, right? Wrong! If you’re wondering how to make over your Irish dinner, here are 5 of my simple and delicious re-purposing ideas for your 17th seconds :)

Delicious recipes to honor those corned beef leftovers!

Delicious recipes to honor those corned beef leftovers!

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baby-safe two ingredient edible finger paints

This is not my usual post, but since I am a mom now and since it’s too chilly still to do all those fun outdoor activities, I’d thought I share a fun indoor idea for the kiddies that Luca and I did today. Since my son puts everything (literally…evvvverything!) in his mouth, I worry about fun arts and crafts activities and how toxic some of the materials can be. So here’s a fun (edible!) idea for those rainy and chilly stay-at-home days! Baby-safe Two Ingredient Edible Finger Paints!

Colors of the rainbow, with only two ingredients and totally baby safe!

Colors of the rainbow, with only two ingredients and totally baby safe!

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roasted broccoli cheddar soup

Confess! You justify a Broccoli and Cheddar soup by boosting its starring vegetable role with its anti-oxidant and health aiding qualities! Ok, ok, so it may not be like eating a head of the raw hearty veggie, but it is a long-time classic. One of my culinary goals for the year has been to up my soup skills. By bringing this favorite into the kitchen I knocked it out of the park, and you can too! Here’s my recipe for Roasted Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Soup with crusty, crunchy, toasty bread!

Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Soup with crusty, crunchy, toasty bread!

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