Puerto Rican Rice

Rice with a Puerto Rican Flair

This rice has a Puerto RIcan flair - fantastic with Pernil

I gotta admit that usually when I’m looking for a killer side, I’m thinking potatoes. What can I say? I’m from the North and have Irish roots – so maybe it’s genetic, lol! Sometimes rice just feels right, though, and it definitely did when I served Pernil, an herby, garlicky pork roast with Puerto Rican roots. Whoever guesses what recipe is coming next gets a prize…a free recipe for Pernil!

Puerto Rican Rice

Rice with a Puerto Rican Flair

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Cheesy Pasta Bake - The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

Cheesy Pasta Bake

This is the best!! Italian Sausage, fresh Mozzarella, Wine...make it!

Can a person have too many pasta recipes? Possibly, especially if you’re on a budget. It’s almost too easy to turn to pasta dishes, so when I do make one, I try to make it the best! You’ll love this warm and comforting dish loaded with fresh mozzarella, Italian sausage and for a healthier twist, ground chicken or turkey. Use ground beef if you’d rather, though.

Cheesy Pasta Bake - The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

Cheesy Pasta Bake – The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

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Old World Stuffed Peppers

Old World Stuffed Peppers

When I mentioned I wanted to make Stuffed Peppers for dinner, my 89-year-old Stepmom reached into the cupboard and pulled out one of her many books of collected recipes; Pat had for or five of these books, recipes spanning generations, from friends, family, magazines and books and what a treasure they were. She settled on a small handwritten card. Pat is half Czech but as I read the card, I also recognized some of these familiar flavors from the German side of my family. I immediately dubbed these “Old World” Stuffed Peppers.

Old World Stuffed Peppers

Old World Stuffed Peppers

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You'll be transported to Italy!

Cook’s Illustrated Quick Marinara

It’s 2019 now and I decided it was high time I updated this post for Cook’s Illustrated Quick Marinara – I first posted this recipe in 2012, long before I knew much about running a blog at all! And here it is years later and I have only scratched the surface. In the meantime, carbs fell out of fashion, the world of cooking has exploded and now it seems, carbs are rising again in popularity.

Cook's Illustrated Quick Marinara

Cook’s Illustrated Quick Marinara

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