Pressure Cooker Penne with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Pressure Cooker Penne with Creamy Pesto Sauce

This pressure cooker recipe is perfect for a hectic weeknight.  Everything is ready in about 30 minutes. The creamy pesto sauce is loaded with flavor, and since all of the ingredients are added to the pressure cooker without being pre-cooked, preparing a simple dinner can’t get any easier. 

Mummy Meatloaf--The perfect Halloween Dinner

Mummy Meatloaf Dinner

There’s nothing better than a mummy meatloaf to encourage your kids to eat something before heading out for their Halloween activities.  This recipe is simple and delicious.  It’s easy to assemble, bakes without any additional hands on time,  and it makes a frightfully delicious dinner entrée.  Using oats in place of the usual bread crumbs adds soluble fiber to the meatloaf which is good for you.    The oats, visible in the finished meatloaf add a disgusting appearance to the flesh of your mummy meatloaf.  It’s Halloween, so it’s okay to use the word disgusting and meatloaf in the same sentence. […]

cheeseburger pie--a one dish entree

Cheeseburger Pie

Since making a Southwestern Cheeseburger Pie during my 30 days of beans, I have been thinking about making another plain cheeseburger pie, and I finally  had the chance today. The best thing about this pie is that if you use an oven safe skillet (like a cast iron one), the whole thing can be cooked in one pan.  Of course, I did need a bowl to mix up the batter and a knife and cutting board to cut op the onions.  There was the grater, too.  But the point is that all of the dirty utensils can be washed while […]

prosciutto wrapped melon

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon

There’s something absolutely delicious about the combination of sweet and salty.  That tantalizing taste is the reason we put sea salt on our caramel, and it’s the reason why the combination of salty prosciutto, or even deli ham,  goes so well with sweet cantaloupe.

Chipotle Taco Bean Soup topped wtih sliced green onions

Soup in Autumn–Five Favorites

Autumn has finally arrived, and as the weather grows cooler, I often find myself longing for a warm bowl of hearty soup.  I strongly suspect that I am not alone in this desire,  so I have collected 5 of my favorite soup recipes to share with my readers in today’s post. Chicken Tortilla Soup This soup is one of my favorites, and I love the layer of tortilla chips and cheese that cover the top of the rich broth filled with vegetables and chicken.  It’s a very satisfying soup on a cool autumn day. Tomato Soup with Lentils Tomato soup […]

Easy Nectarine Cobbler-a warm slice, fresh from the oven

Easy Nectarine Cobbler

Dessert is always a good thing.  This dessert is make from a simple combination of ingredients that go together quickly to create a sweet and delicious cobbler with minimum stress for the cook.  I used fresh fruit, but this recipe works just as well with either frozen or canned fruit.   It’s our go to cobbler recipe when we want something sweet. 

bacon wrapped green beans

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

This is a simple and delicious way to prepare green beans.  Wrapping bundles of green beans in bacon elevates this humble vegetable to a new level.  It can even be made from leftover garlic green beans which means you can have it ready in minutes.  All you need to make this delicious dish is some young and tender whole green beans and some prosciutto.  Wrap the prosciutto around bundles of partially cooked green beans, saute them in a combination of butter and olive oil until everything is heated through, and you have a simple a delicious accompaniment to your meal. […]

So you want to start a blog

So, You Want to Start a Blog…

Today’s post came from a comment by Ashley from Germany.  The comment probably ended up in my spam folder because her email address was from Germany.  Akismet is usually correct, but it wasn’t that long ago that I found a comment from La Bella Vita Cucina in my spam folder, and that website is definitely legitimate.   I thought Ashley’s question was a good one, so I decided to answer it in the form of a blog post. “I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free […]

Roasted chicken from a crok pot

“Roasted” Chicken from the Slow Cooker

This is one of the simplest ways to prepare a chicken.  Stick a whole seasoned chicken in the crockpot in the morning and turn it on low.   Eight  hours later, you return home to a delicious, juicy, fall of the bone chicken.  My chicken has cooked as long as 10 hours with no problem.  Add a salad and some potatoes or rice, and you have a complete meal.    If you don’t want to eat the chicken right away, the meat can be removed from the bones, and shredded to be used to make chicken salad, enchiladas, and added to soup.  […]

Macaroni and cheese cooked in the slow cooker--a one pot meal

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

What is better than cheesy gooey macaroni and cheese?   Macaroni and cheese made in the slow cooker that  cooked itself while you were at church or out running errands.  This version, made entirely in the slow cooker using uncooked pasta is rich and creamy and doesn’t disappoint.  The one pot preparation is a snap. Macaroni and cheese is a true comfort food, and since I made Macaroni and Cheese in my pressure cooker, I’ve been wondering if there’s a way to make macaroni and cheese in my slow cooker without cooking the macaroni first.  I think I’ve finally found the […]