Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Red Velvet Cheesecake

I don't know how normal my aversion to pie is, but I cannot tell you how much I hate pie. Apple pie is the worst, followed by pumpkin( sorry everyone that likes pie.) One reason why Thanksgiving dessert for me is not that exciting. For Thanksgiving this year I was tasked with bringing a dessert!Finally! I get to bring something I like. Cue in cheesecake! I love cheesecake. All different kinds. Red velvet is my weakness so what better dessert to bring!Not to mention, it looks absolutely beautiful!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday Special: Gifts for Foodies!

So because I love receiving foodie presents so much for Christmas I thought I would share with you some of my favorites( and where to buy them) in case you need to buy presents for the foodie in your life or like me if you want to buy a nice gift for yourself!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Blue Cheese & Pancetta

Now that the weather is dipping below freezing in New England soup is a constant staple in my diet. I am always looking at easy soups to make because after I work the last thing I want to do is slave over the stove for hours. On a Saturday? Sure. On Wednesday night at 6pm? No thank you. Gosh, I feel like that has been my mantra lately.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Outside the Kitchen: Temple Downtown

I am always excited to try restaurants I have never been to before. What excites me even more is when they serve amazingly delicious food! My husband and I went to Temple Downtown located in the heart of downtown Providence, Rhode Island this past Friday. We don't mean to brag, but Providence was voted the best foodie city for food/drinks/restaurants by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Temple certainly helped with this title.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Garlicky Broccoli Pasta

Ahhhhh. There is something about a gigantic steaming bowl of pasta when he days get shorter and you have officially brought out your sweat pants for the season. Pasta is one of my go to meals in the winter because it makes me feel all warm and full.... and happy.. did I mention happy? 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Meatball Approved: Cinnamon- Honey Yogurt Treats

Meatball's Yogurt Mustache

Since my days are consumed with working and spending endless amount of time playing with our new pug puppy Meatball I figured I would share a recipe with you all that is super fast and easy.  When I was growing up, we would give our dog a frozen dog dessert that they sold in the market as a "special treat." No wonder why we didn't give it to him all the time! It was super expensive! I found an idea for a similar treat in Rachael Ray magazine that was super simple and used leftovers I usually have in my fridge.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Veggielicious Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Calling all veggie lovers! This was my first attempt at making the newly popular cauliflower crust pizza.I have heard horror stories about the crust not being crispy, about the loads of cheese in it and that it is just a pain in the butt to make. This recipe dispelled all of these pizza rumors. First off, there is not a boat load of cheese in the crust ( which makes my thighs happy.) This was actually really easy to put together and the crust actually held together pretty well!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Butternut Squash and Kale Enchilladas

Apologies for the busted photos. They just looked messy!

I have a butternut squash obsession. I had no idea where this obsession came from. I have always liked butternut squash, but never realized its versatility until now. Last week I made gnocchi with butternut squash and pancetta and today I am making enchilladas with it! Now that's versatility!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Blog-aversary ! Gnocchi with Pancetta & Butternut Squash

First off, just want to say today is my one year blog anniversary! How insanely fast a year has gone by! I have learned alot in a year and realized how hard it is to gain readers and keep you guys entertained! Some high points of this year blogging has been writing for the Newport Tourism Bureau, having my recipes being picked by Buitoni to have on their Facebook Page and having a recipe be on the Pinterest Popular Page more times than I can count. I am so blessed to have a husband that has supported my blogging from day one and my friends and family that put up with me taking endless photos of food before eating and constant chatter about food. Here is to being a foodie and loving it!

 Now that it is getting chilly, pasta is my go to meal, especially gnocchi. Gnocchi are the most delicious, soft pillows of potatoes that basically go well with anything. If you have other pasta on hand or don't like gnocchi feel free to use whatever pasta you like! However, let me sway you to the side of pillowy gnocchi. The soft texture pairs nicely with the crunchy pancetta. Also, make sure you don't overcook the gnocchi! It does not need to cook as long as regular pasta. I bought a brand I have never tried and it got super soft very fast so mine were a bit mushy, but honestly it tasted so amazing I didn't care!