Spinach, cheese and ravioli bake

Michigan May temperatures are still chilly, though the sunshine has been warming me up for some outdoor gardening and exercise. I had some ingredients ready to go for another dinner dish, but decided to pair them up and make a classic comfort meal last week. I have made variations of this dish, already on this…

Chicken and Tomatoes

Another great way to prepare chicken is with tomatoes.  Over the years, I have found many chicken recipes that include tomatoes from soups and stews to slow cooker dishes.  This recipe is similar to a Chicken Parmesan but is baked in the oven. I found it online at the Taste of Home website.  We enjoyed…

Shortcut lasagna

When short on time but still craving the taste of a cheesy lasagna, try this shortcut ravioli lasagna recipe. I found this recipe in the Taste of Home magazine and found it to be extremely tasty and easy to prepare on a weeknight. Choose between either frozen meat ravioli or just cheese ravioli and put…

Pasta with peas and mushrooms

Summertime pasta dishes tend to be lighter without sauces, and mixed with fresh vegetables.  Here is one of those delightful recipes that can be made with a variety of pasta noodles.  I had tri-color penne pasta, but this is always a favorite made with medium size pasta shells. Start the preparation with a pot of…

Parmesan Mushrooms

Are you looking for an easy side dish to serve with chicken, red meat or even fish?  This is one of those easy dishes that can be made in less than twenty minutes, and will be enjoyed by everyone. A variety of mushrooms can be used and will change the flavor profile for this side…

Smashed potatoes with chives and Parmesan cheese

Just before the holidays I tend to experiment with new recipes.  I certainly don’t want to try a new dish on guests.  So, I usually make a list of ideas and menus to prepare within six weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  This year, I concentrated on several side dishes from Ina Garten’s cookbooks….