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…

Zoodles with a spiral slicer

I finally purchased a Paderno spiralizer slicer and it has been a wonderful addition to my kitchen tool collection.  My three blade slicer is able to cut vegetables very quickly into angel hair noodles, shoestrings and even spiral cut strands.  My first attempt at using the tool was extremely successful, as I made zucchini noodles…

RPM Italian-Chicago

As someone who loves to enjoy a quiet delicious meal at a lovely restaurant, I highly recommend RPM Italian.  We made reservations weeks in advance as nightly the dinner hours are jammed with guests. Located in River North, the upscale atmosphere is decorated in black, white and grey, with wood and leather accents. The menu…

vegetable lasagna (mushroom and spinach)

Summer pasta dishes are often lighter when served during the summer months.  We prefer to eat less pasta during the summer overall, but sometimes the selection of summer vegetables encourages me to add them to even more main dishes than in the winter.  This recipe is one of my favorites when summer vegetables are ready for…

Champagne Chicken Fettuccine

Over the years, I have tried to search for new ways to serve simple pasta dishes.  Pasta is often an easy entrée that can be made upscale with only a few additions.  Rachel Ray published a similar recipe last year, that I adapted and revised.  Her recipe called for Gorgonzola dolce cheese and sage leaves….

Ina’s bolognese sauce

Ina Garten is known for dishes made from simple ingredients with little fuss. I found this recipe for her weeknight pasta sauce in her cookbook titled, “how easy is that?” This is a great recipe and just as promised it is both easy and very tasty.  I am sure everyone you know has a favorite…