Friday, October 24, 2014

Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Copycat

Since I moved to Washington I rarely go out to dinner. 

A) Because I am a food blogger and would rather make a dish VS pay for it (Although getting out of the kitchen once in a while is a must)

B) Because I live in a teeny tiny town with very few options, and most of them aren't that good. 

Oh, I guess I could drive a bit to get to a decent restaurant, but that means dealing with traffic and paying to go over the toll bridge (gggrrrr I hate that). I guess I have really become a bit of a homebody. But in my defense, I would rather cook a nice meal and enjoy it with my family in my home.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

I do love fall so much, the cooler weather, turning leaves, fire in the fireplace. But this week I have been missing our outdoor summertime fun. We were BBQing almost every night, sitting on the back deck, or around the fire pit, and enjoying animal watching (I now have 5 deer and several big fat well fed squirrels). So when I heard that the weather was supposed to warm up, and dry out a tad, I immediately made plans to use the grill. I was already making Cold Sesame Noodles for my Secret Recipe Club post and grilled chicken with an Asian flair seemed the perfect choice to accompany that tasty side. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cold Sesame Noodles #SecretRecipeClub

The perfect side dish for your next Asian meal. These sesame noodles are wonderful served warm or cold.

For this month's Secret Recipe Club I was assigned the blog Feast on the Cheap, written by the mother-daughter duo of Mary Anne and Mariel. Mary Anne has been a caterer for the last 20+ years, and firmly believes that healthy, home-made food doesn't have to take a ton of money or hours spent in the kitchen. Mariel has grown up with her mother's fabulous cooking, which has opened her up to experimenting with different flavors, textures, and cuisines.