Thursday, May 21, 2015

Quick Italian

Everyone seems to have a handful of recipes that can come together quickly with less than 5 ingredients. This recipe is a great go-to for a busy weeknight and I have variations that depend on how much time I have!

Start by bringing your pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, grill your Italian sausage. I like chicken sausage and found this delicious flavor at Trader Joe's!  Cook it for 5-6 min on each side or until it's cooked through. 
Drain your pasta but reserve about 1/2 cup. Pour your regular jarred marinara sauce over the pasta and add in some minced garlic, a splash of red wine (if you have some open) and chopped basil for a fresher flavor that tastes homemade!
Slice the sausage and add it right in over the pasta. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes to heat through. 

That's it! Delish.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pineapple Salsa

Although I'm in full spring mode, Chicago weather has once again given us a doozy. It's been rainy and chilly for the last week and that has surely been affecting my cravings (ahem comfort food). Last week I made this pineapple salsa for a Cinco de Mayo party and got so many compliments that I figured I'd share this super simple recipe! It's the perfect balance of sweet and spicy without being too sweet.

Serve this over grilled chicken, fish, pork, steak, tacos, or just with a chip (or 20). Possibilities for consuming this salsa is endless. 

Tweak the amounts based on how many your feeding, just eyeball it!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Nana's Chicken in the Oven

It's been an emotional week for me. One, because it was my last week with the company I've worked with for 2 1/2 years and also because I was in a pretty terrifying car accident. I'm fine, minus a couple staples in my head and a few bruises. My car however, didn't make it. It was totaled and though I get to shop for a new car I feel completely heartbroken and saddened by saying goodbye to my old one. She was my first car that I bought when I was 20 and I've been through so much with it!

I don't know if it's the combination of fear and shock from the accident that brought on this emotional tie but it's hard to break! Has anyone else experienced this?

Anywho, speaking of sentimental, my Nana has several recipes that I swear only taste good when she makes it. Grandmas have a knack at cooking by feel so maybe the recipe they once wrote down isn't updated...or maybe it's something about that love that goes into every recipe! Either way, I found myself with chicken drumsticks this weekend and decided to attempt Nana's Chicken in the Oven. Of course this isn't actually what the recipe is called but that's what I grew up referring it as and it stuck. Nana uses thighs, drumsticks, even skin on breasts but the crispy skin and brown bits are nostalgic.