Homemade Mini Pasta Bar

Pasta is one of the world’s greatest comfort foods. Now that it’s well into September, those temperatures are finally starting to cool down a bit, which calls for warm, hearty meals. But sometimes, it’s hard to decide which type of pasta sauce I’m in the mood for. Plus, if I’m cooking for a group, not everyone always agrees on what to have for dinner. (My … Continue reading Homemade Mini Pasta Bar

Jalapeño Cheddar Mac and Cheese

The first day of summer is my favorite day of the year—because it’s officially summer. Of course, I had to kick it off with my favorite meal (mac and cheese, if you couldn’t already tell). Yes, I know turning on the oven in June isn’t the best option. But it’s hard to live off of cold foods all summer. Sandwiches and salads are great for … Continue reading Jalapeño Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Spicy Southwest Pasta Salad

I feel like side salads are a staple at backyard parties. But sometimes cole slaw gets boring, and standard deli macaroni salad always tastes a little sour to me. As someone who loves spice, my first inclination is always to make a spicy salad—one that would add a kick to the backyard menu. This Southwest salad is tossed in a jalapeño dressing, which adds the … Continue reading Spicy Southwest Pasta Salad

Spicy Asian Noodles

Chinese takeout is one of my guilty pleasures. But some days, I don’t feel like spending the money on takeout, or I only crave one thing that’s not worth placing an entire order. Surprisingly, it’s pretty easy to create your own take on your favorite takeout dish. I put a personal twist on my favorite Chinese food dish, sesame cold noodles. They’re chilled noodles in … Continue reading Spicy Asian Noodles

Simple Penne Alla Vodka

For some reason, New Jersey’s March weather has been much worse than February. We’ve gotten hit with snowstorm after snowstorm, and to me, it calls for one thing—comfort food. I’ve probably shared my love for pasta more times than necessary, but I love this recipe because most people don’t realize how easy it is to make delicious vodka sauce. Whenever I make vodka sauce, I … Continue reading Simple Penne Alla Vodka