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Enchilada Skillet Pasta

This Enchilada Skillet Pasta is loaded with flavor and cheese making it a delicious, easy and comfort food at it’s finest!

This Enchilada Skillet Pasta is loaded with flavor and cheese making it a delicious, easy and comfort food at it's finest!

Hi!  Well, we survived travelling cross country with a 2 year old and a (now) 8 week old!  Although we came home to an empty fridge and sooo much unpacking, un-winding, and time zone adjusting to do.  Which meant for dinner I needed easy and comforting.  Welcome this Enchilada Skillet Pasta!

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Fresh Pasta

Making your own Fresh Pasta at home just takes two ingredients and the delicious freshness makes it totally worth the extra work!
Making your own fresh pasta at home just takes 2 ingredients and the freshness makes it totally worth the extra work!

There are some things that just ruin you forever.  Like the first time you have a fresh from the garden heirloom tomato.  Or the first time you have a warm, fresh out of the oven piece of homemade bread.  And definitely the first time you have fresh, homemade pasta.  Grocery store tomatoes, bagged bread, and boxed pasta just never taste the same again.

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Homemade Cheez-It Crackers

Homemade Cheez-Its!Guys.  Homemade Cheez-It Crackers!  I might be freaking out a just a little; they are seriously up there on my favorite snack foods.  They combine three of the my most favorite things: Cheese, salt, and crunch.  Although they don’t look just like the classic Cheez-It, they’re a little thicker (always room for improvement), and they’re technically not from scratch because I haven’t mastered the cheddar cheese making yet- trust me.  They’re sooooo good.

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Homemade Graham Crackers

Did you know you can make Homemade Graham Crackers? They’re surprisingly easy and fun to make!

Did you know you can make Homemade Graham Crackers? They're surprisingly easy and fun to make! What’s more summer-like than fire roasted S’mores?  We’ve recently acquired a fire pit for our backyard and after every BBQ or even just when we’re home grilling and lounging outside, we inevitably end up around it roasting marshmallows for s’mores.  So of course that’s sparked me turning to Dan one night while we snacked on some ooey gooey s’mores, “I wonder how you make graham crackers…” 

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Chicken Pesto Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella

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You kind of can’t beat fresh pasta.  Or fresh mozzarella.  And together? Whoa.  So my awesome mom was visiting this past week and I knew we just had to make pasta together.  I could only take a couple of days off of work that week so the last work day, the day before my glorious 4 day weekend, I came home, opened a bottle of wine, and my mom and I parked it in the kitchen all night drinking wine and rolling out pasta.  Perfection.

Because we were pre-occupied with wine, pasta, and all of the things we had to catch up on that the 3000 miles between us and my severe hatred for talking on the phone, my picture taking was pretty minimal and well kind of lackluster.  It was the least of my concerns.  Did I mention we had a lot to catch up on? Oh, and that I despise talking on the phone?  Seriously. Don’t even ask me how many unlistenedto (it’s a word) voicemails I have.  Ok, it’s 16.  I know. If someone called me and left a message saying, “You won a million dollars! Just call back to receive your prize!”  It would totally go unlistenedto.  I use my phone for everything but making phone calls.IMG_1872

Anyway… my mom and I spent the night making pasta and drinking wine.  Look how pretty it is!  We’d started with spaghetti, but my pasta roller cuts it actually more like angel hair sized and it was taking waaayyy too long to separate all the strands and they were drying and subsequently breaking faster than we separate them, so we switched to linguine and ended up cooking both together.

My original plan was to just make pasta and then use some of my pesto cubes for a quick and easy pesto pasta dish.  Then that sounded too boring. So I decided to add chicken.  Oh and show my mom how easy it is to make fresh mozzarella.

IMG_1876Then I decided to make the mozzarella into cute little balls like you often see packaged in the store.

IMG_1880Bite sized little mozzarella balls.  As my mom would say, “Is no cute?!”

IMG_1882Have I mentioned how easy it is to make mozzarella? How about how much cheaper it is?!  For $2.39 (the cost of a gallon of milk), we got a pound of fresh mozzarella!  This shows .78 of a lb because my husband snagged the last of the mozzarella before I had a chance to form it into balls, as a pre-dinner snack.

IMG_1887Meanwhile, I sauteed up some diced chicken, then melted a few pesto cubes in some homemade chicken stock, cooked the pasta until al dente, and then added it all in a pan together.  The pesto cubes I had made at the end of last summer.  We had sooooo much basil because I used basil as center pieces for the tables at our wedding (it was really cute, basil in terra cotta pots surrounded by lemons… even better, it was super cheap!), and even though we encouraged people to take them, we had a few left over, in addition to the tons of basil I’d already planted.  So at the end of the summer, I harvested it all, made a ton of pesto, then froze the pesto in ice cube trays and viola!  Frozen pesto cubes to store in the freezer to have fresh pesto in minutes all winter long!

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Here’s a picture I took of my pesto cube making on my phone from Instagram.  I make my pesto with hazelnuts 🙂

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Then I tossed in the mozzarella balls to soak up the pesto deliciousness.

IMG_1892And yum!  A completely from scratch pesto pasta dish with fresh mozzarella.  Oh and we were onto our second bottle of wine by then, a Cabernet / Syrah blend from our favorite Walla Walla, WA winery, Sweet Valley Wines.  Although it’s big, hearty, earthy red wine, the definition of what we like, the first bottle, the light, acidic, bright Vermentino from Tesoaria would have paired much nicer with this dish.  Oops. We drank it all during the pasta making process.  And honestly, we’ll drink wine with anything, nothing, or just because.  I loved this dish so much, mainly because it was made with my mom, perfect for Mother’s Day right around the corner and also to bring to Angie’s Fiesta Friday!

Chicken Pesto Pasta and Fresh Mozzarella

Pasta

  • 5 cups of flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • olive oil
  • fresh mozzarella balls
  • 3 frozen pesto cubes melted with 1/4 cup of chicken stock or 2-3 tablespoons of fresh pesto

Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl then create a well in the flour.  In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs.  Slowly mix the whisked eggs into the well incorporating the dough a little bit at a time. Once a dough forms, remove the dough from the bowl and continue kneading on a floured surface.  Once the dough is smooth, form a ball, then wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least an hour or over night.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Saute chicken and garlic in oil until done.  Meanwhile, roll out and cut pasta into linguine with pasta roller.  Cook pasta until al dente.  Drain pasta, add to pan with chicken, add mozzarella balls, and add pesto and mix well.

Cube chicken and cook in pan with olive oil and garlic until done and add pesto.

 

Saltines From Scratch

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Saltines From Scratch are a fun, easier than you think, and tastier than store bought cracker to make at home!

Saltines From Scratch are a fun, easier than you think, and tastier than store bought cracker to make at home!Oh man I wish I had figured this recipe for Saltines From Scratch out about 7 months ago!  Although I have to say that I’ve been really lucky with how easy this pregnancy has been (knock on wood), there were definitely a couple of days in the 1st trimester that Saltines and Ginger Ale were my best friend and these homemade guys would have been amaazzinngg.

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The Best BBQ Sauce From Scratch

It’s a favorite and a staple in our house. It’s the Best BBQ Sauce From Scratch! It’s the reason we stopped using store bought bbq sauce!

It's a favorite and it's a staple in our house.  It's the Best BBQ Sauce From Scratch!  It's the reason we stopped using store bought bbq sauce!

Happy Summer, friends! Phew, what a summer it’s been already! If your house is like ours then the only thing busier than our schedules is our grill and our smoker! Which means we’ve been making a ton of one of our favorites. One of our go-tos. One of the all-stars in our condiment round up: The Best BBQ Sauce From Scratch!

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Garlic Naan From Scratch

This Garlic Naan From Scratch is an Indian flatbread that is incredibly easy to make and a delicious side to any meal with a sauce to sop up!

This Garlic Naan From Scratch is an Indian flatbread that is incredibly easy to make and a delicious side to any meal with a sauce to sop up!

Oh, hey! I’m back after a whirlwind April of girls weekend trips, Easter, and the general controlled chaos of being a working mom of 2 under 3. But the time away made me realize it was high time I finally worked on a recipe I’ve been wanting to make for a loonngg time.

If you guys know anything about me, it has to be my deep love for all things Bread. It’s basically my favorite food group. I would give up sooo many other foods before I’d give up a warm freshly baked kind of any bread. And as we keep making more breads from scratch, that fact is solidified. Especially with this new favorite: Garlic Naan From Scratch!

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20 Minute Sweet and Spicy Noodles

These Sweet and Spicy Noodles are a Thai inspired fast, easy weeknight dinner that can be ready and on the table in just 20 minutes!
These Sweet and Spicy Noodles are a Thai inspired fast, easy weeknight dinner that can be ready and on the table in just 20 minutes!

 I don’t know what it is but I am all about sweet and spicy, lately!  These 20 Minute Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodles are so easy and so spicy with a lovely hint of sweet.  As my husband described it, they’re damn delicious.  After the success of our Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Chicken Thighs, I knew I wanted to use a similar sauce in a Thai noodle.  And the hubby was right, damn did it turn out delicious!

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