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Can Childhood Favorites Become Grown Up Food?

11 Sep



Can meals from our childhood that we loved to chow down on or recipes we cook up for our children now get a makeover and become “Grown Up”?

  • Mac and Cheese…
  • Cheese Sticks…
  • Waffles…
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches…
  • Grilled Cheese…
  • Cheese and Tomato Pizza and French Fries…
  • Nuggets…
  • Spaghetti…

What childhood favorites do you have?

Let me know and I might try making them into adults!




Celebrities Favorite Pasta Recipes

19 Oct

©Barilla Penne Arrabbiata

Holly Robinson-Peete

Some of my favorite celebrities joined forces with Barilla’s Share The Table project and chef Mario Batali to highlight an important organization – Meals on Wheels Association of America.

Two of the pasta loving celebrities’ recipes I decided to test out are from Julianne Moore and Holly Robinson-Peete.

Find links to both recipes below:

This recipe is very healthy and compared to many other lasagne recipes much lighter on the stomach. The crunch of the asparagus mixed with the softness of the eggplant was perfect, add to that the right amount of sauce (which this recipe measures perfectly) and you get a filling meal which is at one time satisfying and good for your figure.

According to my Mr, “this recipe (for Penne Arrabbiata) is much better than most restaurant versions.” This may seem like very few words for a recommendation however coming from someone who absolutely loves Penne Arrabbiata and has only found one restaurant in the world that he claims cooks this dish correctly those few words are like cooking gold!

The texture was smooth, the flavors succulent, and overall this pasta dish was deliciously spicy.

©GoodGirlsCookAndWearMakeup.wordpress.com Vegetarian Lasagne

Julianne Moore

Which celebrity will you get inspired by?

“Sharing meals is one of the simplest, yet most important things families can do together” – Julianne Moore.

What is your favorite dish to cook for big family meal times? Leave me a comment below to share…

“Thanks to corporations like Barilla, we are one step closer to reaching our goal of ending senior hunger in America by the year 2020” – Enid Borden, President and CEO of MOWAA.

Meals on Wheels Association of America

MOWAA is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing the local community. Programs are developed and set up to provide meal services to hungry and home-bound senior citizens in need.

Between 800,000 to 1.2 million individuals donate their time and effort to these programs, making MOWAA the largest volunteer organization in the nation. To learn more visit: www.mowaa.org

Pasta with Avocado, Spinach & Sweet Peppers

6 May
Healthy & Filling

Pasta w/ Avocado, Spinach & Sweet Peppers

This is a delicious lunch or dinner option for pasta lovers who are looking for something quick and simple to make.

Serves: 2

Time for prep and cooking takes: 20 -25 minutes.


  • 1/2 lb or 227g mini farfalle pasta
  • Salt, to taste, for the pasta
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil for pasta
  • 1 tablespoon of chili garlic oil
  • 1 large avocado, stoned and scooped out
  • 2 small sweet peppers, seeded and sliced to bite sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen chopped spinach


  1. Cook pasta as instructed on packet, add salt and olive oil to water whilst pasta is cooking. Once cooked drain and let pasta cool to one side.
  2. Whilst pasta cools, heat chili garlic oil in a medium sized saucepan.
  3. Add sweet peppers and frozen chopped spinach.
  4. Let peppers brown slightly and spinach cook through.
  5. In the meantime add the scooped out avocado to the pasta, do not mix in simply let it sit on top of the pasta.
  6. Once peppers and spinach are ready add the pasta with the avocado and mix gently. Add more chili garlic oil if desired.

Serve and enjoy!

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