Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza will become your new favorite summer recipe! It’s topped with juicy grilled tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese and fresh basil pesto. Slice it into bites for an appetizer or large slices for a seriously delicious meal!
Last weekend was Memorial Day weekend, which means the unofficial start of summer! I don’t know about y’all, but I am SO excited for grilling season and all of the fresh summer produce popping up at the local farmers markets and grocery stores!
One of my favorite salads to eat during the summer is a classic caprese salad. Over the years, I’ve put several of my own twists on the salad, like this Crispy Eggplant Caprese Salad, which is always a show-stopper at dinner parties and this Quinoa Caprese Salad, a healthy side dish I always bring to picnics and BBQs during the summer!
Three cheese baked ziti with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan is an easy 6 ingredient, 29 minute meal that is sure to become a weeknight dinner family favorite!
This three cheese baked ziti recipe was inspired by my favorite pizza at Jimmy and Joe’s Pizzeria in Phoenix. I always order it topped with dollops of ricotta cheese and it adds this amazing layer of creaminess to the pizza.
I’ve recreated that ricotta magic on these Garlic Bread Nachos and now on top of this baked ziti recipe!
Leftover Thanksgiving turkey & cranberry sauce is made into a delicious pull apart bread recipe filled with mozzarella cheese & topped with rosemary butter!
Thanksgiving weekend has officially come to an end and if you’re like me, you probably have a refrigerator full of leftover turkey. Now it’s time to take that leftover turkey and re-purpose it into this delicious pull apart bread recipe filled with turkey, cranberry sauce and mozzarella cheese!
It’s so easy to make, it only takes 10 minutes to prep and it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser! The melted rosemary butter poured over the bread really sets this recipe over the top!
Made in one pot, in 29 minutes, this fresh and flavorful Bruschetta Chicken Parmesan recipe is a delicious, quick and easy dinner dish!
When it comes to comfort food, I think of recipes I grew up with in Oklahoma, biscuits and gravy, mac and cheese and my Dad’s fried chicken. Now that I’m living a healthier lifestyle in California, I’ve had to redefine comfort food.
New comfort food to me is incorporating some of the aspects of the old comfort food favs in new, healthier, yet still totally delicious, ways!
Fresh bruschetta combined with melted, creamy cheeses makes for one delicious bruschetta cheese dip recipe, made in only 10 minutes, perfect as a party appetizer!
This recipe is the result of an almost accident.
When I was home over the holidays, my Dad was making cheese dip (Velvetta + Rotel, an Oklahoma staple when eating Tex-Mex!), he reached in the refrigerator to grab a tupperware container of rotel and he accidentally grabbed the tupperware of leftover bruschetta.
He realized before he actually added it to the bowl of Velvetta, but then I got an idea. What if I made an Italian version of “cheese dip” with bruschetta instead of Rotel and a combination of cream cheese and mozzarella instead of Velvetta?
Well, I tried this bruschetta cheese dip recipe idea and I loved it, so today I’m sharing it with you!
Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, these Gluten Free Baked Cheese Bites are perfect for parties & much healthier than fried cheese sticks!
How delicious are fried cheese sticks?! Oozing with cheese on the inside and crispy on the outside, totally tasty, but totally not healthy, so I took this appetizer and made it healthier and gluten-free!
Enchiladas are given an Italian twist in this gluten free recipe with Italian sausage, wrapped in corn tortillas & covered in marinara sauce & mozzarella cheese!
On the blog, I’m always looking for ways to switch up traditional dishes.
One way I love to do this is by taking a traditional Italian dish and making it Mexican. Have you checked out my Mexican Stuffed Shells or Mexican Manticotti? Both super scrumptious and both Mexican twists on traditional Italian dishes.
For my Housewarming party last weekend I went with a new menu planning approach. I went to the grocery store with no list, no ideas and simply let the ingredients do the planning for me.
I arrived home with two giant bags of potatoes. Potatoes are an excellent way to feed a lot of people on a budget. One three-pound bag of potatoes was $.99. You just don’t see those kind of prices anymore!
Then it was time to decide what I was going to do with those potatoes! I knew I wanted to make a couple of crockpot recipes for the party as they’re easy to put on in the morning and ready when guests arrive. That was when I got the idea for baked potato soup. Of course it had to be Italian style as that was the theme of the party!
The result was a creamy, rich, flavorful soup that would be perfect for upcoming fall evenings and cold winter weekends!
3 lbs potatoes
1 onion (chopped)
10 cloves garlic (minced)
8 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp rosemary
1 tbsp thyme
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
4 tbsp butter
½ cup diced pancetta
1 cup mozzarella cheese
½ cup parmesan cheese
Start by dicing the potatoes into cubes.
Next, add the potatoes, onions and garlic into the crock pot.
Then pour in the chicken stock. There should be just enough chicken stock to cover the potatoes.
Next add in the thyme and rosemary.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours or until potatoes are soft when poked with a fork.
Ladle out 2 cups of the chicken stock.
Pour in the milk, sour cream and butter and blend with an immersion blender or hand mixer.
Stir in the mozzarella, parmesan and pancetta.
Cook on low for an additional 2 hours.
This is one of those recipes that makes the whole house smell like rosemary thyme amazingness!
This roasted butternut squash and mozzarella salad is drizzled in a balsamic vinegar reduction for a sweet, delicious, gluten free and vegetarian salad made in under 45 minutes!
Today’s lunch was inspired by a lovely salad I had at the fabulous La Piazza Ristorante Italiano at The Grove.
The salad is sweet, salty and Italian, so pretty much a combination of all of my favorite things!
12 oz butternut squash
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup toasted walnut pieces
1 cup balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 oz mozzarella cheese balls
Pre-heat the oven to 400°F, then prepare the butternut squash.
I am fortunate enough to live within walking distance to Trader Joes (which is pretty apparent in all of my ingredient shots!) so I purchased pre-cut ready-to-go butternut squash cubes.
If you aren’t so fortunate to live near a Trader Joes, just buy a couple of medium size squash and cube them yourself.
Place the butternut squash cubes on a baking sheet (I like to line with foil bc I HATE to do dishes and it prevents them from sticking to the baking sheet so easier clean up!)
Drizzle the olive oil over the top.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cinnamon.
Then on to my favorite part… BROWN SUGAR! I feel that everything in life would be better if it had a little brown sugar involved!
Now the squash is ready to go in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Toss them about half way through.
While the squash is roasting prepare the balsamic reduction for drizzling over all of this yummy salad!
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat then add 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to the skillet, followed by 2 crushed garlic cloves. Bring it to a boil then lower the temperature and allow it to reduce by half.
Next, toast the walnuts.
Once again, I bought already chopped walnut pieces from Trader Joes, but if you have whole walnuts just give them a nice chop and you’re ready to go!
Throw these on some foil on a baking sheet and in to the oven for 3-4 minutes, these little babies toast up quick in the 400 degree oven!
Once the squash and walnuts are out of the oven and the balsamic is reduced it’s time to put it all together. Use tongs to move the squash on to a plate in a nice little pile, then top each pile of squash with 4-5 mozzarella balls, next sprinkle a few toasted walnuts on top, then it’s time for that yummy, syrup-y, balsamic reduction goodness to get drizzled all on top! Your plate should end up looking something like this ↓
But are those two plates I see?!??!
Yes those are two plates of deliciousness you see! So if you are thinking back to yesterdays blog and thought “didn’t she say she experimented with cooking at lunch because she was only cooking for herself” why yes, yes I did say that so now I guess I’m a liar, but all in good reason!!
Time to introduce my best friend Erin, she’s the kind of girl who will drink a case of bud light with you and enjoy an enormous burrito all while wearing 5-inch heels and approximately 68 pieces of jewelry, needless to say she is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Well I had the fortune of feeding her lunch today after she arrived home early from a work trip and had the day off! Watch as she intently stares at her food, raising her fork in anticipation of that first magical bite:
And here she goes… time to dig in!
Mmm delicious! Definitely recommend this dish for a great appetizer or lunch salad, or I was thinking I might skewer a ball of mozzarella between two pieces of the roasted butternut squash and drizzle with the balsamic reduction for cocktail parties! Who wants to come to my next cocktail party now? 🙂