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Recipes featuring the flavors of basil, oregano, olive oil, garlic and much more.

Whole Wheat Ricotta Gnocchi & Herbed Mushrooms

Whole Wheat Ricotta Gnocchi & Herbed Mushrooms

I haven’t had much luck with making homemade pasta in the past.  I’ve tried and even had my own pasta making press at one point, but I found it super challenging and lots of work.  But NOW that I’ve discovered whole wheat ricotta gnocchi and I’m […]

Homemade marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes

Homemade marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes

Don’t know what to do with all those tomatoes that your garden produces?  Or maybe you simply want to make a fresh from scratch homemade marinara sauce?  Whatever reason, this recipe is all you need for your next pasta night!! Now you may be thinking […]

Learning how to make perfect pizza dough

Learning how to make perfect pizza dough

I love to cook and for the most part I manage to get by and do a decent job.  I have been cooking since I was a teenager, but I never had any formal culinary training.  But I have been fortunate to be surrounded by […]

Cooking a healthy meatless lasagna

Cooking a healthy meatless lasagna

Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort foods. I think it’s the combination of pasta and cheese into a hearty casserole dish.  This meatless lasagna is so good and to be honest, pretty easy to make.  It combines loads of vegetables layered with tomato sauce, […]

Veggie Parmesan Stacks + Balsamic Infused Onions

Veggie Parmesan Stacks + Balsamic Infused Onions

The inspiration for today’s recipe, Veggie Parmesan Stacks, is your traditional Italian fave, Eggplant Parmesan.  However in this recipe I leave out the the breadcrumbs which also eliminates the step of frying or baking the eggplant first. These veggie parmesan stacks work perfectly for a […]

Easy Fresh Basil Marinara Sauce

Easy Fresh Basil Marinara Sauce

Pasta and a great tasting marinara sauce is a quick and easy meal to throw together and a comfort food favorite for me.  This easy fresh basil marinara sauce has many uses. Pair it with traditional pasta or try it with another grain-based pasta, such […]