Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

When I began planning this year’s #HunkiedorieHarvestParty I knew I wanted to step up my game and change the menu as much as I could from the previous year. I usually try to have the following in my menu: Appetizers Soup Salad Chicken/Poultry Beef Vegetarian/Pasta 1-2 Sides Dessert A few weeks ago I posted my beef option, the Herb Crusted Prime Rib. My sister is … Continue reading Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Stuffed Shells

This is probably one of my signature dinners. It’s nothing exciting but it tends to be something that my friends request pretty frequently. It is always guaranteed for both my birthday and my friend Ali’s birthday. This past weekend Ali rented a cabin in Hayward for her and a group of friends to celebrate her birthday over the weekend. I have to say it was one … Continue reading Stuffed Shells

Oven Roasted Marinara Sauce

After having such great success with my Oven Roasted Salsa I felt it only made sense to try making my own marinara sauce using the same process.  It turned out amazing and was great tossed with mini meatballs and cheese ravioli later that night for dinner. Ingredients: 6-8 Tomatoes (quartered) 4 Cloves Minced Garlic 1 Yellow Onion Chopped 1/4 C. Chopped Basil 1/8 C. Chopped Rosemary … Continue reading Oven Roasted Marinara Sauce


This Monday my Dad and I celebrated the last day of our Father Daughter Bonding Week by going out to dinner at Roma. Roma is a local hotspot, it’s always packed and I have heard nothing but wonderful things in the past. We pass this restaurant all the time on our way to church and decided that it was time we stopped in. The parking … Continue reading Roma

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

This is my mom’s all time favorite pasta. With its nice light and zesty dressing and fresh basil accents it is the perfect side dish for any summer meal. I love being able to use my Burpee Cherry Tomatoes and fresh Basil from my garden during the summer months Ingredients: 1 C. Olive Oil 1 T. Butter Juice of 1 Lemon 1/4 C. Red Wine Vinegar 3 … Continue reading Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

Ingredients: 4-6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 4 Garlic Cloves (minced) 1 T. Fresh Basil (julienned) 2 T. Fresh Rosemary (chopped) 1 t. Onion Powder 1/2 Yellow Onion (diced) 1/2 C. Balsamic Vinegar 1/4 C. Olive Oil 1/2 Jar Sun Dried Tomatoes 1 Can Sliced Mushrooms Directions: Place all ingredients in your crock-pot and cook on low heat for six hours. Serve over Fried Parmesan Orzo. Continue reading Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ziti

My sister is still going strong with her vegetarian lifestyle which is starting to become a real challenge for me. I’m not a veggie lover and for me the more meat in a meal the better. I love that her new lifestyle choice has made me step outside my comfort zone and try different recipes. With this baked ziti I was able to split the casserole between … Continue reading Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ziti

144 Chicken Pasta

Ingredients: 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (cut into 1 inch cubes) 3 Garlic Cloves (minced) 1 Small Jar Sun Dried Tomatoes (Chopped) 3 T Sundried Tomato Oil (drained from jar) 2 T. Olive Oil 1 1/2 C. Half & Half 1 Box Penne Pasta 1 1/2 C. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese 1/2 C. Shredded Parmesan Cheese 3 t. Italian Seasoning 1 T. Paprika 1 T. Chili … Continue reading 144 Chicken Pasta