Best of Basic · Gluten-Free · Italian · Lighten Up · Main Dishes · Quick & Easy · Side Dishes · Vegan Optional · Vegetarian

Best of Basic: Loaded Italian Pasta Salad

Is it possible that June is already coming to an end? Fine by me, because I’ll be spending the first days of July on vacation. A glorious 10 day vaca in a remote area of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada, it’s pretty much my favorite place on earth. You see, my extended family owns a… Continue reading Best of Basic: Loaded Italian Pasta Salad

Dinner · Healthy · Italian · Lunch · Main Dishes

Cheap & Easy: Eggplant Parm Melts

Moving is the worst. It doesn’t matter how exciting the prospect of a new home is, when it comes time to move, misery is the prevailing emotion. That’s how it is for me, at least. Also contributing to the misery is the fact that I need things to be perfectly organized and scheduled, and when… Continue reading Cheap & Easy: Eggplant Parm Melts

Dinner · Italian · Main Dishes · Sauces & Spreads

Veggie Bolognese Sauce

Two weeks of doing nothing over the holidays was quickly forgotten as soon as I stepped into work last Monday morning. I guess I can’t really say I was surprised. I work in design operations for a luxury designer, and the name of the game is pretty much consistent chaos. So although I can’t be surprised,… Continue reading Veggie Bolognese Sauce

Dinner · Italian · Sauces & Spreads · Vegan

Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce

At this very minute, I’m relaxing on my parents’ couch watching Lord of the Rings and eating everything in sight, without a care in the world. Matt and I have been  in St. Louis for about a week to celebrate Christmas with my family. From the Holiday Lights Festival in the St. Louis Botanic Gardens to… Continue reading Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce

Dinner · Healthy · Homemade Takeout · Italian

Vegetarian Italian “Sausage” & Fresh Mozzarella Subs

By the time I get out of work, take the subway home to Brooklyn, run an errand or two, decompress for a minute, and make a satisfying dinner, it’s already time to start thinking about bedtime. It’s not like I’m a working-world-newbie, I’ve been out of college for over 4 years now. But to be… Continue reading Vegetarian Italian “Sausage” & Fresh Mozzarella Subs

Dinner · Gluten-Free · Healthy · Italian · Lunch · Main Dishes

Light and Healthy Zucchini Parm Quinoa Bake

For me, healthy meals are those made with quality, whole, and, when available, organic ingredients; I never eat trans-fats (ew) or foods that contain ingredients I can’t pronounce. By this definition, I try to be “healthy” at every meal. On the other hand, when I’m being “light and healthy”, it means that I’m following my… Continue reading Light and Healthy Zucchini Parm Quinoa Bake

Breakfast · Brunch · Egg Dishes · Italian

Tomato and Basil Baked Egg Cups

While scanning the kitchenware aisles at Target this past weekend, as simple and unassuming jumbo muffin tin caught my eye, I was instantly inspired. Because Matt and I had just discussed cracking down on our budgets and making most meals at home (very difficult when living in the craziness of NYC), my first thought was… Continue reading Tomato and Basil Baked Egg Cups