a NEW photo and NEW recipes to try


Happy Tuesday!

How do you you like these pasta “curtains” from this pastry shop in Portovenere Italy? I thought it was clever! I loved snapping photos of the every-day nuances of each of the countries we visited.  I should have remembered to take more pics of PEOPLE in our group though!

So now I’m in the mood for pasta! Here’s some recipes I want to try soon:

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells because we LOVE broccoli at our house!


Cream Cucumber Pasta Salad because a co-worker gave us some fresh cuks that we need to use up, and this looks so fresh and yummy!


AND, I need to make some manicotti because it freezes well for those nights I need a quick dinner.  But I think I’ll try cooking it in the crock pot.  What if I had some in the freezer and then just stuck them in the crock pot in the a.m. before work?  I’ll let you know how that turns out! 🙂

Crockpot No-Boil Manicotti


Have a great day!  Do or COOK something NEW!

NEW Salad Recipes


Our family went to a get-together last Friday evening and we were assigned to bring a salad.  So, I took this easy/yummy Italian Veggie Pasta Salad.  BUT…OH.MY!  All the other salads that were there were also soooooo yummy!  I wanted recipes for ALL of them!  I noted the ingredients in one particularly scrumptious salad and then came home and searched for a recipe with similar ingredients.  I think I came pretty close to finding it and I made it for dinner on Sunday.  I need to do that more often!…because  I scored!  Here are both recipes:

Italian Veggie Pasta Salad

1 package colored spiral pasta; Your choice of vegetables (I used broccoli, cauliflower, grape tomatoes, yellow pepper and baby carrots).  Boil pasta and mix together with all chopped up veggies; pour 1/2 to full bottle of Bernstein Italian Dressing over pasta and veggies.  Chill at least 2 hours.


Chicken Pasta Salad

2 – 8oz packages of bowtie pasta

1 cup celery – chopped

1 can pineapple tidbits – drained

2 cans mandarin oranges – drained

1 -12.5 oz canned chicken (or chopped cooked chicken)

1 package craisins

2 cups grapes (red or green)

1 cup cashews

1 bottle Kraft coleslaw dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise

Cook the pasta and drain.  Place in a large bowl.  Add all the ingredients and mix well.  Delicious! Serves 15-25