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Pasta with Beans & Escarole.

So, this past weekend I was at the Wrentham Outlets & of course stopped at my favorite store Williams-Sonoma. i love it there! There are so many things I wanted it was hard for me to leave! I did buy a calzone mold though 🙂 haha. Tonight I tried a recipe that I found on the William-Sonoma site that looked tasty, and tasty it was!


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 oz. pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 1 head escarole, cored and trimmed, leaves cut into strips
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 oz.) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3/4 lb. small ditali pasta

Serves: 6

Start with the sauce, in a large fry pan over low heat & warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-low, add the bacon and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to medium, add the escarole and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, beans, marjoram and red pepper flakes and season with salt. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the beans are heated through, about 5 minutes.

It was very important to soak the escarole, in order to remove dirt.

While making the sauce, you should have a pot of water boiling for the pasta;add salt. Add pasta to the water when it boils, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the pasta is al dente, according to the package instructions. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to combine. Warm briefly over low heat to blend the flavors. Add as much of the cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce and serve immediately.



Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Pasta, by Julia della Croce (Oxmoor House, 2006).



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Happy Birthday to ME!

On September 2nd I turned 24, awww I’m getting old! I had a wonderful birthday this year, it was alot of fun with friends & family 🙂 My birthday fell on a Thursday this year, so my cousin Mikara decided to have everyone over for a birthday dinner party (isn’t she cute)! It was wonderful she decorated her apartment, cooked & even had goodie bags 🙂 My sister Taia made three beautiful cakes & cupcakes. They both really outdid themselves!  It was a birthday for a princess indeed 😉 A special thank you to everyone who made my birthday extra special!

Mikaras apartment decorated so cute!

Happy Hour 🙂

Mikara cooking up a storm 🙂


Prosciutto/Spinach/Breadcrumb Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Tortelli Pasta & Salad.

Taias baking! Strawberry Cake with Fresh Strawberries & Vanilla Cake with fresh blueberries!

Birthday Wish!

One Year Older=One Year Wiser 🙂

Thanks Again ❤ 

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Skillet Angel Hair & Turkey Meatballs!

After a long day of nothing but rain ugh, I was definitely in the mood to come home and cook! I was in the mood for angel hair & turkey meatballs (turkey meatballs=less fat) were trying to eat healthy over here! 🙂 Tonight I made a fast sauce with tomatoes, garlic & chickpeas. It was very tasty, try it!

What you will need for the meatballs:

1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey

1/4 cup of italian breadcrumbs

1/2 cup of grated parm. cheese


1/2 cup of fresh parsley

2 tablespoons of milk

2 eggs


Take all your ingredients, except oil & place in a mixing bowl.

Make sure to wash your hands, of course, & mix ingredients together.

Heat oil in a skillet on medium & start rolling meat into little balls (whichever size your prefer)

Cook meatballs in the skillet for 3 minutes or longer on each side, until fully cooked.

When they are finished you can eat them plain or add them to your marinara sauce!

Moving on to the pasta…

What you will need:

1 pound of angel hair pasta

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 small can of peeled whole tomatoes


1/2 teaspoon basil

fresh parsley

1 can of chickpeas

1/2 of grated cheese

3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar


4 cloves of garlic
Serves : 5

In a large skillet, heat oil on medium. Add garlic and tomato, cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.In a separate pot start boiling water for the pasta.

Next add salt & pepper, basil, can of chickpeas drained & some chopped fresh parsley.

Cook for 8 minutes. When water is boiling, add angel hair cook for 5-7 minutes.

When pasta is done, drain & add to the sauce skillet; cook for 4 more minutes.

After 4 minutes, pour pasta & sauce into a serving bowl. Add cheese & 3 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar,mix together. Balsamic Vinegar is the secret ingredient, I’ve never tried this before in a pasta sauce but let me tell you it makes a difference! yum.

Dinner is ready!

buon appetito!!!


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Crazy for Alfredo.

Tonight’s dinner was a special request by Taia, Crazy Alfredo. One of our favorite restaurants at home serves Crazy Alfredo. What it is, is a bow tie pasta with Alfredo sauce & sliced peppers, chicken and salami. I did not have time make my Alfredo sauce from scratch, but if you have time definitely use your own. Here is my take on Crazy Alfredo, hope you enjoy!

What you will need:

  • 4 chicken cutlets
  • 1 pound of bow tie pasta
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 9 slices of salami
  • 2 packs of Alfredo sauce powder
  • cooking spray

Serves: 5

In a skillet on medium, cook chicken for 4 minutes on each side. When chicken is cooked, remove from heat & cut in chunks and return to skillet.

Continue cooking until chicken is no longer pink, then add sliced peppers.

Cook for 8 minutes then add salami slices and cook for 3 more minutes.

Next, prepare your Alfredo sauce (depending on the brand recipes may differ.) When sauce is prepared, add it to the chicken, pepper & salami mixture. When it comes to a boil, lower and simmer for 2 minutes.

While sauce is cooking, boil water for pasta.

When water boils, add pasta and cook for 8 minutes.

Drain pasta, in a serving bowl combine pasta with sauce mixture & dinners ready!

You’ll be going for seconds…trust me!


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Dinner Tonight: Pesto Pasta with Chicken & Tomatoes

Tonight my sisters & I were in the mood for pasta. Since I made a basic marinara sauce last week, I decided to switch it up. Pesto Pasta it is

What you will need:

  • 1 pound of fettuccine
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 4 chicken cutlets
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup of prepared pesto

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta, about 12 minutes. While you are waiting for pasta to cook season the chicken with salt & pepper or your favorite chicken seasoning .

In a medium skillet add 1 teaspoon of oil, cook chicken over medium-high heat until lightly browned and firm to touch, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Then add tomatoes to the skillet, add more oil if you need to and cook for 5 minutes.

While you are waiting for the tomatoes to cook & pasta to finish, cut chicken into chunks.

Drain pasta & add to a serving bowl along with the chicken & tomatoes. Add 3/4 cup of prepared pesto. Mix all ingredients together until all pasta is coated.


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