My sister, Mia, had to create a movie for school that captures a setting. Mia chose the kitchen as the setting and asked if she could film me cooking. She captured how much time and care goes into a meal (and how little time goes into eating and enjoying the meal). Hope you enjoy!
P.s. Check out Mia’s awesome tumblr.
My in laws and sister in law flew in late last night. I made this pasta ahead of time in case they were hungry after their flight, which they all were. As I was making this pasta I told my husband that this dish screams his name. Pasta, cheese, and sausage. His name written all over it. Forget engagement chicken, this is engagement pasta. (They say if you make a classic roast chicken for your boyfriend it’ll make him propose to you.) What guy doesn’t love pasta, cheese, and sausage. After this dish, Andrew re-proposed.
1 lb penne pasta
1 lb mild Italian sausage
2 jars of pasta sauce (I used Classico Roasted Garlic, but you can also use 2 different kinds)
1 lb mozzarella cheese
Cook the pasta according to the boxes directions until al dente.
If the sausage is in casing, remove from the casing. Cook on medium high heat until browned. Using a flat spatula or wooden spoon break up the sausage into small pieces.
Preheat the oven to 350. Drain the pasta and return back to pot. Add tomato sauces, and half of the cheese. Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray and pour in the pasta. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over top.
Bake for 30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Over the weekend my family and I saw the movie Chef for Father’s Day. In the movie, John Favreau, makes a drool worthy grilled cheese. You see the melty gooey cheese and hear the crunch of the toasty bread. I just needed to make a grilled cheese after this movie. I’m going to boast for a tiny second, man oh man… it is fantastic. I had to do everything in my power to not have seconds, thirds, and fourths.
Dangerously Good Grilled Cheese (serves 2)
2 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 tsp minced garlic
4 slices grainy/nutty bread (I used Trader Joe’s California Style Sprouted Wheat)
white cheddar cheese, sliced
Mix softened butter and garlic together. Heat a large skillet over medium low heat.
Put white cheddar cheese slices on one slice of bread and turkey slices on the other. Close the sandwich and spread garlic butter on the outside of the bread closest to the cheese. Put butter side down in the pan. Spread the top slice of bread with more garlic butter. Cook each side until their golden brown and the cheese is completely melted. Enjoy and savor every single bite!