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Pasta and Peas Please!

30 Dec

Happy holidays!

I came home the morning of Christmas Eve and stayed until the 27; I was fortunate enough to get both Christmas Eve AND the day after Christmas off of work! More time home is always better than one night :).

We had family over on Xmas Eve..

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Lots of food, drinks, and good times it was! I don’t have a large family so it’s manageable to get everyone in one place. We had ham, potatoes, roasted carrots, rolls, and salad for dinner. A cheesecake platter and Bartram House Bakery carrot cake was for dessert! Seriously. If you live near one, I highly recommend trying this cake! It’s TO DIE.

Christmas day was spent at my Aunt Christy’s house; we go over there every year for lunch. It was so nice to be able to come home for the holidays!

I spent a majority of my time being extremely domesticated; ran errands, did laundry, cooked, and painted my nails (that counts). We always have so much ham afterwards, and rather than ham sandwiches for days, my mom likes to incorporate it into Pasta and Peas! This is one of those recipes that doesn’t follow a “recipe”..it’s more like a little bit of this and some of that.

Pasta and Peas:

  • chop 1/2 of a large, white onion
  • ~2-3 cups of chopped ham
  • 1 bag of frozen peas
  • 2 large jars of marinara sauce
  • ~1/2c. whipping cream
  • 2(16 ou.) boxes of pasta, cooked
  1. add a little EVOO to a high pan, cook onions until they’re translucent (~5 minutes).
  2. add chopped ham, cook through (~2-3 minutes).
  3. add peas and marinara sauce.
  4. salt and pepper to taste.
  5. combine cooked pasta and ham mixture.
  6. pour into a sprayed, large baking dish.
  7. sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
  8. bake at 350degrees for ~25-30 minutes (to heat through).

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This is a comfort dish X 10! So nice to eat it surrounded by family :).

Slutty Brownies

4 Mar

Happy Sunday!

I’m back in Pittsburgh for Spring Break and the weather is actually not bad! Sunny skies and warm running weather yesterday, breezy but bearable and off/on sunshine today; can’t complain for March temperatures like this :-).

Every time I come home, my mother and I vie for the daily crossword puzzle; we’re both obsessed with word puzzles! Call me crazy but ever since I’ve started doing them, my vocabulary has advanced. Maybe it’s what I use to justify to everyone who calls me a nerd but I’m sticking to it! As I was flipping through the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, I came across an article celebrating the Oreo and it being around for a century. (Read the article-it’s very comical!)
It’s only appropriate to celebrate this American cookie with a recipe; but not just any-old recipe. This calls for a brownie; but not just any-old brownie..I’m talking a brownie recipe that ignores the standard ingredients; one that calls for so much butter you have to make a special trip to the store for; one that uses every measuring cup in your pantry; one that lures everyone in your household into the kitchen..

(Drumroll please) Slutty Brownies!

Now you may be thinking “for someone preaching healthy recipes and fitness, this seems contradicting,” but everything in moderation! I’m not telling you to sit there and eat the entire batch in one sitting (but if you do, I don’t judge 😉 ). Share with coworkers, family, and friends; treat yourself for all of your hard work by indulging a little.

Ingredients: Brownie layer

  • 10T. butter
  • 1 1/4cups sugar
  • 3/4cups cocoa powder
  • 1/2t. salt
  • 2t. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2cups flour

Cookie Dough layer 

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/4cup brown sugar
  • 3/4cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4t. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4cups flour
  • 1/2t. salt, baking soda, and baking powder
  • 1cup chocolate chips

16 Oreos 

1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in sugar and cocoa powder. Remove from heat and add salt, vanilla extract, eggs, and flour- stirring until everything is incorporated. Sit aside.
2. Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add in salt, vanilla extract, and egg (make sure to scrap down the sides of the bowl!). Carefully stir in flour.
3. Preheat oven to 350degrees. Spray a 9X9 baking dish with cooking spray. Pour cookie dough batter first, spreading it out so it lays evenly (push into the corners). Layer the Oreos on top, not overlapping them. Pour brownie batter on top. 
4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the knife comes out of the brownie clean.

The verdict? AH-MAZ-ING! They’re on the denser side so a little brownie goes a long way.

Happy Birthday Oreo!

Now off to watch the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers face-off with my daddy :)!

Small Piece of Heaven

3 Jan

If you’re craving chocolate, these molten cakes are the answer! They’re creamy, rich and decadent yet light enough that they won’t leave you feeling like a balloon. With minimal ingredients and preparation, these cakes really are a piece of heaven.


  • 1/2c + 2T. sugar
  • 2T. + 2t. cocoa powder
  • 1/4c milk
  • 1ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 1/2T. butter
  • 5T. flour
  • 1/8t. salt
  • 1 whisked egg white
  • 1/2t. vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips, York peppermint patties, Reese’s cups, M&M’s-anything goes here!

Prep: preheat oven to 350degrees. using 4 custard cups, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle sugar on the bottom of the custard cup and along the sides.

  1. combine sugar, cocoa and milk in a saucepan coated with cooking spray. bring to a boil and add the chocolate and butter, stirring with a whisk until the sugar dissolves. remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. to the chocolate mixture, whisk in the flour, salt, egg white and vanilla.
  3. pour enough of the chocolate mixture into the 4 custard cups to cover the bottom. add your choice ingredient(s). pour the rest of the chocolate mixture evenly on top.
  4. bake for 20 minutes.

Delicious, eh? These are one of my family’s FAVORITE desserts! They’re great for entertaining too because you can make them earlier in the day then heat them up right before serving. A little ice cream on the side won’t hurt either :).