Ingredient Spotlight: Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, Gorgonzola etc.

Today is Ingredient Spotlight: Stinky Cheese edition!

I love cheese.  Recently, I’ve encountered people who say they are embarrassed to admit they eat cheese.  I say that’s crazy.  I refuse to be embarrassed by my fondness for cheese.  Life’s too short to waste time on such a small thing.  Besides, there are many other things I could choose to be self-conscious about.  Cheese is just not worth it.

On that note, let’s enjoy these cheeses together!  [Read more…]

Turkey Italian Sausage and Tortellini Salad


It’s not often that you can satisfy the pasta lovers, meat eaters and veggie people all with one dish.  That’s what happened when I served this meal though.  The recipe is adapted from a cookbook that my sister-in-law gave me.  She is married to a career army man.  When they were stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany (2007) she helped put together a cookbook with recipes from the families of those serving with the Vanguards 18th Infantry Regiment. That book is full of wonderful recipes, including this one.

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Bowtie Pasta with Feta and Lemon Pepper Chicken


I invented this dish many years ago by heavily modifying a Fettuccine Alfredo recipe I have.

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Bowtie Pasta with Feta and Lemon Pepper Chicken

Serves: 6-8 servings

  • 1½ - 2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1 lb. bowtie pasta
  • broccoli, cauliflower and carrots (I like to use those steam in the bag fresh kind)
  • feta cheese 6-8oz, crumbled
  • lemon pepper
  • 3-4 Tbs butter
  • 1½ – 2 cups half and half, warmed for a minute or two in the microwave
  1. Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with lemon pepper and grill it.
  2. While the chicken is grilling start the pasta cooking.
  3. Steam the vegetables in the microwave, or add to the pasta during the last few minutes of cooking.
  4. Drain pasta.
  5. Combine pasta and veggies.
  6. Add the butter and warmed half & half to the pasta. Stir in the feta.
  7. Slice finished chicken in thin strips. Serve on top of pasta.
  8. Serve with additional lemon pepper, if desired.


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