Good Eats

I enjoy cooking. I wouldn’t call myself a professional chef or even a novice chef, I just like reading the recipe and making the food come together and work. Its not fun when it doesn’t work, but last night was a huge success as I tried 7 new pinterest recipes!

I have always loved pinning new recipes but rarely get to try them since most make way to much for me and my husband to eat alone. So we invited our entire families over- both sets of parents and both sets of siblings.

It was so fun getting the opportunity to cook all day and serve our families! I highly recommend each recipe below- they were all delicious!!

Without further ado, our menu is below!



  • Italian Inspired Salad (This I made up based on a compilation of salads- I had lettuce mixed with croutons, pepperoni cut into smaller slices, sliced black olives, feta cheese, and mediterranean Italian dressing…I thought it was great!)

Main Course:


So there you have it! Bon Appetite!

“Skinny” Penne Bake

Tonight I was given the opportunity to not only cook for my husband but also for one of his Army buddies from his unit. Although our time was short, the food was great and the company was greater.

The recipe I tried was from another blog called “Skinny Mom”. I stumbled across the recipe on Pinterest and had to try it! Needless to say, it was a hit! Now that we’ve tried it, I have to share with you. Bon appetite!




  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 23.25 oz jar Prego® Light Smart Traditional Italian Sauce
  • 12 oz package penne pasta
  • ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups low moisture, part-skim, shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh oregano, diced (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, diced (or 1 tsp dried)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook penne according to the package instructions for al denté, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the onion and garlic until tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. Turn down heat to medium-low. Add the entire jar of pasta sauce to the onion and garlic, stir.
  4. Drain pasta and add to pasta sauce.
  5. In a medium size bowl combine cottage cheese, ricotta, 1½ cups of mozzarella and herbs.
  6. In a 9×13 pan, add ½ pasta mixture. Then spread all of the cheese mixture evenly on top. Next, layer the remaining pasta. Sprinkle the top with the rest of the shredded mozzarella.
  7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.


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baked with love, t.