The perfect cozy meal for those cold winter nights! 

This is a beautifully executed dish that I wanted to replicate.

Beefaroni always took me back to elementary school.  As weird as it sounds, it was the only hot lunch meal I looked forward to…

Sundays at home are usually our downtime. Although, on some occasions there will be a pile of laundry to do, or some vacuuming to be had. Otherwise, it’s all about leisure cooking for me, football games for hubby, and extra computer time for the teen.

Pull up a chair.  Take a taste.  Come join us.  Life is so endlessly delicious.
Ruth Reichl

One day my youngest son, after baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies (one of his favorites), says to me, “You should make some Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies…”

A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.

Thomas Keller

So I’ve never made this before, but its been on my list of to do’s. While I didn’t quite have all the right ingredients, I managed to pull it off going by memories from childhood. Sopas is a staple comfort food—macaroni chicken soup, in the Philippines. Made of the simplest ingredients in less than an hour time.

As far back as I can remember,

my first love for sandwiches began in middle school. Freddie’s Sandwiches, the little sandwich shop that could situated on the corner of Francisco Street in San Francisco. 

Replacing some of the butter with cream cheese created cookies that are soft, thick, moist, and tender. Although you can’t taste the cream cheese, the cookies have a richness and depth of flavor. Plus there’s an abundance of chocolate in every bite. The dough can be made in advance, refrigerated, and baked as desired, up to 5 days later. A great option to have for fresh, warm cookies without having to mix up dough.

I’ve been on a cookie baking binge the past few days, and this is one of three recipes I will share with you this week.

A typical day, doing typical things…one of which was bingeing on the Cooking Channel, particularly Beach Bites with host Katie Lee.  After a couple of hours and a handful of episodes later,  I was definitely  inspired.

Humbly grateful with our gardener for the bounty of his homegrown zucchini and squash that he shares with us from time to time.  One in particular is the pattypan squash.  Thus, to satisfy my curiosity, I did some research.

We are fortunate enough to receive some organic vegetables from our friend. From fava beans, to various types of squash, to cucumbers, to zucchini. Today I’m excited to share with you a lasagna recipe I’ve never done before using zucchini.