5 mouth-watering dinner recipes.

There are days when you want something warm and comforting and tasty but you’re just not in the mood to spend an entire evening in the kitchen. I feel this way at least once every week. Inevitably, the recipes that catch my eye online are usually elaborate and fancy. My Pinterest board has 5 different ways to cook up fancy Hasselback potatoes but nothing that can be put together in less than half an hour. Well, until now!

1. Jamie Oliver’s Chorizo and Tomato Salad

Chorizo-tomato-salad

Recipe courtesy: greedygourmand.blogspot.com.au

I like how this salad has a variety of flavours and textures but still really, really easy to make. Get the recipe here.

2. Classic Chicken Marsala

Classic Chicken Marsala

Recipe courtesy: www.saveur.com

Yum, right? Chicken Marsala is not very time consuming and yet the results are fancy enough for special occasions and guests. For the recipe, click here.

3. Wild Mushroom Papardelle

Wild Mushroom Papardelle

Recipe courtesy: www.loveandoliveoil.com

Butter + Mushrooms + Pasta. Such a wonderful combination of ingredients. Less effort for you, more compliments than ever! Click here for the recipe.

4. Prosciutto, Tomato and Olive Spaghetti

Prosciutto, Tomato and Olive Spaghetti

Recipe courtesy: www.tartineandapronstrings.com

Another superstar pasta recipe for you to enjoy. Get the recipe here.

5. Impossibly Easy Mini Cheeseburger Pies

Impossibly Easy Mini Cheeseburger Pies

Recipe courtesy: www.bettycrocker.com

So basically, you need to have the Original Bisquick mix and you can whip up any ‘flavour’ pie or muffin with whatever ingredients you have lying around the house. Sounds easy enough! For the recipe, click here.

5 Recipes that are Perfect for Fall!

This week, my husband was visiting Seattle and he offered to take me along. I agreed instantly since I’ve heard that it’s constantly raining in Seattle (I LOVE the rain, it makes me VERY, VERY happy).

Seattle was truly wonderful; I could spend the rest of my life shopping the produce at Pike Place Market or stuffing face at The Crumpet Shop or have bottle after bottle of wine on the deck of The Pink Door. Seattle is also very pretty on the eyes with lush greenery all around and picturesque views of the snow-capped Mount Rainier. While there was no rain whatsoever (not even a cloud in sight), it was certainly cool enough to be meatloaf-and-mashed-potatoes-with-gravy kind of weather.

Seattle

(See more photos here)

Back in the San Francisco Bay Area, the days are slowly starting to get shorter and the evenings cooler. Just as I was getting a hang of what to do with summer produce, it’s time to welcome this season’s entrants.

A few weeks ago while shopping for groceries, I came across butternut squash and I knew I HAD to pair it with sage, browned butter and some pasta at the earliest. That led me to hunt down more recipes to usher in Fall and some recipes that let me hold on to Summer just a little bit longer.

Here they are, I hope you enjoy them!

1. One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Recipe courtesy: www.kitchentreaty.com

It’s got pumpkin and pasta and it’s easy to make! It would be a crime not to make this. Click here for the recipe.

2. Mediterranean Chicken Sausage with Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean Chicken Sausage and Chickpea Salad

Recipe courtesy: www.healthyrecipeecstasy.com

Comfort food ingredients with a bold flavour. You should have most of these ingredients at hand as well. Perfect for a midweek dinner. Get the recipe here.

3. Easy Lemon Chicken Potato Casserole

Lemon Chicken Potato Casserole

Recipe courtesy: www.gimmesomeoven.com

I had to include something with potatoes. Mouthwatering, right? Here’s the recipe.

4. Creamy Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup

Creamy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Recipe courtesy: www.spoonforkbacon.com

This. With freshly baked crusty bread and olive oil. Recipe here.

5. Sautéed Mushrooms with Toasted Flatbread and Baked Eggs

Sauteed Mushrooms with Toasted Flatbread and Baked Eggs

Recipe courtesy: www.marthastewart.com

An easy, one-pot vegetarian dinner with eggs and toasty croutons. Yum! For the recipe, click here.