What's cookin'?

Oh, hello there friends. This week, I have some visitors coming, so I decided to put a fun morning treat on the menu! EEK, I'm kind of nervous to bake though...not the best baker and we have high altitude here in Denver -- that's my excuse!! :)

Pesto Cavatappi
Shopping list:
grape tomatoes
curly noodles
olive oil
parmesan cheese

I made this dish a few times, so I basically made it my own. I love to make my own pesto and it's easy (and inexpensive). All you do is blend/food processor basil, walnuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil. The noodle part is easy. Just boil the noodles and while thats happening sauté the mushrooms and tomatoes (cut the tomatoes in half) in oil. Add all the ingredients together and you got yourself a yummy dish!

Tuscan Bean Soup
Shopping list:
yellow onion
cannellini beans

Tis the season for some yummy soups and I am up for trying new recipes!! This one looks quite delightful! 
Image from Saveur

Chocolate Biscuits
Shopping list:
Dark chocolate
unsalted butter

Sounds simple, but I am still nervous to bake! This will be a great challenge for me either way! 
Image from Bakerella

Happy cookin'
Aneta Nina
PS - the best part is that my grocery list was under $70 for the week!! and I even purchased fruits and veggies for our lunches. i'm telling ya these planned meal are saving us big $$$$$!

What's cookin'?

This summer was a busy one - it literally flew past me. And now, we are all embracing the crisp fall air while drinking our pumpkin lattes (at least I am).

Fall also means a slower pace in my personal life. I am finally bringing back my "try new recipe" initiative that was placed on hold for a bit.

So, I am dedicating Monday's posts to FOOD and RECIPES. I want to share with you the new recipes that I am trying....try them with me! I'll be fun - I promise!

1. Chopped Autumn Salad - http://espressoandcream.com/2010/11/autumn-chopped-salad.html
This salad is easy and very yummy! It's our "welcome fall" staple. Ben and Sharon had a taste the other night....and well, they left with some to go :)

Photo from Espresso and Cream
 2. Stuffed Zucchini - http://www.kayotic.nl/blog/stuffed-zucchini
I have not made a stuffed zucchini, but I am pretty excited to cook this up....
Photo from Kayotic Kitchen

 3. Penne with Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/penne-with-butternut-squash-and-goat-cheese-recipe/index.html
Tis the season for some squash...this will be a nice noodle dinner dish change up
Photo taken in my kitchen...
Happy cooking!

With joy,
Aneta Nina