pasta with tomatoes and mozzarella

January 24th, 2020 · 3 Comments

Sometimes the simplest meals are the best.  Really, when you have pasta, chicken, good cheese and tomatoes, do you really need much else?  Probably not.  This site has been really focused on dessert recipes lately, and while I love a great recipe for candy or cookies or cake as much as the next girl (probably more, in fact), every once in a while I have to throw in something healthy and substantial.

Also, for those of you who commented on last week’s Splurge or Steal post, the “Steal” cocktail ring is the one on the right!  It’s $4.80 from Forever 21.  The other is gorgeous too, and it’s from Max and Chloe, available here.  Enjoy!

Pasta with Tomatoes and Mozzarella Recipe


1 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into strips
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp capers
1 pound chicken breast, cooked and cut into pieces
12 ounces rotini pasta


Mix tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, capers and oil in medium bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender.  Drain the pasta and return the noodles to the pot. Add the chicken and the tomato mixture and toss gently over low heat, until everything is heated through.  Season with salt and pepper again and serve.

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Turkey, Tomato and Brie Panini

January 22nd, 2020 · 7 Comments

Turkey, Tomato and Brie Panini from Sugarlaws

Sometimes, the simplest meals are the best.  Bread and cheese is one of those examples, and this sandwich is only a slight step beyond that.  Perfect for lunch on a day where it’s just starting to get chilly and you want something warm and hearty that you don’t have to slave all day over.  And there’s something a little more special about paninis, compared to plain old turkey sandwiches.

The New York City marathon is in a few more weeks, and although I’m not running this year, just thinking about it makes me remember all the days of turkey salads and turkey sandwiches I ate when my vegetarian diet wasn’t cutting it.  I still eat mostly vegetarian dishes now, as I’m sure you can tell from reading this site, but I have a soft spot in my heart for all those turkey lunches.  And good luck to everyone who is running this year!

Also, in case anyone has been having trouble finding old recipes, I have *finally* updates the archives!  So check out all my old recipes here, or old style posts here.  If there’s something you’ve been trying to find and couldn’t do it using the search function, try there.

Turkey, Tomato and Brie Panini from Sugarlaws

Turkey, Tomato and Brie Panini Recipe

2 large ciabatta rolls
1/4 pound turkey
4 ounces brie cheese, sliced
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
Olive oil


Slice the ciabatta roll in half and fill with the tomatoes, brie and turkey.  Brush olive oil over the top and bottom of the sandwich, and grill in a panini press for about five minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the tops are marked.  Cut in half, and serve.

Makes 2 sandwiches.

Turkey, Tomato and Brie Panini from Sugarlaws

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maple-glazed salmon

January 8th, 2020 · 9 Comments

For the past few weeks, I haven’t done much serious cooking — although I’ve made dinner most nights, it’s usually just a really simple baked chicken or fish in a super easy (sometimes store-bought) marinade.  Takeout was a lot easier in New York, so I’ve had to adjust a little for the night when we don’t want to put much effort into dinner.

So I thought I’d share one of my easy, go-to recipes!  You probably have almost all of these ingredients in your fridge right now, so if you want, feel free to whip this one up tonight.  It only takes a few minutes!

I’ve gotten so used to running at 200% for the last few months, I almost cant get my mind around the idea of a full weekend with nothing to do.  We’re heading to the Rodeo tomorrow night, which I absolutely can’t wait for, and hopefully we’re going to start looking at houses in the next few weeks!  Today, it’s 10:30 a.m. and I’m still in bed catching up on Portlandia, trying to motivate myself to get dressed so I can go shopping.  Not a bad day so far!

Maple Glazed Salmon


4 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/8 tsp fleur de sel
Pinch of fresh ground black pepper
1/2 pound salmon


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Place salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, and coat with the maple syrup mixture. Cover the dish, and marinate salmon in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.

Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake salmon uncovered 20 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.

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