baked camembert pasta

When I made this pasta dish the other night, I immediately remembered the last time I made it. Three Christmases ago with good friends over for dinner, before we moved into our home. That’s how good this pasta is. Why then, haven’t I made it for three long years? Two reasons: Camembert can be pricy. This dish as it’s quite delectable (cheese and pasta… perhaps not the best to eat too, too often). And I really don’t repeat many-a-dishes. Okay that was three reasons, but you get my drift.

Not only is this pasta delish, but it’s easy. Heavens, it’s easy. Besides the pasta and the Camembert, there are only four other ingredients: spinach, garlic, rosemary and grated Parmesan. It also only takes about 30 minutes to throw together, including prep time. Including prep time! I can’t tell you how many “30 minute” recipes I’ve attempted that end up taking… Continue reading

crustless cheese & kale (or spinach) quiche


If you’re anything like me, you at least always have a dozen eggs on hand. And usually a block of cheese. Fresh kale is a maybe as is a bag (or box) of frozen spinach. This is an easy dinner to throw together with oodles of protein, delicious melted cheese and handfuls of hearty greens.

I’ve made this dish a few times, each time a bit different. Different greens, different cheeses, even different sized pie plates and each time the quiche tasted sublime. How can you go wrong combining eggs, cheese & yummy greens? You simply can’t. Unless you forget to crack your eggs or something silly like that.

granolalola | crustless spinach & cheese quiche

This recipe is forgiving and versatile. If I had cooked and crumbled bacon, I’d add it in a heartbeat. If I had some red peppers, I’d dice them and saute them with the onions. Your options are endless, but you can’t… Continue reading

lemon cheddar zucchini pilaf

I wasn’t sure what to call this rice dish. Cheesy Zucchini Rice sounded, well, cheesy, and Brown Rice with Zucchini & Cheese seemed a bit boring. So, I decided to highlight the wonderful hints of lemon and creamy goodness of cheddar and throw in pilaf for fun. This pilaf is perfect for summer or fall and just the dish to continue in my (unplanned) squash recipe series. It seems I could spend all autumn roasting various gourds and squash and be quite content. But don’t worry, I have only a few more dishes containing the heavenly squash that I hope still to share.

If you’re not a fan of lemon, simply omit it from the recipe. But to me, the lemon is what makes this cheesy dish unique. The grated squash and zest compliment each other wonderfully and the cheese melds everything together. I added in some chives and basil… Continue reading

chicken lasagna

Once upon a time Graham and I traveled to the far away land of Michigan. Grand Rapids, to be precise. We spent time with family and vacationed a bit. It was lovely. We saw the city, the beach, the country side, the suburbs and even went to Holland where we saw many tulips, found $10, and tried on authentic wooden shoes. We did not bring any home.

I did, however, bring home this lovely recipe for chicken lasagna. Now call me crazy, but I had never heard of, nor tried, chicken lasagna before. But then again this is coming from someone who has never even made a traditional lasagna (with ground beef) before. Instead I’ve taken to layering my lasagna sheets with venison, wild mushrooms and vegetables. So I’d say it was about time I gave chicken a chance (we’ll see about beef).

Now, let me tell you a little… Continue reading