Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto | The Suburban Soapbox

Cheese Tortellini tossed with Italian sausage, pesto and pine nuts make a flavorful and quick dinner.  One skillet cooking makes clean up a breeze. Carbs are the best!  Don't you agree?  They're even better when stuffed with cheese.  Because everything's better with cheese.  And bacon but I didn't use bacon today.  I stepped it up and threw in some sausage.  Sausage is my bacon.  I love it more than any other pork product out there.  Crumbled....linked....patties....it's all so yum.  And … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew | The Suburban Soapbox

The most amazing slow cooker recipe, ever.  This hearty Chicken Marsala Stew will quickly become a family favorite and is ready to eat when you walk in the door after a busy day.  Lighter and more heart healthy than many stew recipes, you won't feel weighed down after eating a bowl.  Room for dessert! According to Facebook, school has started everywhere....but here.  It's still summer in my 'hood.  The kids are still riding their bikes through the neighbors landscaping and sucking every … [Read more...]

Easy Bolognese French Bread Pizza

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Rich, meaty bolognese sauce spread on toasted, garlic bread and topped with cheese.  This Bolognese French Bread Pizza is ready in minutes and perfect for those nights when schedules don't synch up leaving everyone to eat at staggered times.   This is the time of year when we start to get crazy.  I'm bracing for it....however, I know it's not going to happen this year.  Katie graduated in June and doesn't start school until September 22.  We are in a lull.  But because, for the past 18 … [Read more...]

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp AND a Calphalon Giveaway

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp | The Suburban Soapbox

Store-bought pesto tossed with pasta, peas and pine nuts are perfect on their own.  Top with grilled shrimp and this is suitable for entertaining those last-minute dinner guests! My foodie friend, Colleen from Souffle Bombay, was thinking about just what cookbook it was that made her fall in love with cooking recently, then she decided to ask the same question to a number of her foodie friends, myself included, and #CookbooksandCalphalon was born!  Enjoy 17 food bloggers stories as well … [Read more...]

Bacon “Lettuce” and Peach Sandwich with Basil Mayo

Bacon Lettuce and Peach Sandwich with Basil Mayo | The Suburban Soapbox

Sweet peaches are the perfect stand-in for tomatoes in this remake of everyone's favorite BLT.  Plain Jane lettuce is also replaced with peppery arugula to make one deliciously easy summer sandwich! I was smacked in the face the other day with the harsh reality that summer is not going to last forever.  What I mean is....I was, literally, smacked in the face with a decorative witch at the grocery store.  Yep...I walked right into it while rushing to the laundry detergent aisle and was … [Read more...]

Easy Classic Lobster Rolls

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Skip the overpriced restaurant version and make your own Lobster Rolls at home.  A much more cost-effective way to enjoy this classic New England treat.  Lightly dressed in lemon mayo and melted butter, served on a toasted roll and sprinkled with chives....this is what summer is all about. I LOVE the beach.  I, seriously, think I was born with sand between my toes.  There's nothing more relaxing to me than a beach vacation.....the food, the sand, the ocean and a good book.  But mostly the … [Read more...]

Golden Beet and Whipped Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Mint Pesto

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A beet salad that's as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.  Creamy goat cheese is whipped until light and fluffy and then stacked with a roasted golden beet.  The Walnut Mint Pesto is the perfect topper for this easy to make and easy to impress dish. Beet and Goat Cheese Salad is pretty much a summer staple.  It’s on every restaurant menu and, as simple as it is, many people don’t make it at home.  Which is surprising, given the number of friends I know that absolutely go bananas over … [Read more...]

Open-Faced Pulled Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

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These easy to make sandwiches require very little prep time!  The chicken is made in the slow cooker and takes only two ingredients....no browning required.  A few minutes of assembly and some time under the broiler make them the best for busy weeknight dinners. You know those days....the days that go horribly wrong and all you want is something comforting to eat.  Those days that you were late to work because you may have overslept but still didn't get enough sleep because that was the … [Read more...]

Spicy Corn Chowder with Bacon

Spicy Corn Chowder with Bacon | The Suburban Soapbox

Sweet corn and jalapeños give this summertime chowder an extra spicy kick.  Salty bacon and Cojita cheese take it over the top.  Pair with a side salad and dinner is ready in under 30 minutes.  There's nothing better than summer corn.  Like tomatoes and peaches, sweet corn is one of those things that I wait for all year.  Inevitably, I get impatient when I start seeing it in the store.....already shucked and wrapped in plastic.  All signs point to "Don't you dare put that in your cart" … [Read more...]

Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata

Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata | The Suburban Soapbox

Ripe, juicy tomatoes and creamy, tangy goat cheese top a flaky pastry dough to create a savory crostata.  An easy and light summer dinner ready in minutes.  Pair with a green salad and this dish is great for entertaining. Summer tomatoes are here.  In all their perfect glory, they are finally here.  This is the only time of year I will eat a fresh tomato and I definitely try to get my fill.  Tomato sandwiches.  Check.  Tomato Bisque. Check.  Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata.....checkity … [Read more...]