Rigatoni w/Mushrooms or SWAT Rags

Rigatoni w/Mushrooms or  SWAT Rags

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My hubs used to be the SWAT commander for our local police department & somehow this pasta became known as “SWAT RAGS. One of his officers taught me how to make this when the hubs and I first started dating.  He was friends with a local restauranteur and this was a secret dish he made for his friends. I used to make huge pans of this stuff in my tiny apartment kitchen for SWAT team get togethers & special events. When we got married in a friend’s backyard, you better believe this dish was served. Later, we started adding grilled chicken and that was a hit, too. This dish has been a staple at the many large parties we have thrown over the years. A party is not a party without SWAT Rags. Awwww…the memories!

Creole Pasta w/Andouille Sausage

Creole Pasta w/Andouille Sausage

This is an incredibly easy dish to put together and it’s so flavorful. The creole seasoning really elevates this pasta. It’s just a great diversion from the typical Italian pasta dish. You’ll love this New Orleans inspired meal!

Irish Goulash

Irish Goulash

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! This simple & comforting pasta goulash is perfect for a little Irish celebration. Just add an Irish kiss for the cook!

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Sweet & Sour Chicken

This dish is flavorful and so easy to make. Just a few steps and you’ll be enjoying this yumminess in no time. I served mine with jasmine rice and blanched broccoli.

Carne Guisada

Carne Guisada

We have a Mexican restaurant here in town that makes the best carne guisada. I’ve studied it for years and this is as close as it gets. Enjoy!

Italian Orzo Soup

Italian Orzo Soup

This is a delicious & simple soup that can be made as a vegan version. It’s very satisfying and a great addition to your soup repertoire. Who else loves cozy soups?

Chicken (or Turkey) Spaghetti Casserole

Chicken (or Turkey) Spaghetti Casserole

This is a one of our go-to leftover Thanksgiving turkey recipes. It travels really well, so it’s something I make to deliver to our kids. Simple to prepare and it feeds a crowd. Whether you use turkey or chicken, it’s a super satisfying and cozy meal.

Glazed Miso Salmon

Glazed Miso Salmon

I was looking for an Asian recipe for making salmon and found this gem. It is originally from My Diary of Us. She has a blog and Instagram page by the same title. I made a couple of tweaks for ease of preparation. I really love this twist on baked salmon.

Summer Pasta w/Roasted Tomato Pesto, Corn, Zucchini & Feta

Summer Pasta w/Roasted Tomato Pesto, Corn, Zucchini & Feta

I made this for a family gathering and everyone went crazy over this dish. It’s great as a side dish or as the main meal. It has a few steps, but it is well worth it. The best part is that I used cherry tomatoes from my garden! This is gonna be a permanent fixture on our table. The original recipe is from Half Baked Harvest and was made with gnocchi. In addition to using pasta, I made a few other tweaks for my taste. The link to the original recipe is on the recipe.

Chicken Pastry by Mrs. Barnes

Chicken Pastry by Mrs. Barnes

This post is dedicated to all the fabulous food of black origin. Bernice “Lady Bug” Barnes is my daughter’s boyfriend’s mom. Marcus is from North Carolina and his family makes some of the most scrumptious looking dishes I have ever seen. The Barnes family has a huge family reunion each September, where many of these dishes are shared. I asked Marcus what I should make to celebrate the food he grew up with and he said it had to be Chicken Pastry. His mom usually makes this with turkey, but she explained chicken was fine, too. This is her recipe.

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