Leeks are an underrated vegetable. There, I said it. They are so yummy and not used enough. Whenever I’m in the leeky mood, this is my go-to leek recipe. It’s creamy, cheesy, and most importantly so incredibly leeky! Throw in come chicken and my favorite carb (pasta) and you have a great Friday night dinner.
Sometimes you’re going to have a busy week and need something filling that can go a long way. Butternut squash lasagna is your meal. This butternut squash lasagna was not only filling, but reheats well, making it great leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week. Don’t be intimidated by the number of steps, it is really easy to make (and easier to eat…). I’m glad I took a break from sweet potatoes to make this lasagna and I love that I can be
lazy efficient with my time by getting many meals out of this one dish. If you own one of the best vacuum sealer, saving the leftovers has never been easier. Happy Meatless Monday!
Around this time every year my company fundraises, usually with a bake sale or pot luck, for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The walk takes place right in my neighborhood and raises millions of dollars every year to support AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). This is the 30th year that AIDS Walk has taken place in L. A. and I’ve been fortunate to participate the last five years. It’s incredibly fun (although waking up super early on a Sunday can be tough if you were out late drinking many of Sharde’s apple ginger cocktail the night before), and it always feels great to give back!
So where does spaghetti pie come in? It’s been the most requested dish for the last five years at our fundraising potlucks! It’s so easy, super affordable and must I mention yummy? And what’s more fun than food shaped like pie?!
If you’re interested in donating to AIDS Walk or learning more visit http://aidswalk.net/losangeles
Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish eaten at holidays. Growing up, I had the opportunity to eat kugel with my friends celebrating Jewish holidays. I’ve been told that there’s endless variations of kugel, but one of the most common versions has raisins. I have an aversion to raisins (in that I do not like them), so I made mine with apples. If you have not had kugel before, I highly recommend giving it a try! With Yom Kippur coming up, this week is a perfect occasion to try it for breaking the fast once Yom Kippur is over (and if you aren’t observing, you can make it whenever you choose). You can eat it for breakfast or as a side dish for dinner. It is slightly sweet, noodle tastiness.
There’s nothing that beats homemade mac and cheese. If you have never made it before, once you do you will never be able to go back to the boxed kind. I’m telling you, THIS is the cheesiest. My mom makes fantastic homemade mac and cheese. Of course she does not use a recipe. Of course I compare everyone else’s to hers. A couple of years ago we were making mac and cheese for Thanksgiving and I asked if I added enough cheese. Her response? “You can never have too much cheese.” So true. I’ve really abided by that for this baked mac and cheese recipe. Minnesota is close enough to Wisconsin that I think I inherited a love for cheese from them.