Baked Mostaccioli

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Vacation Food”. There is this Italian restaurant near my parent’s house that I visit at least once or twice a year and someone at the table almost always orders this. Does it taste better? Probably but the flavours are very different. Given that, this is really damn good and I plan on making this many many times.

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Spicy Mexican Minestrone Stew

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Italian”. Since I cook Italian food all of the time, I decided to  change things up and try kind of a Mexican-Italian fusion meal. Well, it turned out really good and there are only a few things that I would change.

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Cajun Chicken Pasta

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Cajun” and my second theme was “turn something boring into something great”. Mixing these two themes was fairly easy. I took a normal chicken pasta and let the chicken marinate for a short time in some cajun spice and the result was a mildly hot, easy, pasta dish that I would definitely make again. I think next time I might use a bit less noodles and break them up to make it easy to get all of the veggies, chicken, and pasta into one bite. Also, I would reserve some of the starchy water to help break apart the noodles.

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Chicken with Orzo

Since my last dish was more of a lunch thing, actually it was only a lunch thing and I have been eating it all week, I decided that I should probably eat dinner. But I was also feeling too lazy to go shopping for food and decided to try and cook something from what I had in my house already. Man I am glad that I did, this was incredibly easy and yet, still bursting with flavour. Continue reading “Chicken with Orzo”

Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese

This dish was prepared for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Mac and Cheese” and my second theme was “Cheese”… well that’s easy to combine. But I have made Mac and Cheese many times before so I decided to change it a little bit. Enchilada sauce, pasta, and cheese. This has all the makings to be delicious… and too be honest, it was pretty damn good. Not the best Mac and Cheese I have had but definitely a nice change.

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Spaghetti with Lamb and Italian Sausage Meatballs

This dish was prepared for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Braised” and my second theme was “Movie or Book Inspired” so I went with Se7en when one of the victims was killed by constantly eating Spaghetti and Meatballs. I was very weary of making this due to the time required to make it… That being said, it was completely worth it and worth the wait. The meatballs were very tender, packed with flavour, and completely melted in your mouth. The sauce was pretty good too. Not the best I have had but I would have no problem eating it over and over. My girlfriend even said she would like me to make this again. No problem!

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Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad

Today I was craving a salad and pasta so I decided to mix the two together. This is a super easy and delicious salad that I could have for a side, lunch, or dinner. Plus it is extremely versatile, I just happened to used what I had in my kitchen. The next time I make it, I will definitely experiment a little more like adding Edamame.

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