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S’ghetti Sunday

Welcome back everyone!

Or welcome back CookinFanatic I should say ;)

We had a busy fun-filled holiday weekend and not much time was spent computer-side…

We were obviously reading quality material instead ;)  Yea, don’t ask!

If you checked out my previous post, I’m sure you noticed the mountain terrain…

Well, we spent all day Saturday at Wintergreen resort – which is actually a ski lodge during the winter but has lots of great events to offer during the summer.

Including wine festivals!  And you know I was all over that ;)

How cute is this little condo?!

It was a great time followed by an all day pool party at The Man’s parents’ house yesterday… phew!  And today has been spent on the relaxation front, sometimes you gotta “recover” from a relaxing weekend – am I right or am I right?!

So tonight’s dinner definitely called for something comforting & easy – and I had just the recipe in mind. 

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

My mom made this type of s’ghetti often when I was growing up, so it’s definitely a meal that reminds me of home :)

This past weekend I picked up some local grass-fed ground beef.  This beef is top notch!

Plus some simple strained tomatoes – in a glass jar!  Bye bye canned ‘maters, sorry :(

I got out the key ingredients to any good sauce and gave them a choppin’

Garlic, onion & basil.  <3

Some other key players included olive oil, black pepper, sea salt & dried oregano.

This sauce couldn’t be easier!

First saute the onion in 1 tblsp olive oil for about 5 minutes.  Then add the ground beef and cook until done, adding the chopped garlic at the very end.  I also seasoned the meat mixture with the S&P and oregano.

Then transfer to a pot and add the tomato sauce & fresh basil.  Turn to a med-low simmer and cover, letting the flavors get happy for about 45 minutes or so.

Serve atop some whole wheat angel hair pasta and dinner is served!  Add some cheese to top if ya want too, I just wasn’t feeling it tonight ;)

Okay, well not quite yet —> don’t forget a side salad!

And now, with a full belly, it’s time to get back to reality and work tomorrow… but not without some Bachelor Pad first :P

What was your favorite part about this holiday weekend?!  Travels? Parties? Friends?

An Eggy Kinda Night

Hey hey hey!  How are ya’ll this fine summer evening? :D

I must say things are pretty good around here, and I’m so glad you loved the fresh veggies from the Farm to Family bus yesterday too (they were delicious!)

If you’re in the Richmond area I highly recommend checking the bus out, or the new store they opened just east of the city as well (I haven’t made it yet but want to soon!)

So after a much needed post-work YogaWorks Body Slim today I knew it was a good night for an easy dinner!

And what’s easier than a quick BFD??

On the menu, his and hers omelets made with these sauteed beauties!

  • 1 package sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tblsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • S&P

Just saute the onion and mushrooms in the olive oil until tender, adding some water as necessary.  Add in the fresh thyme and S&P towards the end and set veggies aside.

Next make up your omelets, 2 eggs and cheese of choice each!

The Man’s omelet consisted of said mushrooms and eggs plus some of our favorite NY natural white cheddar (still workin’ on my omelet skillz… ;) )

Served with some classic cinnamon sugar toast, it’s his fave :P

My omelet consisted of the same, except swap in some cream cheese for the filling (yes, I have no shame when it comes to the cream of cheese, I love it in eggs too!)

Served with a fresh Hanover tomato, basil, balsamic vinegar, S&P salad (one of my favorite summer dishes EVER when tomatoes are gettin’ good!) and some Italian beans.

Perfect way to end our Wednesday, maximum taste for minimum effort :)

And with that, I’m off!  We have a movie to finish watching and some relaxing to do… it’s nice to get back to a sense of normalcy this week and I’m soaking it up (creature of habit much?)

I have some fun reviews/giveaways on the horizon here shortly too… so stay tuned!

Have a fabulous night everyone, and just remember, tomorrow is already Thursday whoop whoop!