Pasta Primavera

It has finally started to feel like spring in DC.  The cherry blossoms have bloomed; the sun has mostly decided to make its presence known; outdoor happy hours and brunch are popping back up.  Since it finally feels appropriate, I wanted to make something springy for our family dinner this past Sunday. Here enters pasta…

Chicken Parmesan

Valentine’s Day was this week.  I was too busy to do much of anything, but my gift to myself was to get in five miles of aerobic exercise on Thursday after work.  I’ve been so stressed with work and life that it can feel hard to take the time to do things to take care…

Chickpea/Lentil Pasta

I took a much needed break from writing these past couple weeks.  It has been a very busy month for me between work and some pressing personal deadlines.  I love writing for my blog more than I could ever explain, but I knew if I didn’t hit pause, I was going to accomplish what I…

Bolognese and Pappardelle

These posts have been taking me awhile to write recently.  I have been having some health problems (especially with migraines) and it has been difficult for me to get through my days at work, let alone sit down and write a post.  It makes me a bit sad because this blog brings me so much…

Gluten Free Ravioli

Although it may be a bit tedious and exhausting, making homemade pasta is becoming my new favorite hobby.  When my dear friend, Ashley, had said she hadn’t had ravioli in years because she can’t ever find them gluten free, I knew I just had to fix that for her.  I said to give me a…

Pasta Fest

I haven’t posted in over a week, but it isn’t because I went away.  It was because I was vigorously preparing for the biggest (and by far my favorite) Catie Cooks project since I started this blog three months ago.  This occurred on Sunday evening, but I have been spending this whole week making sure…

Gallo’s Italian Villa – Neshannock Township

The final stop on my culinary nostalgia during vacation was dinner at Gallo’s Italian Villa in Neshannock Township.  I wanted some of that classic, New Castle Italian American food before I left.  I had a serious craving for some cavatelli. Cavatelli (or cavats as we say in Little Italy) are my all-time favorite pasta.  They…