Recipe: Smoked Sausage Rotini

This is a simple, tasty recipe the boy & I have been enjoying lately. I found it in one of my cooking magazines (yes, I get those – two, in fact) and decided to try it out. It doesn’t take long, and it’s yummy even when re-heated as leftovers – two of my criteria for favorite meals.

Smoked Sausage Rotini


  • 1 package rotini or other short spiral pasta (16 oz.)
  • 10 oz. fresh spinach*
  • 1 lb. smoked turkey sausage, sliced
  • 8 Tbsp. grated Romano cheese, plus extra for topping if desired
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

*I don’t actually have any clue how much 10oz of spinach is. I just buy a big ol’ bundle of it at the store, and pluck leaves off until my skillet is full. That’s worked for us so far. The exact amount is not critical for a recipe like this.


  1. Cook rotini according to package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, cook spinach with salt, covered, in a large skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until wilted, stirring occasionally. Drain, place aside in large bowl with pasta.
  3. In the same skillet, cook sausage in 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat 3 minutes or until brown.
  4. Add sausage, cheese, remaining oil, and pepper to the bowl with the rotini and spinach.
  5. Toss together and enjoy.
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Recipe: Fresh Fruit Tartlets

Fresh Fruit Tartlets Ingredients 1 (8oz.) package of cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup cold milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 6-count package of mini graham cracker crusts Assorted fresh fruit of your choosing Directions In a large mixing bowl, blend cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Add milk and vanilla, whisk together. Spoon mixture into tart shells. Top with sliced or whole fruits of your choice. Place on a tray and refrigerate at least a half hour. Enjoy! (leftovers are easily refrigeratable)

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D.I.Y. Simple Home Humidifier

Ever wake up on a winter morning with a sore throat, even though you’re perfectly healthy? Well, don’t fret – you’re likely not sick, just parched. The cold winter weather tends to dry out the air in a lot of homes, mine included. It also dries out my hands, but that’s another story. Anyway, if you don’t want to shell out some of your hard-earned bucks for a fancy humidifier machine, here’s a simple way to get the same humidifying effect using just a few things from your kitchen. I learned this from my mom, who used to do this […]

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