Homemade Pasta Sauce

Yes, it’s completely from scratch and it is much easier than you thought!  If you have a few hours to sit around and smell simmering tomato sauce, you should try this immediately.

Goes great with homemade meatballs!

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August Recipe Review

In case you missed it on Instagram… Here is a list if the recipes I tried out this week, and a photo of the results. All were quite delicious and I was so satisfied!

Sunday: One Skillet Chicken and Rice

Recipe originally from Looneyspoons. Review coming soon.

Monday: Roasted Veggies and Feta (warm salad)

Recipe originally from Looneyspoons. Review coming soon.

Tuesday: Chili Beef Lettuce Wraps

Recipe originally from Gordon Ramsay. Review coming soon.

Saturday: Cheesy Tomato Risotto and Lemon, Maple, Dill Chicken Breasts

Leftovers can be just as pretty and delicious as the first time. #thepurplemenu #whatsfordinner #leftovers

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Recipes from Gordon Ramsay (risotto) and Looneyspoons.  Review coming soon.



Baked Parmesan Potatoes

These are one of my favourite dinner side-dishes.  They are easy to make and warm up nicely the next day.  The mild, cheesy flavour makes them a good leftover even for breakfast the next day.  If you like potatoes (And who doesn’t? Really?) then you will love these!


  • 6 medium potatoes, chopped into quarters
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1.8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cheese, salt, pepper and spices.  Mix well.
  3. Melt butter into an oven safe baking pan.
  4. Dip potatoes into water, then roll them in the flour mixture.  Place them into the baking pan and bake for 1 hour.

This is a quick and easy side-dish that goes well with a meat side.  Try them with roasted pork!  I used new (juvenile/young) potatoes and they had a delicious sweet quality to them.  I highly recommend them for this dish as the time in the oven really helps bring out the sweetness.

Side note: I’ve decided that I suck at cooking pork chops (failed attempt pictured above) and will gladly accept any tips you have to add flavour!