Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Third time's a charm...What's Cookin' Good Lookin'?

It's Tuesday again and I'm taking another stab at What's Cookin' Good Lookin'. Last week was a complete failure but I've got a good feeling about this week. I'm an optimist, what can I say?

What's Cookin' Good Lookin' is my attempt at a blog recipe exchange. I get tired of making the same things over and over again, and am looking to my blog friends to help spice up my life...in the kitchen. So please participate in this recipe exchange in return for some great recipes!

Here's how to join:

1) Must be a "This Life of Ours" follower to join

You can follow by clicking on the "follow" button over there ------>

2) Blog about what's for dinner in your house.

3) Scroll down to the bottom of this blog post and click on the link to enter.

4) Post your recipe and you're ready to go!

5) Every Thursday night I will make one of the entered recipes and blog about it.

***For extra super cool bonus points, put a link to What's Cookin' Good Lookin' in your blog post to help get more bloggers and recipes to join! Dinner's about to get a lot more fun!***

***If you try a recipe, leave a comment and let us know how it was***

 Here's what cooking at our house tonight: (ok this is a lie, I made it Saturday but it was so amazing I needed to share. Pardon the lack of pictures. This recipe has climbed to the hub's top 5 dish list)

Spinach Tortellini Bake

This is not my pic but it will look something like this, but much more creamy and less spinach
 Serves 4 (or 2 really hungry people- don't judge)
  • 1 lb cheese tortellini
  • 1 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 (or more if you're like me) garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free half and half
  • 1 bag of baby spinach (I use organic, not that it matters)
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese or to your liking
  • crushed spicy red pepper (optional)


  1. Pre-heat the broiler.
  2.  Place a large pot of water over high heat to boil. Once boiling, cook the pasta according to package.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, place a large skillet over medium heat with the butter. Cook the garlic in the butter until aromatic, about 1 minute, then sprinkle the flour into the butter and cook for another minute while stirring. Allow to thicken
  4. Whisk the half and half into the mixture and add parmesan little by little. Stir until mixed and add red pepper if desired. Allow to thicken.
  5. Add spinach. Cook until wilted
  6. Once sauce is thickened and tastes to your liking, add the tortellini. Coat the tortellini in sauce and mix it all up.
  7. Transfer everything to a large casserole dish and sprinkle with additonal parmesan and pepper if desired.
  8. Place under the broiler to brown, about a minute.



  1. I was worried you weren't going to do it this week! I am encouraging my blog friends to play along! I made a Chicken Tortilla casserole this week, and it is so so good and easy, too!

  2. For some reason I can't get your link to work. Maybe it is a Mac thing. Here is a link to my all time favorite couscous recipe. Enjoy!


  3. Weird! Thanks for participating :)

  4. yummy! This looks and sounds delish!

  5. I'll play next week! I'm in the middle of a move right now so things are hectic!



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