Naptime Everyday: Recipes for Everyday Cooking and Baking

Italian Sausage Lasagna

Easiest Italian Sausage Lasagna

One of our favorite everyday meals lately has been lasagna. I have a few variations I make, but basic beef are still our favorite. I like to switch up the flavor now and then so sometimes I try out a new meat or seasoning. It doesn’t always go over, but recently I tried something that […]


A Taste of Home this Season

I am a nester when winter comes around. When the temperature dips I am all too happy to stay at home and snuggle down by the fire. The food I cook definitely reflects this too. While I try not to indulge too much, I am very happy to trot out our favorite macaroni and cheese […]

Simple Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Simple Curried Butternut Squash Soup

I’ve been all about simple soups this fall. I like to combine a few strong flavors, pureĆ© them until smooth, and enjoy a bowl of comfort for our meals. I’ve never been a huge fan of curries, but combining curry with butternut squash somehow works. The warmth of the spice pairs beautifully with the natural sweetness of the vegetable and it makes for a satisfying bowl of soup that needs little adornment.

Ranch Vegetable Baked Potatoes

Ranch Vegetable Baked Potatoes

When people ask me for the simplest side dish on the planet, I recommend baked potatoes. There is hardly anything easier than baking a potato and slathering it with some butter for a quick bite. Sometimes, I like to take them up a notch and fill them with seasoned vegetables and a little cheese. This […]

Cozy Fireplace Dinners with Ristorante Pizza

Cozy Fireplace Dinners with Ristorante Pizza

One of the things my husband and I most look forward to each fall is the first fire of the season. After a long, busy summer it is nice to get back into the routine of staying in and enjoying the warmth of our hearth. On school nights we are usually busy with activities until sundown so one of my favorite things to do is feed the kids and put them to bed on the earlier side. Then I light a fire, pour some wine, slip a pizza in the oven and hunker down for a cozy night in.

Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies

Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies

Time to end the week on a sweet note. These soft gooey cookies are just the thing to kick off your fall baking fun. I made them last week when my daughter requested a change from everyday chocolate chip. The batter comes together in a snap and tastes even better if you are able to let it rest overnight before baking it. We used butterscotch chips because they are a recent favorite of ours. These are best enjoyed with a big glass of milk!

Tomato and Fennel Soup

Tomato & Fennel Soup

Fall is the start of soup season in our house. Out goes gazpacho and in comes cozy smooth soups full of texture in flavor. This is the season I also find myself ordering soup when I am at restaurants in lieu of a starter salad. I love how it warms me up and prepares my palate for an exciting meal.

Cheesy Beef Baked Ziti

Family Classic: Cheesy Beef Baked Ziti

Today I am stopping in with a classic, and super easy, casserole recipe for dinner tonight. This has become a staple in our house recently. Both my children eat it readily and it is a nice break from their favorite spaghetti and meatballs. I also find it a snap to pull together in the morning when both (!) my children are at school. I mix it all up and stick it in the fridge to bake that evening.

The Pasta Sauce Plan | The Naptime Chef

Back-to-School Pasta Dinners with Ragu

It is hard to believe that summer is almost over. This one felt particularly short for some reason. I am so grateful for all the fun we managed to squeeze into our 10 week break, but I wish we had a couple of more to look forward too before we get back in the school routine. However, since I do not decide the school calendar I have to face back-to-school organization and get to work whether I like it our not. Clothes, school supplies, sports equipment, and more all need to be acquired and organized. Summer clothes can be put away, hair needs to be trimmed, and the pantry needs to be stocked.

4 Ingredient Cheesey Herbed Biscuits | The Naptime Chef

4 Ingredient Cheesy Herbed Biscuits with King Arthur Flour + Giveaway!

Hot, buttery, flakey biscuits, saturated with a fresh pat of salty butter, are one of my most favorite things to eat. This is precisely the reason that I don’t make them too often. I could easily eat a whole batch myself and outgrow my pants in a flash while doing so. Instead, I do my best to practice restraint and only make them once in a while. And when I make them, I make them count.

Chocolate Custard Ice Cream

Chocolate Malt Frozen Custard

This summer has been a busy one and I haven’t been using the ice cream maker as much as I usually like to. However, last week I did manage to break it out once and whip up this delicious frozen custard to cope with a heat wave. My husband and I love classic malt flavor so I chose to make this because I knew it would be so appreciated while we sweat it out during the day.

Coffee Rubbed Steak | The Naptime Chef

Quick Coffee Rubbed Steak

Coffee Rubbed Steak | The Naptime Chef

Coffee rubbed steak has become a real favorite of ours this summer. I’ve been using the recipe from my latest cookbook, The Family Calendar Cookbook, and we’ve been loving it. It is simple and can be thrown together in minutes. We like the way the coffee and touch of sugar caramelize in the heat and create a crust around the steak. It keeps the meat moist and tender and gives it a subtly sweet flavor.