Food Is Art Too

You may not know this about me, but in addition to traditional arts and computer art, I also love the culinary arts. I can sew a button to save my life but I can cook and paint and use the computer! Anyway, I've been getting back into cooking lately. I can make a decent cake, a really cool fondant covered birthday cake and okay candies but I love making dinner. 

This past week was hubby's birthday so I got to make a pie, which although my other used to own a pie shop, I have never made before. It turned out AMAZING if I do say so myself. The recipe is a family secret so I can't share it but I am going to share the recipes I used to make the stuffed shells and crazy addictive pesto bread we had for birthday dinner!

Stuffed Shells

I found this Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shell recipe on a great food blog called Fork, Knife, Swoon. The blogger, Laura has some very yummy recipes and beautiful photographs on her blog. You can check it out here. 

These shells are AMAZING! They are creamy and addictive. They are as delicious as any stuffed shells I've ever had at an Italian restaurant. They are a bit time consuming but they will impress whoever you serve them to, believe you me! If you are really committed, make your own pasta sauce. I have 4 kids and was also making the bread and pie so I used Classico but if you have time, make your own.

Just click on Laura's image below to grab the recipe!

Pesto Bread

The highly addictive cheesy, pesto pull-apart bread is from a food blog I have found many, many recipes from called Carlsbad Cravings.  Jen, the creator has countless soulful recipes on her site as well as a link to purchase her book on Amazon.

This bread is so much better than it looks and it looks AMAZEBALLS! My 10-year-old son traded his piece of cherry pie for the last of this bread. My only regret is that I didn't make 2. I only got 3 bites in before my hubby, son and stepdad demolished it! This would be PERFECT for thanksgiving or Christmas on the appetizer table. Just be prepared for it to disappear fast!

Just click on Jen's image below to check out the recipe! 

I would LOVE to hear how your shells and bread turned out! Feel free to comment on this post if you've tried these recipes and I will try to post some recipes each week as I make them.