Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

An easy pasta salad inspired by one of my favorite French dishes! Ratatouille is one of my favorite French dishes. The simple stew has just a few ingredients: eggplant, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, parsley, and basil. I’ve taken some of those ingredients and turned them into a delicious pasta salad that can be made ahead for easy entertaining….

Käsespätzle

A cheesy German noodle casserole that’s quite possibly the best dish I’ve ever made Käsespätzle is hands down my favorite German dish of all time. I know that’s a strong statement, but it’s true. I’m half German and adore German food. I used to eat Käsespätzle at my beloved Greenwoods in Fort Worth every week when I…

Chilled Butternut Squash Salad with Crispy Sage

Fall flavors that travel well for outdoor dining! It was 90 degrees when I hosted my Fall Dinner at the Farm and I was so, so glad that I chose a chilled menu to serve outside. Texans and Southerns alike know the struggle of wanting fall when it’s still blazing hot outside. This is a great…

Crockpot Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Creamy mac ‘n’ cheese with just five minutes of prep! If you’re looking for a super simple, hands-off mac ‘n’ cheese recipe, this is it. It’s quite possibly the creamiest mac ‘n’ cheese you’ll ever have. In Texas, you most often see baked mac ‘n’ cheese with a crunchy bread crumb topping. Since I was…

Simple Squid Ink Pasta

My friends were so nervous to try squid ink pasta! It sounds terrifying but trust me, squid ink really just gives pasta a brilliant black hue. It does not taste fishy at all, I promise! I love making squid ink pasta because it’s so dramatic looking but it’s especially satisfying in October when you want…

Greek Orzo Salad

I hope y’all aren’t sick of reading about chilled pasta salads because I’m certainly not sick of eating them! They’re just so convenient for outdoor dining, which as you know is my favorite way to eat. I whipped this dish up to take on a lovely vineyard picnic with my friend Sarah when she was…

Fideos with Chorizo and Mussels

This was my first attempt at making the Spanish pasta Fideos at home and I can honestly tell you this is one of the best dishes I’ve ever made. Creamy, smoky, with a touch of heat from the chorizo, this is a winner. And it’s so simple to make! The garlic paprika aioli really sends it…

Italian Pasta Salad

Why have I not been making pasta salad every week? This was so fast and easy. I already had plain cooked pasta in the fridge. It took me five minutes to toss this together for my picnic at San Martino Winery & Vineyards with my friend Jen, who is always up for a picnic. Located…

Heirloom Bolognese Sauce

Today is a very exciting day. The Rose Table is one year old! I can hardly believe that it’s been a whole year already, but I thought we should celebrate! I’ve decided to share an heirloom family recipe with you for bolognese sauce. My grandmother started making this spaghetti sauce in the 1940s. I never…

Italian for an Italian

One of my best friends from college was in town this weekend and I was so excited to cook for her. I spent many Sunday afternoons in her Italian family’s kitchen learning the tricks of authentic Italian cooking.(Shoutout to Mama Caruso for teaching me how to cook beet greens. I never waste the greens now!) Here…

Three Course Bacon Dinner

This meal marked the end of an era. My good friend Megan is moving away this weekend. I spent the better part of two years cooking dinner for her weekly, experimenting with all sorts of dishes. She is one of the most delightful people to cook for because she’s game to try anything. (Plus, she insists…

Grilled Swordfish Pasta

Today I visited Jimmy’s Food Store, a speciality Italian grocery in Dallas, for the first time. I got the most delightful Mafalde pasta imported from Italy and had to think up a dish worthy of such fine pasta. Enjoy this little taste of Italy! Grilled Swordfish Pasta Two swordfish steaks 1/2 package pasta (I used…