Plated + Served: Homemade Cannelloni


Homemade CannelloniThis is a recipe you should make with someone you love.

There’s something incredibly seductive about making your own pasta and sauce. Perhaps it’s the time it takes to gently work the dough… or the beckoning smell of the simmering sauce… or sharing a glass of wine along the way. Of course, it could be the anticipation of the delicious reward for your efforts.

One of you make the pasta, the other the sauce and filling. Enjoy each other as you do it.

And after dinner close the doors, turn up the music… and dance.

Is there anything better?

Bright Lights Swiss Chard Tacos


Have you ever been shopping and seen something you just had to have?

Some people are like that with when they go shoe shopping. Mama’s like that at the farmer’s market. Weird, I know.

Last week I saw this gorgeous Bright Lights Swiss Chard and couldn’t resist. Look at those colors! Ruby red, vibrant yellow, shocking orange. I didn’t even think about a recipe or how to cook it… I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT.

Well, that’s an impulse purchase if I’ve ever heard of one. The Bright Lights Tacos were the perfect answer for our Meatless Monday night dinner… and it only took about 30 minutes to pull together.

Everyone built their own tacos. No complaints (even Miss Picky liked it!). And in the long run? Waaayyyy cheaper than falling in love with a pair of Jimmy Choo pumps!


I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: