Sichuan Salt and Pepper Squid

Growing up I had my fair share of squid.  Not just fried calamari, but simmered in red sauce, served atop angel hair pasta, and my personal favorite, Italian Calamari Salad.  Growing up Italian seafood was in abundance in my home because we adored it in our house.  As I got older and dined out more on…

Spanish Style Mussels with Chorizo

I love seafood and fish.  I feel so healthy and light when I eat it.  It just feels right for my body.  I have a fondness for mussels that began early in my childhood as my mother and I loved Spicy Mussel Marinara and I couldn’t get enough when she made it for me.  As…

Mexican Chiles Rellenos with Spicy Rojo Sauce

I have said it a million times, and I will say it a million more…I absolutely love Mexican food!  I love everything about it, the tastes, the complexity of the flavors and the simplicity of it all at the same time.  Now I am saying the simplicity in making the ingredients meld together to create…

Pepperoni Pizza Bombs

I have come to appreciate, that as much as I love to sit down and dine on the perfect well executed meal, lovingly prepared by myself, or the chefs at some of my favorite restaurants, what I truly love are appetizers, small bites, tapas, I love to experience different foods all at once, and having…

Hot Reuben Dip

One of my favorite sandwiches is a nice corned beef reuben.  I love the contrast of flavors and textures, and there is so much going on in that sandwich you can’t help but love it, so why not enjoy it as a dip.  I think dips are such a great thing, you can pretty much…

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter and Maple Drizzle

OK, so if you really read my blog and don’t just pass by briefly, you know I love fall and pumpkin everything, not necessarily in that order.  I have been making gnocchi every which way to Sunday, forever.  For one, it was super easy for me not to goof up back in my early days…

Rustic Italian Heirloom Tomato Tart

Since I was a little girl I have absolutely loved tomatoes.  Growing up my Dad use to make a tomato pie that was so heavenly I would devour this thing as if it were my last meal.  When I got married and moved out, my Dad showed me how to make his tomato pie, he…

Harvest Corn Chowder

Fall is here and as much as I love the beach, I love Fall equally.  For one thing, the NY Yankees are in the playoffs,  then there’s football, hockey, bonfires, apple picking, pumpkin everything, and soup!  I just love making food when the weather gets a nip in the air.  Something about a nice bowl…

Duck Fat Oven Roasted Steak Fries with Truffle Salt and Parmesan

Hopefully you have already seen my recipe for Perfectly Pan Seared Duck Breast and have been compelled to make it!  If not no worries, if you have some duck fat lying around, that will suffice. I first fell in love with Duck Fat Truffle Fries in Miami a few years ago and I have never looked…

Crazy Easy Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles

I absolutely love pickles.  I love spicy garlic dill pickles, I love plain garlic dill.  I love to incorporate them into my lunch since I don’t do carbs.  I just wrap my turkey and cheese around a spear and I am good to go for lunch. My favorite pickles are at the PA Dutch Market…