Beet Carpaccio with Fresh Ricotta and Pistachios

One of my favorite Italian appetizers is beef carpaccio, which is  paper thin sliced rare beef tenderloin, usually served with shaved parmesan cheese and hollandaise sauce.  I will only order it from trusted places as it served rare and food safety is paramount at all times, but most importantly when serving rare items or raw…

Homemade Italian Style Ricotta Cheese

I love ricotta cheese, and making it fresh is so easy.  What if I told you in about an hour with just four ingredients you could have fresh creamy Homemade Italian Style Ricotta Cheese.  You can make this and use it for pasta dishes, cannolis, in salads, or atop crostini drizzled with honey, it is so stinking…

Cheeseburger Stuffed Burritos

This is the ultimate burger experience in my opinion.  It’s a mashed up version of two glorious eatables, the cheeseburger and the burrito.  I love to keep this simple but truly anything goes.  I like making this as a ground beef cheeseburger because I think it is a better taste experience.  If you are going…

Spicy Tex Mex Corn Dip

This dip is so flippin‘ go tood it’s addictive. It begins with fresh corn lightly charred on the stove top grill pan with smokey cumin and chili powder it takes this dip over the top! I like to use jalapeños in this as I use the chipotle chili flakes for the spice factor. You can…

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Goat Cheese & Meyer Lemon Aioli

This appetizer is a sophisticated and surprisingly delicious!  It is one of those things you might overlook if you weren’t open to knew experiences.   Shishito peppers are a Korean pepper that is considered a mild pepper, however once in awhile you come across a spicy one without warning, which makes this so intriguing to me!…

New Orleans Muffaletta Panini

There is something so right about taking a “sammich” as the Italians in my family affectionately refer to them, and making them a meal.  It starts with the bread and a savory olive spread that is full of flavor, and then it is all about the meats.  Italian deli meats that work beautifully in this. …

Sweet & Spicy Thai Chili Wings

I am a sucker for a good wing, something about them just gets me all warm and fuzzy! They are the perfect empty slate for anything you can dream up.  Our family loves to nibble on wings come game time, Go Steelers, or anytime to be honest.  We are impartial to Spicy Buffalo, and Sweet…

Corn Nuggets aka..Corn Fritters

Since the time my kidlets were little one of our family’s favorite snacks/and or desserts were corn nuggets as my kidlets called them.  Now, most people don’t serve them this way, at least in the south, they are meant to be savory, but I took it to another level, and they have been a snack…

Savory Greek Spanakopita

My earliest memory of this glorious Greek delight came in my early 20’s.  I was at a diner, in my home state of Jersey, (diners are kind of our thing here in Jersey) and I wanted to try something different.  One taste and I was hooked, and I have been ever since.  Spanakopita is a…