Pistachio Crusted Eggplant Rollatini

Today is my Dad’s birthday he would have been 83.  He left this earth almost 7 years ago, but he remains a part of me, and our family forever.  Growing up I have such fond memories of him in the kitchen.  He loved to cook, breakfasts were a big deal for him to make for…

Cornish Game Hens with Apricot Glaze

Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two With Valentine’s Day upon us, it got me thinking about the very first Valentine’s Day meal in our new home, which I prepared for my Valentine 17 years ago!  My culinary skills have greatly improved since then, but I have a fondness for some of those early dishes I use…

Artichoke Francaise

This is the perfect date night in appetizer, or a nice side.  Made with canned or frozen artichokes this goes together in no time.  This will soon be your favorite go to! Sinfully, Susan xoxo Drain a 15 oz. can of artichoke hearts, split in half.  Dry with a paper towel, season with Kosher salt…

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. …