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…

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup with Crispy Sage Leaves

I absolutely love all kinds of squash!  Something about the earthiness of them makes me happy! The versatility they lend to dishes is a chef’s dream!  Your imagination conjures up so many variations. I love to roast butternut squash, I make them into delicious “steak fries” and they are sheer perfection! But something about a…

Savory Carrot Pancakes

Now before you say anything, keep any open mind.  This recipe was created with a healthy consciousness that is emerging in me.  I have to be honest pancakes are not my go to breakfast choice and never have been.  It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I need protein in my breakfast,…

Portuguese Style Clams with Garlic & Chorizo

I absolutely love Portuguese food. The seafood, the chorizo, the flavorful broths, oh and don’t get me started on Paella or Mariscacada! One of my favorite appetizers to have when I go out for Portuguese food is the garlic clams! I just love the way the clams are steamed in the rich broth. When I…

Hazelnut Crusted Arancini

I love everything about arancini (Italian rice balls).  I can remember having them at Sunday dinner and what a treat they were to have.  My Dad use to make these with meat and peas, he loved his peas, but I don’t particulary care for the traditional Italian recipe.  I am happy with simple, stuff it…

Authentic Cuban Panini

I love Cuban food.  I fell in love with it when I began to visit Miami and the Bahamas years ago.  The food and the people are just so lovely.  Humble, hard working, proud people.  The food is fresh, flavorful and just as warm and inviting as the people.  One of my favorites is the…