Spinach Pesto Crusted Chicken

I love this dish.  It truly breathes new life into chicken and makes a fancy, flavorful presentation for a simple dinner party or just a weeknight family meal.  The pesto cooks and encases the chicken to keep it moist and flavorful.  You can use store-bought pesto if you’d like, just be sure to add in…

Oven Roasted Eggplant Parm

I love eggplant.  I love everything about it, taste, texture, versatility! Love, love, love it!  I use to adore fried eggplant, I don’t however, adore the calories and fat.  So I make it in the oven now and have learned to love it even more!  Plus I am getting healthy eating what I love. Sometimes…

Oven Fried Pork Chops

I have to admit I am not a big fan of pork.  I do love pulled pork carnitas, and spicy Italian sausage, but I don’t go crazy for pork chops, loin of pork or any other pork to be honest.  However, once in a while I do crave a good juicy pork chop for some…

Leftover Chicken Pad Thai

This is my take on Pad Thai.  I think it is more a fusion of Chinese and Thai flavors but it works beautifully.  This is a great recipe to use up leftover chicken as it will go together so fast.  I made oven baked Cranberry BBQ sauce thighs last night and had three large ones…

Holiday Foods On a Shoe String

Tis the season for love, laughter, gift giving, family, and food.  Many people come to dread the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but it doesn’t have to be expensive.  It can be a festive time and you can still enjoy entertaining without having to take out a second mortgage if you know where you…

Chicken Meatball Stuffed Zucchini

This dish arrived out of my love of Italian food and my need to get creative on my diet.  So on my quest to make healthier meatballs I perfected chicken meatballs that foot the bill. Instead of spiralizing the zucchini I decided to just scoop out and seed the zuccini making nice zuccini boats if…

Chicken and Sausage Scarpariello

The first time I had this dish I was at a restaurant in little Italy, in New York City.  I fell in love with the flavors from the hot peppers, the vinegary kick from the juice, and the to die for, lemon sauce.  When I first made this at home many years ago, I made…

Poppy’s Italian Potato Croquets

Growing up my father adored his fried food, most of that in the form of delicious Italain fare, and he was an amazing cook.  His chicken parm was the best.  Our standing joke between me and my fireman is he married me for my Dad’s chicken parm, becasue my Dad would make Henry his own tray and no one…

Mustard Glazed Lemon Chicken with Roasted Broccolini

  This is a healthy meal made on a sheet pan.  You have your protein and veg right there, less mess, easy cleanup, and dinner is ready in 45 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken pieces.  This is a low fat dish and can be reduced even further if you use low fat mayonnaise.  …

Retro Salisbury Steak

  Growing up I had my fair share of Salisbury steak which, make no mistake, was not steak but ground chuck from Foodtown.  Fast forward to modern-day, and my spin on this classic. It begins with freshly ground, you guessed it, steak, which I use with a mix of sirloin and a nice T-bone, I…

Best Bolognese Sauce

There are so many variations to this dish.  I like to use cream instead of milk, but milk is authentic to this dish, in Italy.  But cream gives it a richer taste.  I vary this too by using a mix of ground chuck, pork and veal. In this dish I will be using ground chuck.  …

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

Growing up one of my dearest best friends was Chinese American.  Her mother was a fabulous cook, and made many authentic Chinese meals for my family as a way to show her gratitude to my Mom who would often watch my friend while her Mom worked, since my Mom was a stay at home Mom,…