Oven Poached Stuffed Flounder

I adore fish and seafood, and I find myself eating fish and seafood three times a week, perhaps more in the summer, as everything just tastes fresher in the summer for some reason. I have been making this dish for a long time, since it is by far one of the tastiest and easiest no…

Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread with Bacon

I love fresh figs.  Growing up we had these all the time as they were an Italian staple.  One of my favorite ways to enjoy figs are to have them sliced with fresh Homemade Italian Style Ricotta Cheese with a drizzle of honey atop some fresh crostini.  I could make a meal out of this alone…

Sous Vide Cajun Spiced London Broil

Sous Vide meaning (under vacuum) is a French term for placing a food item such as poultry, meats, eggs, fish, and veggies, in a vacuum sealed bag, cooking in a water bath, more importantly, at a consistent temperature for an extended amount of time, and in doing so, will yield perfectly cooked, perfectly moist food…

Salmon Burgers with Beurre Blanc Sauce

One of the things I perfected a long time ago were sauces, long before they were a must for Culinary School, I taught myself how to make some pretty traditional ones, reading old cookbooks and good old trial and error, dating my old ass, long before there was internet, and you could Google and YouTube…

Lazy Day Ricotta Pancakes with Mixed Berry Compote

The weekends are big in our household.  It is a day for our family to reconnect and come together for a meal, since, unless it’s wrestling season, or my fireman isn’t protecting our town from fires, we are home lingering.   Breakfasts become a big deal to us, and my kidlets look forward to waking up…

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…

Crazy Sexy Chicken Crust Pizza

Since my weight loss surgery,  I’ve had to change my whole way of approaching food.  Before my surgery I had always known carbs just were not in love with me the way I am with them!  My body works so much better on veggies, and protein.  I adore a good pizza, and mine is no…

Bacon Wrapped Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This next dish is a meat lovers dream.  Vegans not so much!  This is the perfect meal if you are low carb and lovin’ it, because this is so protein dense, not to mention sinfully delish!  This Bacon Wrapped Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Chicken, came to me when I was looking for a way to…

Mama’s Italian Pignoli Nut Cookies

Ever since I could eat solid food I have been memorized and delighted by Italian pastries and cookies.  Every now and then my fireman and I get in the car and head to Jersey City, and we make two stops from my childhood.  2nd Street Bakery for the most amazing Pepperoni Bread, and a pepper…