Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Soup)

Another soup recipe..I know what your thinking?  Is this all this chick can make?  I assure you I have skills.  I just really adore soup.  It has everything in one pot, woohoo,  less cleaning!!!  You can vary recipes, learn new techniques, and cultures, and I find it amazing when you consider how culturally different we…

Mediterranean Mini Meat Loaves

I am so excited about this recipe I can hardly contain myself.  For one it is relatively healthy, and for another it just tastes so damn good.  Listen, I know there are some meatloaf purist who want nothing more than good old-fashioned meatloaf the way Mom made it with ketchup and all.  Me personally, if…

Red Lentil Sloppy Joes

I love lentils.  I use them in soups, stews, and even as a side with rice like I grew up enjoying.  Sometimes I like to forgo meat and see what I can conjure up and if I can pull off a healthy hack.  I really think I nailed it with these Red Lentil Sloppy Joes….

Pollo Blanco Chili

So I was with friends from high school having dinner last week, and one of my dear friends asked for some healthy recipes, that follow a heart healthy protocol.  This dish definitely does just that.  This is a simple and tasty chili that is more like a soup.  I always have chicken cooked and ready…

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…