Mediterranean Orzo Salad

This recipe is full of flavor, healthy and a great alternative to typical BBQ sides.  I have been making this salad for quite a while. It is similar the Italian rice salad my grandmother use to make but she didn’t use the feta cheese or smoked mozzarella and hers was made with a mix of…

Mexican Inspired Chicken Mole

I had planned to “drop this recipe” before Cinco de Mayo.  But as the saying goes, “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans,” and life, happened. None the less, you can enjoy this recipe year round and I will tell you this, one of the easiest ways to amp up your…

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…

Carne Mechada (Venezuelan Shredded Beef)

Carne Mechada is a flavorful Venezuelan meat dish that is usually served in arepas, which are cornmeal cakes that can be filled with a variety of things, such as pork carnitas, black beans and cheese, or Carne Mechada, which is a traditional Venezuelan shredded beef dish, that is made by slow boiling skirt or flank…

Arepas Venezuelan Style

I am a huge fan of Latin cuisine.  The flavors, the simplicity and complexity of it all at once, is something that feels like home to me.  Arepas are a staple in most Venezuelan and Colombian homes, and served at most meals.  They remind me of the Italian cornmeal cakes I ate as a child,…

Potato and Cheddar Cheese Pierogi

Growing up, our culture was celebrated proudly by our family.  I am Italian, Irish, Polish, and most recently through a DNA testing, I discovered I am French, Albanian, and North African.  So growing up food was a big part of celebrating our roots as is with most families.  Universally, we all celebrate moments of our…

Sassy Honey Garlic Chicken

This is one of those recipes that is simplicity and sexy all at once.  Not only does it taste amazing, it is so simple to make but tastes like it took all day.  I love to make this in a cast iron skillet, started on the stove then popped in the oven to finish, then…

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…

Italian Ricotta Meatballs

I have found that meatballs are a very personal and potentially, a very touchy subject, in some circles.  Mostly by anyone who cooks!  Everyone believes that their “ball game” is tight, and theirs are the best.  I am no exception to this.  I have found that recently I have upped my game, by adding fresh…

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…