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…

Triple Chocolate Biscotti

I love nothing more than to sit and enjoy a nice cup of Cappuccino with a decadent chocolate biscotti.  I feel so connected to my Italian roots when I do this.  For as long as I have been baking I have made biscotti.  It is one of those things that you can make and vary,…

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…

Italian Calamari Salad

I love squid or calamari if you will!  Now growing up I had this salad quite a bit or my Dad would make squid in a spicy red sauce and we would have it served over linguine. Both equally delish!  It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I began eating fried calamari.  Now…

Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu

One of our family’s favorite desserts is Tiramisu.  Now I’ll be honest, growing up Italian I never had this at any family parties or special occasions.  I had many Italian desserts at Sunday dinner but not this.  It wasn’t until When Harry Met Sally, that I needed to try my hand at this dessert, and…

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…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

One of my favorite breads to make is banana bread.  My teens have been inhaling this bread since the time they were toddlers. It is the prefect Saturday morning accompaniment to a warm plate of eggs and bacon, or as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea!  Or a sneaky late night snack that…

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,…

Flounder En Pappilote With Garlic Butter and Spinach

I love fish, and making it En Pappilote, which simply means in foil in French.  Baking it this way yields a tender, flaky, incredibly moist and delicious fish.  I am technically using parchment paper, but foil would work.  These little packets of white fish goodness are not only quick and easy, but healthy as well. …