Cinnamon Applesauce

I have been making applesauce since my kidlets were babies.  I loved making their baby food as I could easily use the freshest ingredients, without additives.  Now that they are grown babies, they still love Mommy’s applesauce.  Tonight I am making pork chops and it would be a shame not to have applesauce for them…

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…

Garlic & Herb Crusted Roast Beef

My mother use to make amazing roast beef.  It was always perfectly cooked with a nice red tinge and just delicious.  She had a particular method for baking it and the only thing I remember is her using mayonnaise, sadly it died with her and I can’t seem to replicate hers.  In my frustration, many…

Dreamy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I am a big fan of freshly baked cookies, fresh out of the oven.  There is nothing better than a warm chewy chocolate chip cookie except when you double down and make them extra chocolaty.  Made my kiddos a batch of chocolate chunk cookies last night and the fam went crazy for them.  Obligatory milk…

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…

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,…

Salted Caramel Apple and Pear Tart

Nothing says fall like apples, caramel and tart.  Ok maybe pumpkin lattes, but to me I love apples and caramel.  This dessert is so elegant and so simple, you don’t even have to use homemade pie dough.  Most of the time I make my own pie dough but I have been so busy creating recipes…