Pepperoni Pizza Bombs

I have come to appreciate, that as much as I love to sit down and dine on the perfect well executed meal, lovingly prepared by myself, or the chefs at some of my favorite restaurants, what I truly love are appetizers, small bites, tapas, I love to experience different foods all at once, and having…

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….

Italian Spare Ribs in Red Gravy

My father bless his heart, loved his “gravy” and his pasta.  This was not lost on his oldest daughter, as nothing screams comfort food to me more than a heaping bowl of pasta, gravy and some delicious simmered meat.  My father loved to infuse his gravy with flavor long before it was a thing!  But…

Smooth as Silk Strawberry Mousse

One of my favorite desserts is Chocolate Mousse.   Ever since I have been going out to restaurants,  it has been one of the things I love to have when I have dessert.  That or Creme Brule, but that is neither here nor there! However, I do love strawberry mousse when strawberries are at the height of freshness…

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Bake

My father grew up in the midst of the Great Depression, he was also the youngest boy of twelve children, born to Italian Immigrant parents, he was the first generation born in this country, and his father passed away shortly after the birth of my aunt, his sister.  This left my Grandmother Lena with the…

Perfect Peanut Butter Brownies

I have a confession to make…I am not a huge peanut butter fan.  Gasp…..maybe it was all the PB&J sammies I consumed as a kid, but for whatever reason it is not my fav.  I do however love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, and will consume on occasion a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup,…

Crazy Easy Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles

I absolutely love pickles.  I love spicy garlic dill pickles, I love plain garlic dill.  I love to incorporate them into my lunch since I don’t do carbs.  I just wrap my turkey and cheese around a spear and I am good to go for lunch. My favorite pickles are at the PA Dutch Market…

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…

Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Rolls

This is one of those recipes that you throw together because you just want something different to make for the family.  My family loves buffalo chicken in many forms.  I simply took all of the elements of buffalo chicken and made them into an elegant rolled chicken breast, that is beyond amazing.  I love this…

Saucy Cheeseburger Empanadas

This recipe is super easy, super delish, and tastes just like a cheeseburger!  I don’t like to fry my empanadas, and for years I have been using a cream cheese dough to make mine baked, in the oven, but lately I have been using puffed pastry because I find it can replicate a traditional empanada…