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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…