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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Pub Style Pretzel Bites with Irish Beer Cheese Dip

There is nothing better than homemade, buttery pretzels.  I mean sure you can open a bag of store-bought pretzels or microwave a frozen one, but this is way better than those options, not to mention much more delish! This is a great party appetizer, and can be made in advance then reheated for easy entertaining. …

Easy Cheesy Beer Bread

Easy Cheesy Beer bread is one of the easiest and tastiest quick breads you can make.  It can be the back drop for so many things, from sandwiches, to paninis, appetizers, and just good old bread and buttah! I love serving this as an appetizer, slathered with some Maple and Brown Sugar Bacon Jelly  You can’t…

Maple and Brown Sugar Bacon Jelly

I am always creating spreads for sandwiches and fillings for appetizers.  I was looking for a different ways to incorporate bacon and Habanero peppers.  When, I first made this with orange marmalade and spicy habanero peppers and it was amazing.  This time around I wanted something a bit more subtle and this is what I…