Neapolitan Beef Braciole

Growing up Italian, the granddaughter of Italian Immigrants and only the second generation born in the United States, you take for granted the food that you grew up on, and assume that everyone had dined with family over these same foods on Sunday. That the mounds of pasta, homemade Chianti, bowls overflowing of beef braciole,…

Spanish Style Mussels with Chorizo

I love seafood and fish.  I feel so healthy and light when I eat it.  It just feels right for my body.  I have a fondness for mussels that began early in my childhood as my mother and I loved Spicy Mussel Marinara and I couldn’t get enough when she made it for me.  As…

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…

Hot Reuben Dip

One of my favorite sandwiches is a nice corned beef reuben.  I love the contrast of flavors and textures, and there is so much going on in that sandwich you can’t help but love it, so why not enjoy it as a dip.  I think dips are such a great thing, you can pretty much…

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….

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter and Maple Drizzle

OK, so if you really read my blog and don’t just pass by briefly, you know I love fall and pumpkin everything, not necessarily in that order.  I have been making gnocchi every which way to Sunday, forever.  For one, it was super easy for me not to goof up back in my early days…

Duck Fat Oven Roasted Steak Fries with Truffle Salt and Parmesan

Hopefully you have already seen my recipe for Perfectly Pan Seared Duck Breast and have been compelled to make it!  If not no worries, if you have some duck fat lying around, that will suffice. I first fell in love with Duck Fat Truffle Fries in Miami a few years ago and I have never looked…

Cinnamon Apple Muffins with Maple Bacon Glaze

Every once in a while a recipe hits me and I am giddy with delight because it all works beautifully.  I love the combination of sweet and savory and now that using bacon in dessert is all the craze, I couldn’t be more pleased.  What I love about these muffins is that the bacon is…

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…