Beet Carpaccio with Fresh Ricotta and Pistachios

One of my favorite Italian appetizers is beef carpaccio, which is  paper thin sliced rare beef tenderloin, usually served with shaved parmesan cheese and hollandaise sauce.  I will only order it from trusted places as it served rare and food safety is paramount at all times, but most importantly when serving rare items or raw…

Cheeseburger Stuffed Burritos

This is the ultimate burger experience in my opinion.  It’s a mashed up version of two glorious eatables, the cheeseburger and the burrito.  I love to keep this simple but truly anything goes.  I like making this as a ground beef cheeseburger because I think it is a better taste experience.  If you are going…

Hellacious Pico de Gallo

I love spicy food.  Spicy Mexican fare all the better.  There is something so sexy to me about pico de gallo, I can’t tell you what it is about the combination but I love it.  There is a small deli by my house that we have been frequenting for the last 18 years and we…

Spicy Tex Mex Corn Dip

This dip is so flippin‘ go tood it’s addictive. It begins with fresh corn lightly charred on the stove top grill pan with smokey cumin and chili powder it takes this dip over the top! I like to use jalapeños in this as I use the chipotle chili flakes for the spice factor. You can…

Blood Orange & Poppy Seed Muffins with Blood Orange Glaze

Blood oranges are one of those fruits that I naturally equate with my Italian roots. Growing up I spent some of my summers staying with my Grandmother in Jersey City, and back in the 70’s there was a Peddler who would peddle his fruits and vegetables by cart around the Italian neighborhood my Grandma lived…

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Goat Cheese & Meyer Lemon Aioli

This appetizer is a sophisticated and surprisingly delicious!  It is one of those things you might overlook if you weren’t open to new experiences.   Shishito peppers are a Korean pepper that is considered a mild pepper, however once in a while you come across a spicy one without warning, which makes this so intriguing to me!…

New Orleans Muffaletta Panini

There is something so right about taking a “sammich” as the Italians in my family affectionately refer to them, and making them a meal.  It starts with the bread and a savory olive spread that is full of flavor, and then it is all about the meats.  Italian deli meats that work beautifully in this. …

Sweet & Spicy Thai Chili Wings

I am a sucker for a good wing, something about them just gets me all warm and fuzzy! They are the perfect empty slate for anything you can dream up.  Our family loves to nibble on wings come game time, Go Steelers, or anytime to be honest.  We are impartial to Spicy Buffalo, and Sweet…

Savory Carrot Pancakes

Now before you say anything, keep any open mind.  This recipe was created with a healthy consciousness that is emerging in me.  I have to be honest pancakes are not my go to breakfast choice and never have been.  It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I need protein in my breakfast,…

Eggnog Soft Bake Snickerdoodles

I have such a fondness for Snickerdoodles, not only because they taste delish, but it was the first cookie I baked in Home Economics when I was 12 years old.  I fell in love with them because well, it’s sugar and cinnamon what’s not to love.  I have been making them for my kiddos for…