Retro Beef Vegetable Soup

I have such fond memories of my Mom and Dad together cooking in the kitchen. For some reason they just loved to cook together. My Mom would usually start and my Dad would jump in and add his touch to things, which didn’t always suit my Mom but they made it work! One of the…

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup with Crispy Sage Leaves

I absolutely love all kinds of squash!  Something about the earthiness of them makes me happy! The versatility they lend to dishes is a chef’s dream!  Your imagination conjures up so many variations. I love to roast butternut squash, I make them into delicious “steak fries” and they are sheer perfection! But something about a…

Easy Rojo Pork Posole

It is a chilly day here in New Jersey. Winter is definitely here. I love making soup when the weather gets cold, it is a comforting end nurturing way for me to take care of my family. Pork Posole is a Mexican pork stew that is traditionally made with ancho or poblano chilis, in a…

Home-style Chicken and Dumplings

   It finally feels like fall here in Jersey.  What better way to warm up on a chilly Sunday afternoon, watching football and snuggling with the ones you love while a fire crackles in the background.  Ahhh…It’s a vision of lovliness in this Mother’s eyes!  So what’s on the menu?  Chicken and Dumplings.  Only my…

Healthier Split Pea Soup

I have recently made the decision to get healthier and start eating better.  For one thing I have Stage-II Hypertension that is not even managed with meds, and I have been steadily increasing in size since menopause.  Now while I don’t put the blame entirely on my hormones, I know my love of food and…

Italian Rustica Beef Stew

I was fortunate growing up because both of my parents could cook very well. My Dad was strongly influenced by his Italian roots, and my mother her Irish.  When it came to stew both of them had a little different take on theirs and it led to some fun competition as to who’s was superior. …

Chicken Bouillabaisse with Garlic Aioli Crostini

I remember the first dish I made that really made me feel like a chef.  It was right after I made the decision to major in Culinary Arts, much to the dismay of my English Professor who felt I had a real talent for writing and encouraged me to stay with Journalism.  She was setting…

Italian Escarole and White Bean Soup

I have such fond memories of this soup from my youth.  This was one of my Daddy’s favorite soups.  When he made this he would sometimes have to vary the soup and use chickory if Mom could not find escarole at the market.  I never cared for the chickory as I found it to be…

Deconstructed Loaded Baked Potato Soup

My trio of angels love, love, love, potatoes.  Baked, mashed, fried, and souped.  One of their favorite soups is a loaded baked potato soup that Panera Bread has.  I personally am not a big fan of creamed soups, but I make it for my lovies becasue, well that’s how I roll!  I use to make…

Better Than Takeout…Pork Wonton Soup and Asian Sticky Wings

 Ever since I was a young girl I absolutely adored Pork Wonton soup.  My first experience with this glorious soup, was when my family would go out to dinner to our favorite Chinese Restaurant in Rahway, NJ called, The Canton House.  It wasn’t a fancy place, but it was a cozy place to dine as a…