Italian Spare Ribs in Red Gravy

My father bless his heart, loved his “gravy” and his pasta.  This was not lost on his oldest daughter, as nothing screams comfort food to me more than a heaping bowl of pasta, gravy and some delicious simmered meat.  My father loved to infuse his gravy with flavor long before it was a thing!  But…

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…

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…

Pistachio Crusted Eggplant Rollatini

Today is my Dad’s birthday he would have been 83.  He left this earth almost 7 years ago, but he remains a part of me, and our family forever.  Growing up I have such fond memories of him in the kitchen.  He loved to cook, breakfasts were a big deal for him to make for…

Slow Simmered Pork Ragu with Pappardelle

There is no better smell that is pure comfort to me than when I have a big huge pot of gravy simmering on the stove for Sunday Gravy.  (My gravy is your marinara sauce).  Growing up this was one of the happiest times as a girl, knowing I would be eating my Grandmother’s meatballs and…

Bacon Wrapped Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This next dish is a meat lovers dream.  Vegans not so much!  This is the perfect meal if you are low carb and lovin’ it, because this is so protein dense, not to mention sinfully delish!  This Bacon Wrapped Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Chicken, came to me when I was looking for a way to…

Pumpkin Stuffed Shells with Cognac Blush Sauce

I love making stuffed shells.  To me they are an open canvas and a way to make a feast for a large group that comes together fairly easy. There is something about the taste of pumpkin with the ricotta cheese that makes the shells so rich and decadent.  You get a sweetness from the pumpkin…

Authentic Cuban Panini

I love Cuban food.  I fell in love with it when I began to visit Miami and the Bahamas years ago.  The food and the people are just so lovely.  Humble, hard working, proud people.  The food is fresh, flavorful and just as warm and inviting as the people.  One of my favorites is the…

Spinach Pesto Crusted Chicken

I love this dish.  It truly breathes new life into chicken and makes a fancy, flavorful presentation for a simple dinner party or just a weeknight family meal.  The pesto cooks and encases the chicken to keep it moist and flavorful.  You can use store-bought pesto if you’d like, just be sure to add in…

Oven Roasted Eggplant Parm

I love eggplant.  I love everything about it, taste, texture, versatility! Love, love, love it!  I use to adore fried eggplant, I don’t however, adore the calories and fat.  So I make it in the oven now and have learned to love it even more!  Plus I am getting healthy eating what I love. Sometimes…