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…

Oven Fried Pork Chops

I have to admit I am not a big fan of pork.  I do love pulled pork carnitas, and spicy Italian sausage, but I don’t go crazy for pork chops, loin of pork or any other pork to be honest.  However, once in a while I do crave a good juicy pork chop for some…

Chicken Meatball Stuffed Zucchini

This dish arrived out of my love of Italian food and my need to get creative on my diet.  So on my quest to make healthier meatballs I perfected chicken meatballs that foot the bill. Instead of spiralizing the zucchini I decided to just scoop out and seed the zuccini making nice zuccini boats if…

Garlic & Herb Crusted Roast Beef

My mother use to make amazing roast beef.  It was always perfectly cooked with a nice red tinge and just delicious.  She had a particular method for baking it and the only thing I remember is her using mayonnaise, sadly it died with her and I can’t seem to replicate hers.  In my frustration, many…

Chicken and Sausage Scarpariello

The first time I had this dish I was at a restaurant in little Italy, in New York City.  I fell in love with the flavors from the hot peppers, the vinegary kick from the juice, and the to die for, lemon sauce.  When I first made this at home many years ago, I made…