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…

Poppy’s Italian Potato Croquets

Growing up my father adored his fried food, most of that in the form of delicious Italain fare, and he was an amazing cook.  His chicken parm was the best.  Our standing joke between me and my fireman is he married me for my Dad’s chicken parm, becasue my Dad would make Henry his own tray and no one…

Mustard Glazed Lemon Chicken with Roasted Broccolini

  This is a healthy meal made on a sheet pan.  You have your protein and veg right there, less mess, easy cleanup, and dinner is ready in 45 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken pieces.  This is a low fat dish and can be reduced even further if you use low fat mayonnaise.  …

Retro Salisbury Steak

  Growing up I had my fair share of Salisbury steak which, make no mistake, was not steak but ground chuck from Foodtown.  Fast forward to modern-day, and my spin on this classic. It begins with freshly ground, you guessed it, steak, which I use with a mix of sirloin and a nice T-bone, I…

Best Bolognese Sauce

There are so many variations to this dish.  I like to use cream instead of milk, but milk is authentic to this dish, in Italy.  But cream gives it a richer taste.  I vary this too by using a mix of ground chuck, pork and veal. In this dish I will be using ground chuck.  …

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach Ricotta, & Provolone Cheese

What can be done to chicken that hasn’t already been done?  Everyone has a stuffed chicken recipe or at least should have one or two in there repitore.  This combination works fabulously, and is perfect for the glorious lemony sauce that accompanies them.  I served these with pan seared Brussels sprouts made with sausage and…

Food For Hungry Firefighters; House 5 Grub

I have been home recuperating from major surgery, none the less the urge to get off the sofa and start cooking was too overpowering and I had to get back in the kitchen and have at it!  Ahhh…it felt so good! I swear it was euphoric, and no, I am not on pain meds this is…