Neapolitan Beef Braciole

Growing up Italian, the granddaughter of Italian Immigrants and only the second generation born in the United States, you take for granted the food that you grew up on, and assume that everyone had dined with family over these same foods on Sunday. That the mounds of pasta, homemade Chianti, bowls overflowing of beef braciole,…

Sichuan Salt and Pepper Squid

Growing up I had my fair share of squid.  Not just fried calamari, but simmered in red sauce, served atop angel hair pasta, and my personal favorite, Italian Calamari Salad.  Growing up Italian seafood was in abundance in my home because we adored it in our house.  As I got older and dined out more on…

Spanish Style Mussels with Chorizo

I love seafood and fish.  I feel so healthy and light when I eat it.  It just feels right for my body.  I have a fondness for mussels that began early in my childhood as my mother and I loved Spicy Mussel Marinara and I couldn’t get enough when she made it for me.  As…

Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Soup)

Another soup recipe..I know what your thinking?  Is this all this chick can make?  I assure you I have skills.  I just really adore soup.  It has everything in one pot, woohoo,  less cleaning!!!  You can vary recipes, learn new techniques, and cultures, and I find it amazing when you consider how culturally different we…

Mexican Chiles Rellenos with Spicy Rojo Sauce

I have said it a million times, and I will say it a million more…I absolutely love Mexican food!  I love everything about it, the tastes, the complexity of the flavors and the simplicity of it all at the same time.  Now I am saying the simplicity in making the ingredients meld together to create…

Pepperoni Pizza Bombs

I have come to appreciate, that as much as I love to sit down and dine on the perfect well executed meal, lovingly prepared by myself, or the chefs at some of my favorite restaurants, what I truly love are appetizers, small bites, tapas, I love to experience different foods all at once, and having…

Mediterranean Mini Meat Loaves

I am so excited about this recipe I can hardly contain myself.  For one it is relatively healthy, and for another it just tastes so damn good.  Listen, I know there are some meatloaf purist who want nothing more than good old-fashioned meatloaf the way Mom made it with ketchup and all.  Me personally, if…

Tuscan Meatball Soup

My love of soup began early in my childhood.  I was always surrounded by some simmering pot of lovely goodness.  Whether it was lentils and beans, homemade chicken soup, Pasta Fagioli, or Tuscan Meatball Soup, I loved having a nice hot bowl of soup and of course, this always meant hot Italian bread with butter. …

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…

The Promise

I have a confession to make.  I have stumbled upon the ultimate lie and the most brilliant truth that we can ever tell ourselves.  Every moment, every new life, every new beginning is wrought with excitement, with possibilities, and the hope, that all will be wonderful, beautiful….right.  The promise of everything good, everything that can, and…