Pub Style Pretzel Bites with Irish Beer Cheese Dip

There is nothing better than homemade, buttery pretzels.  I mean sure you can open a bag of store-bought pretzels or microwave a frozen one, but this is way better than those options, not to mention much more delish! This is a great party appetizer, and can be made in advance then reheated for easy entertaining. …

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…

Blood Orange & Poppy Seed Muffins with Blood Orange Glaze

Blood oranges are one of those fruits that I naturally equate with my Italian roots. Growing up I spent some of my summers staying with my Grandmother in Jersey City, and back in the 70’s there was a Peddler who would peddle his fruits and vegetables by cart around the Italian neighborhood my Grandma lived…

Stella Got Her Groove Back, and So Can You

In the wildly famous, very funny 1998 movie, Stella, played by the sexy, Angela Bassett, is a powerful business woman, who is too busy with raising her son and her career to have a life, and after some persuading, is finally talked into living a little and getting away on a long overdue”vaca”, with her…

Love and Our Lexicon

lex·i·con [ˈleksiˌkän, ˈleksiˌkən] lexicon (noun) the vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge: “the size of the English lexicon” Ever since I was a little girl words have fascinated me.  I began reading at a very early age, and I believe this became intertwined with my love for writing and my love of words. …

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…

Duchess Potatoes with Garlic Butter

Duchess potatoes are sinfully rich, and what I consider to be, the slightly high brow cousin, of the mashed potato.   Duchess potatoes are fancy spuds that many reserve for holidays and special occasions, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  My Duchess Potatoes with Garlic Butter, are so decadent from the egg yolks, and heavy…

Tex Mex Skillet Chicken with Charred Poblanos

This is the perfect dish for a busy weeknight, or lazy day lunch.  Using leftover chicken or store bought rotisserie chicken, makes this come together rather quickly, it’s perfect.  You can even char the poblanos one day before you plan to make this, seed them and chop, and put in a sealed container for the…