Stuffed Artichokes

Artichokes… love them or hate them? They seem to be one of those foods where there is no gray area! I’ve met so many people in my life who have basically told me they don’t have the patience to eat them, don’t know how to make them, or just don’t care for them. Yet, growing […]

Steak Pizzaiola

Inexpensive AND delicious? I’ll take it! My 85 year old father is a retired chef and steak pizzaiola, or meat in a “pizza style” is a dish he has made our family for decades. It’s so yummy and is a meal your family is sure to love! My father was coming over for dinner last […]

Butternut Squash Soup

October once again has arrived and along with it are some delicious butternut squash! I couldn’t help but grab one yesterday at the grocery store with plans to make some yummy soup. I love this soup because there are so many little adjustments you can make to it to have a very different tasting soup. […]

Neopolitan Eggplant Parmigiana

Today I was given a few eggplants from a friend’s garden… yum! I was so excited to use them to make my favorite eggplant recipe, Neopolitan Eggplant Parmigiana. I first discovered this recipe in a cookbook from Bibba Caggiano. The difference of this eggplant is that you are not going to be breading each piece […]

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers (Blossoms)

Ahhh summer…. so much to look forward to!  The delicate flowers of young zucchini plants are something we look forward to all year long in our home.  I get the same question from my husband every year while planting the garden, “Are you sure you planted enough zucchini??  You know how I LOVE zucchini flowers!”  […]

Chicken “Heart” Pie

I was looking for a birthday gift for a friend on Amazon.com and came across these adorable heart shaped ramekin.  I was thinking about how I can use them for a Valentine’s Day dish and I came up with the idea for Chicken Heart Pie.  Not too romantic you might say, but in our house […]

Asian Spinach Salad

Ok, so you know how great it is when you take a bite of an amazing Asian salad, where the dressing is just right and you wipe the dish clean… yeah, well so do I!  I love a delicious salad and nothing bothers me more than going out to eat and being disappointed that the […]

Stuffed French Toast

Stuffed French Toast.  I had never heard of it when my husband (then boyfriend) asked for it as his birthday breakfast.  I had eaten plenty of French toast in my life but stuffed, never.  So, I set out to Google recipes for stuffed French toast.  I found so many different variations and being that I […]

Garden Pesto

  I don’t know about you, but I just love the smell of fresh basil.  For the last two weeks our garden has been producing beautiful basil plants, zucchini flowers (blossoms) and small tomatoes.  My husband goes out there every morning before the direct sunlight reaches the garden to water all the plants and pick […]

Perfect Roast Chicken

  Recently roasting a chicken has become a Sunday night ritual.  I love a great roasted chicken because the possibilities are endless.  Besides serving it as dinner that night, I have so many options for the leftovers!  I try to keep the leftovers interesting, rotating each week from chicken sandwiches for lunches or chicken pot […]

Homemade Manicotti

I mentioned I was thinking about making manicotti for Easter this year and received a resounding YES!  I hadn’t made them in a long time and I was looking for a light pasta type dish to add as an entree.  Well, these “melt in your mouth manicotti” did not disappoint.  Everyone enjoyed them and I […]

Crepes

  One of my absolute favorite treats is fresh crepes.  Making crepes brings back a ton of memories of helping my mom make them for Christmas dinner.  She probably had me make hundreds of them on her little crepe machine since back then we had so many people for every holiday.  I never asked her […]

Turkey Chili

For all of the chili connoisseurs out there, this recipe is a definite try!  It actually originated from a book I bought my sister when she was getting married, called Ahhh! My Apartment has a Kitchen! At the time she wasn’t too interested in cooking so I found this easy cooking and baking book for […]

Minestrone Soup

On a rainy Saturday in January, I tend to think of making a soup for lunch.  Today when I looked around my kitchen and pantry and saw the ingredients I had available, minestrone soup immediately came to mind.  When I think of minestrone soup I sometimes think of it as an “everything but the kitchen […]

Escarole & Bean Soup

Happy New Year! It’s been a busy couple of months and cooking dinner has had to be only three things: delicious, fast and healthy.  Easy enough, right?  Well, believe it or not it really can be when you enjoy eating fresh vegetables and cannellini beans as much as I do. One of my favorite dishes […]

Butternut Squash Risotto

October is a beautiful time of year here in New York and a delicious way to embrace the season is by making butternut squash risotto.  So many people I know get excited when they read butternut squash risotto listed on restaurant menus, but they all seem to think that it is a difficult dish to […]

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

There is a chill in the air in New York and for me that means there is soup boiling on my stove.  I find soups to be so easy to make for lunch, pairing them with a delicious sandwich or as a great starter to a heavier meal at dinner.  Instead of always roasting cauliflower […]

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes

Today’s lunch included tomatoes and basil from my garden and I only wish there was a way for you to smell my kitchen right now! My little gardening project shocked us this year by pumping out endless amounts of tomatoes, zucchini, zucchini blossoms and basil.    It has been tremendous fun to build lunch and dinner […]

Zucchini Chips

This time of year is perfect for baking some delicious zucchini chips. The zucchini featured on the homepage is growing right now in my garden =) In another day or two, I will slice, bread and bake this zucchini into an amazingly delicious treat.  Zucchini chips are a perfect healthy snack for kids or a […]

Mom’s Tomato Soup

A rainy summer day only means one thing to me, tomato soup.  I love tomato soup, let me just put that out there.  Actually, I love tomatoes.  I put them in almost everything I eat.  It is hard for me to understand why anyone would feel any differently about them but, just recently I was […]

Florentine White Bean Soup

Ahhh Firenze!  Who doesn’t love Florence, Italy and all of the beauty it offers us?  I was sitting on my couch about a year ago looking at a photo of the Ponte Vecchio (the old bridge in Florence) and started thinking about my time spent attending school in Florence.  During that period of time, I […]

Easiest Banana Bread Ever!

I know the title of this entry sounds too easy to be true, but honestly this is the easiest and most delicious recipe I’ve ever made for banana bread.  Originally I made this recipe in one regular size loaf pan with 2 bananas, chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.  I felt like I waited an eternity […]

Ricotta Gnocchi

  One of my favorite things to do is make pasta.  I love the freedom fresh pasta offers.  Just knowing that I can fill, stuff or create a new variation is so exciting to me! Gnocchi is a pasta I usually stay away from eating because I am not a fan of feeling completely full […]