Saturday, December 31, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR!





WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY SAFE AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR! 

Friday, December 30, 2011

Fontina Broccoli Bread


I am a carb-a-holic, I said it and I said it out loud! I don't think there is any kind I do not like. I do eat them all in moderation. Wheef....ok so now that that's out of the way. I make this bread sometimes with sausage sometimes with Italian meats aka Stromboli, sometimes with broccoli. This is the broccoli version. It makes a great appetizer or as a side for dinner.



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Winter Wilted Spinach Salad With Cranberry Balsamic Dressing



This rich and flavorful salad features fresh spinach and red onions drizzled with a warm, sweet, cranberry balsamic dressing, and sprinkled with dried cranberries and crunchy pecans. Perfect for a dinner party or even a holiday.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Caponata



Caponata is commonly made with eggplants. Some with just peppers. Some call it Garbage, that's really the name! Some call it eggplant dip. Sicilians will keep on arguing about which  is the true caponata. Some traditional recipes use tomato paste rather than chopped tomatoes. Some add garlic, others chocolate (or cocoa). Many recipes contain nuts – almonds or pine nuts or pistachio, in others herbs are added – sometimes basil, at other times oregano or mint. Certain recipes also include raisins or currants and some, fresh pears. The principal and most common flavorings that characterise a Sicilian caponata are: the celery, capers, green olives and the sweet and sour, caramelized sauce made with vinegar and sugar. Either way it's just good!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Perfect Bolognese Sauce


I've tried a lot of bolognese recipes. This has been the best one so far. It's Ann Burell's from the Food Network with a few minor tweaks. The whole browning process of the vegetables and the meats is what makes this so flavorful. Trust me, you have to try this! I put this over some tortellini and my kids and everyone else gobbled it right up. Not one leftover! You wont have any either ;)


Monday, December 19, 2011

Tuscan Grilled Chicken Panini


This is one of my favorite sandwiches.
Bursting with flavor this sandwich is marinated grilled chicken with fresh mozzarella baby spinach, and sun dried tomato almond pesto on rustic bread topped with Parmesan peppercorn sauce. It's a snap to make and perfect on a cold day next to a warm bowl of soup.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Three Bean Chicken Andouille Soup



Cannelli Beans, Kidney Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Roasted Chicken, and Andouille make this rustic hearty, style soup come together with a little kick of spice. Serve it up with a crusty bread like ciabatta.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Piri Piri Chicken


You are more than likely saying Piri Piri chicken? What in the who is that? Well it is by far the best barbecue chicken I have ever ever had! We went to a Portuguese barbecue restaurant a few weeks back and wow! I have never seen so much food let alone barbecued meats. If you are not familiar with it you need to be. To me Piri Piri is the secret to the best chicken in the world. Without Piri Piri, chicken is just chicken. The origins of the sauce come from Angola and Mozambique, who both have ancient versions of chili sauce and who customarily use chillies in their cooking. You could almost say that chili occurs no where else in Portuguese cooking, at least only as an exotic ingredient and certainly not in any other national, fundamental dish. This version given to me by my Portugese coworker its not to spicy but just perfect. Add the hot pepper gradually if you do not like a little heat.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Baked Campanelle Pasta In Creamy Pesto Sauce

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"The Godfather" Panini


I don't know about all of you but this weather here in NY for the end of November is just bizarre. The good this is I was able to decorate for the holidays outside in nice sunny warm 57 degree weather. Even more bizarre. The weather for our Christmas parade will be warm also and its never warm! Not to mention my flower pots and bushes are still bloomimg! Even the crocuses came up and opened. That right there is just a bit scary. What to make of the the long winter or will there be one?

This panini tastes just like your favorite stromboli. No fuss, easy as pie. Same great taste in half the time. You can also make a bunch of these , cut them up and serve for a party. I have grilled them up for a quick and fast sammie as well. Dip them is a side of your favorite marinara sauce.



Monday, November 28, 2011

Roasted Vegetable Turkey Casserole


GOT LEFTOVERS? Anyone who made a turkey must! Roasted veggies combined with turkey gravy and stuffing = a perfect one dish meal. Not to mention a clean out your fridge meal.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole


I love anything cheesy and green! This is easy to make and is so yummy. There are many many variations of this dish. This is my spin on it and the one that I found my family liked the best. Cheese, broccoli, bread crumbs all combined and baked in the oven.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!



This Thanksgiving Day, let's remember what we truly have to be thankful for. Let's take a good, hard look around us and realize that while we may not have everything we want, what we want is not always what we need. Lets remember the true meaning of this
great American holiday as you celebrate with friends and family.

Raspberry Almond Bars

Shortbread, almond and raspberry can there be a better flavor combination? I love anything with raspberry and almonds. It really just goes so well together. I make these for the holidays every year and are always a big hit. Another easy recipe.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Gingered Butternut Squash Soup


I love the holiday feel of butternut squash. This soup has a bangin list of ingredients which totally makes it not your average soup. Fresh ginger is the key ingredient that totally makes this soup. Simmered with vegetables and stock along with;  yes that's right coconut milk.  If you are a fan of squash this is for you. If you are not I promise you will be!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chicken Alfredo Melts

SUNDAY-FUN-DAY! I love French bread pizza. This is a nice alternative to the normal version. Chicken alfredo sauce and mozzarella all melted together on crusty bread. You could also sneak in a little spinach which I didn't have ion hand at the time I made this. Not to mention it is super easy to make. It a great quick week night meal or even an appetizer.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

My grandmother made the best mashed potatoes. This is her recipe. These go good with anything and I mean anything. They are even better with gravy! I will be serving these along side the turkey this year and every year.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Penne Aurore with Pancetta


Aurore means dawn in French, referring to the beautiful orange color of the sauce. The tomato gives the sauce its distinct color. The sweetness of the tomatoes and saltiness of the pancetta and pecorino romano cheese gives the sauce a nice balance. Coming from an Italian family there is always pasta a first course served on any holiday. Instead of your regular pasta dishes like baked ziti or lasagna for the holidays give this a try. Not to mention it is way easier to make. What is your first course? I would love to know everyones different holiday traditions!

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Caramel Apple Cookie Tart


Since I hardley ever bake and rarely post a sweet recipe here is an old one I had stored in my recipe box. Apples, oatmeal, caramel all atop a cookie crust. Yum! You can also cut this into squares as well.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Baked Gnocchi With Spinach And Sausage



Look out baked ziti! Gnocchi, if you have never had it, you must! I prefer mine with a white sauce instead of red. They are also good with a tomato cream sauce. I don't know why I don't like them with plain old tomato sauce I just don't! Baked up this way they are so good!  Creamy and delicious the list of ingredients go so well together. Serve with my crusty parmesan garlic bread to sop up the sauce.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stuffed Peppers



This is a very versatile dish. It’s also quick and a easy weeknight meal. I just eat them alone most times I dont even serve a side dish ok well maybe some bread to sop up the sauce.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vegetable Stuffed Mushrooms




SUNDAY-FUN- DAY! A fantastic combination of everything delicious all stuffed into a bite-sized mushroom! No meat or seafood in these. They are perfect just the way they are. Another holiday appetizer I serve every year.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Baked Brie With Cran~Raspberry Sauce and Toasted Almonds


HEAVEN! Creamy baked brie topped with cran~raspberry sauce and toasted almonds. Ooooy Gooey goodness is all I can say. Dip crackers or bread right into the melted cheese. I serve this every holiday gathering.  

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sun Dried Tomato Dipping Oil

There is something about dun dried tomatoes that I just love. This is the easiest dipping sauce to make.  It pairs so perfect along side some nice warm crusty bread, for your italian dinner feast.  Olive oil is blended with italian herbs garlic and sun dried tomatoes. Who knew olive oil could taste so good!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Glazed Slow Cooker Meat Loaf



Easiest meatloaf to make ever, as well as easy on your budget. Mix it all up, shape it, place in your slow cooker and walk away!  Set it and forget it. You will have a great dinner.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cheesy Garlic Bread Bites

SUNDAY-FUN-DAY!   Lot’s of creamy garlic and cheese. I have to warn you they are a bit addicting. You may not be able to get enough of these. Perfect appetizer for a crowd. Serve with a side of marinara sauce.

 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pierogi Bake With Carmelized Onion



Pierogis oh how I love thee. But the can not be eaten plain, they must be dressed. For this recipe I dressed them with caramelized onion, tomato, bell pepper and garlic. I should have added bacon! Now I think of it of course. You can make them from scratch of course, I just don't have time for that. If you have never eaten a pierogi I highly recommend you try them at least once. You will continue eating them I promise.

*Pierogi (Polish pronunciation: [pjɛˈrɔɡʲi]; also spelled perogi, pierogy, perogy, pierógi, pyrohy, or pyrogy) are boiled, baked or fried dumplings of unleavened dough traditionally stuffed with potato filling.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Salad BLT Wrap


Chicken salad has officially been taken to the next level. Bacon Check! Lettuce Check! Sun Dried Tomato Check! Oh and some chicken and some other ingredients. Why eat plain old boring chicken salad. This is the only way I eat chicken salad now. It's so good. Not to mention a great healthy lunch.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Grown Up Mac And Cheese



HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL!

Sorry kids this ones for the adults. Ooogey gooey cheesy goodness! This is the ultimate comfort food.
It also goes quite well with my cheese and pasta obsession.


Thank goodness it will be in the 50's temperature wise here today. I won't be freezing my butt off trick or treating, nor will the kids in their costumes. I hope everyone has a fun and safe Hallloween.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Pizza


Here is your SUNDAY-FUN-DAY recipe!  This is the easiest thing to make and its so good.

All I can say is it is absolutely freezing here in NY. Some how we dodged the snow and only had rain. Funny thing this island, it's like we are protected even though we are totally open to the Atlantic Ocean, we hardly ever get snow. My family up the line a bit got stuck with almost 20"and no power. Hoping that doesn't last to long. I mean what happened to fall? It will be oh so cold trick or treating. I will be making my cola beef stew today....post to follow soon.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Roasted Potatoes, Butternut Squash and Chicken Sausage


There is just something about all the food and goodness that goes along with cooking on the fall. I guess its the comfort or maybe just the stick to your ribs stuff. Whatever it is I just love it. This is a great one dish meal. Red Bliss Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Chicken Sausage and seasonings all roasted up in the oven. My kids did not even know there was Squash in there hehehe....

Friday, October 28, 2011

Apple Cider Pork Brine




Say goodbye to bland dry pork. This is a brine for any cut of pork you may be having. The meat comes out so juicy and flavorful. I made pork chops, they were the best pork chops I have ever had! If you have never brined meat I seriously suggest you try to.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Open Face Steak Melts

This falls between the lines of man food and woman food. I'm leaning more along the lines of man food. He scarfed this down in no time. Truth is it's a smorgasbord of goodness. Another truth is sometimes we just have sandwiches for dinner. This one is great for any left over steak or you can go ahead and make it fresh.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Steamed Potstickers


I like to make my own Asian food, as best I can anyway.  I can not get enough of these. They are so dang good. They also turned out surprisingly well. You can put them in soup or serve as a side. Why not even eat them for a snack.


On another note. Those of you that are familiar with Tasty Kitchen, I was shocked to see that I was chosen as the featured member of the week! It was such a nice surprise. If you are not familiar with the site defiantly check it out. It's Ree Drummonds (The Pioneer Woman) community of an amazing collaboration of bloggers and everyday people who all have a passion for food. It is worth the time to give it a try www.Tastykitchen.com :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

White Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups


This lasagna comes dressed to the dinner table all frilly and rolled up!  Not to mention portion control. All you will need is one. They are such a different spin on traditionsl lasagna and a snap to make. I thought for sure they would be a little challenging, not at all. You can even make one at a time. Now you wont be left with an entire tray of lasagna.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Roasted Chicken In Mascarpone Mustard Marsala Sauce


Seasoned chicken oven roasted to perfection.  Serve it along side your favorite potato and veggie side. This dish is a perfect weeknight treat! Relatively simple to make, yet utterly delicious to eat.
I make a lot of chicken. It is my other favorite thing to eat instead of pasta. I think I have made it in every way shape and form at one time or another.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Roasted Vegetable Bread

Roasted vegetables on homemade bread. I guess if there was cheese it would be a pizza. Either way its so delicious. Not to mention healthy. I love this as a side for dinner or for a party, you can cut it into squares and serve.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Southwest Turkey Sliders WIth Chipolte Mayo



Kicked up turkey mini-burgers. Perfect for a crowd, even a snack or dinner. My kids adore them. These turn plain old ground turkey into tasty little burgers. Not to mention healthy.



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Warm Lemon Pudding Cake



Lemon all the ways I love thee... I can't get enough of it, sweet or savory. This cake is so good and of course easy like I've said before I am no baker. I don't think I have ever made a cake from scratch. Maybe I will try. It is so much easier with shortcuts though. Make sure you eat this warm it is much better that way.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Carciofo Tuffo Caldo...AKA Hot Artichoke Dip



SUNDAY-FUN-DAY! Carciofo Tuffo Caldo...WHAT?  This dip fancies up the traditional artichoke dip with the addition of sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red pepper, and black olives. I came up with this last winter for a last minute gathering. It was basically whatever I had in the fridge. I have to say it came out pretty darn good. Merryweather mama even made it and posted it on her site. I was thrilled. Any who enjoy it!Serve with sliced baguettes or crackers.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Beef Bourguignon Over Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes



Set it and forget it! Stick to your ribs oh so good. Not to mention it has red wine in it! Served over my grand mothers sour cream mashed potatoes which are to die for. I use them for lots of side dishes. Perfect for a cold rainy day. It sure is cold and rainy here on the east island today. Missing the cool sunny weather of fall.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Citrus Vinaigrette


Spinach I count that ways I love thee....I think I put it in almost everything. I especially sneak it in food when ever my son wont notice. My bunny rabbit of a daughter will eat it in every way shape and form. She will eat anything. I honestly don't know where it goes. Maybe a bottomless pit. Anyways this is a great year round salad. It will surely warm you and fill you right up! It is a great main dish or even a side dish.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bolognese Baked Ziti Rigate



Comfort food. I think everyone has one person in their family that makes that one thing that defines comfort for you. Or even just a memory of a favorite dish your grandma made. This is a spin off of my grandmas lasagna. In stead of lasagna I decided to make bolognese baked ziti. You know, the kind of ziti where the ricotta and marinara just melt together in your mouth in perfect harmony. Not to mention the amazing meat sauce to go with.  What's your comfort food?


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Crispy Panko Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

 


Fresh brocoli and cauliflower are baked together with crispy panko parmesan breadcrumbs. This is low carb, low fat, vegetarion friendly, Heck it's everything friendly. How could you go wrong. It's the perfect side dish for any meal. Even better for Turkey Day. It's  mild flavor is perfect for picky eaters.

 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Almond Joy Brownies

Can you say heaven, yes that is what these are. I don't know if it's the almond, the coconut, or chocolate...but they are one devine treat. I love brownies also. You won't see me posting to many baking recipes here. I am no baker, at all, in any way shape or form. Mainly because I hate to measure, and can be a bit impatient at times. I'd rather cook 24-7.  Measuring like Rachel Ray. A palmful of this a pinch of that. It always comes out better that way. So on the rare occasion you do see something baked it may have short cut ingreidents in it. That's just how I roll.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Pita Pizzas

SUNDAY-FUN-DAY!
One thing I always have in the fridge is hummus. I love snacking with it. My favorite is the roasted red pepper one. Great for lunch or after workout snack, high in protein and fiber. I have also served these as an appetizer, there wasn't any left.