Friday, December 27, 2013

My Top 10 Recipes of 2013

Who can believe this year is coming to an end. 
Where does the time go? 
have decided to spend the holiday season away from social media and blogging just for a week or so to spend some much needed time with my family. 
I hope everyone has had an amazing holiday season. 
Wishing you all good things for 2014! 
I will be back in January with all new recipes.
To say farewell to 2013 here are my top 10 most viewed recipes.
Until next time.....

Monday, December 16, 2013

Italian Bean and Pasta Soup

So I have been so out of the blogger world lately. 
I'm sorry :/
Life has just taken over! 
But I'm back and today I give you soup. 
Delicious warm yummy Italian soup! 
It has been so cold here. 
We finally had some snow but then it rained. 
We hardly get snow here. 
We live right on the cusp where it just bypasses us almost every time. 
I hope everyone has a great week!
Happy Monday!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Creamy Potato Gratin

How was everyone's holiday?
Are ya stuffed? I still am!
I still have not even put up my tree.
For some reason I am not feeling the Christmas spirit yet.
I may need just another week to pass to separate the two holidays.
Enough of that and now onto the dish...
                                    This is one of my very picky sons favorite dishes. 
Super cheesy baked potatoes.
There is nothing better than potatoes and cheese.
I can see why he loves it so.
I know I sure do.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Three Ingredient Pumpkin Dump Cake

We all know how I am not a baker. 
I simply do not have the patience for it. 
With that being said when I do bake, I bake things like this. 
Not only is it the most insanely easy fall dessert to make. 
Angle food cake, (who doesn't like that?), pure pumpkin. 
All topped with a dreamy glaze. 
Told you it was easy! 
I sure hope you will give them a try!

Monday, November 18, 2013

What's Going To Be On My Thanksgiving Table

What's everyone doing for Turkey day? Are you cooking? I am I do every year. I actually enjoy it very much. I didn't' add desserts to this round up, well because I don;t know what they will be. I put my mom in charge of that and she will be surprising everyone. That sounds good to me! I can't wait to see what she brings to the table. 
Happy Monday!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Linguine with Creamy Mushroom Bacon Sauce

 How was everyone's weekend? Did you get any holiday shopping done? I know I didn't. We just used the weekend for some much needed down time. Pasta Pasta! Creamy mushroom sauce with bacon and parmesan. That's where it's a t baby!This is a quick fix for any night of the week and looks and tastes totally elegant. 
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Soft Butter Pretzel Sticks (Auntie Anne’s Pretzel’s Copycat Recipe)

Mall pretzels, I am pretty sure we have all had them and can't resist them. I know I can't that's for sure. They go along with my carb addiction to. So with that said I am on a total pretzel overload. I can not and do not wish to disclose how many of these I actually ate! They are so delicious and taste just like the ones in the mall. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Oven Fried Dijon Pork Chops with Maple Apple Sauerkraut

I hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween and weekend! We had a blast trick or treating with the kiddies. I am so grateful the weather held out and it was fairly warm out. Unfortunately I some how have got myself sick with a cold and cough. Better me than the kids. Strangely enough they are the ones who usually get me sick. So today I will make some chicken soup to help kick this cold!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Best Hot Roast Beef Sandwich

I now serve you the best "manwich" on the face of the planet. Not only is it the best sandwich, it has the best coleslaw ever on it. Hot roast beef with cool crisp coleslaw. I don't usually label my recipes "the best" but, I had this a while back at a sandwich shop and I knew I had to recreate it. So it has been kid tested and man approved and I strongly suggest you give it a try!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Blackened Chicken

Super easy, and super fast. This is a fantastic 30 minute meal. So full of flavor. I put mine over a bed of couscous. Any good starch and veggie will do to accompany this. Or you can make it this way ! I hope everyone's ready for all the adorable trick or treaters on Thursday.
I know I am. 
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Quinoa Vegetable Gratin Alfredo

Can I just say I have finally gotten my kids to eat quinoa! Oh and some squash I snuck in to this dish. This was literally a clean out the produce basket kind of dish. I ate it just alone for a meal. Sometimes that's just they way you gotta do things! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Western Style Fritatta and Seasoned Potatoes

This is my favorite way to eat eggs!  Not to mention potatoes! Omelets and frittata's are eaten not only for breakfast, but also as a main dish. 
What is the difference between an omelet and a frittata?
The difference boils down to a matter of folding in a filling rather than mixing it in. Omelets traditionally have the egg mixture cooked and folded around a filling, while a frittata just mixes it all up, cooked in a mishmash combination all at once. Frittata's are often served at room temperature, making them perfect for brunches or larger groups.
Just thought I would throw that in there :) ENJOY!
Happy Monday!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders

Happy Friday! Is it me or does anyone else hate the fact that it's dark by 6:30 pm here on the east coast? For some reason this year I having some trouble adjusting. Where there's fall there's football, and where there's football, there's all the yumminess that goes along with it. Just like these! I have never used ground chicken until I gave these a whirl. It was not bad at all. My kids loved then so we will be having them again. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Purses


Oh cheese how I love thee. Especially some fresh "mutzy" mozzarella. I found these really great little roasted peppers at Sam's Club. They are just the right size to stuff in a nice slice of cheese and a basil leaf. There you have this cute little purse. Just perfect for appetizers. Drizzle with some aged balsamic and mangia! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Super Chocolate Cake Mix Brownies

Hello chocolate and hello Monday. I was in the mountains all weekend celebrating a family members fabulous weeding overlooking the Hudson River at a historical park. The weather absolutely was gorgeous.  The leaves were changing; it was breathtaking  See my Instagram page for pics. Now onto these bad boys. Holy chocolate. We all know I do not like to bake all that much, but the kiddies wanted brownies. Of course I had no brownie mix and did not have the right ingredients to make them from scratch so they came from cake mix.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Honeycrisp Cobb Salad

We all love Honeycrisp apples right? I know I sure do. "Seeing they are called hybrid apples", I decided to do a little research on these beauties to see where they come from. 
The Honeycrisp apple was produced from a 1960 cross of Macoun and Honeygold, as part of the University of Minnesota apple breeding program. Who knew the called it apple breeding.
Click the names for some more info. I have to say it's quite interesting.  

Monday, September 30, 2013

Pasta Marscapone with Ham Peas and Mushrooms

How was everyone's weekend? Mine was really long. I had a party to cater and I'm still pretty tired. This recipe is an oldie but goodie. Super simple to which I my kind of meal.
This is a one dish wonder. Pasta with peas, ham, mushrooms all cooked with a tomato marscarpone sauce. So easy to make and tastes like your eating it from an Italian restaurant.
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Favorite Fall Soups

It's finally feeling like fall around here. I still have not turned on the heat. Trying to wait as long as i can for that one! I am so happy to make soup again. Heck I am happy to make all of the delicious fall foods. Here is a few of my own favorite from scratch soup recipes. I hope you will give them a try! 
Click on the recipe titles for the link.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sesame Chicken Strips

Happy Fall Y'all! It's finally here my favorite time of year. This recipe is also another favorite thing of mine. My son and I get it all the time when we got to that certain chain restaurant that has something like its name. This is a copycat version minus the booze.  After making it for the first time I just may use the coating for all of my chicken nuggets and strips. It is by far the crunchiest one I have ever made and help up very well. It was a bit time consuming to make but well worth the wait. I promise it shall not disappoint!
Happy Monday!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Slow Cooker Meatballs in Gravy

Perfect tender tasty meatballs in amazing gravy spooned over hot cooked egg noodles. Classic comfort food. Who doesn't love that? I love these lil guys. I also love the noodles to. I could eat them as a meal, hence the carb addiction. You can use any kind you like, I like the extra broad ones. They come in a bunch of sizes. Extra broad, wide, no yolk, whatever you prefer. You will end up with the same result a full belly that's for sure.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Three Ingredient Overnight Steel Cut Oats

I just realized I have not posted or created a breakfast recipe in forever. Oatmeal is one of my most favorite filling breakfasts. That's the key filling! I am a breakfast girl, need it want it, cranky if I don't have it. Coffee will still always come first. I discovered steel cut oats about a year ago and let me tell you I really like them so much better than the rolled ones. They have a more of a porridge consistency than the regular rolled oats. Oatmeal is the breakfast of champions this time of year. The versatility of it is endless. Toppings, sweetness and flavors. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Taco Wedge Salad


This is the easiest weeknight meal other than take out. My family just gobbled them right up. They usually don't think of salad as a meal. I on the other hand do. Ground beef, black beans, tomatoes and cheese smothered with thousand island dressing all topped with crispy tortilla strips. You can add any other toppings you like but trust me when I say you must use thousand island dressing. That is what makes this salad oh so good!
Happy Monday!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Parmesan Primavera Farfalle

With the end of summer near (not that you can tell with this weather) I try to squeeze in as many summer menu items as I can to cook. Well except for the ones I am sick of.  This one is one I am definitely not sick of. I can eat this all year round. Sweet summer vegetables, creamy parmesan cheese sauce over farfalle pasta. Need I say anything more. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chicken Salad BLT

There is a heatwave today here in NY. How the heck did it go from being 40 degrees at night to needing my a/c again? It is 90 degrees already. I'm not happy. I do not like the heat. We do not get along. Please come back fall! 
Some days you just want a sandwich. Other days you just need a sandwich with the addition of some bacon, lettuce, tomato and chicken salad. This is my very favorite chicken salad recipe. Simple to make this sandwich is pretty plain but tastes so delicious. I even made it on plain old white bread toast. You can use whatever bread you like. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

 I have died and gone to heaven! These are my new favorite potato. Perfect for football Sundays. Serve them as a game day treat or next to any protein. 
Happy Monday 
Happy Birthday 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup with Roasted Garlic

 I have a confession my friends. I never liked tomato soup! I never liked tomato soup until I made my own. I have a bad relationship with any soup that comes from a can. It just doesn't taste homemade to me. I guess I'm weird. This soup is a stick to your ribs meal in it self soup. Sweet roasted garlic combined with the tomatoes. it's so good. I posted this few years back but I decided it needed a little tweaking. So here is the redo. 
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Brown Sugar Crusted Walnut Apple Cake

School has officially begun and it's almost Fall ya'll!!! It definitely feels like fall this morning. Fall is my favorite season next to spring. I love the air, the leaves, wearing my boots and a sweater....there is so much to list. To kick off the season here is a fantastic cake. The smell of it baking alone reminded me of Fall. As it bakes the walnuts and apples caramelize at the bottom. When it's cool and turned out oh baby!! It makes you want to just pick off the top.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Grilled BLT Crostinis

How were everyone's weekend festivities?  We had a small gathering of some friends which included these guys right here. Along with some salads and the usual bbq grub. Then we ended the night with a campfire. Today I am waiting for these clouds to go away so we can hit the beach! I am praying for no rain. 
Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bacon Ranch Chicken Tostada

What is everyone's weekend plans for the holiday? Going away? Having a cook out? We will be hopefully hitting the outter beach with our 4x4 and having a bbq. 
Let me just tell you how good these turned out. Sooo bleepin good! Quick, easy and total man food! The kids fell in love also. I will defiantly making this for school night dinners. 
I hope everyone enjoys the last weekend of summer!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Creamy Ranch Pork Chops {Slow Cooker}

T minus 7 days until school starts. Whoot Whoot! My house will finally stay clean for more than an hour.  My little darling (tornado) starts the third grade and my big guys starts (tear) ninth grade. His first year in high school. This I am not really ok with. 
Now on to the recipe....This is one of my favorite set it and forget it, saw it a hundred times on Pinterest recipes.  I finally gave it a try a few weeks ago and it was a hit. Anything that's easy and the kiddies like is a check in my book! Especially when its a week night meal!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Parmesan Couscous with Fresh Herbs

Let's start Monday off with a super simple and super fresh dish. Who doesn't love a 10 minute side dish? I could honestly eat this for a meal. I {heart} couscous. It compliments just about any protein and it's a winner with the kids. Not to mention it's so purdy! You cant go wrong making this a side with any meal.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Whisky Steak and Onion Sliders

Who does not like a good boozy steak sauce? I know I sure do. These little bad boys are a perfect weeknight, weekend, lunch or dinner meal. Serve them along side a nice veggie and a starch. Perfect for back to school and a busy schedule.  

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cinnamon Peach Scones

So apparently it is Monday again. How did this happen? Grrrr. Since it is peach season and there are ton's of peach farms on Long Island, I bring you these. I will admit I am not a fan of peach pie. I really don't know why; I just don;t care for it. How ever these scones were delicious. The perfect breakfast treat any day of the week.
Happy Monday!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Baked Crispy Chicken Nuggets

TGIF! Anyone have any cool plans for the weekend? We will be just trying to get in as much beach time as possible before it gets to cool here. Now onto the recipe. I honestly will never fry another chicken nugget ever again after making these. They are perfectly crunchy. I have made them several times now in different variations, playing the spices.This version is just pretty plain. If you wanted to leave the chicken breasts whole or cut into tenders you could as well. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad

Tis the season for all the amazing veggies the summer has to offer. When you just don't want to use the stove to make a dish...just got for this. It literally takes five minutes from start to finish. It is the most simple thing I have made ever; I think. A perfect side for any meal. Not to mention its totally kid friendly.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Turkey Sloppy Joes

I can't believe the summer is almost over! Where did the time go? I have to admit though, that I am kind of waiting for school to start. I need to get back into that groove of a set routine. This dish is perfect for back to school weeknight dinners and is ready in a flash! 
It is pretty healthy also. My kids loved these and gobbled them right up! 
Happy Monday!!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Baked Spanish Rice Pilaf

This dish is such a nice twist in ant traditional rice pilaf recipe. Did I mention its baked? Who knew you could bake rice? I made this for a birthday party we hosted for my father in law as a different option from the traditional bbq menu. I <3 any and all Spanish foods. So any time I get to make it I jump at the opportunity because well the hub's isn't so crazy about it. I will never understand! You could always cook it on the stove top just like a traditional rice recipe as well, I have done both.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Layered Jello Yogurt Squares

I hope everybody had a great weekend. We celebrated my daughters eighth birthday. I am still trying to find out where eight years went?! This is one of our favorite things to make together in the kitchen. My daughter just loves it. Layers of jello mixed with yogurt then shaped into whatever shape you want. 
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sliders with Southern Coleslaw

I've been on a "sangwich" kick lately. Technically all summer due to the amount of grilling we do. Instead of the traditional pulled pork I decided to find a grilled chicken version. Well it was delicious. Sweet bbq sauce with the zingy crunchy southern slaw. So good! 
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Basil Butter Hasselback Potatoes

I am so happy to say our heat wave has ended here in NY. It is still a tad humid by us but that comes with the territory of beach life. There is nothing better than an ocean breeze at night coming off the bay it literally drops 20 degrees. I was also happy to be able to put my oven on again. I was a little grilled out. I have never made hassselback potatoes so I came up with this version. They were delicious. I love basil, garlic and butter of course, they go oh so well together. 
Happy Monday!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Marinated Five Bean Salad

 Growing up my dad would make this salad all the time. Even just for dinner. It is a great way to get the kiddies to eat their veggies and protein. My daughter gobbled it right up. It's a delicious combination of five beans and yummy homemade Italian marinade. You could also take this to a cookout, it's mayo free and is such a nice change from the regular stuff. It makes a large amount so you will have to feed a crowd or eat it all week long.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Grilled Steak Fajita Quesadillas

Sometimes you just need to change thing up a bit. I have a serious love of all kinds of Spanish and Mexican foods. Everyone loves fajitas right? Why not make it a quesadilla? I am so glad I did. Thin slices of steak, peppers, onions and we cant forget the cheese! This time I grilled them instead of just cooking them a flat skillet. Grill marks are so purdy. There is also a trick in the cooking directions to make your quesadillas never fall apart again, along with it helping with portion control. hehe

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chicken Banh Mi with Sriracha Aioli

A traditional Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich made with pork and a lot of fish sauce. Well I totally omitted the fish sauce. No thanks...yuck! It worked out great with my substitutions. 
  I am so in love with this sandwich. I had it a few weeks ago at a small bakery that is totally organic and only uses the freshest ingredients. I dream of this place because it was that good.
I must go back. It's worth the hour drive west. So I had to make it. What I like about this sandwich is there is no cheese, it's not really slathered in sauce and the crunch of the pickled cucumber and carrots is just so good! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Blueberry Fields Salad

Hot enough for you? It's been in the mid 90's here all week in NY. So hot that my 7:30 pm breeze has been non existent. I look forward to that breeze every night. I guess I will take the heat any day over the freezing winter. I do love summer I also just love summer salads.
The possibilities are endless. The abundance of fresh farm fruits and vegetables is just great during the summer months. There is nothing better than going to the farm stands and the farmers market. Long Island is filled with farms on our east end. Many weekends I find us just taking the short drive a little further east to see what farms we come across and what they have to offer. This salad was an inspiration from some fresh blueberries that were picked up from a local farmer.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Maple Infused No Bake Baked Beans

Simple and delicious. Quick and easy serve with your favorite BBQ food. Cooked on the stove top, this is a great shortcut to the traditional baked in the oven all day beans. Serve them along with a nice steak or grilled chicken, even dip some cornbread into these bad boys. They are a staple at our table during grilling season.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Potato, Ham and Cheddar Fritatta

 I like my eggs fluffy and well risen when I make fritatta's. They are so easy to make. I love combining a bunch of ingredients like this, baking them off and wallah you have breakfast! Heck even lunch or dinner if you like. Just mix all the ingredients up and pop it in the oven in about 30 minutes its done. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

BBQ Chicken Breast with Homemade Honey BBQ Sauce

Love me some barbecued chicken. Actually I love me some barbecued anything. You know it's summer time when all you do is grill anything you can find.  These baby's are super saucy with a sweet honey bbq sauce. They are perfect for your fourth of July cookout. Serve alongside some corn and my Perfect Macaroni Salad.
Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Perfect Macaroni Salad

Can you believe it is already July! How did this happen? What are everyone's plans for the big day? We have the usual party bbq to go to. The kids will play, splash and watch a firework show. This salad will be in tow with me on Thursday. It is my grandmothers recipe and I make it quite often throughout the summer months. I urge you to give it a try. I promise you will love it!
Happy July!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Roasted Red Potato Salad

I just love summer and all the food that comes along with it. I love finding different ways to change the regular classics around. This is a different version of potato salad. This is just darn good. I also may have a slight obsession with potatoes. You won't have to worry about keeping this one cold. Coated with a simple dressing of lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and Dijon. This is mayonnaise free, perfect to hold up in the outside heat at your summer cookouts. 
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Creamy Tomato Bow Tie Pasta Skillet

 I love skillet pasta dishes. This one is super fast and ready in under 30 minutes. This is a total shortcut meal. You can't beat that.  Its the perfect weeknight or even Sunday dinner. Serve it to your guests and they will think you slaved for hours, I promise. They will never know. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Roasted Vegetable Salad

How was everyone's weekend? It was graduation central in our town. Had a few party's to go to as well. Speaking of party's I made this dish for out annual fathers day bbq. It was really good. You can serve it warm, room temperature or even cold. Whichever you prefer. You can ultimately use any kind of veggies and make the portion size to your needs. I ended up making so much that we used the extras for a side dish and put the rest along with some grilled chicken in wraps for lunch! Yum!!  
Happy Monday!