Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

A classic recipe and one of my absolute favorites. I order this at Strada 18 in Norwalk almost every time we go and I finish the entire ginormous bowl. It does cost $18 however so this Saturday night I thought we could save some money and still enjoy a delicious meal at home. I was…

Tacos de Barbacoa

For some reason I have always been intimidated by large roasts and the braising process. I guess it’s fear of the unknown. But after making barbacoa I’m not sure why I was so scared; it was one of the easiest dinners I have made. If you have been to Chipotle you are at least somewhat…

Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs

I have always wanted to make homemade pasta. Having lived in Italy and knowing what fresh pasta tastes like, I know it’s worth whatever effort it takes to make it. Growing up I heard stories of how my great-grandmother, Filomena Bonini, made homemade pasta weekly, rolled it by hand with a long broom stick, and…

Red Wine Beef Stew

With the snow comes my cravings for a soup or hearty stew. Growing up, my mom always made us a delicious beef stew with carrots, celery, onion and served it over egg noodles. It was always so warm and comforting. I can never make it as good as hers but here’s my version. Ingredients 1.5 lbs…

Stuff Your Own…Stuffed Pepper!

I had an urgent craving for stuffed peppers this past weekend and thought they would be nice for Sunday family dinner. I have never made them before but they seemed simple enough and I thought they have such potential to be delicious. Keeping things on the healthy side, I used a short brown rice instead…

Eggplant Rollatini

Fried eggplant is so delicious and when you pair it with sauce and cheese it just doesn’t get any better.   I made eggplant rollatini for the first time, for my non meat-eating friend, on New Years Eve 2012 and it wasn’t as difficult to make as I thought it would be.   Ingredients: Eggplant (3…

Mac n’ Cheese

What’s better than hot, cheesy mac n’ cheese with a nice crunch on top? Try this recipe and know it’s just as delicious leftover!! It’s up to you what cheeses to use- there are so many options! In my experience, Trader Joe’s has a huge selection for the best prices. Photo Courtesy of Snap Photography…

Mushroom Truffle Risotto

We slightly modified a recipe from Tyler Florence for Mushroom Truffle Risotto that was absolutely delicious! Photos courtesy of Snap Photography Ingredients 8 cups chicken broth, low sodium 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, diced, divided 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 pound fresh portobello and crimini mushrooms, sliced 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped 2…

Grandma Edie’s Stuffed Artichokes

Grandma Edie (our Jewish grandmother) made the best Italian stuffed artichokes around! We grew up making these as kids, taking turns stuffing each leaf and it’s been a fun and tasty tradition! This is one of the few recipes I just won’t vary and these artichokes are worth every minute of preparation. Photos courtesy of…

Chili for the Non-Beef Eaters

Enjoy a healthy turkey chili on a cold fall afternoon!  I learned this recipe when I was on a diet last year and adapted it to my liking.  It also comes in handy when Kyle’s parents visit since they don’t really eat meat.  I was originally scared of the ground turkey but in something like…

Shabbat Zuppa di Pesce

Tonight we went to my parents for a family dinner and the Jewtalians enjoyed a delicious Italian meal; zuppa di pesce, of sorts. Mom bought all sorts of fish and you can feel free to select your favorites. Ingredients Garlic Shallots Fresh Parsley Red Pepper Flakes Can San Marzano tomatoes (chopped or whole) Imported Italian…

The Best Buffalo Chicken Dip

This delicious dip tastes just like wings but with out all the mess and fatty skin! It’s so easy to make and great for a party. Since I started making it, people often ask me to make it. It’s the ultimate party or game day app! Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Total…

Roll Your Own! (Lasagna)

A twist on regular lasagna that is slightly less time consuming. Feel free to substitute your own creative ingredients!  I’ve also made this recipe with eggplant and zucchini or with meat sauce! Ingredients Lasagna noodles Ricotta Cheese Mozzarella Parmesan Cheese Mint Oregano and/or basil Prosciutto Spinach Egg Tomato Sauce (make your own fresh or use…

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie

Try this delicious chicken pot pie recipe with out the pie crust, cream and butter! You can enjoy comfort food with out all the fat! Makes 5 ramikens (as seen above) Cooking time: 50 minutes Ingredients 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 leeks 3 celery stalks 2 or 3 small potatos Stalk or 2 of carrots chopped…