Spaghetti Squash with Broccoli and Cheese

I fell in love with spaghetti squash a few winters ago and made it almost weekly coming up with different recipes. There are so many ways you can use it–essentially you can substitute almost any spaghetti recipe. When you are watching your carb intake it’s a filling and warm winter meal! No, it’s not the…

Italian Garlic Bread with a Twist

Garlic bread is simple and delicious comfort food. No matter how you make it, garlic with bread and oil or butter is going to be amazing. But, there is a way to fancy it up a bit if you are so inclined. Where we grew up there was an Italian market where we always ordered…

Fettuccine con Pesto

In continuing my theme of using ingredients from the garden, my friend Alex and I recently made pesto sauce. It’s a great time of year to make pesto and it is extremely easy to make. You can switch up ingredients depending what you have on hand making it a very versatile recipe. My favorite kind…

Eggplant Balls

Italians are very familiar with meatballs, it’s part of our vocab from the time we can form words. “Eggplant balls” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. They could really use a new name. But ever since I saw Giada make these I couldn’t get them off my mind. They are crunchy on the outside, tender…

Poached Egg Parmesan

The Effrens have gotten very creative with eggs over the years. We will put a fried egg on almost anything so we can call it breakfast. But we do have some go to egg dishes that are always extraordinary and this is one of them. Here is our fathers day breakfast Mom and I made…

Texas Caviar

This is a recipe I cannot take credit for.  My friend Alexandra made it for me on my birthday two years ago and we fell in love with it.  Because it’s so healthy and versatile I started making it for family parties.  Turns out they love it too.  It is somewhat of a bizarre recipe….

Stuffed Mushroom “Pizza”

If you are on a low carb diet, if you are a vegetarian, or if you like mushrooms and cheese, then you’ll like this creation!  I had 2 leftover portobello mushrooms from our sandwiches (previous recipe) and I didn’t know what to do with them.  I also had spinach in my fridge.  After googling “spinach…

Portobello Mushroom Sandwich

When I saw a package of large and perfect portobello mushrooms in the grocery store this morning, I had to buy them. Immediately I thought about a pesto mayo on a delicious fresh bun.  A big juicy grilled portobello can be just as delicious as a burger if you do it right.  This sandwich is tender, crunchy…

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…