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Homemade Spring Fettuccine with Pancetta, Peas & Asparagus

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Spring is finally here in full bloom, and I’m so excited to cook with fresh, seasonal ingredients! One of my favorite dishes to make for spring is this tasty and fresh pasta dish, Homemade Spring Fettuccine with Pancetta, Peas & Asparagus.… Read More Homemade Spring Fettuccine with Pancetta, Peas & Asparagus

Cheese, Comfort Food, Entrees, Food Styling & Photography, French Recipes, Gluten-Free Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Seafood Recipes, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies

Shrimp, Basil & Corn Zucchini Noodles w/ Meyer Lemon Cream Sauce

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Hello Summer! And hello to the season for lighter food and flavors and quality time at the beach and the pool (READ: also time for shorts and sundresses and to lose a few to fit into the bathing suit!) I’ve been craving pasta lately because i’ve been cutting down on carbs a bit, but I’ve had this cool… Read More Shrimp, Basil & Corn Zucchini Noodles w/ Meyer Lemon Cream Sauce

Appetizers, Baking, Entrees, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Pies and Tarts, Pizza, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies

Rustic Pizza with Ham, Grapes, Shallots, Honey & Thyme

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So it’s Friday. And a lovely Spring day. I was in the mood to make something lovely to eat, preferably with a sweet and savory twist. I’ve also been on a baking kick lately, not sure why but I’m loving experimenting with different flavors and textures of pizzas and tarts and pies. I decided to make… Read More Rustic Pizza with Ham, Grapes, Shallots, Honey & Thyme

Baking, Cheese, Chicken, Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Rice/Risotto/Orzo, Savory Dishes, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Chicken Zucchini Wild Mushroom Farro Bake

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Fall is here and all of a sudden the craving sets in – Comfort. Food. I love chicken casseroles with veggies and pasta and all that naughty creamy goodness. But I’ve been trying to cut down on sugar and white carbs lately so I thought I would make a healthier version of a chicken casserole to keep it light but satisfy my craving for a baked pot of goodness.… Read More Chicken Zucchini Wild Mushroom Farro Bake

Cheese, Chicken, Comfort Food, Entrees, Healthy Cooking, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies

Rochester-Style Chicken French & Lemon Broccolini

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  This is an amazing dish that is popular in my hometown in Upstate Rochester, NY. The Italian-American immigrants first introduced this dish in NYC and then migrated Upstate. The recipe stems from the French Veal Francaise or Chicken Francaise dish, which uses lightly-floured thin veal or chicken cutlets, which are then coated with a… Read More Rochester-Style Chicken French & Lemon Broccolini

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A lighter and healthier classic comfort food: Vegetable Lasagna

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Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort foods to indulge in during the Winter time, but as soon as Spring is approaching, I like to lighten up this classic recipe by substituting lots of fresh vegetables like mushrooms, carrots, zucchini and spinach in place of the ground beef or sausage that is used in the… Read More A lighter and healthier classic comfort food: Vegetable Lasagna

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Refreshingly Light Get-In-My-Bikini Crab Salad

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OK folks – listen up. It’s that time of year again where Summer is coming, the sun is shining and we need to fit into that teeny bikini again… With Memorial Day approaching and sunny days on the boat, beach and lake ahead, I whipped up this recipe for a refreshingly light crab salad to get myself ready for the weekend. Chock full of fresh crab, lemon, veggies and tasty herbs and seasonings, you’ll love this healthy salad made with a low-fat dressing of grapeseed oil, white wine vinegar, lemon and a hint of low-fat/low-calorie mayonnaise. It’s full of flavor, vitamins, and protein, and so light it won’t touch your waistline.… Read More Refreshingly Light Get-In-My-Bikini Crab Salad

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Expert Interview Series with FoodyDirect.com!

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I recently was invited to be a part of the FoodyDirect.com Expert Interview Series to talk about great tasting and looking food, and am honored to share the interview with you! I also included one of my favorite go-to recipes in the article, my Rochester-Style Chicken French with Broccolini which I know you’re gonna love! Check out the interview below and on FoodyDirect.com (the best online mail order source for gourmet food and gifts!… Read More Expert Interview Series with FoodyDirect.com!

Appetizers, Baking, Cheese, Chicken, Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Pizza, Savory Dishes, Spreads/Dips, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Spinach Artichoke Chicken & Bacon Flatbread Pizza

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This flavor bomb pizza has a layer of spinach and artichoke dip on the base of the flatbread (I had some leftover from last night but you can certainly make your own) which I baked for a couple of minutes on the oven rack to get it crispy and lightly browned. Then I topped it with some sautéed onions, crispy bacon, seasoned cooked chicken breast, and parmesan cheese. I popped it in the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese was melted and then topped it off with some chile flakes, green onions and more parmesan cheese as a garnish, and a few cracks of freshly ground black pepper. OMG> so delicious and so easy.… Read More Spinach Artichoke Chicken & Bacon Flatbread Pizza

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Happy Memorial Day + Some Favorite Recipes

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Happy Memorial Day! A time to reflect all of those brave soldiers and military servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives and families for the safety of ours. Big applause and respect goes out to them and grateful we have a safe and secure country to live in because of them.… Read More Happy Memorial Day + Some Favorite Recipes

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Sausage & Orzo Jambalaya

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One of my favorite things to make is spicy Cajun and Creole food (New Orleans is one of my fav cities ever..the #FOOD though!) and I had grand visions of creating an awesome recipe this week for my blog. And considering it’s going to be a rainy Memorial Day weekend, why not make a big pot of something wonderful to stay indoors and savor while I’m at it?… Read More Sausage & Orzo Jambalaya

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Coffee Marinated Steak

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My go-to Summer recipe is Gourmesso Coffee Marinated Steaks, which I know you’re gonna love. The marinade has a light smoky essence from the coffee (I use Gourmesso House Blend Lungo Dark coffee, which is an espresso (alternative to Nepresso capsules) that has a beautiful dark and rich flavor; some spicy heat from the red chilies and black peppercorns; a touch of sweetness from the brown sugar; and is balanced out with a slight tanginess from the balsamic vinegar, Dale’s seasoning/soy, mustard, shallots and garlic. … Read More Coffee Marinated Steak

Cocktails, Comfort Food, Gluten-Free, Gluten-Free Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized

Things are getting Coco Loco for Summer!

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Hey guys, listen up! Summer is almost around the corner and do I have some exciting news for you coconut lovers around the world! CAPTAIN MORGAN just took a bunch of coconuts and turned them into a delicious new shot, CAPTAIN MORGAN LocoNut. This super delicious shot is made with Caribbean rum, coconut liqueur, spice and natural flavors.… Read More Things are getting Coco Loco for Summer!

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Celebrating International Women’s Day :: Top Women in Food + Beverage

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What a great day to celebrate! Today is International Women’s Day (Wednesday, March 8th) and I’m proud to be an entrepreneurial woman in the New York City food scene. I’m also proud of all the thousands of other smart, talented, independent, business savvy women I know around the world, in the culinary world, business world, political scene, creative and marketing fields, and more (too many to mention!).. and raise a glass to all they have achieved.… Read More Celebrating International Women’s Day :: Top Women in Food + Beverage

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp w/ Spaghetti Squash

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So we are well into the New Year, and it’s definitely time to up my game and start smashing my fitness and healthy cooking and eating goals for this year. I’ve joined a new gym, hired a Personal Trainer and committing to doing Yoga, Pilates, Barre and weight training plus lots of walking at least 4 times… Read More Lemon Garlic Shrimp w/ Spaghetti Squash

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