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Favorite Game Day Recipes for the Super Bowl!

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So the big day is right around the corner..Super Bowl, yay! I’m not really partial to either team and am not even a huge football fan, but i LOVE LOVE LOVE the Super Bowl simply because of the parties, the fun, and the food and drinks, of course. So in spirit of the football party season, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite game day recipes that are perfect for a crowd. Finger foods, appetizers, dips and spreads and small bites to party in style!… Read More Favorite Game Day Recipes for the Super Bowl!

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Beef Enchilada Tortilla Casserole for Game Day!

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It’s finally Fall (Yay!) and football season is in full force which means fun tailgating and parties with friends mixed with lots and lots of delicious food and drinks! My favorite time of year.… Read More Beef Enchilada Tortilla Casserole for Game Day!

Baking, Beef, Cheese, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Family Recipes, Mexican Food, Pies and Tarts, Pizza, Savory Dishes, Spicy Food, Spring Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies

Seriously Delicious Taco Pizza

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I’ve been on a spicy food kick lately. Maybe it’s the pseudo-Spring weather. Or maybe I’m just addicted. I decided to make a fun twist on pizza and make a seriously delicious Taco Pizza. Yes, TACOS. And PIZZA. All baked into a bubbling pile of goodness. This Taco Pizza first of all is the easiest thing to make, and the best tasting thing on the planet. Like a fiesta in your mouth.… Read More Seriously Delicious Taco Pizza

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Food Trends of 2014 + Flavor Forecast for 2015

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As the year 2014 is coming to an end, it’s always interesting to see what was hot and what was not in the culinary world and what new food and flavor trends we will see in the New Year 2015. Popular trends seem to come and go each year affecting everything we see: restaurants, blogs, online stores, magazines,… Read More Food Trends of 2014 + Flavor Forecast for 2015

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Holiday Brunch! Caramelized Onion, Ham & Gouda Tart :: Pear, Bleu Cheese, Cranberry & Toasted Pecan Salad with Honey Vinaigrette :: Chicken Empanadillas :: Gluten-Free Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Egg Casserole :: Brown Sugar Butter Monkey Bread

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It wouldn’t be the holidays without catching up with friends and family and coming together for a fun holiday brunch with friends that I only get to see a couple times a year. For me, living in New York City, there’s nothing better than going to a nice big house in the suburbs in Upstate NY and gathering in the kitchen and around the table to eat and drink, laugh and talk with good friends.… Read More Holiday Brunch! Caramelized Onion, Ham & Gouda Tart :: Pear, Bleu Cheese, Cranberry & Toasted Pecan Salad with Honey Vinaigrette :: Chicken Empanadillas :: Gluten-Free Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Egg Casserole :: Brown Sugar Butter Monkey Bread

Appetizers, Chef Interviews, Cocktails, Ethnic Recipes, French Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Holiday, Holiday Recipes, Latin Food, Mediterranean, Mexican Food, NYC, Seafood, Seafood Recipes, Side Dishes, Spanish Food/Tapas, Special Occasion, Uncategorized, Winter Recipes

Break out the Bubbly! Sparkling Wine Recipes + Holiday Food Pairings from NYC Master Sommeliers

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The Christmas Holiday and New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and there’s no better way to celebrate the occasion than to pop open a bottle of gorgeous bubbly sparkling wine. Most people automatically think of Champagne when it comes to sparkling wine but there are actually some great selections of Cava and Prosecco that fit the bill too. But what is the difference between them all and how do you pick one that suits your palette and your budget?

I interviewed some of NYC’s top Wine Directors and Sommeliers: Joseph Camper of db Bistro, Laura Williamson of Jean-Georges, Jason Arias of Txikito, Peter Mastrogiovanni of La Cenita/EMM Group and Joe Campanale from Epicurean Group; to unveil the mystery behind all three sparkling wines and get some recommendations, food pairings and recipes to help you plan your holiday cocktail party in style.… Read More Break out the Bubbly! Sparkling Wine Recipes + Holiday Food Pairings from NYC Master Sommeliers

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Food Styling for Mario Lopez and Avocados from Mexico on NBC Live and Bethenny Shows!

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I recently did a fun food styling TV segment for Mario Lopez and Avocados from Mexico on the Bethenny show and NBC New York Live. The segment featured Mario discussing his new cookbook Extra Lean,  demonstrating how to use fresh avocados in your everyday cooking for delicious healthy meals. I made his Chicken Enchiladas with Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salsa for the show –… Read More Food Styling for Mario Lopez and Avocados from Mexico on NBC Live and Bethenny Shows!

Cajun/Creole Recipes, Chicken, Fall Recipes, Latin Food, Mexican Food, One-Pot Dishes, Rice/Risotto/Orzo, Savory Dishes, Spicy Food, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies

Savory Sauteed Chicken and Veggie Rice

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This is a quick and healthy weeknight dish I whipped up the other day with some fresh ingredients I had on hand in the fridge. It’s got some savory and slightly spicy sauteed chicken made with olive oil, garlic and cajun seasonings (I use Tony Chacere’s Creole seasoning which is awesome). I also added a… Read More Savory Sauteed Chicken and Veggie Rice

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Tequila, Sunsets and a Mexican Feast in San Diego (Story + Recipes)

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I recently got back from an amazing trip to San Diego – one so lovely and rejuvenating that the sunsets are burned into my brain, leaving me wishing for more of the bright colorful skies, fresh air, palm trees swaying in the wind and cool sand between my toes. This is a fun trip that… Read More Tequila, Sunsets and a Mexican Feast in San Diego (Story + Recipes)

Chicken, Ethnic Recipes, Mexican Food, Savory Dishes, Spicy Food, Uncategorized, Veggies

Crunchy Chicken Fajita Wraps w/ Habanero-Green Chile & Pepper Jack Cream

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This is an easy, tasty dish I whipped up the other night that is a spin on Chicken Fajitas. The main difference being that these have a crunchy, toasted tortilla that you eat the Fajitas on – either flat like a pizza, rolled up like a burrito or wrap, or folded in half like a… Read More Crunchy Chicken Fajita Wraps w/ Habanero-Green Chile & Pepper Jack Cream

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