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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

Appetizers, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Food and Cooking How-To's, Healthy Cooking, Potatoes, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Side Dishes, Special Occasion, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Zucchini & Sweet Potato Pancakes w/ Homemade Apple Sauce

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Now that the fall season has finally arrived, it’s time to start cooking with seasonal ingredients that are richer in color and warmer in flavor. One of my favorite dishes to make in the fall are Potato Pancakes, served with applesauce and sour cream, just like my Grandma used to make.          … Read More Zucchini & Sweet Potato Pancakes w/ Homemade Apple Sauce

Food and Cooking How-To's, Food Styling & Photography, Healthy Cooking, One-Pot Dishes, Potatoes, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Seafood Recipes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Soups, Spring Recipes, Stews, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies

Seafood Corn Chowder

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Now that summer is coming to an end, I thought it would be appropriate to make one last dish to celebrate the season. And what would be better than something with fresh seafood and something that requires minimum cooking effort in this scorching weather?… Read More Seafood Corn Chowder

Baking, Beef, Cheese, Ethnic Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Lamb, Memoirs, One-Pot Dishes, Potatoes, Restaurant Reviews, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Things I Love, Travel, Uncategorized, Veggies

Moussaka and Memories of Greece

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Classic Greek Moussaka is one of the most popular Greek dishes, and a staple “comfort food” and main course meal in Greece (as Lasagna is in Italy). This tasty Greek dish is a culinary delight to those who sample it for the first time, and I experienced it when I went on a trip to the Greek Islands a few years ago for my birthday.… Read More Moussaka and Memories of Greece

Beef, Ethnic Recipes, Fall Recipes, Food Styling & Photography, Gourmet Food and Drinks, One-Pot Dishes, Potatoes, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Soups, Stews, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

A Big Bowl of Comfort :: Irish Stout Beef Stew

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Winter is always a little bit depressing without any sunshine and constant grey skies and snow storms every other day in New York City. But there’s something cozy about it too, when I’m pent up in my apartment with not much to do other than cook, watch a good movie and snuggle under a blanket… Read More A Big Bowl of Comfort :: Irish Stout Beef Stew

Asian Food, Beef, Chef Interviews, Chinese Recipes, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Fall Recipes, Food Reviews, Food Styling & Photography, French Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Grilled Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Holiday, Holiday Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Latin Food, NYC, One-Pot Dishes, Pork, Potatoes, Restaurant Reviews, Salads, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Seafood Recipes, Side Dishes, Spanish Food/Tapas, Special Occasion, Thanksgiving Recipes, Things I Love, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Mix it Up! Non-Traditional Holiday Menu Ideas & Recipes from NYC Top Chefs

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It’s that time of year again to start planning menus and recipes for the holidays. But instead of just serving traditional turkey or ham, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, why not mix it up a little bit and serve your holiday meal with an international flair? I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and interview several Top Chefs and restaurants in NYC to get some creative ideas for non-traditional holiday menus for the holidays. Whether it have a Latin, French, Asian, Jewish or Italian twist; here are some great international menu ideas and recipes for a fabulous holiday meal with family and friends that break the norm.… Read More Mix it Up! Non-Traditional Holiday Menu Ideas & Recipes from NYC Top Chefs

Comfort Food, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Fall Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pork, Potatoes, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Soups, Spring Recipes, Stews, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Garlicky Greens and Beans with Sausage

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On a recent trip up to Rochester, I had the pleasure of discovering a lovely little Italian place called the Mona Lisa Café. My mother and I stopped in there on a whim one afternoon for a cappuccino, but after entering the café and seeing all the delicious pastries and gelato and enticing smells of amazing food, we decided to stay for lunch instead.… Read More Garlicky Greens and Beans with Sausage

Cocktails, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Fall Recipes, Food Styling & Photography, Holiday Recipes, Potatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

Potato Latkes with Sauteed Caramelized Apples with Honey and Cinnamon Sour Cream

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In the spirit of the Jewish New Year holiday Rosh Hashana, I created a delicious dish for my client miditto, to pair with some of their late Summer and early Fall wine selections for our September photo shoot. Apples and honey are often eaten together to celebrate the New Year, and are typical symbols of… Read More Potato Latkes with Sauteed Caramelized Apples with Honey and Cinnamon Sour Cream

Family Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Potatoes, Salads, Side Dishes, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized

Treasured Recipes from the Past: Classic Summer Side Salads

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Summer is my favorite time of year – family picnics, outdoor BBQs, trips to the park or lake, birthday and graduation parties and alfresco dining on the back patio. On a recent trip home to visit my family, I found a treasured recipe book of my Grandmother’s family recipes that I grew up with and… Read More Treasured Recipes from the Past: Classic Summer Side Salads

Beef, Comfort Food, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Fall Recipes, Indian Dishes, One-Pot Dishes, Potatoes, Rice/Risotto/Orzo, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Spicy Food, Stews, Uncategorized, Winter Recipes

Spicing it up with Vindaloo Beef Curry

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Vindaloo Curry is a spicy Indian curry made with a variety of spices, vinegar, coconut milk and crushed tomatoes. Its origins come from the Goa region of India, however, the Vindaloo name is derived from a Portugese dish Carne de Vinha d’Ahlos which was typically made with pork, vinegar and chiles. I used a Vindaloo… Read More Spicing it up with Vindaloo Beef Curry

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