Cajun/Creole Recipes, Comfort Food, Entrees, Healthy Cooking, Holiday, Holiday Recipes, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Rice/Risotto/Orzo, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Southern/Soul Food, Special Occasion, Spicy Food, Spring Recipes, Stews, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

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

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, Fall Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Rice/Risotto/Orzo, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Soups, Stews, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Chicken Meatball Soup with Kale, Chickpeas & Orzo

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There’s nothing better than a big pot of soup in the Winter – and this has been the longest one..ever. I’ve always loved my Gram’s Minestrone soup – chock full of veggies, ground beef and pasta and thought I would make a spin on it by making it a combination of her Minestrone and Italian… Read More Chicken Meatball Soup with Kale, Chickpeas & Orzo

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

Asian Food, Chicken, Chinese Recipes, Entrees, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Healthy Cooking, Product Reviews, Rice/Risotto/Orzo, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Uncategorized

Citrus Honey Soy Chicken with Toasted Almond Farro

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Tuscan Fields, provider of organic, Italian farro, is offering a scholarship to this spring’s Eat Write Retreat food bloggers conference in Philadelphia. They sent some of their delicious samples to me to create a farro recipe for a chance to win a scholarship to the conference this year! If farro is new to you, you’ll love… Read More Citrus Honey Soy Chicken with Toasted Almond Farro

Comfort Food, Entrees, Healthy Cooking, Rice/Risotto/Orzo, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Seafood Recipes, Side Dishes, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies

Pan-Seared Scallops w/ Leek, Thyme & Wine Cream Sauce; Lemon-Leek Orzo & Sauteed Zucchini Squash

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This dish is a special treat I created for a recent audition for a new cooking show for ABC – I decided to create a dish that would not only impress the food judges and producers but also one featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients and irresistible to the tastebuds! Fresh Pan-seared Scallops served in a Leek… Read More Pan-Seared Scallops w/ Leek, Thyme & Wine Cream Sauce; Lemon-Leek Orzo & Sauteed Zucchini Squash

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

Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Fall Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Rice/Risotto/Orzo, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Spicy Food, Uncategorized, Winter Recipes

Spicy Seafood Risotto

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In the spirit of Mardi Gras, I was in the mood to make something spicy with seafood and rice and thought I would do something different than make the typical Jambalaya or Shrimp Etoufee dish. In one of my Italian Cooking classes at The Institute of Culinary Education, we made a Shrimp Risotto which is a… Read More Spicy Seafood Risotto

Baking, Breads, Cheese, Comfort Food, Fall Recipes, Family Recipes, Holiday Recipes, One-Pot Dishes, Potatoes, Rice/Risotto/Orzo, Savory Dishes, Side Dishes, Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies, Winter Recipes

A Few of My Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and there’s no guessing why – it’s all about visiting friends and family, being thankful for the wonderful things in our lives and of course, it’s all about the food. Turkey and Dressing is the normal star of the table, but I love to experiment with the side dishes to mix… Read More A Few of My Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

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