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

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

Fall Recipes, Food and Cooking How-To's, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Guest Feature, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Kitchen and Home, Pasta, Savory Dishes, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Celebrating Fall Flavors: Buckwheat Bucatini w/ Truffled Wild Mushroom Sauce

Now that Fall is finally here, I’m so excited to start cooking comfort food again with flavorful seasonal ingredients. In particular, I love making homemade pasta and one-pot dishes, especially with earthy ingredients like wild mushrooms, sage, prosciutto, toasted nuts, hearty greens…yum. Keep reading :)… Read More Celebrating Fall Flavors: Buckwheat Bucatini w/ Truffled Wild Mushroom Sauce

Cheese, Chicken, Entrees, Pasta, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo

I made myself a pledge to focus on being healthier and happier since the New Year has started… getting more sleep, balancing work and life better, focusing on my business and my brand with a revived passion, reaching out to friends and family more often, traveling more, eating healthier and getting more walking around the city in,… Read More Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo

Appetizers, Baking, Cheese, Eggs, Entrees, Food Styling & Photography, Gluten-Free, Gluten-Free Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Pies and Tarts, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies

Veggie, Bacon & Cheese Tarts in a Toasted Quinoa Crust

I love making savory tarts and pies, but unfortunately I don’t love the carbs and calories that come along with them. It’s also Summertime, and I’m trying to cook and eat lighter than usual…and the Fall season will come soon enough with all that yummy comfort food!… Read More Veggie, Bacon & Cheese Tarts in a Toasted Quinoa Crust

Chicken, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Lemony Rosemary Chicken Pasta with Greens and Beans, Ricotta & Toasted Walnuts

I had a whole spatchcocked chicken that I had already grilled and roasted last week, plus a bunch of spinach, shallots, some white beans and garlic. I thought I’d make a healthy and delicious Lemony Rosemary Chicken Pasta with Greens and Beans served in a silky, savory sauce made with lemon zest and juice, white wine, butter, olive oil and chicken stock; infused with red pepper flakes, rosemary, aged Ricotta Salata and topped off with some toasted walnuts for extra crunch.… Read More Lemony Rosemary Chicken Pasta with Greens and Beans, Ricotta & Toasted Walnuts

Breakfast, Breakfast Food, Diet, Drinks and Cocktails, Fall Recipes, Food Styling & Photography, Healthy Cooking, One-Pot Dishes, Product Reviews, Soups, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Superfoods Recipes for a Healthy New Year

Once the holidays are over, it’s time for a break from all the super rich food and cocktails and detox with some healthy recipes made with some of my favorite superfoods for a fresh start to a healthy New Year!

What’s all the fuss over superfoods about? They help step up your immunity, boost energy, slow down aging, lift your spirits, improve circulation, detox, improve sleep, and they have healing benefits too. And they just make you feel better and healthier all around. Colorful fruits and vegetables possess tons of vitamins and minerals – start ‘eating the rainbow’, and you’re off to a healthy start.… Read More Superfoods Recipes for a Healthy New Year

Cheese, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Pork, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Rotelle with Sausage, Peppers, Spinach and Ricotta w/ Fresh Basil Marinara Sauce

Also this dampening weather is a great excuse to make some homey comfort food, curl up under a blanket and read a good book! I absolutely love Italian food and usually get a craving for Rigatoni Bolognese or Lasagna on chilly days like these. I thought I would do something a little different and make some yummy pasta with spicy Italian pork sausage, some bright and colorful peppers, a few handfuls of healthy iron-rich spinach, and a homemade marinara sauce with fresh basil, topping the pasta dish off with some fresh ricotta and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and red pepper to give it some extra zing (yes, I do like my food on the spicy side!)… Read More Rotelle with Sausage, Peppers, Spinach and Ricotta w/ Fresh Basil Marinara Sauce

Beef, Comfort Food, Diet, Entrees, Gluten-Free Recipes, Grilled Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Nutrition, Salads, Savory Dishes, Side Dishes, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies

Going Low-Carb & Healthy for Spring! Grilled Parmesan Zucchini Beef Burgers & Sauteed Lemon Garlic Squash

Well, Spring is FINALLY here and the weather in NYC has been absolutely gorgeous this past week. I get so motivated when the weather warms up to go walking in the park, get moving around town, and most of all start eating healthy and maybe drop a few pounds or two to get ready for… Read More Going Low-Carb & Healthy for Spring! Grilled Parmesan Zucchini Beef Burgers & Sauteed Lemon Garlic Squash

Baking, Cheese, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Pork, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Cheesy Baked Pasta w/ Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta & Mozzarella

Spring is on the way, and there’s nothing I love to cook more than fresh greens. Broccoli rabe is one of my favorites, also known as cime di rapa (meaning “turnip tops”), rapini, broccoli di rapa and broccoletti in Italy. The young leaves of the plant are used in cooking along with the clusters of… Read More Cheesy Baked Pasta w/ Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta & Mozzarella

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Garlicky Greens and Beans with Sausage

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

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