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

Baking, Cheese, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Fall Recipes, Family Recipes, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Savory Dishes, Uncategorized, Winter Recipes

Sinfully Good: Pierogi Casserole

Today is one of those dreary Fall days where it’s cold and rainy and I’m in need of a little pick me up from some classic comfort food. One that involves BACON. And CHEESE. And PASTA. And all those yummy yums that aren’t that good for you. I was looking through some of my family… Read More Sinfully Good: Pierogi Casserole

Book Reviews, Desserts, Food Styling & Photography, Fruit, Gluten-Free Recipes, Grilled Recipes, Guest Feature, Healthy Cooking, NYC, Salads, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies

Food Styling for Dr. Neal Barnard on the Joy Behar: Say Anything TV Show!

Last week I had the fantastic opportunity to cook and do food styling for a special healthy food segment on the “Joy Behar: Say Anything!” TV Show featuring Dr. Neal D. Barnard, M.D., founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Dr. Barnard sits down with guest host Marilu Henner to discuss how saturated fat makes you sluggish and which colored foods are good for your brain and improve memory. … Read More Food Styling for Dr. Neal Barnard on the Joy Behar: Say Anything TV Show!

Appetizers, Cocktails, Comfort Food, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Holiday, Holiday Recipes, Spanish Food/Tapas, Special Occasion, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Holiday Cocktail Party! Photoshoot + Recipes

It’s that time of year again – holiday parties filled with plenty of cocktails, socializing and finger food much to our heart’s desire to celebrate this sparkly season. I teamed up with a photographer friend of mine, Maike Paul, to do a Holiday Cocktail Party photo shoot and we had waayyyyy too much fun!

We chose five of our favorite cocktails to concoct, style, shoot (and drink, of course), along with a few nibbles to compliment. So here’s the lineup: Whiskey Sour with Stuffed Mushrooms, Classic Martini with Spiced Mixed Nuts, Mulled Wine with Cheese and Crackers, Pisco Sour, and a luscious White Russian for dessert. I know you’ll love all of these recipes for your next holiday cocktail party as much as we did. And Happy Holidays to all of you – CHEERS!… Read More Holiday Cocktail Party! Photoshoot + Recipes

Appetizers, Baking, Breads, Desserts, Drinks and Cocktails, Eggs, Entrees, Grilled Recipes, Memoirs, One-Pot Dishes, Pies and Tarts, Pork, Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Seafood Recipes, Side Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Southern/Soul Food, Spring Recipes, Stews, Thanksgiving Recipes, Travel, Turkey Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

A Dose of Southern Comfort & Down-Home Recipes :: Part 1

I recently took a cooking class at ICE that was all about Southern Cooking. In the spirit of the Kentucky Derby, I wanted share some of the awesome down-home Southern food we made. These are classic Southern recipes you’d find on the Sunday “Supper” table with a large group of friends and family, that scream… Read More A Dose of Southern Comfort & Down-Home Recipes :: Part 1

Entrees, Fall Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Sauce

As far as I’m concerned, gnocchi are little pillows of love, goodness and deliciousness. Especially when they are homemade..that is a true labor of love. It’s not that they are difficult to make, but definitely time consuming, but with a little patience the end result is worth the wait! Gnocchi (Italian plural for gnoccho) are… Read More Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Sauce

Book Reviews, Food and Drink Events, Food Reviews, Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews, Things I Love, Uncategorized

Top 10 (Things I Love) :: 2011 / Happy New Year!

Well the end of 2011 is finally here. WOW. What a crazy, awesome, long year it’s been! I started my food blog last year around the holidays, and since then I have met so many amazing people in the food industry, learned amazing skills in my cooking classes, food styling and photography and food writing… Read More Top 10 (Things I Love) :: 2011 / Happy New Year!

Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Holiday Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Lamb, One-Pot Dishes, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Special Occasion, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Winter Recipes

Spezzatino D’Agnello E Finnoccio (Lamb and Fennel Stew)

  In the dead of Winter, there’s something comforting about cooking on those cold, dreary days. One-pot dishes are ideal when you don’t want all the fuss and they’re easy to make too. Just throw all your ingredients in a big pot on the stove, and then cook slow and low… the end result is… Read More Spezzatino D’Agnello E Finnoccio (Lamb and Fennel Stew)

Comfort Food, Desserts, Drinks and Cocktails, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Holiday Recipes, One-Pot Dishes, Salads, Savory Dishes, Side Dishes, Soups, Special Occasion, Thanksgiving Recipes, Turkey Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

My Favorite Thanksgiving Sides and Recipes

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, one of my favorite holidays of the year. Celebrating thanks with friends and family around the table with a feast of delicious food – it doesn’t get any better. There’s so much for me to be thankful for – my health, my job, my friends, family and the roof over my head,… Read More My Favorite Thanksgiving Sides and Recipes

Beef, Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Family Recipes, One-Pot Dishes, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Uncategorized, Winter Recipes

Classic Comfort Food:: Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is a dish that always reminds me of home – my mother used to make this on cold winter nights as a special treat for my Dad who is a total ‘meat and potatoes guy’ – obsessed with anything including beef, noodles and gravy.… Read More Classic Comfort Food:: Beef Stroganoff

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