Cacio e Pepe

If cacio e pepe is on a menu, it’s really hard for me to avoid ordering it. Pasta with the best quality cheese and a subtle spice from fresh cracked black pepper–you just can’t beat it. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. There are different ways to make it, and historically it’s done…

Old Fashioned Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Sometimes you need some good old fashioned comfort food–nothing fancy or too difficult. Not sure what fits that description more than grilled cheese and tomato soup which my sister and I made last week on a cold fall night. This recipe is pretty simple and doesn’t require a ton of ingredients. I do recommend you…

Lentil Soup

The obligatory fall soup post is here. My mom makes the best lentil soup. Most meat-eating people would think that bar must be quite low, but as a meat loving foodie myself, I can honestly say I love this soup. It’s always so flavorful and comforting but when I try to replicate her recipe it…

Sloppy Joes

When I think of sloppy joes my mind immediately goes to the crazy lunch lady in Billy Madison scaring the kids. But who doesn’t love a good sloppy joe?! Recently my mom, sister and I were reminiscing on the old fashioned sandwich and I couldn’t get them out of my head. My mom then happened…

Philly Cheese Steaks

Well I was a bit nervous. I was charged with making Philly Cheese Steaks for a guy from Philly for the Eagles season opener. We discussed the whole canned cheese wiz thing and I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. So I did my research and came up with my own version. These were really,…

Pork Ragout Pappardelle

Comforting and flavorful sauce with tender melt in your mouth pork over a light and fresh made pasta. Really can’t go wrong. This is the ultimate Sunday dinner and it honestly isn’t too difficult to pull off. The leftovers were delicious!! Ingredients: 3-4 lb pork butt/shoulder 1 1/2 lbs pasta 1 1/2 28 oz cans…

Fried Chicken

I have no real credibility when it comes to fried chicken. And what I mean is, I’m not from the south nor do I have family from down south. There’s no story.  What I can say is that I did a lot of research and went with my gut in determining what methods I would…

Italian Clams Casino

Coming up with a new and fun party app rather than reverting to the favorite classics is always difficult and risky. I never thought to make clams casino before, but I enjoy them at restaurants all the time, so why not try it? They are not too heavy or filling and are a great appetizer….

Red Enchilada Sauce

Mmmm to spicy red enchilada sauce. It’s good over a massive burrito, on top of scrambled eggs, or of course, with enchiladas. I had leftover sauce and used it for days as a hot sauce. You can put it on almost anything. It can be made spicy or not and with whatever ingredients you have…

Steak Enchiladas

Usually when I make enchiladas I automatically think chicken. But why not try it with some tender, well-seasoned, thinly sliced steak? I took my ugly steak n cheese tacos  and turned them into enchiladas baked and smothered in a spicy hatch green chile salsa. This recipe really is as healthy as enchiladas can possibly get. And…

Steak Tostadas

We’re trying to eat healthy at this particular moment in time–it comes and goes. My sister’s shower, bachelorette and wedding are fast approaching so indulging with some greasy Mexican just because it’s National Margarita Day wasn’t in the cards. When I told my sister I badly wanted a Steak Tostada, she said a healthy version…

Twisted Italian Wedding Soup

So the thought of meatballs in soup 🍲 never sat well with me and as you know from my “don’t knock em til you try em” recipe, turkey meatballs weren’t something I ever wanted to eat. But if cooking has taught me anything it’s that once you start using ingredients you previously thought were gross,…

Avocado Crema

This is my “I put this sh*t on everything sauce”… I honestly don’t remember when I came up with this crema because I’ve been making it for years but it definitely had to do with a taco and wanting to use something healthier than sour cream. I just came up with it one day and…

Mu Shu Chicken with Scallion Pancakes

I’ve been on a Chinese kick lately… We all know Jews love Chinese.  And this recipe got over the top amazing reviews from the hubby and my guests . It’s a bit labor intensive for prep work but it’s a much healthier alternative to Chinese take out. And honestly, it was worth all the chopping…

Chicken Dumplings & Wontons

So who doesn’t love Chinese food? Dumplings, won tons, fried rice, general tsos chicken… all of it. Recently I’ve tried making some of my favorite take out items and these dumplings/won tons were a winner! I used the same recipe to make each and then pan fried some and boiled the rest for soup. It’s…

Italian Zucchini Bowl

My mom had a brief stint as a vegetarian (before she met my father) and this recipe was something she often made for herself. She introduced it to us growing up mostly as a side dish but now as an adult I make it for the main event! If you’re craving a bowl of pasta…

Broccoli and Spinach Pesto

Pasta with broccoli is one of my favorite dinners. My mom always made it growing up with bowtie pasta as a side to flank steak or some other protein. It’s garlicky, cheesy, uses fresh veggies and is one the most comforting dinners any time of year. One night I had the idea to make the…

Chicken Gyros

I’ve noticed a lot of people are creeped out by gyro meat. They don’t get how it’s made and all they see is questionable looking lamb and beef on a spinning stick and won’t give it a chance. My mom is one of those people. But gyros are so delicious. The combination of juicy well…

Peanut Sesame Noodles

You know what sucks? When you make the decision to calorie splurge because you’re craving (fill in the blank) and you open up that delivery to-go container, take your first bite, and then get immediately disappointed. This happens to me a lot. When I’m craving something that’s not too good for me, I want it…

Eggs & Avo “Everything” Sandwich

Avo toast is all the rage lately. Quite frankly it’s delicious if done properly. That means 1) finding ripe avocados and then 2) adding some flavor to make it stand out–whether with salt & cayenne pepper or my new favorite “everything but bagel” seasoning from Trader Joes. I love making breakfast and have come up…

‘Ugly’ Steak n Cheese Tacos

Tacos!!!! I LOVEEEEE TACOS.  I’ve been making this recipe for a few years now and I’m always encouraging friends to try it. But I’ve never posted the recipe because the photo of the steak… eh not so pretty. I finally decided to suck it up and just post it because I make this meal on…

Turkey Stuffed Poblano Peppers in Spicy Enchilada Sauce

This recipe that can be made a thousand different ways. Put an Italian or Greek twist on it instead of Mexican, use ground beef instead of ground turkey, go vegetarian with beans and tofu, add rice if you don’t want it carb free… I could go on and on. But the husband and I are…

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi is one of those simple dinners that doesn’t take long but requires fresh and high quality ingredients to make it truly delicious. Ingredients  3/4 – 1lb peeled and deveined shrimp 3/4 lb pasta (linguine, spaghetti or capellini) 4TBSP quality olive oil 4TBSP butter 3 large cloves garlic, chopped 2 shallots, chopped Red pepper…

Blistered Shishito Peppers

It’s always good to have easy appetizers in your back pocket. This recipe can be thrown together in 10 minutes and will please any crowd. Pair it with a creamy dip:  it’s healthy and not too spicy–just full of flavor. Ingredients Shishito peppers Kosher or Sea Salt – don’t be shy, they need salt! Garlic…

Caesar Salad

There are a lot of ways to make caesar dressing and this just happens to be my way. It doesn’t include egg yolks or whole anchovies and it’s not thick and white. My lightened up version is pretty healthy compared to other options (definitely better than store bought) and when you’re just having salad with…