Italian Panzanella SALAD

Italian Panzanella SALAD

This salad! I can’t get enough of it! It’s all the best things summer has to offer. Fresh herbs, bright and ripe veggies, of course bread and the icing on the cake is mozzarella cheese!

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Garden Fresh Pesto

Garden Fresh Pesto

I love summertime because all the fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs are readily available. And I’m lucky enough to have an herb garden in my backyard that grows the most bountiful herbs, they pretty much beg to be picked and thrown into a summertime recipe. Which in turn, makes for amazing pesto!

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Chicken Curry with Mekhala

Chicken Curry with Mekhala

Woohoo! I found a truly authentic Thai curry paste. And I was so excited to find out it’s made in Chaing Mai, Thailand, where Mike and I visited! It is a small, woman owned, sustainable company sourcing only local ingredients.

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Weeknight Pork Tenderloin

Weeknight Pork Tenderloin

Growing up we didn’t eat a lot of pork tenderloin so it wasn’t on my radar until much later in life. And there’s something about a ‘tenderloin’ that seems elevated or fancy. And in my head, fancy food translates into “takes a long time to prepare.
However, pork tenderloin doesn’t take long at all.

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Beer Battered Fried Sage Fritter

Beer Battered  Fried Sage Fritter

This is a unique one, I know. But you gotta trust me when I say it’s soooo good! The sage leaves turn into the best savory chips you could ever imagine. I haven’t met any yet, that didn’t like them.

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Meatloaf, Italian Style

Meatloaf, Italian Style

I was challenged by a friend to make a meatloaf. I had never made meatloaf before but I’ve never met a food challenge I wasn’t willing to try!
With nothing to loose I set out to make this classic homemade dish. To me, a meatloaf was nothing more that a giant meatball. And being part of an Italian family, meatballs are something I DO know a lot about!

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Beer soaked Bratwurst with Onions and Peppers

Beer soaked Bratwurst with Onions and Peppers

In honor of Father’s Day we’re making beer bratwurst! I wanted to surprise dad with a hearty meal but I also wanted something different than steak and mashed potatoes, so Bratwurst and German Potato Salad are where I landed.

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Grilled Romaine Salad

Grilled Romaine Salad

If you know me, you know I’m not big on vegetables so I’m certainty not a huge fan of salads. Unless of course there are any of the following: a fabulous dressing, lots of toppings (i.e. olives, cranberries, nuts, cheese, potato salad, etc, etc) and/or it’s grilled! Grilled romaine is so good and I was always ordering it at restaurants but one day I thought, I really need to make this at home so I could eat it more often, so I set out to make grilled romaine

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Strawberry Sandwich

Strawberry Sandwich

I started making these at least 6 years ago to take to a boot camp class I helped instruct. They were the perfect little snack to refuel after a heart pumping workout. These delectable little sandwiches had fallen off my radar until I needed to make something that would be fun for kids, in their lunch box or after school.

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Authentic Anchovy Caesar Salad Dressing

Authentic Anchovy Caesar Salad Dressing

I know, who makes their own salad dressings with all the perfectly yummy options at the grocery? I don't, unless we're having Caesar and then it's a yes, yes, yes to all these perfectly paired ingredients in this amazing recipe.

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Tilapia Fish Tacos with Avocado and Peach Salsa

Tilapia Fish Tacos with Avocado and Peach Salsa

Fish tacos are great for those spring and summer time parties. because they are nice and light to eat on hot days. I don’t know about you but I hate to put on a bathing suite right after eat a giant cheese burger.

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Asparagus and Tomato Farro Salad

Asparagus and Tomato Farro Salad

This is a great side dish for any season. Farro is readily available at most grocery stores and it’s basically a blank slate, allowing you to add in a multitude of veggies and cheeses regardless of the time of year and what’s in season. And it’s especially good for outdoor picnic’s because there’s no mayo to spoil in the heat.

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Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn

Corn, Cheese, Mayo... does it get any better?! HA! Probably for some but this is where Chrissy Teigen and I align perfectly. :) This recipe is from her first cookbook “Cravings” and I could easily eat 4 ears all myself, it's just so good. I wish I had known about this dish sooner in life.

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Chorizo and Seafood Paella

Chorizo and Seafood Paella

While in Barcelona I took a (very authentic) cooking class. For example, we cleaned a cuddle fish and I now know all about ink sacks, intense, lol! We made probably 6 Spanish dishes but the highlight of it all was the paella. It’s not complicated but it is a little bit of a process. Slow and low is the name of the game.

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Chicken Stuffed Avocados - Keto Friendly

Chicken Stuffed Avocados - Keto Friendly

Chicken Stuffed Avocados are an easy, healthy meal that takes minutes to prepare, and they come together really quick if you have leftover chicken or pick up a rotisserie chicken when you're at the grocery. Perfect for lunch, dinner or even a snack, these chicken stuffed avocados are great for meal prepping. Keep in an air tight container and they will last all week.

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Danish Ebelskivers with Jam

Danish Ebelskivers with Jam

Now I may not be the foremost expert on Danish food but I do know how good their ebelskivers are! Ebelskivers are traditionally served as a dessert because they are pretty sweet. Think pancake, but better. Better because they are little round popper-shaped pancakes filled with your favorite jam, chocolate or fruit and they can be handheld. I love dunking them in maple syrup!

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Gambas al Ajillo aka Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Gambas al Ajillo aka Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Gambas ala Ajillo which basically translates to garlic shrimp is a standard at any restaurant in Spain. I understand why because it’s so dang delicious, and they set it on fire and who doesn’t like a little flair!

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Easy Meyer Lemon Tart

Easy Meyer Lemon Tart

I LOVE lemon everything! So when I saw this recipe circulating around my Instagram account I knew I had to try it. It looks so refined yet you literally throw everything (including the lemon rind) into the blender, mix and you’re done. It doesn’t get any easier!

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Baked Eggplant Parmesan Stackers

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Stackers

Eggplant Parm’, easily one of my favorite dishes. However, I’ve only been eating it for the last 9 years. Eggplant wasn’t a vegetable my family cooked with but after meeting Mike (my very Jersey-Italian husband) and his mom I quickly developed a liking for this classic Italian dish.

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Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs with Goat Cheese Polenta

Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs with Goat Cheese Polenta

This dish may take several hours but the effort is minimal and the flavor is huge. The beef becomes so tender not only does it fall off the bone but it melts in your mouth. The silky smooth sauce has so much depth of flavor that when it mixes with the polenta it pulls the entire dish together. Your belly and the people you serve it to will thank you.

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