James’ Pesto Chicken

As new parents, it is a little more challenging to make homemade meals and eat together like we did before the baby, so we try to make easy recipes that don’t take too much time and using some pre-made ingredients like jarred pesto helps a lot.  This dish is healthy and delicious, it has become…

Balsamic Rosemary Chicken Wings

I am a huge fan of chicken wings and in the summer time it is fun to mix things up and grill the wings. I didn’t want to do BBQ chicken so I came up with this tasty marinade.

Summer Orzo Salad

I have been making this pasta salad for years because it is easy and delicious.  The freshness of the squash and eggplant really come through when you roast them.  The orzo is the perfect pasta to pair this with because the veggies are the stars of this dish and the orzo brings it together.  I’ve…

Pantry Bean Salad

One of my favorite go to pantry recipes is bean salad. This has been a favorite salad of mine ever since I was tall enough to see it in the deli case at the Italian market my mom shopped at. There is something about the contrast of the soft beans, crunchy veggies and the tang…

Broccoli Rabe with Chicken Sausage

One of my favorite quick dinners to make is broccoli rabe and chicken sausage. It’s a filling dish that takes less than 30 minutes to make and is also healthy.  If desired you can serve this over pasta or rice. To spice things up a little I use one or two links of hot sausage…

Pom and Sage Gin Cocktail

During the holidays I love to spice things up with a specialty cocktail.  Since I had an abundance of sage in my garden and it is a warm herb that most of us use during this time of year I thought it would be a perfect compliment to a pomegranate drink. Recipe to make one…

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Her

Let’s face it most men wait until the absolute last minute to buy any gift – from Christmas to an anniversary salespeople will tell you the husband or boyfriend always has that look of desperation because they have no idea what to get her.  It’s not that hard guys, I put together a simple list…

Apple Pear Muffins

I’ve always make banana and blueberry muffins, but hardly use other fruit.  I remember in a pinch I have  substituted an apple or a pear for one banana when I didn’t have three bananas for the muffin or bread recipe.  Since I didn’t have any bananas today I decided to do an apple pear muffin…

Turkey Day Place Cards

As a host or even a co-host, I try to plan as much as possible to take any anxiety away from last minute decisions.  When guests are about to sit at the table for dinner or even sometimes when they arrive they usually ask where they should sit.  To make things easy for guests and…

Spanish Potato Tortilla

The first time I tried a potato tortilla I was in Madrid, Spain and I was at a small tapas bar. We asked the waitress what the most traditional tapas were and she pointed to the tortilla as well as the olives, manchego cheese, and Iberian ham. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the…

10 Turkey Tips

Preparing and cooking a turkey can be very intimidating, especially if you haven’t made one before. The first turkey I cooked was a turkey breast – the free turkey breast from ShopRite in fact. Unfortunately, although I thought I had cooked it enough and the outside looked brown and delicious the inside was raw! It…