Spiced Apple Chutney

This recipe for Apple Chutney is full of sweet and spice and everything nice! Perfect to serve with a sharp cheddar cheese or a fall pork roast.

Melon Salad with Mint & Amaretto

This recipe is delicious, can be made in advance, and sure beats any fruit salad from a store! It is perfect for a Sunday brunch or as a light, refreshing, summer dessert.

Crab Ravioli with Pea Puree

Homemade raviolis stuffed with fresh crab, ricotta cheese and lemon zest surrounded by fresh pea puree is the the perfect savory, spring dish.

Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloins with Apple Chutney

This recipe for Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloins from Ina Garden is a five star recipe that is guaranteed to blow your taste buds away! The salty prosciutto pairs so well with the complex zing of the apple chutney.

The Ultimate Spicy Crab Dip

This hot crab dip is packed with heat from pickled jalapeños and spicy jack cheese and loaded with tons of crab meat. It’s easy to make and will elevate your party to the next level.

Easy Baked Potato Skin Bites

This recipe serves up all the deliciousness that comes with traditional potato skins, but delivers in it a easy to eat, easy to make, crowd pleasing, single bite!

Blueberry Crumb Cake

This cake is perfect for so many occasions, but I think serving it for brunch or with afternoon tea is about as perfect as it gets.

Italian style chicken cutlets

There are a few simple things that you can do to ensure you get a fantastic chicken cutlet every time!


Platters are perfect for entertaining or bringing to a friend’s place- everyone gets to share in little bites of deliciousness and it can be served at room temperature!

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole is great way to feed a crowd of all ages. Once you have the base recipe you can introduce any flavor combinations you can think of.

Tuna Stuffed Peppadew Peppers

Inspired by Spanish tapas, these Tuna Stuffed Peppadews are easy to make, have only 3 ingredients and are always a hit.

Asparagus & Goat Cheese Tart

Puff pastry tarts of all kinds are an elegant and impressive dish that don’t require much fuss. All you need are a few really tasty ingredients.

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Good Shrimp Cocktail should be meaty, dry, and slightly briny. It should have tons of flavor all on its own.

Chicken with Forty Cloves

Ina’s Chicken with Forty Cloves is full of flavor fit for Feast & Merriment.

Aweee Shucks!

We love Shellfish around here. All of it- any kind, prepared any way. But we really love some fresh shucked oysters and clams. We’ve been working on mastering the art of shucking- and it ain’t easy! We are finally making strides in this department this picture certainly proves that! Oyster Resources and Recommendations: Learn about different kinds of […]

Chicken Scarpariello

This spicy, sweet, savory chicken dish can be found on many menus at classic Italian restaurants, but this recipe is so much better than what you would get out.

The Perfect Pizzelle

Pizzelles are an classic Italian cookie similar in flavor to a Belgium waffle, but super thin and crispy, and insanely delicious!

Key Lime Pie

If you can’t be in the Keys, at least you can have a slice of the Florida Keys. This Key lime Pie recipe won’t disappoint – It’s creamy, tart and delightfully decadent.

Summer Corn Salad

With just a few, fresh summer ingredients, Corn and Basil Salad is the perfect side dish for your next barbecue or picnic!

Fried Zucchini Flowers

Nothing quite compares to picking fresh zucchini flowers off the vine, dredging them in flour, frying them and sprinkling with sea salt. It’s a little taste of Italian heaven and one of my all time favorite treats.

Monster Sandwich Madness!

What better way then to jazz up a ‘Monster High’ themed birthday party than to make some Monster Sandwiches?! When I found out my niece was having a Monster High party for her 7th birthday, I had to stop what I was doing and look up ‘Monster High!’ I had no idea what it was! […]

Homegrown and Homemade

Apparently, the lettuce likes rain because I’ve had a bumper crop of lettuce this season and that’s about the only think I am loving about this wet season we are having. With so many varieties doing well this year, I’ve really had a chance to work on matching the different textures and flavors of the […]

Gorgeous Granola!

Granola bars are the perfect afternoon snack or breakfast on the go, but man- the good ones are expensive! Not only is this recipe better than any granola bar I ever purchased, but they go a long way and stay fresh for at least one week! I don’t know if it gets any better! Personally, […]

Italian Stuffed Zucchini

This recipe is loaded with delicious ricotta cheese and as satisfying as lasagna without all the carbs. It’s easy and can be made in advance.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

This game day recipe is the ultimate crowd pleaser- it’s easy, cheap to make, low calorie and loaded with buffalo flavor. Everyone wins!

Crockpot Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Striking a balance between fresh, delicious homemade food and managing to produce it all can be challenging for anyone. So every good host needs a few semi- homemade tricks up their sleeve and this is one of them!

Black Bean Brownies? YES!

Low cal and fat free foods are just not as good as the ‘real’ thing! Since I believe every bite should be the best bite, I rarely alter anything to make it low fat. Instead, I just cook with fresh, lean ingredients and avoid high fat food. (most of the time!) But these brownies are so good for something so modified that I can’t deny that this is a great way to treat yourself to a sweet treat and not feel the least bit guilty!

A ‘Chopped’ Challenge

It was a cold December evening and my friends and I were sitting around having some wine to celebrate the holidays when we had an idea…

Ina’s Caramelized Bacon with Pecans and Cayenne

Everyone should have this salty, sweet and spicy crowd pleaser in their recipe arsenal for when you really want to ‘WOW’ your guests!

A Struffoli Throwdown!

We are full swing in the Christmas season and that means something different to everyone. One of the traditions I loved most when I was a kid was ‘struffoli making day.’ Although, I always pronounced it ‘struffola’ so I could use an expert opinion on that! More of us than were really necessary gathered in […]

Chicken Burgers with Rosemary Mayo

Not all burgers are created equal and they aren’t all made with beef. This best chicken burger recipe you will ever make and maybe even the best burger you will ever eat!

Riding the Gravy Train

A little bit of planning and some effort can pay off big when it comes to making gravy in advance.

Eat your vegetables

I recently had the pleasure of sharing a glass of wine with a Food Scientist. Of course I delved right in asking about her take on wild vs. farmed fish and fresh food vs processed food. Then she asked me if I had heard of the book ‘The China Study.’ I had told her no […]

Ohhhh Baby! Baby Back Ribs

I have a rule. Although now I suppose I Had a rule. The rule was if we wanted ribs we went to Sherwood’s in Larchmont. End of story- no arguing.
However, I recently had a change of heart when I successfully made my own baby backs with the easiest recipe ever!

We be Jammin’

Toast and Jam- a simple pleasure. You can save a ton of money and cut out all the unnecessary preservatives when you make own jam.

Mac & Cheese

Stop the search – this is the best baked Mac & Cheese recipe you’ll ever need.

Fresh Basil Pesto

Basil pesto is incredibly easy to make and delicious! It freezes remarkably well so you can enjoy basil’s herbaceous flavor for months after the summer growing season is done.

Roasted Vegetables

Nothing could be easier to make than roasted vegetables- of any kind. Forget the steamer and the sauté pan and let’s start roasting!

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Everyone loves mashed potatoes-except the cook making them! With these tricks for make ahead mashed potatoes, now the cook can enjoy the mash as much as the guests.

For Tina

Remember that chicken ravioli from last year!? Well, my friend Tina wouldn’t stop talking about this pear & cheese ravioli they had while in Italy last year. (It was like Brett and that chicken ravioli all over again!)

Simply… Italian

I recently returned from my first trip to my ancestor’s homeland, Italy. I wanted to go to Italy for one reason and one reason only- the food!

Nostalgic Potatoes Au Gratin

The flavors are spot on, but getting the potatoes to cook through is the real challenge.

Tired of the standard BBQ fare?

I’ve had enough with classic backyard BBQ fare. It’s so boring! BBQ’s can be so much more creative and delicious- there’s just no reason not to. Let’s ditch the dogs and try a little harder.

Lasagna or Baked Ziti? The results are in.

Same ingredients, but which do you prefer and why? The results are in.

The Port Chester Pizza Debate

Port Chester has a unique lock on one thing- pizza!

White beans and dreams

Using cannelloni beans in place of pasta is a great way to satisfy your pasta fix without all the gluten. The opportunities are endless, and delicious.

Cold Food Can Be More Than Cold Cuts

When I have guests over or need to bring a dish to party, there are about a zillion reasons why I try to focus on cold cuisine.

Baking Bread

I recently got a new bread machine and Brett and I have been putting it to good use trying out all different recipes to decide which ones we like and which ones we don’t. The price of organic bread has gone through the roof so we figured, why not bake our own? We are keeping […]

Root Beer Pulled Pork? You Betcha!

You only need three basic ingredients for the most delicious pulled pork you’ll ever have!

Lobster Tips

Tip 1: Where should you buy Buy lobsters only from reliable fish sources that have either open or large lobster tanks and ask when they get their deliveries to be sure its weekly. Their tanks should always be clean and the lobsters should appear active. If you see one climbing up the wall- thats the […]

Lobster Dinner

With a little advance planning, Lobster night can be a whole lot more enjoyable. Learn the tricks of the trade and leave the bibs behind.

How far can you make a roasted chicken go?

I roast quite a bit of chicken, especially when I am trying to stretch my food store dollars. When I take the time to plan it out, it always amazes me how far I can make that chicken go.

My Culinary Resolution

Baking is not something I normally do. Baking and cooking are so different. My culinary intuition just isn’t there with baking.

‘THE’ Chicken Ravioli

For 7 years now, Brett has been talking about some chicken ravioli dish that he had somewhere, at sometime, that he can’t really remember, but that he loved it.

Take the Time to Plan

The timing of a meal is very important to me. I want everything to get on the table at once, and hot! I also don’t want to have to spend time in the kitchen when my guests are enjoying drinks in the living room. I enjoy myself so much more when I know I have […]

The Gift of the Perfect Meatball Tip

My great-grandma GiGi died when I was quite young but there are things I remember and believe it or not, they have greatly influenced how I cook.

Chicken Pot Pie

As a kid, I loved chicken pot pie. Of course, it was always the frozen kind! And then I became an adult and realized what was in those frozen chicken pot pies and I put an end to my love affair with creamy chicken goodness.