Roasted Asparagus with Tangerine Panko Crumb

Being back in the kitchen is such a big joy! Never thought I’d be this happy in my life over a kitchen! But back to my home cooking is what I need after a big vacation! (which I am still drafting my vacation post!!) Tonight I decided to take advantage of sprucing up our pallet…

Pasta with Zucchini and Cannelini Beans

Pasta with Zucchini and Cannelini Beans 1 medium-sized zucchini, washed and cubed 1 large clove garlic, minced 1 medium-sized yellow onion, chopped 1 can of cannelini beans, drained and rinsed 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 1/4 cup grated cheese, Romano Pecorino works best. 1lb cooked pasta Heat…

Eggplant Rollatini

Eggplant Rollatini 2 large-sized eggplants, washed and sliced thin lengthwise 16 ounces ricotta cheese 1 large egg 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella 1/4 cup grated Romano/pecorino, and three tbsp for sprinkling on top 1/3 lb fresh spinach, washed, drained completely and minced Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling pans Salt and freshly ground…

Ricotta and Veal Meatballs

Ricotta and Veal Meatballs 1 pound veal 1 pound lean ground beef 1 1/4 cup of whole wheat bread crumbs 1 1/4 cup skim ricotta 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Cheese 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon of each Salt & fresh ground Pepper…

A Pasta Primavera with Peas, Artichoke Hearts, and Grape Tomatoes

Nothing makes me feel better at the end of a long day than a pasta primavera.  It’s hearty, quick, and DELICIOUS! Even leftover to the next day! Also, the variations of vegetables are endless.    Pasta with Peas, Artichoke Hearts, and Grape Tomatoes 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 small yellow onion, chopped 1 cup peas…

A Fun Weekend and Caponata

It was a great weekend! Started off Saturday with hanging out with new friends, which was a lot of fun. We met this family through the girls’ dancing school. We’ve actually met 4 years ago, gingerly talking in the waiting room of the school every weekend during dance sessions. Just some of the few people…

Boneless Pork Loin Chops

Boneless Pork Loin Chops 6 Boneless pork loin chops, rinsed with cool water and patted dry 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2/3 Cup Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tspn Dried rosemary 1 tspn Dried thyme A pinch of salt and pepper Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl,…

Ground Pork Tacos

This is a super quick dish to make after work, one of my favorites; and there is no way to screw it up! Also, it is a great way to enjoy tacos without using the packet of sodium that comes in a taco meal kit. Those packets bother me so much; have you ever read…

Braised Lamb Osso Buco

Osso Buco 5 pieces lamb shank- we were lucky to find them from Australia! 1 cup flour 1 yellow onion- chopped 2 celery stalks- washed and chopped 4 carrots- washed, peeled and chopped 1 zest of lemon- using a vegetable peeler for large strips 4 cloves garlic- chopped 2 bay leaves 2 leeks- washed and…

Pasta with Asparagus

Pasta with Asparagus 2 cups chopped Asparagus (about 17 spears) 1 yellow onion, chopped 2 large cloves of garlic, minced 1/4 cup tepid water 1 tsp salt 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 lb pasta cooked and drained- use a dense pasta like rigatoni…