Potato Salad

Potato Salad 1.5 lb Red Potatoes 1 Pinch of Fresh Parsley Leaves, minced 1 Large Clove of Garlic, minced 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Teaspoons Sea Salt 1 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper Bring about 3 Quarts of water in a large stock pot to a boil on high heat.  In the meantime,…

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…

Fresh Salsa

Fresh Tomato and Ancho Chile Salsa 2lbs vine ripe tomatoes 1 medium jalapeno pepper, stem removed and seeded 3 cloves garlic 1/2 tspn dried, ground cumin 1 handful of fresh cilantro 1 dried Ancho Chile, follow instructions below 1 small onion, cut into quarters 1 lime, juiced Salt and Pepper to taste Turn your food…

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…

Polenta Fries

This is a fun dish to make when you have polenta left over. Polenta Fries 1 serving of instant polenta* 1/4 cup of grated Parmigiano Cheese (then an extra tablespoon or so to sprinkle on cooked fries) Salt to taste 1 tspn dried rosemary Prepare the polenta according to instructions on the package. *Usually the…

Not Your Average Guacamole

This version of guacamole is made without onion and garlic. Reason being is that my husband didn’t like the ever lasting taste of them, but loved the flavors of guacamole. So, I started working on a recipe that would eliminate that all night taste of onion and garlic, but kept their flavors.. I came up…

My Faux Asparagus Risotto

There are many times I get a dinner idea, and when I look in the pantry I don’t have the ingredients to pull it off.  This dish is one that I made on a whim wanting to have risotto, but didn’t have any Aborio rice on hand.  Believe I was pregnant with my oldest and…

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Hope you all had a wonderful night to kick off the new year. Really looking forward to 2013. ….. Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta 1.5 lbs Brussels sprouts (prep directions below) 1/2 lb pancetta chopped 1 shallot chopped 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tspn salt 1/2 tspn freshly ground black pepper You will need…