Rigatoni with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Basil & Mascarpone Sauce

This pasta sauce doesn’t use regular tomatoes, its flavor is intensified with sundried tomatoes, fresh garlic and basil and combined with mascarpone cheese and parmesan cheese for the most epic sauce ever! This pasta could not be easier to make and it’s so full of flavor that I think it’s outranked my vodka sauce.  Even […]

Best Grilled Chicken Marinade

This basic marinade for chicken is completely foolproof!  Its been a staple in our house since I began cooking.  Olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon, lime, sugar and a little Dijon is all it takes to produce some of the best chicken you will grill this summer!  I’m going to let you in a little […]

Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Slaw & Sriracha Sauce

These blackened shrimp tacos are an easy, healthy weeknight dinner and a twist on your regular Taco Tuesday. These spicy blackened shrimp, along with a sweet coleslaw and spicy Sriracha sauce are not for the weak!  You can always adjust the seasonings but sometimes you just need a little heat in your life. WHAT DOES […]

Flank Steak Fajitas

The steak from fajitas typically comes from a tougher cut of beef often resulting in chewy and not very enjoyable fajitas.  Our Flank Steak recipe makes the most flavorful, tender steak imaginable and ends up the star in our fajitas.  So … remember that delicious, tender flank steak we made the other day? Yes,  this […]

Weeknight Marinated Flank Steak

There’s a big price difference when it comes to different cuts of meat such as a cut of New York Strip, Tenderloin and Flank Steak. Why? Because the higher cuts of meat, like the New York strips and Tenderloins are the most tender of steaks out there. This is due to where the cut of […]

Chicken Francese

This classic Italian-American dish is one of the simplest yet most rewarding in flavor.  Thinly sliced chicken breasts are floured and dipped in egg before being sautéed with a lemon-butter and white wine sauce. Chicken Francese is something I grew up eating a lot in New York. It is on every Italian menu across the […]

Chicken Thighs in a Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce

Chicken thighs are nestled in between onions and cooked until golden brown.  Then some white wine, crème fraiche and 2 types of mustard are added along with some honey to make a tangy creamy sauce.  I am on a Ina Garten kick right now and I already own about 6 of her cookbooks.  I decided […]

Classic Bolognese Sauce with Tagliatelle (step by step)

A slow simmered, full bodied Italian meat sauce that can be enjoyed on top of tagliatelle pasta or as the main sauce in lasagna alla Bolognese.  This true Italian classic Bolognese sauce cannot be made quickly.  Allow yourself plenty of time for this outstanding sauce to mature. This recipe is quite possibly the longest one […]

Ham Tetrazzini (no canned soups)

A weeknight dinner where the sauce is ready before the spaghetti is … spaghetti is cooked until al dente and then coated in a luscious creamy cheese sauce with diced ham and peas for an easy 15 minute dinner! My mom made ham tetrazzini all the time when we were growing up, only her version […]

Baked Wings w an Epic Dry Rub and Sweet & Spicy Sauce

Crispy wings that start with an epic dry rub, are baked NOT fried and end up slathered in a sweet and spicy hot sauce that is killer! I’m thinking that by now you all have a pretty good sense that I LOVE wings.   And with the biggest football game of the year in less […]

Lemon Garlic Kale Salad with Pistachios, Pine Nuts and Cranberries

If you have tried endless kale salads to hop on the healthy ban wagon only to be sadly disappointed like me then you haven’t tried this one.   Fresh kale is chopped and tossed in wonderfully light lemon garlic dressing (with a surprising ingredient) along with pistachios, pine nuts and dried cranberries.  It will make […]

Fresh Jumbo Lump Maryland Crabcakes

Beautiful fresh Chesapeake crab meat, just enough binders to hold it together and a hint of Old Bay is all it takes to make these glorious crab cakes. This crab cake recipe comes from a very well known seafood restaurant in Annapolis MD, a place my family and I would frequent when we lived in […]