Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet (Hamburger Helper)

A homemade, healthier version of the famous boxed dinner.  Seasoned ground beef and onions simmer alongside pasta in tomato sauce and beef broth and is then topped with cheese for a one skillet 30 minute dinner.  One of the main reasons I started this website way back in 2012 was to show others who had […]

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Spinach and Gruyere Frittata

Frittatas are basically crustless quiches.  They are light, fluffy and thick.  This frittata is full of  caramelized onions, mushrooms, baby spinach and a generous amount of gruyere cheese to compliment it all. A well-made frittata is one of the most perfect foods. It’s cheap, easy to make, quick-cooking, and makes great use of any leftovers—not […]

Five Star New England Clam Chowder

This not-too-thick, not-too-thin, creamy, New England Clam Chowder is full of chopped clams, potatoes, a hint of thyme, broth and cream … and will absolutely win you over. If you come from the east coast like I do then you know how critically important finding a stellar New England Clam Chowder can be.  You can’t […]

Buttery Garlic Baked Scallops

Big sea scallops topped with breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and baked in butter and garlic until perfectly tender. A winner every time !! For those of you who have been following our blog for a few years now, it’s no secret how much I love seafood! Growing up on Long Island enabled me to eat fresh […]

Roasted Sweet Potato, Spinach & Quinoa Summer Salad

A POWERHOUSE of nutrients in a summer side dish (or main veg) with roasted sweet potatoes, spinach, quinoa and avocados in a light lemony vinaigrette. I’m always looking for new summer side dishes and this one pretty much kills it! If you want to reverse the signs of aging, get stronger bones, fight inflammation, lose […]

Lemon Orzo with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

This orzo is a great light side dish for spring or summer with its burst of lemon flavor, asparagus and ripe cherry tomatoes. I wish I could give the creator of this recipe credit, but I can’t seem to find it.  I originally got this Lemon Orzo recipe from Pinterest, but when I go back […]

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted red peppers, chick peas, tahini, lemon, garlic and spices is all you need to make the most delicious, crazy creamy hummus ever! I feel like I am cheating on my regular garlic hummus since I started making this roasted red pepper hummus. I haven’t looked back. While I love the original garlic hummus, there […]

New York Deli Style Macaroni Salad

New York deli style macaroni salad.  No eggs, no cheese, no carrots.  Just like you would find at your corner  deli.  Growing up on Long Island (or anywhere in NYC for that matter) you will find a deli about every 7 feet.  They are on literally every corner.  The best part is when you walk […]

Homemade Baked Beans (along with the faster and better way to soak beans)

Homemade Slow Cooker Baked Beans made from dried beans, not canned, with a perfect blend of spices and a quick soak technique resulting in the perfect textured bean. No soaking overnight !

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Easy Simple Classic Potato Salad

Potatoes, celery and onions tossed in a classic mayo dressing … simple ingredients make the best recipes! If you google or search up potato salad on the internet you will quickly discover that there are several ways this recipe can be made.  It all depends on who you ask and what part of the country […]

Wholly Guacamole (5 ingredients – 5 minutes)

A TRUE Mexican classic !!! Ripe avocados with the perfect balance of onion, lime juice and salt! How can you celebrate Cinco de Mayo without Guacamole?  Simply put … you can’t. Guacamole is a staple in Mexican cuisine.  It is super easy to make and must be on your table if you are celebrating Cinco […]

Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

A homemade bbq sauce that combines the sweetness of honey with the smokiness of  Chipotle adobe peppers – a perfect match! Let’s face it there is something about firing up that grill in the summer and getting a huge steak, chicken or ribs grilled to perfection isn’t there? But see here’s the thing.  It just […]