Orzo Paella

Orzo Paella

March 27 is National Paella Day. Paella is a regional Spanish dish that originated in Valencia, which is located on the eastern coast of Spain. This recipe is an easy alternative to using rice which can be a bit tricky. Orzo is a rice shape pasta tha cooks up in 5 minutes. Traditional paella uses […]

Carb Buster Breakfast

Carb Buster Breakfast

This was the post I planned to submit for Valentine’s Day, but forgot to click the Publish button. Ooops.  Better late than never. With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I thought I’d share a love story. Once upon a time, it was a cold winter’s day, and a third of an inch of […]

Red Velvet Muffins

Red Velvet Muffins

Last Saturday I went to the grocery  store for cereal and milk, and  left inspired to make red velvet muffins. When I woke that morning, I wasn’t thinking about red velvet muffins, but I saw the bakery display featuring red velvet muffins and I just had to try one. However, I couldn’t bring myself to […]

Ginger Beef and Ramen Noodle Soup

Ginger Beef and Ramen Noodle Soup

Like many college students, I’ve eaten my fair share of ramen noodles. The inexpensive pasta packet was a mainstay in my culinary reportoire. However, I’m not one to just pour water over the noodles and dump a salty flavor pack in the bowl and call it dinner.  No sir. My favorite concoction consisted of ramen, […]

Grape and Rosemary Focaccia

Grape and Rosemary Focaccia

I am so glad 2013 is over.  For the past two days I’ve been getting rid of a lot of stuff to start the new year off free and clear. I have a ton of cookbooks and food magazines that I’m not going to read that have to go. I came across a folder filled with recipes that […]

Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough

Saturday is Pizza Night at my house, whether delivery or homemade. Because of my children I’ve eaten more pizza in the past five years than I have in my entire life. And I’m from New Jersey. I usually make a few  batches at a time so I’ll have dough readily available in the freezer for the […]

Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts

Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts

During the Christmas season I like to make finger foods and snacks for my guests instead of a full heavy meal. This makes it easier for me to socialize and I don’t spend the entire party in the kitchen cooking. I like to start the evening off with something crunchy that goes well with holiday cocktails. This […]

Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish

I have to admit, I’m a cranberry sauce snob and I scoff at the idea of eating cranberry sauce out of a can. My skin crawls just thinking about the sound of that deep red blob plopping into a dish.  Every year despite my distain for the gelatinous relic, my mother insists on serving it for Thanksgiving dinner. […]

Pomegranate Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Green Apple Salad

Pomegranate Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Green Apple Salad

I love fresh ingredients–the more, the merrier.  Despite the  trend over the past several years to use few ingredients when cooking, I’ve resisted the urge to jump on that bland food bandwagon. The only five-ingredient recipe that I like is for a cheeseburger–ground beef, salt, pepper, cheese and a bun. These five ingredients work well together and […]

French Apple Cake

French Apple Cake

Last Friday I started Dr. Oz’s 3-Day cleanse, and I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be–at first. Usually I’ll fast at the beginning of the year to clean out my system from all the lovely meals and treats that I enjoyed over the quarter-long celebration season–which begins […]