Garlic Smashed Potatoes

As someone who cooks for a living, I spend most of my time in the kitchen. Each day I do my best to turn out great food for my clients. I have made thousands upon thousands of dishes over the […]

Classic Stuffed Shells

I was born and raised in South Jersey. And whenever I feel nostalgic for my home state, I crave Italian food. Cheesy, saucy, Nona-inspired Italian food. No chain restaurants, please. I’m talking a mom and pop corner trattoria, where the […]

Asian Shrimp and Noodle Salad

Whenever I get the opportunity to cook on Charlotte Today, a local lifestyle and entertainment morning show in Charlotte, North Carolina, I have a blast. It’s the one time in my life when I can dirty a bunch of dishes and […]

Chipotle Cheerwine Chicken Tacos

Last week I was flipping through a bunch of food magazines in search of inspiration for a recipe I needed to come up with for my next cooking segment on Charlotte Today. I eventually came across an article about the history of […]

Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas

Spring is here! And along with it comes crops of amazing seasonal vegetables, my favorite being sugar snap peas. I first discovered this crisp, sweet vegetable when my oldest son was an infant. Since I was an overly obsessive new […]

Bourbon Bacon Meatball Sliders

This post is sponsored by Ms. C’s Soppin’ Good BBQ Sauce. Since the 1800s there’s been an ongoing feud between Eastern Carolina and Western Carolina for barbecue sauce supremacy, with each region possessing its own distinct style and flavor. Your sauce of […]

Fettuccine Alfredo

When I think about a romantic dinner for two, my mind immediately drifts to that famous Bella Notte scene in Lady and the Tramp. I just love how those two infatuated pooches interact with each other. She flutters her eyes at […]

Andouille and Corn Chowder

Last February, I had the opportunity to present a workshop at the first annual When The Heart Dreams conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. This event was an opportunity for romance readers and authors to mix and mingle for the weekend. […]

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Fra diavolo translates to “brother devil.”  It’s an old-school Italian sauce that didn’t originate in Italy. It was actually created at a restaurant in Little Italy, New York in the early 20th century. Lobster was the seafood of choice for […]

Chicken Tortilla Soup

After consuming all that rich, heavy food on Thanksgiving, followed by consuming several days of holiday leftovers, I am pretty much tired of eating. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every delicious moment and every delectable bite, but there comes […]

Shrimp Scampi with Linguini

Three months ago, Big Mony Merchandice turned thirteen. Ever since his birthday, I find myself getting misty eyed whenever I look at him. He’s growing up too fast, and I’m not prepared. Five years ago, he was this little boy giggling […]

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