Ratatouille

Sacre bleu! Until last night I had never eaten ratatouille. I knew it was a French peasant dish and decided to try making it. I was nervous it wouldn’t taste all that great or be filling since the whole dish is vegetables (no offense to vegetables), but my reaction was similar to this food critic:…

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are the ONE recipe I have ever made that came out AWFUL (Dan can attest to that). I made them back at our old apartment and they were just completely flavorless and gross. I think we threw them out and ordered Albanese pizza. Fail. However, my mom made great stuffed peppers for me…

Tortellini with Mushroom Cream Sauce

The last time I saw my friend Annette from college we went to this great french cafe called Cafe Luluc. It’s close by in Cobble Hill and typically their brunch line on weekends is out the door. They had (have?) this killer dish with mushrooms and tortellini that I decided to try replicating since I…

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

I am going to go right ahead and pat myself on the back: I’ve outdone myself.  Yesterday was a typical March day in New England. (Freezing rain, driving wind, general malaise.) To lift the spirits, I set up my crock-pot with some pulled pork for dinner. Then I decided to eat dessert first, and turned…

Pimento Grilled Cheese with Bacon

You need to make this and eat this: now. This is DEFINITELY a recipe you should use again and again. I don’t think  I will ever make a plain grilled cheese sandwich again, ever. During Hurricane Sandy the hubs and I went to Van Horn Sandwich Shop in our neighborhood.  It’s a Southern influenced restaurant and I…

The Best F%$&*n Lasagna

My lasagna never tasted as good as what you could get in a restaurant and often it was separatist (not politically: it didn’t meld together) and too wet. Normally when I cook I am all about creativity and playing with recipes. However, my husband asked if I would make a lasagna last night (we are…

Apple Cinnamon Walnut Muffins

These muffins are so good. It’s comforting yet the apples and walnuts reduce any sense of guilt. Plus I don’t use butter and I use skim milk. I’m going to try the same recipe with cranberries and white chocolate pieces. This is my mom’s muffin recipe and I use it for all muffins – chocolate…

Chili

Last year I went to a Superbowl Party in Manhattan (Ooo Brooklyn girl goes to the big city). Sadly, the Patriots lost, but on the bright side, I got to eat some delicious chili! My husband works with Nick, our host, and his girlfriend/our hostess Alex was kind enough to share this recipe with me….

Portuguese Kale and Chourico Soup

Yes! I’m alive! Well, I should feel bad about the lack of blogging this summer but I was away for most of the time mooching off my amazing mom’s cooking. Nothing like a home cooked meal that just miraculously appears in front of you. And dishes? Try having a dishwasher. After eating I rinse the…

Slow-Cooked Beef Roast

Dear Crock-Pot, Oh wow. I had no idea. I heard through the grapevine that you were good, but seriously? I would have come to you a long time ago if I had only known. I cringe to think how much time has been wasted between us. This weekend, our first time together, I was blown…

Mama’s Mac

I’m sorry but Kraft just doesn’t cut it. This kind of dish makes you happy it’s raining or snowing and you are bundled up inside. Or maybe it’s just a random Sunday and you’re watching five episodes of the Sopranos. Whatever. This recipe is all about home. If you aren’t with your Mama this will…

Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables

While my palate has evolved to the point one might consider “adventurous”, I still suffer from insecurity as a cook. There are certain kitchen tasks that have intimidated me, and that I’ve avoided at all costs. But no longer.

Congrats Nikki

Congrats Nikki on your upcoming nuptials! I hope your day is full of culinary delights, most notably your wedding cake that will be made by your chef soon-to-be father-in-law (what interesting French food adventures you will have with this new connection!). Pictures to follow I hope! All your foodies wish you the best! Here is…

Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey Panini

The picture really says it all: this will make you happy. Chop up 1 banana and make a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich. Heat in a panini press or grill (cuisinart, george foreman…it’s all good). Enjoy and beat those winter blues!

Enchiladas

I’m not really the casino type. Watching the elderly and/or morbidly obese plug themselves simultaneously into slot machines and oxygen tanks in a windowless room sort of depresses me. However, I tagged along with my Dad one weekend to Foxwoods because he had a conference and my Mom and I ran around enjoying the pool,…