I just got back from a trip to Toronto and my first time with our lovely northern neighbors. I thought I might return with a new appreciation for hockey, or bacon… or maybe even maple syrup. However there was one thing that truly amazed me – poutine.

Spicy Pumpkin Cornbread

I’m going to come right out and say it: this one might be more for the sophisticated palate. Not for the red-meat-and-white-potatoes set. But anyone who likes their food to be hot, hot, hot will appreciate this recipe.

American Chop Suey

About a year ago I was talking about cooking with my dad, when he casually mentioned his favorite meal was American Chop Suey. This completely caught me by surprise for 2 reasons: a) we hardly ever had American Chop Suey growing up and b) my dad is Italian. As in, the birthplace of dishes like Chicken…

Quesadilla Maker = Awesome

Ok so for those who know me you know I am all Thoreau-esque with the whole “Simplify, Simplify.” Just ask my husband as I chase him around the apartment with donation bags for the Salvation Army. Or while I shred every unnecessary piece of paper I come across.  Or canceling our cable.

Breakfast Burrito

I made this in “Family and Consumer Science” in 8th grade. I thought… um, ew, eggs and bacon wrapped together? ga-ross. (Weren’t we all a little Valley Girl back then?).


In case you haven’t noticed I have been in a little bit of a blogging rut. Now, I have been cooking, don’t get me wrong. But… I’ve been cooking a lot of the same old things. Things that are on my old blog Summer’s Fusion. I’ve been having some inner debates lately: should I put…

Meatball Sub

I’d call it a Manwich, but that might be under copyright by Sloppy Joe. I’m telling you, as a hearty Italian girl, I can professionally argue there is nothing more satisfying than a good old fashioned meatball sub. The man I cohabitate with seems to agree by the looks of this picture. So if you are in…

Easy Chicken Parmesan

Another foot of snow is barreling towards us, and I once again retreat to my kitchen and my comfort food. Here is a quick and easy chicken parmesan recipe if you’re looking for a satisfying crowd pleaser. (I apologize for the horrible quality of these photographs, but it was a dark and gloomy night, and…

Friar Tuck’s Gnocchi

This weekend I had a Roma Reunion with two girls I met when I was abroad. We started our adventure at Eataly in Manhattan and ended with an empty container of nutella. Needless to say, we had a filling weekend. Dinner tonight I wanted to do something healthy, but not boring. After such delicious Italian food,…


My love for calzones started at Dighton House of Pizza. Greasy fingers… extra sauce. It’s all good. Now I’m spoiled since I can get almost any type of food: Italian, French, Thai, Japanese, Peruvian, Southern, Middle Eastern, etc,  by walking a few blocks. Growing up though, the Greek joint was the spot.. the closest spot…almost…

Savory Sweet Potato Fries

A week or so ago, I bought two sweet potatoes on a whim. They’ve been sitting on my counter ever since. I was a little frightened to do anything with them. Sweet potatoes are an ugly…root? tuber? vegetable? Whatever. They intimidated me.


This is our mother Avis’s recipe for meatballs. It’s the first time I’ve made them without her help and I think they came out pretty well. You could, of course, have these with spaghetti, but we ate them tonight in a sandwich with provolone cheese and a salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Banana Bread

Growing up I wasn’t exactly the healthiest eater. While I am much better now, it has happened on occasion that someone has walked into a room and caught me by surprise dumping an entire bag of Smart Food down my gullet, gorging on nutella, or using “the claw” to stuff a popcorn, cheese and pickle sandwich…

Smokey and Spicy Three Bean Chili

There is about a foot of snow on the ground here in Boston, and comfort food is calling my name. My live-in boyfriend Phil works as a professional arborist and spends his days climbing and cutting trees in rain, shine, or snow. He came home chilled to the bone today after a long week, and…