Lebanese Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves

  Grandma never measured anything out.  Mom learned from Grandma. The best family recipes aren’t documented.  There’s no written recipe to reference when daring to recreate those most nostalgic childhood meals.  A little bit of this, a little bit of that…and somehow it always turned out perfect.  As is the case with my mom’s stuffed […]

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

I made this incredibly healthy and delicious chicken for a taco dinner.  Obviously this salsa chicken can be used for a multitude of different dishes, not just tacos.  Obviously your kitchen will smell great when this chicken is cooking.  And, obviously it’s simple and easy to make. (It is a crock pot recipe, after all.) Five […]

Rosemary and Garlic Roast Beef

  Vegetarians, renounce your vows. The above line is a slogan used by my favorite little butcher shop in Southwest, Michigan. I think it applies for this post. On the rare (see what I did there) occasion I find myself craving beef, I think of a thick cut Delmonico steak grilled to perfection by my […]

One Skillet Baked Ziti

  Full disclosure: I did not use ziti to make this baked ziti.  I used rigatoni.  It’s what I had on hand and “baked rigatoni” just doesn’t have the same ring. This recipe has “feel good food” written all over it.  Italian sausage, tomato sauce, pasta, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, fresh basil and loads […]

Perfect Roast Chicken

  I like to roast a whole chicken on a Sunday afternoon.  I know, how very “1950’s women” cliche of me.  I’ve been told many times that I’m an old soul.  Really, though, don’t you want your chicken cooked by an old soul? (Just say yes, because you know it’s the right answer.)  Here’s the versatility of […]

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins

  I live for the weekends!  Especially weekends with good friends, good food, and plenty of time outdoors.  Chicago is in the prime of autumn right now.  The leaves have reached their peak colors, so a long walk around the neighborhood was on the agenda yesterday.  It almost felt like we were walking through a […]

Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms

  This dish is so simple.  This dish is so flavorful.  Creamy polenta, earthy mushrooms, nutty cheese, and fresh herbs.  Simplicity at its best. Also vegetarian! (an added bonus).  For you mushroom lovers, this is perfect. Polenta is made from coarsely ground cornmeal.  It’s a staple in Italian kitchens (and mine).  You need to dedicate […]

Spaghetti with Turkey & Zucchini Meatballs

  I must have been Italian in a past life. I love cooking spaghetti and meatballs.  The actual process of cooking this meal is so enjoyable.  I think I enjoy the cooking as much as I enjoy the eating (and I DO enjoy the eating).  Preparing a homemade marinara sauce and rolling up delicate little […]

Simple Garlic and Herb Lemon Roast Chicken

  Deliciously tender roast chicken on a weeknight?  Yes please.  Almost no work involved?  Yes please, again! For this chicken, I created a simple, fresh, pesto-esque marinade.  It’s garlicky, lemony, and herb forward with a slight kick.  This marinade is a great way to use up the fresh herbs you have in your garden (or […]

Italian Turkey Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

  (That’s quite the name for a dish, isn’t it?)  I  pride myself on making healthy comfort food.  Should “healthy” and “comfort food” be used in the same sentence?  Of course they should!  In my world, they easily go hand in hand.  Warm, gooey mozzarella cheese oozing over the sides of a turkey stuffed portobello […]