Appetizers, Main Course Recipes

Steamed Mussels with Wine, Garlic and Parsley

  I don't cook mussels at home often enough. But, I did this past Friday. It was glorious. Elegant, affordable, readily available, and a breeze to make. From the fridge to dinner table, the mussels are ready to devour in just 20 minutes. I paired this batch with white wine, garlic, parsley and lemon. Obviously,… Continue reading Steamed Mussels with Wine, Garlic and Parsley

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Pasta Recipes, Salads

Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad with Chicken

  Some of the best memories are made in flip flops ... while eating this dish. Summer's back.  Time to make Greek tortellini pasta salad.  Here's my update on the classic Greek salad. I mixed it up by adding cheese tortellini, shredded chicken, and a couple other tid bits.  I've always got cheese tortellini on… Continue reading Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad with Chicken

Breakfast Recipes

Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Strata

  What's my key to hosting brunch, you ask? Everything's made and prepped in advance. With this in mind, here's my go-to brunch recipe - Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Strata.  This dish inherently abides by my "made in advance" rule.  You're literally SUPPOSED to make and prepare it the night before.  For those unfamiliar with… Continue reading Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Strata

Main Course Recipes, Pasta Recipes

Lazy Ravioli Lasagna

  So, you're in a precarious "situation" with the mafia?  (It happens ... I guess)  Cooking up a tasty lasagna would really ease some tensions, right?  Problem is, you've got neither the time nor the fresh ingredients for a proper dish. Lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese filling, the timely/messy process of layering of everything together?  Here's… Continue reading Lazy Ravioli Lasagna

Pasta Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Stove-top Gnocchi (not mac) and Cheese with Peas

Fun enough for the kids.  Just grown up enough for the adult palate as well.  So simple to make.  Ready for it?  Sure you are.   This is a fun twist on macaroni and cheese.  I like creating an opportunity to introduce children to new foods and expand their palates, while simultaneously eating something with a sense… Continue reading Stove-top Gnocchi (not mac) and Cheese with Peas

Main Course Recipes

Lamb Shanks with Parmesan Polenta and Mushrooms

Time to talk lamb shanks?  Why, yes. Yes it is. From the lower section of the leg, lamb shanks are a full-flavored cut of meat.  They do, however, require a bit of love and attention to bring out their full potential.  These shanks are first browned in veg oil.  This gives them color while enhancing… Continue reading Lamb Shanks with Parmesan Polenta and Mushrooms

Pasta Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian Recipes

Roasted Tomato and Arugula Pasta Salad

  I've got roasted garlic and tomatoes, and I've got feta cheese, and I've got arugula, and I've got artichokes, and I've got a deliciously lemony dressing.  And, you may partake with me on one condition; that you listen to (read) my short rant about Spring weather in Chicago.  Those of you not dealing with… Continue reading Roasted Tomato and Arugula Pasta Salad