Stromboli- Dinner in 30! 

Unlike a calzone, a stromboli does not contain sauce. Invented in the 1950’s on the east coast in Pennsylvania. An Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria claims to be the first to have used the name, Stromboli. Rumor has it the pizzeria owner had experimented with “pizza imbottito”, or “stuffed pizza”, and added ham, salami, cheese andContinue reading “Stromboli- Dinner in 30! “

Empanadas- Savory Hand Pies

So many cultures have a recipe for meat wrapped in pastry. – I just love bold flavored, slow cooked juicy meats and veggies wrapped up in flakey pie crust served piping hot. Mmmmmm. Comfort food.  I also love pasta sauce and Italian sausage or yellow curry and potatoes, but that’s a whole nother set ofContinue reading “Empanadas- Savory Hand Pies”

Ropa Vieja Stew, Non-Traditional 

( ROH-pah VYAY-hah) translates something like, “old clothes”  in Spanish, but don’t be fooled. This traditional warm weather dish will wrap around you like a nice cozy brand new shawl. You’ll even wanna eat this on a spring or summer evening when the night breeze picks up. I serve my Ropa over a sweet potato–whichContinue reading “Ropa Vieja Stew, Non-Traditional “

30 Minutes to Fancy! Halibut, En Paupiette! 

In the culinary arts, the term en papillote refers to a moist-heat cooking method where the food is enclosed in a packet of parchment paper or foil – and then cooked in the oven. Seriously though- cooking anything in a pouch will create a delicious infused meal. In this case, the white fish and veggiesContinue reading “30 Minutes to Fancy! Halibut, En Paupiette! “

Authentic Fried Israeli Falafel 

Here I am, an Italian-American trying to grasp the depths of an authentic Israeli Falafel recipe. Here is how I did it. I’ve turn to my favorite Falafel expert, and adapted from Joan Nathan’s book The Foods of Israel Today. Amazing book ! Read what Joan has to say about the authenticity of Falafel.  JoanContinue reading “Authentic Fried Israeli Falafel “

Spicy Turkey Zucchini Boats! Like a Taco without a Shell. Whatever Floats Your Boat, Right? 

Ingredients: 8 medium zucchini 1 cup chicken stick 1 pound ground turkey, chicken, beef or Italian sausage  1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, peeled and chopped small dice  1 cup mushrooms, quartered ( optional)  2-3 cloves garlic, minced fine 3 cups pasta sauce 1 Tablespoon oregano, minced fine 1 Tablespoon fresh marjoram, minced fine  1/2Continue reading “Spicy Turkey Zucchini Boats! Like a Taco without a Shell. Whatever Floats Your Boat, Right? “

30 Minute Creamy Homemade Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons!

You’ll Need: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large yellow onion, sliced 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped in 1/2 inch pieces  1-2 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves 1/2 cup fresh flat leaf Italian parsley leaves  4 garlic cloves, minced 2 (28 oz ) cans good quality peeled and chopped organic tomatoes 2 cups chicken stock (orContinue reading “30 Minute Creamy Homemade Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons!”

Fresh Basil and Kale Pesto Zoodles

Some think I’ve lost my noodle, because I put kale in my zoodles. I’ll let you be the judge. This recipe is a variation of the classic basil pesto. It’s fresh, flavorful, easy and healthy. Kale is really good for you. Contains a high concentration of vitamins K, A, C, and antioxidants.  Chefs Secret: Blanching helpsContinue reading “Fresh Basil and Kale Pesto Zoodles”

Zoodles with Spicy Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

I love, love, love shrimp scampi over pasta with lots of lemon and garlic, but I need a fast alternative from pasta. Here’s my swing on the ol’ classic!   Ingredients: 2-3 teaspoons olive oil or extra virgin coconut oil 1/2 medium sized yellow onion, cleaned and Julianne sliced 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakesContinue reading “Zoodles with Spicy Lemon-Garlic Shrimp”

Skinny Orange Chicken 

Well, skinn ( i-e-r ) …. One of my favorite dishes is orange chicken! Mmmm, crispy bits of deep fried nuggets tossed in sugary orange glaze.  Yikes! I did make a New Year commitment of cutting back on fried foods and recipes that include refined sugar. So- what’s a chef to do?  Answer: Reworked theContinue reading “Skinny Orange Chicken “