Not-So-Traditional Bulgarian Banitsia

Banitsa is a famous cheese, yogurt, and egg pie. Historically renowned dish of Balkan cuisine and typically served for special events. I can’t get enough of it. Based on my geographical location and ingredients, this recipe still has enormous flavor; the sharp feta cheese with the richness of the eggs and yogurt is a perfectContinue reading “Not-So-Traditional Bulgarian Banitsia”

Charred Beef Tip with Chinese Five Spice and Grilled Cara Cara Oranges

Chinese five-spice is pungent and encompasses all five tastes—sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami—and uses five different spices. This dynamic Asian seasoning is a mixture of star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns, and fennel seeds. It’s easy to make at home, but it’s ok to purchase it premade too. I usually pair it withContinue reading “Charred Beef Tip with Chinese Five Spice and Grilled Cara Cara Oranges”

Homemade English Muffins

This recipe is so user friendly and satisfying. I like to use buttermilk for a pleasant, sour tang. The use of bread flour is for an incredible chewy bite. The dough will naturally be sticky, In essence, this is a good sign; the mixture contains optimal hydration, which will yield the traditional nooks and cranniesContinue reading “Homemade English Muffins”

The Brussel Sprout Files!

Below is a formula sure to make your Brussel sprouts are a success no matter what flavor profile you’re after. Sweet, salty, or tangy! Brussel sprouts are aggressive in flavor. You either love them or hate them. So many ways to cook them too– from baked chips to chopped salads. At my home we love ourContinue reading “The Brussel Sprout Files!”

The BEST Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. 

I have ever so slightly adapted the very, very famous- New York Times, chocolate chip cookie recipe. Enjoy!  Ingredients: 8½ ounces cake flour 8½ ounces bread flour 1¼ teaspoons fresh baking soda 1½ teaspoons fresh baking powder 1½ teaspoons kosher salt 10 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature 10 ounces dark brown sugar 8 ouncesContinue reading “The BEST Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. “

10 Minutes to Creamy! Chocolate Avocado Mousse! 

Chocolate Mousse has never been healthier or faster! When choosing Avocados, use Haas variety- they tend to have a rich, smooth finish. Make sure to avoid any granulated sweeteners for a creamy mouthfeel.   You’ll Need:  4-5 ripe avocados 3 tablespoons honey, maple syrup, or optional liquid sweetener. ( do not use granulated sweeteners)  3/4 cupContinue reading “10 Minutes to Creamy! Chocolate Avocado Mousse! “

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! “

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 “

Loaded – Jalapeno Popper Potato Skins!

Ingredients: 3-4 jalapeños 2 pounds small round baby potatoes, about 2 inches in size. 2 Tablespoons organic canola or vegetable oil, divided 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 1/2 pound pancetta or center cut strip bacon, cooked crisp, drained of excess fat, and crumbled Garnish ToppingsContinue reading “Loaded – Jalapeno Popper Potato Skins!”