Tortellini with Prosciutto & Peas

Here’s another classic dish…Tortellini with Prosciutto & Peas…after doing a little bit of research I found that the tortellini noodle has an obscure history. The story goes that a beautiful woman stayed at an Inn in a small town in the Providence of Modena. The Innkeeper was so captivated by her beauty that during the night he peeked through the keyhole to her room and saw only her navel…inspiring him to create this noodle. Crazy story! Anyway, whoever created it – it’s a very tasty pasta, especially when paired with prosciutto, peas, cream & cheese… Continue reading

Buffalo & Gorgonzola Mac & Cheese: Revisited

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Today I’m revisiting one of my favorite Mac & Cheese dishes. Originally posted almost two years ago, this is comfort food all the way….STOP THE CLOCK AND TAKE THE PHONE OFF THE HOOK!!! Wow is this Mac & Cheese Good! If you haven’t heard me say it before, you’ll hear me say it now… I love mac & cheese. One night I sat down with a glass of wine (or two) and wrote down all the ways I might want to enjoy this delicious taste of heaven… Now every month I make a new one for me and for you. So far this is absolutely my favorite! Yummy, delicious, can’t get enough. Even my Hubby who is not a fan of all things ‘Buffalo style’ had three helpings. Here, have a biteContinue reading

Eggplant Parmesan

Today I’m sharing a Meatless Meal…this is one of my favorites…I get it all the time when I see it on restaurant menus but in all honesty they’re so covered with sauce that it’s sometimes hard to taste the eggplant. When I make it at home I cook it with as little oil as possible and top it with just a smidge of sauce and cheese so the eggplant can shine… Continue reading

Sirloin Steak Panini

Our local pizza & sandwich joint has a very tasty Flank Steak Panini on their menu that I’ve been ordering for years. I finally decided to just make it at home – tweaking it until it was just right. I’ve never been a big fan of flank steaks because they end up being very fatty…so I use sirloin instead, marinating it and grilling it and adding sautéed marinated red onions, sharp cheddar cheese, tomato, arugula and a smear of black pepper aoili…all piled on toasted rustic sourdough bread…This is the perfect pick-me-up when I’m in the mood for a tasty lunch! Continue reading

Sautéed Calamari In Brown Butter

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Date nights are my favorite nights!!! I love to get all dolled up for my Hubby and go out for a glass of wine and a little bite (that I didn’t have to cook!)…One of the dishes we get at Moon & Raven Public House is their Sautéed Calamari. Well, it’s tax season and my excellent Hubby is a CPA. He and his partner, along with their excellent staff, are cranking day and night-  so Date Nights Out are a little more rare. Wanting to have Sautéed Calamari, I decided to come up with a dish of my own inspired by one of our favorite dishes. Late Night Date Night at home… Continue reading

Grilled Vegetable Platter

This classic dish is mouth-wateringly delicious! The great thing about it is that you can make it again and again with all different kinds of veggies…one day it could be eggplant & peppers with red onions, another day make it with asparagus and zucchini…you’ve got grilled broccoli or cauliflower mixed with so many different combinations…it’s endless! Sometimes I drizzle a balsamic glaze over the platter and it adds a bit a sweetness. Any way you make it it’s fabulous! Continue reading