Ricotta Gnocchi in a Three Cheese Sauce

Ricotta Gnocchi

I love Gnocchi! I order it when we are out and I make it when we are home. Now that I am making my own ricotta, it was time to tackle Ricotta Gnocchi. My first attempt, I have to admit, was more like ricotta soup… but I did not quit and finally found the correct formula! If you decide to make it with store bought ricotta I suggest you strain it overnight in a fine mesh sieve or you will need more flour. It made enough for two batches, but holds well in the refrigerator. I served it in a cheese sauce with poached garlic on the side to take it over the top. Really delicious! Continue reading

Spinach, Burrata & Crispy Prosciutto Salad


I assemble this quick salad when I need to serve a tasty & effortless lunch. The crispy prosciutto adds just the right amount of salty flavor that compliments the creamy burrata. I use Roma tomatoes in the winter when fresh Jersey tomatoes are not in season. Ciabatta or Italian bread cubes toast quickly in the oven and the dressing is a breeze to make. All in all a healthy addition to the salad rotation! Continue reading

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bake

Wow…this year went by so fast! The holidays were wonderful – many family visits and lots of friend’s get-togethers…hope you all had a delightful week. For today’s breakfast we have an old standby which can be prepared the night before. Crisp bacon & freshly shredded mozzarella combine with whisked eggs to make a quick and delicious meal. Happy New Year’s Eve to all… Continue reading

Cheesy Crab Dip

Every Christmas Eve we gather in front of the fireplace and indulge in yummy appetizers and play boardgames. It’s an annual tradition we have been enjoying for almost 35 years…this year I made this deliciously cheesy crab dip….it’s a spin on the Crab Muffins I usually make. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! Continue reading

Beef Curry

Beef Curry
This is similar to the first dinner I ever cooked. Being the last kid at home, (all my siblings, Linda included, had all gone off to college or gotten married). My mom, for about 2 years, had taken a moratorium from cooking and we ate out almost every night! One day after school when I was 16 I was watching MTV and flipping through some magazine of my mother’s, when I came across a recipe that caught my attention. Curry In A Hurry! I read it, walked into my mothers office and said, “I need 20 bucks”. “Why?”, she said. “I’m making dinner”. She handed me the money and I made dinner. It turned out good. I use filet now and not top round and I’ve added a few upgrades – but it’s still really good! Continue reading

Pub Burgers with Bacon Jam

I had these super tasty burgers at the Iron Pier Craft House – a Gastropub in Cape May, NJ – with outdoor seating overlooking the Atlantic Ocean – a little too chilly on these December days but a great restaurant to visit in season. When making these burgers at home I added additional flavor in the meat with a bit of Brazilian Steakhouse seasoning and created my own Bacon Jam…I also substituted Havarti cheese…end result – Delicious! Continue reading