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

Beef & Lamb Gyros Salad With Grilled Red Onions, Goat Cheese & Tzatziki Dressing

Beef & Lamb Gyros Salad With Grilled Red Onions, Goat Cheese & Tzatziki Dressing
I love a good Gyro and when I found the gyro meat package at Sam’s Club I was all in! Wanting to make it a little lighter than the wrap, I opted for a salad instead. I also swapped out the tomatoes for roasted red peppers because it’s hard to get a good tomato this time of year and truth be told I’m kind of a tomato snob…Well, it was everything I could have wanted in a great Gyro without the bread… Delicious! Continue reading

Busiate con Zucca & Salsiccia

During our recent visit to NYC, Heidi and I visited Eataly on 5th Avenue to peruse their Italian goods. We both picked up this Busiate pasta and made a plan to each make something different with it…so, for today’s meal I roasted some butternut squash (Zucca) and cooked up some mild Italian sausage (Salsiccia) seasoned with a touch of nutmeg …added a white wine-cream sauce and voilĂ ! A star was born… Continue reading

Classic Moussaka


We are huge fans of Greek food…I make a lot of it at home and we also head over to our favorite Greek spots a few times a month (Estia Taverna and Black Olive)…but had never made Moussaka at home until this past weekend…I didn’t want to follow anyone else’s recipe – I knew the flavors very well since I’ve eaten it many times at restaurants…so I sat down and wrote my ideas out in my cooking notebook…shopped for all the ingredients ….then gave it a whirl on Sunday afternoon. It turned out superb! Definitely restaurant quality (can I toot my own horn and say even better than restaurant quality?!) I roasted the eggplant and baked the layer of potatoes before assembling the remaining layers; bringing out the delicious flavors of both, while the beef simmered in a tomato sauce seasoned with cinnamon, allspice and ginger. The final layer is a custard-like bĂ©chamel sauce topped with a mix of shredded cheeses…truly scrumptious! Continue reading

‘The Wedgie’ Revisited

In my early college years at IUP, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, there was this little pizza shop called Romeo’s within walking distance of campus that we loved to frequent. The most popular item on the menu and something I had never heard of before was…’The Wedgie’. It was a pizza and a hoagie combined. I shared a Wedgie recipe back in 2015 but for today’s post I decided to make it with the new store bought Cauliflower Crust Pizzas that are in the frozen section at my local grocery store. It was much healthier and very delicious!!! Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash Pizza

Spaghetti Squash Pizza
I saw this spaghetti squash pizza idea and decided to give it a try for myself. I had to tweak the recipe a little for it to work for me, but I wanted to share it because it’s truly delicious! My Hubby said he preferred it to a regular pizza crust. I’m not sure I completely agree, I love my carbs but it was really, really good and super healthy. Continue reading