Meatless Monday: Spinach Fettuccine Aglio e Olio

Spinach Fettuccine Aglio e Olio

MEATLESS MONDAY! Don’t you just love all those different types of pasta found in your local supermarket nowadays!? I’m always thinking of ways to turn them into a great dish. After spending the last 12 days in Italy and enjoying all their wonderful pasta I’m ready to cook again! Today’s Meatless Monday menu combines a healthy spinach fettuccine with a classic Italian Aglio e Olio sauce. Aglio e Olio simply means ‘Garlic & Oil’ in Italian. It may sound simple and it may even be simple to make…but boy is it delicious! Continue reading

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

Every summer when we were little my parents took us up to ‘the house on the hill’ to visit family. The House on the Hill was the home of my grandmother on my father’s side. She was one of thirteen children! She and my grandfather lived in Philadelphia year-round but during the summer they would head up to her family home and we would all spend time with cousins and aunts and uncles. I have the fondest memories of those summers…the fun, the freedom, the food! My grandmother’s German Potato Salad was one of those additions to the meals that was to die for – one that was delicious served nice and warm but got better and better as it sat in the marinade.  Thank you Mom Mom for the wonderful memories and all your delicious recipes… Continue reading

Fresh Bruschetta & Toast

Fresh Bruschetta & Toast

I love this appetizer!!! Many years ago when I was living in Philadelphia, I extracted this recipe from a chef at a restaurant called Felicia’s. It was one of the best Italian restaurants in Philly at the time. It was even mentioned in the movie Philadelphia with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. Sad to say, I heard the restaurant closed which makes me even happier I have this recipe. I never wrote it down because I’ve made it so many times, but I’m writing it down for you today… Continue reading

Dijon Marinated Sirloin

Saturday night steak night! With all guys in the house (except me!) steak is on the menu more often than it should be…This sirloin was scored in a crisscross fashion then allowed to marinate for at least 30 minutes…the scoring allows the marinade to fully penetrate the entire sirloin. After a quick grilling the beef is tender and flavorful…Enjoy!   Continue reading

Creamy Roasted Tomato & Garlic Soup with Grilled Cheese on Rosemary Garlic Bread Stuffed with Fried Tomatoes

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When I was in kindergarten, (you know back when it was half a day), I just couldn’t wait to get home for lunch. My mom would tell you I loved my Campbell’s Tomato soup with an American grilled cheese sandwich Monday through Friday. Like clockwork she knew what I wanted. I still love grilled cheese and tomato soup, only now I like them a little more grown up.

Here is my amped up version of my childhood favorites!   Continue reading

Balsamic & Sage Pork Chops Meal

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Last night we were in the mood for a quick & tasty pork meal! There are so many ways to cook pork! These fabulous pork chops marinate while the potato salad and vegetables are being prepared and are cooked in just about 10 minutes. How easy is that? The key to cooking these pork chops is to almost treat them like a steak – high heat cooking for a minute or two on each side and then popping them in the oven to finish up. Then let them rest for a few minutes to redistribute the juices. When they’re not overcooked pork chops are tender and delicious! Continue reading