Feb 21, 2017

Artichoke Hearts Steamed with Olives, Capers and Garlic

We love artichokes! However, our mom's recipe for steamed artichokes hearts is one labor of love! So we decided to modify her recipe to cut the time in half.  These artichokes hearts are quickly pan-seared and steamed with kalamata olives, capers, garlic, fresh chopped parsley and extra virgin olive oil.  They are simple, yet so amazingly delicious!

Feb 19, 2017

Parmesan Pastry Pups

Parmesan Pastry Pups are cocktail size beef franks rolled in puff pastry and topped with grated Parmesan cheese, then baked until they are golden and crispy.  A homemade version of our favorite pigs in the blanket, similar to the ones from Trader Joe's.

If you can't get to Trader Joes, or don't have one near by, don't worry.  In just a few simple steps, you can make these delicious Parmesan pastry pups right in your own kitchen.

Feb 14, 2017

Chicken Rollatini with Ham Cheese and Spinach

Chicken Rollatini are skinless chicken cutlets lightly coated in olive oil and breadcrumbs, stuffed with ham, cheese, and fresh spinach. Then baked until golden brown. So yummy!

Feb 12, 2017

Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Ice Cream Roll Recipe

Dark chocolate cake is filled with strawberry ice cream then rolled up and frozen; then topped with chocolate icing makes a wonderful impression and well worth the effort!

My good friend and neighbor Julie loves to bake, and made this festive Chocolate & Strawberry Ice Cream Cake Roll for her special Valentine's cocktail party this past weekend and invited me to come over to share her recipe and take photos. If you have never made one, like me, then fear not! We have provided a step-by-step, how-to photos for this recipe.

Feb 9, 2017

Roasted Garlic, Parsnip & White Bean Soup

Roasted Garlic, Parsnip and White Bean Soup is a velvety soup that is different from any other soup I have ever made.  It's has a thick and smooth texture like a potato soup, only it's lighter, very tasty and fills you up!

Feb 8, 2017

Chicken Saltimbocca with Cauliflower Rice as Risotto

Chicken Saltimbocca with Cauliflower Rice is delicious boneless chicken breast wrapped with prosciutto and pan-seared until the prosciutto is crispy and crunchy and served with cauliflower risotto as the "new rice." Then everything is topped with a buttery, wine glaze to make this a meal that exceeded my expectations!

Feb 6, 2017

Zucchini Stuffed with Sausage Ragu and Cheese

Zucchini is hollowed out and stuffed with a thick sausage ragu and topped with Parmesan and shredded mozzarella cheese then baked until golden brown.  YUM!  There is something very satisfying about this dish: maybe it's all the components that go into the ragu that makes the zucchini tastes rich and hearty. This recipe is super easy to make and bake!