Mar 30, 2015

EASY Roasted Artichokes Hearts with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Everyone wants flavor! Especially when cooking green vegetables. But not all vegetables need a lot of jazzing up- at least not these artichoke hearts. They're prepared in one easy step and once you try them you'll agree they deserve a spot on the table all year-round!

Artichokes hearts are roasted in the oven with only salt, pepper, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil; and yes, the outcome is amazing!  

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside with every bite. We love eating them alone like this because they satisfy the salty-savory flavor we crave for from time to time.  But if you have picky eaters in the family (like I do) then I suggest to add a flavorful lemon-garlic aioli dip next to it. Then, these artichoke hearts will become addictive! 

Mar 26, 2015

Sauteed Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Tomatoes, Olives, Feta, and Basil

Sautéed chicken cutlets are loaded with fresh cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese and fresh basil.  A simple recipe with a Mediterranean flair and amazing flavors that won't disappoint!

One package of thin skinless chicken cutlets, one pint of cherry tomatoes, some kalamata olives, garlic, fresh basil, and olive oil is all you need to make this chicken into a FABULOUS dish and it's perfect every time!  This is an outstanding chicken dish because the flavors are bold, the colors are vibrant and it's ready in less than 30 minutes!  And, it will never disappoint! We promise.

We're always looking for ways to turn a simple package of thin chicken cutlets into something interesting and fabulous for dinner!  This happens to one of them.

Mar 24, 2015

Breakfast Parfait with Greek Yogurt, Fresh Berries, and Granola

It's been a long winter so with the arrival of spring, we wanted to show our joy by honoring the most important meal of the day- breakfast!  Let's think of new ways to embrace the start of our day by eating smarter and making healthier choices.  Here is our idea which also keeps prep time to minimum on those busy mornings!  How about a Parfait for breakfast -Yogurt style?

Mar 19, 2015

Italian Cream Puffs for St. Joseph's Day

Italian cream puffs are always made around this time of year and especially on March 19th, the Feast of San Giuseppe, (St. Joseph's Day). Delicate cream puffs are baked first, then filled with 2 different kinds of cream, one with a vanilla custard (the Neopolitan version, known as the zeppola) and the other (the Sicilian version) traditionally known as the Sfinge, is filled with a rich cannoli-cream.  And BOY- how we always look forward to these wonderful treats every year!

Mar 17, 2015

Kale and Farro Salad with Citrus-Honey Vinaigrette

Hello friends, here is an easy "make-ahead" salad for you to try. Kale and Farro salad is a kale salad loaded with fresh chopped apples, dried cranberries, almonds, walnuts, red onions and cooked farro. Then it's tossed with a citrus-honey vinaigrette and marinates until all the flavors infuse into the dark leafy kale.  

It's simple, light and filled with hearty ingredients that will keep you feeling satisfied for hours. It's a salad you can make ahead and even take it with you! Perfect for any weekday lunch.

Mar 13, 2015

Italian Lemon Cookies for St. Patricks's Day

St. Patrick's Day is a few days away and what better way to honor the day with something green!
I decided to make a batch of our Italian lemon cookies, and decorate these treats with some green sprinkles to honor the day. This happens to be an old recipe passed down from generations, and even though you may find many variations to this recipe, it's always made with most simplest ingredients such as flour, butter, sugar, eggs, baking powder, and lemon extract.

These lemon cookies have a soft, cake-like texture, and offer a subtle taste of sweetness and lemon flavor. Topped off with a lemon-flavored glaze and decorated with fun, green sprinkles, what better way to show-off your "Wearing of the Green"!

Mar 11, 2015

Tortellini and Broccoli Salad

Our favorite tortellini and broccoli pasta salad is tossed with extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, sundried tomatoes and fresh steamed broccoli.  This is a savory pasta salad that is best served warm or at room temperature and guarantees to be big on flavor and very satisfying.

Mar 10, 2015

Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

Boneless chicken tenders are smothered in buttermilk then rolled into a walnut-panko crumbs mixture and baked until the texture is crunchy and crispy.  Serve them with a spicy dipping sauce made with sriracha.  These are Tempura Chicken Fingers at its best!  Simple, not fried and delicious!  Sriracha is a tangy hot sauce often used in Thai and Vietnamese restaurants and can be found in all Asian food sections of most supermarket and grocery stores.

My husband loves to order "tempura" at every Chinese or Thai restaurant we go to.  When I made these, he was surprised that they were baked rather than fried. They were juicy and tender inside while crispy on the outside.  The sauce was a killer!  Prepared with sriracha gave it a real kick to it, making these chicken fingers totally addictive!