Pistachio Crusted Lamb Chops

I had never cooked lamb before but decided it was high time I checked this off my cooking bucket list. Honestly I was a little embarrassed I had never even attempted it. Plus with the tzatziki I made yesterday hubs and I were clearly having a Middle Eastern themed meal and I tend to think…

Tzatziki or Cucumber Yogurt

First off, let me say that grandparents are amazing. They love you unconditionally and yet without enforcing any rules like a parent. Basically you can do no wrong and every choice you make is fabulous. I remember in Elementary School we had Grandparent’s Day and you could bring a grandparent to school with you. Why…

Raspberry and White Chocolate Scones

I am finally settled in my NEW apartment in Massachusetts with my HUGE kitchen. The hubs and I can both be in the kitchen at the same time! It has a dishwasher! I have a pantry I can walk in! The fridge is huge and has a water dispenser! Goodness gracious! At night I just…

Ave’s Eggplant Parmesan

Growing up what did your family have for Christmas dinner? Turkey? Perhaps a ham? Or maybe even roast lamb? We always had eggplant parmesan. Why? Because it’s delicious. And we’re Italian. duh.

An Ode to Devils on Horseback

The hubs and I recently went to Key West and had an amazing time. We rented a mustang convertible in Fort Lauderdale and drove all the way down the keys. Of course we had amazing seafood along the way from delicately cooked mahi-mahi, to conch fritters and spicy tuna sushi. YUM. Our favorite meal was…

Italian Easter Bread Baskets

My family’s recipe… I cannot wait to make these next weekend! The recipe makes a lot (10-12), which is great if you want one Easter morning and another the morning after, plus some to give to friends and family. Feel free to halve this as well.

Cast Iron Chicken Thighs

My culinary world is improving dramatically with my new skillet. I love fish. I love shellfish. I love steak. I love pork. And then… there’s chicken. Meh. At least, that is how I usually feel about it. Don’t get me wrong, I truly enjoy some good wings (mmmm Fat Cat), but when it comes to chicken…

Pork Spare Ribs in a Cast Iron Skillet

First of all, I need to preface this by saying I got THE best Secret “Politically Correct” Snowman gift of all time this year – a cast iron skillet from Williams-Sonoma! Having our wonderful guidance counselor Seth as my Snowman was definitely the jackpot. He knew I loved cooking and even got me the cookbook Collards…

Key Lime Pie

My husband loves key lime pie and I love my husband, so for Valentine’s Day I decided to bake him a key lime pie. Plus, we just decided to book a vacation in Key West so it seemed like the perfect sweet to make. I’ll be honest with you, I had never eaten key lime…

Fish Tacos

Rockaway Beach here I come! I felt a little winter bluesy last week so I cooked up this number. Dan said it was as good if not better than Rockaway’s fish tacos. I’ll take that.

Chocolate Stout and Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcakes

For a variety of reasons, I’m starting to develop the mindset that more Christmas gifts should be homemade. I know it’s ambitious and perhaps considered odd in today’s day and age…but I’m thinking within a few years I may try to make most of my own gifts. That being said, this Christmas I did some…

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

I distinctly remember the first time I ate chicken pot pie. My sister’s best friend’s mother (thanks Jane!) dropped off some chicken pot pie and I fell in love with the comforting combo of warm bread, gooey chicken, and even those unfamiliar (at the time) items called vegetables. With the cold weather and busy days…

Baked Coconut Shrimp

I first had coconut shrimp in Aruba on my honeymoon so needless to say I simply LOVE it. Shortly before the wedding, while discussing Aruba and some of the seafood I wanted to eat (obvi), my dad mentioned he really liked coconut shrimp and that I should try it. Duly noted pops. After cruising around…

Buttermilk Pancakes

Last weekend I made a very delicious lemon buttermilk cake, if I do say so myself. I had more than half a container of buttermilk left and I hate wasting anything (ahh, Thoreau) so I decided to make buttermilk pancakes this morning. In the past I have always made my dad’s recipe, but that recipe…

Easy Homemade Applesauce

Autumn is in the air! How about some homemade applesauce? I almost feel silly blogging this because it is so ridiculously easy. It came out delicious! A few weeks ago I had pork and apple rings with the hubs when he started reminiscing about when he was a kid and his mother made homemade applesauce….