Fennel and potato gratin

Most people know about a traditional potato au gratin dish, but I wanted to give this classic a twist and add some fennel.  The results were delicious. If you’re planning on bringing a side dish to a party or just making it for a weeknight meal. Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 large potatoes sliced into 1/4 inch…

Thai carrot noodles

If you enjoy Thai peanut noodles you will love this dish. The crazy part about it is it doesn’t have  noodles at all, but it’s substituted by carrots sliced really thin or by using a spiralizer. This is a super easy dish to make and enjoy. My kids loved it too.  Ingredients:  4 carrots, cut…

Brussels Sprout and Bacon Pizza

We love to eat Brussels sprouts in our home pretty much any time of the year. I wasn’t a big fan as a child but I’m obsessed now or maybe it’s because I use bacon fat to cook my Brussels sprouts in. Whatever the case may be we love to eat it and why not…

Cauliflower Au Gratin

Creating different sides for a meal can be fun. You can be very creative with different vegetables and toppings. Luckily my kids love pretty much anything, so it makes my life easier when creating a side. Cauliflower was the vegetable of choice this week, and I wanted it to be creamy like a potato au…

Warm Pumpkin Salad

Pumpkins are a staple for fall decor and food. I love everything pumpkin.  I’m that person that will have everything pumpkin as soon as October hits. I love to incorporate it in my cooking. I’m lucky enough that my store carries per cut and peeled pieces.  I like to make warm salads during the cooler…

Jacked sweet potato quesadilla

Sweet potatoes are such a great alternative to potatoes and have so many health benefits. I love making French fries and burgers with sweet potatoes, but since my family loves a good Mexican meal I went ahead and made a sweet potato quesadilla. It was a hit we all loved it. Give it a try,…

Homemade Poptarts

Sweet treats aren’t a hard sell, but somehow, we’ve decided to up the allure. Meet the homemade Pop-Tart on a stick. Inspired by the requests of some creative kiddos, this dessert is great alternative to store-bought pastries, which can be loaded with artificial colors and flavors. Ours, instead, opt for fresh fruit and no preservatives. You won’t need…

Festive Champagne Punch

Give a final burst of summer this Labor Day weekend with this delicious Prosecco punch. It’s packed with flavor and super refreshing on these last couple days of heat. This drink would actually be really enjoyable around the holidays too. Feel free to add your favorite fruits. Your guests will be coming back for more,…

Bite Size Peach Panini

Panini sandwiches are always fun to create; from to sweet to salty or in this case both. Peaches are in full bloom right now and are one of my favorite fruits. I wanted to highlight them in this recipe giving it the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Once you take a bite into this panini your mouth…

Chipotle and cherry BBQ ribs

I can’t believe summer is almost over, but bbq season runs year round in my household. I asked my kids the other night what they wanted me to make on the grill. The response was an enthusiastic “RIBS!” One of the things I tell people when making ribs is go low and slow. It’s not…

Jalapeno and Peach Gelato

There is nothing better in the summer than a bowl of delicious ice cream. Being from Italian descent, I wanted to give gelato a whirl. So I called my dad up and asked for his recipe. He gave me the traditional ingredients but I wanted to bump it up a notch. This combo worked out perfectly. …

Sweet Tomato Jam

Tomatoes in my garden are in full abundance. We have so much that we make sauce and freeze it.  Something that I learned as a child was how to make tomato jam.  Yes I said “jam.” It’s so delicious and goes great on a cheese board. As we all know tomatoes are actually fruit, so it’s…