I do not claim to be a professional chef or a short-order cook.  I have never taken a formal cooking class.  I am a self-taught cook with a 100% Italian heritage and generations of outstanding cooks for inspiration.  To my credit, I am known in my social circle as a good cook who makes great food.

Here I’ll share some recipes, tips and information.  One ground rule:  Don’t ask for my homemade spaghetti sauce recipe.  We don’t give that out to anyone outside the family.  It’s our family secret handed down to generations.

Explore my recipes here.  They are all tested and approved by a hungry family (hubby and kids).

Blueberry Muffins

– Broccoli and ham quiche

Butternut squash risotto

Chicken Piccata

Chicken rollatini with roasted tomatoes, Speck Alto Adige prosciutto, cheese and sage

Deconstructed Bruschetta with honey-roasted tomatoes

Double chocolate icebox cake

– Zucchini Ratatouille 

Green beans pan roasted with balsamic vinegar, Speck Alto Adige prosciutto and shallots

Grilled honey dijon salmon

Holy Matrimony Minestrone

Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cookies

Lemon Pepper and Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

– Lentil, black bean and chicken chili

Linguini Alfredo with turkey bacon and broccoli

Mason-jar Cucumber-dill salad

Mediterranean Farro Salad

Orange Chicken Skewers

Pasta with sausage, tomato and cream sauce

Penne with roasted tomatoes, sausage, feta and sage

Pesto Sauce

Pulled Pork (easy slow-cooked method)

Pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake

Quick “cowboy” chicken chili

Roasted eggplant and tomatoes with feta

Sage and honey brown butter sauce

Seared scallops with tomato, basil caprese salsa

Southwest ground chicken burgers

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