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In Negril Jamaica, my traveling companions and I ate breakfast most days at Citronella, where we each had a house and the resort to ourselves. The first day, I ordered the mixed greens plate, which is callaloo topped with two eggs, a side of bacon and toast (all for a mere $8 US). IContinue reading “Callaloo with Poached Eggs and Bacon”
I go through phases where I like to cook or bake, but I always take shortcuts in the kitchen. Cooking or baking to me is like painting or playing dress-up. It is supposed to be fun and totally inspired by the whim of the moment. Who cares if it comes out terribly? (Unless, of course,Continue reading “Kiwi Tart Pie”
This is the perfect dessert or morning meal complement: Sweet, citrus, and charcoal all wrapped into one. (Serves 4; only 2 servings pictured.) Ingredients: 2 large ruby red grapefruit 2 T apricot preserves 1 T cinnamon/sugar mix (optional) Directions: 1. Preheat broiler oven to high. 2. Slice each grapefruit in half and slice a bitContinue reading “Grilled Grapefruit”
This little gem was something I made up when I really wanted some portabella mushrooms. It’s simple and involves few ingredients, per my usual style. Serves 4. Ingredients: 1 pound sliced baby portabella mushrooms 8 oz. balsamic vinaigrette 1 pound linguini 4 oz. parmesan cheese Directions: 1. Marinate the shrooms in the balsamic vinaigrette (IContinue reading “Portabella Parmesan Pasta”
A few weeks ago, I hosted my very first “adult” dinner party for my family. Guests were my mother, two of my brothers, my sister-in-law (who is a phenomenal chef and foodie), my “adopted” sister Katie and my boyfriend. I wanted to make as many of my specialties as possible and serve them tapas-style in aContinue reading “Dinner Party”
Football Season is upon us! Here’s a compilation of my favorite football-watching recipes: Baked BBQ Chicken Wings Nasty! Nachos Pizzetta: 10 versions Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Meaty Stuffed Peppers Magnificent Meatballs Fall Sausage Go GIAnts!!!
In my family, we call these “Sugar Potatoes,” as they are my grandmother’s (nickname: Sugar) recipe. Ingredients (serves 4 as a side dish): 4 red bliss potatoes 1 T olive oil 1 T rosemary 1 T ground plack pepper 1/2 T salt Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice washed potatoes into triangular bite-sizeContinue reading “Rosemary Potatoes”
After being fed up with upscale restaurants and more recently, NYC street-food vendors not making a good enough—by that I mean, acceptable to the standards of real Italian cooking which is rare in the United States—meatball, I am going to share my recipe in hopes that we can raise the bar for Italian-American cooking. AndContinue reading “Magnificent Meatballs: My Italian Recipe”
This crowd-pleaser is perfect for Sunday football viewing or tailgate parties if you give yourself enough time. This depicts the recipe made for just a few peeps, however, the recipe itself was born out of necessity for a summer garden party I was hosting for over 40 people at a house with a non-working grill. UnheardContinue reading “Baked BBQ Chicken Wings”