Category Archives: easy

cioppino; italian seafood stew

For years I have ripped out recipes from every magazine, marked endless cookbook pages, and printed numerous websites, searching for the best tips on how to make Cioppino, a classic Italian seafood stew dish. This weekend I finally got around to making it…and it was so worth the wait! Three different fishes make it light enough for seconds while hearty vegetables and tomato broth makes it a filling dish. This recipe is mainly adapted from Ellie Krieger’s So Easy cookbook with a few Foodetarian twists. Check out this quick weeknight recipe for Cioppino.

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Feeling Italian tonight?

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29 plus 1 and gulf shrimp with casino butter

Another year has come and gone and March 20th marked a milestone birthday for me. The dreaded 3-0, or as I have referred to it as, my 29 plus 1. My twenties saw their fair share of extremes, from the highest highs to painful lows but here I am on the other side and I’ve gotta say, they sure did fly by. I have become some how more settled in my own skin by discovering my passions, finding a life path, and earning my proudest title of “Mom.” Thank you for sharing these accomplishments with me through my stories here and by, hopefully creating your own by sharing these recipes with your families and friends!

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The girls

In true Foodetarian fashion I celebrated with some of the most fun ladies I know with a (surprise!) party and cooking class at Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury. Tom was patient while taking countless calls from my party-planning mom adding humor and wit to his food demonstration. It was such an enjoyable evening and I’d like to thank Tom and his staff at Two Steps for allowing us to bring the celebration! I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes from last night. Here’s Tom’s recipe for Grilled Pancetta Wrapped Gulf Shrimp with Casino Butter.

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Adorable chef inspired goodie bags my mom made that are pinterest worthy!

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not your usual corned beef and cabbage

While Saint Patrick’s Day is traditionally celebrated with lamb or pig in Ireland, Irish Americans have been cooking up this more familiar plate for almost 200 years. With corned beef being the neighborhoods flavorful meat, it was easy to splurge on when paired with the inexpensive tastes of their homeland such as potatoes and cabbage. (For more history, check out this Smithsonian article, “Is Corned Beef Really Irish?”)

For years I have been sticking my corned beef and vegetables into a pot or slow cooker which did the trick but left all the flavors, well, bland. This year I took a tip from The Pioneer Woman and slow roasted. It was by far the most savory Saint Patrick’s meal I’ve even made with sweet caramelization on the veggies and the perfect amount of salt on an otherwise tough cut of meat. This combined with a low and slow cooking method left for a brisket that even my toddler could chomp his teeth into! Here’s my newly dubbed favorite Slow Roasted Corned Beef and Cabbage.

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Adding color and roasting deepens flavor in a traditionally mono-flavored St. Patty’s Day favorite!

 

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sweet and crunchy candied nuts

One of my favorite pizza places in New Haven carries this amazingly incredible salad with mixed greens, dried berries, crumbled bleu cheese, and these sweet, crunchy, heavenly candied nuts. I have always wanted to try them out at home to change up our salad game and last night I did! They were so delicious that John has requested we always keep them in the house, plus, they kept the kitchen smelling sweet and nutty all night long! Here’s my recipe for Candied Nuts.

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Candied Mixed Nuts

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you’ll forget they’re not fried onion rings

This recipe is a funky take on a traditionally deep fried food. Baking saves on the greasy end result but the addition of crunchy potato chips adds enough flavor you won’t miss the oil! Give your Valentine what they really want this year with this tasty treat. Here’s my recipe for Baked Onion Rings.

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Your Valentine will thank you for this one!

 

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bundt chocolate chip and walnut banana bread

I was lucky enough to taste lots of treats that came from my Great Grandmother’s kitchen. Now I’m lucky enough to continue the tradition of treats with my boys in the kitchen with her original mixer! This was our first time using it to make classic banana bread with a twist. Here’s Luca bear’s (with a little help from mom) recipe for Bundt Banana Bread with Walnuts and Chocolate Chips.

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Bundt Banana Bread

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My favorite sous chef snacking on a few extra chocolate chips at 9am!

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stock-up chicken stock

The snow is finally coming here in Connecticut! With an impending Nor’easter on our hands, I’m looking forward to some sledding with my boys 🙂 I’m even more excited about the cozy meals I can prepare to warm us up afterwards.

This week, as I do quite frequently, I roasted a chicken for easy lunches and dinners for my hungry brood. By simply adding a few root vegetables, lemon, garlic, salt, pepper, and some water to keep it moist on the bottom of the roasting pan, after carving the chicken, I had a great base to start a stock!

We go through a lot of stock in our house since I use it for everything to add flavor. It starts to get expensive! Not to mention the salt content starts to add up. Here’s a recipe that will get your house smelling like Sunday dinner and will keep giving back for recipe after recipe to come! Here’s the most simple Chicken Stock recipe you’ll ever make!

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This recipe yields about 12 pints of stock

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