Category Archives: easy

toasted artichoke garlic bread

We are all garlic lovers in my house, including my 19 month old son who was probably bombarded with it while I was still pregnant with him! He’s a great eater and this recipe happened to be the first time he tried artichokes (which he loved!). It combines salty parmesan and sweet and tangy artichokes with sharp garlic flavor all on warm toasted bread. It’s like all your favorite things about artichoke dip served on easy to eat bread! I was inspired by a friend who says she makes a similar recipe for her family who loves it as well. Here’s my Toasted Artichoke Garlic Bread.

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Toasted Artichoke Garlic Bread

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stuffed acorn squash

The weather is cool, the leaves are gone, and gourds are everywhere! While I love a spaghetti squash for dinner, my hubby needs a bit more substance than that 🙂 Here’s a recipe that combines the best of both worlds. The sweet roasted squash remains the star while brown rice and sausage “beef” it up a bit. Here’s the recipe for Stuffed Acorn Squash.

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One squash meal

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what-to-do-with-those-leftover-potatoes fish cakes

Thanksgiving was wonderful. You pulled off a fantastic meal without any terrible catastrophe but now your stuck with piles of leftovers! Other than live on turkey sandwiches for the next three days, here’s a recipe that will chip away at all those mashed potatoes. Try these Fish Cakes for a turkey-free Thanksgiving leftover “mash” up 🙂

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Fish Cakes

 

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spicy sausage and spinach deep dish pizza with italian parmesan crema

Ok, so here’s the thing about living with a New Yorker. There are very specific rules about pizza. The dough has to be just right, a balanced ratio of sauce to cheese as to produce the just right amount of grease, and never, under any circumstances, mention the “D” word. You guessed it; Deep-dish. Eek! I said it! And because I love getting a rise outta my hubby, I made it too 🙂 While deep-dish pizza can be so heavy and filling, this recipe has a surprising twist adding a light and airy element. So c’mon New Yorkers, give deep-dish a chance and try my Spicy Sausage and Spinach Deep-Dish with Italian Parmesan Crema.

Pizza Lovers of the world, unite!

Pizza Lovers of the world, unite!

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baked hasselback cinnamon apples

With Thanksgiving right around the corner our house is filled with talk of autumn recipes from classic and traditional to new and reinvented. Here’s a simpler take on apple pie that will still leave your guests’ sweet tooth satisfied! Try it topped with vanilla bean ice cream and a sprinkle of toasty granola! Here’s my Baked Hasselback Cinnamon Apples.

how to hasselback

how to hasselback

An in-season treat

An in-season treat

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tapas tuesday empanadas

It seems like everyone’s on board with Taco Tuesdays these days but here’s a twist that’s just as easy and just as versatile! Think of these empanadas as the perfect finger food. I made these for my cousin Becca’s 14th (eek!) birthday a few weeks ago to go along with her “tapas” theme. It took me back to my study abroad in Spain surrounded by all the tasty pickings, minus throwing my trash on my aunt’s clean floor 🙂 Here’s my weeknight Tapas Tuesday Empanadas.

Homemade empanadas are easier than you think!

Homemade empanadas are easier than you think!

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my grandmother’s favorite dish

Tradition is the foundation of my kitchen. So many dishes come from ones cooked by my grandmothers while I watched with starry eyes. Over the years I have added to my recipe collection but I have always held dear our family favorites. They may not be the fanciest (think egg noodles with cottage cheese or chopped meat and scrambled eggs!) but we love them none the less. Today would have marked my Great Grandma Zam’s 108th birthday. She’ll be celebrating in heaven  but she’s still in our hearts and in my kitchen.

Grandma Zam's favorite dish

Grandma Zam’s favorite dish

They say that dishes get “flavored” through use and this is one of my favorite ones. I can’t count the number of casseroles, meatballs, lasagnas, and so on that have been baked in this dish but I do know that everything I make in it always seems a bit more magical. It was a staple in Grandma’s kitchen and now in mine. I’ll cook in it for my children as she did for hers. With trusted Elsie and Elmer by its side, anything I make, can’t go wrong. So remembering my Grandmother and wishing her the happiest of birthday’s, it may not be exact, but here’s the Conti households’ Grandma Zam’s Macaroni and Beef.

Classic and heartwarming :)

Classic and heartwarming 🙂

I can see these two dancing around like something out of Beauty and the Beast when the kitchen lights go out!

I can see these two dancing around like something out of Beauty and the Beast when the kitchen lights go out!

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