Category Archives: entree

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.

IMG_3491

Feeling Italian tonight?

{click here to keep cooking!…}

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!

10955768_10101135141374837_1637419790296672124_n

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.

IMG_3574

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

{click here to keep celebrating!…}

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.

IMG_3553

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

 

{click here to keep cooking!}…

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.

IMG_3296

Toasted Artichoke Garlic Bread

{click here to keep cooking!…}

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.

IMG_3164

One squash meal

{click here to keep cooking!…}

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 🙂

IMG_3329

Fish Cakes

 

{click here to keep cooking!…}

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!

{click here to keep cooking!…}