Category Archives: entree

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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broccotots

This fun twist on a childhood favorite makes for a healthy and delicious side to any dinner! Broccoli as a substitution for potato is an easy swap and making them at home ensures you know exactly what’s going into your little ones dinner. Here’s my take on Broccotots.

A healthier version of a childhood favorite

A healthier version of a childhood favorite

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game day turkey and bean chili

The Mets are in the series! Ok, so I’m a married into Mets fan but I have witnessed the pain and desperation Mets fans endure. But we are ecstatic this week that our team has made it to the final stretch! In honor of our houses New York team, here’s a quick and simple weeknight chili that will please (and serve!) a crowd on a budget! Here’s my Game Day Turkey and Bean Chili.

Canned beans and veggies make this the simplest chili ever!

Canned beans and veggies make this the simplest chili ever!

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mommies mummy muffin pizzas

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with this childhood favorite? I can remember making English muffin pizzas as a little girl standing on a stool in my grandparents kitchen. They’re a simple, no frill dinner that everyone loves! Add this spooky twist and you dinner is sure to be ghoulishly gobbled up! Here is Mommies Mummy Muffin Pizzas.

A childhood classic with a spooky twist!

A childhood classic with a spooky twist!

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devilishly good meatless monday eggs in purgatory

This is a devilishly fun dish to start October’s meatless Monday’s off right! Believed to be of Tunisian decent, Shakshouka, or Eggs in Purgatory, traditionally uses Harissa, a paste made from peppers and spices, but mine utilizes smoky cumin and jarred roasted red peppers which are probably sitting in your pantry right now! Serve family style or in individual dishes for a simple weeknight dinner!

A hellish good meal!

A hellish good dish!

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lemon chicken with butternut squash and fig salad

These are not your common fig newtons. Figs are a wonderfully, naturally sweet flavor easily added into savory dishes. With their dark meaty interior and earthy outer layer, they bring big texture in addition to their flavor. Topped with my versatile lemon chicken, this dish is sure to please! Check out my Lemon Chicken with Butternut Squash and Fig Salad.

Fig Salad

Fig Salad

Lemon chicken

Lemon chicken

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