Category Archives: snacks

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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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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mini apple pumpkin pies with blueberry swirl

Pumpkin pie has always been one of my favorite autumn treats. The sweet spices mixed with hearty pumpkin flavor make for the perfect filling. This is a quick and tantalizing for the taste buds recipe. It combines my son’s favorite fruit, blueberries, with the fall favorite. And because they’re bite sized, you can pack them for little ones lunches 🙂 Check out my Mini Apple Pumpkin Pies with Blueberry Swirl.

Classic Pumpkin with a twist

Classic Pumpkin with a twist

Bite sized pumpkin pies

Bite sized pumpkin pies

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quick pb&j bites

Breakfast time can be a challenge in so many family mornings. These little bites are the perfect grab and go snack for AM munchies. Bake them on Sunday and keep them in an air tight container for the week! A perfect play on the children’s favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich, these PB & J Bites are sure to get your day started off right!

PB & J Bites

PB & J Bites

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pizza fritta with powdered sugar…bringing the San Gennaro home

It’s my favorite time of year again…the San Gennaro festival in NYC’s little Italy! It’s a tradition for my husband and I to go every year. Last year was Luca’s first visit and while he slept through most of it, his dad and I had a blast! This year with a newborn and a newly walking toddler however, it was a bit harder to get down to Mulberry Street so I decided to bring the festival to us! Since sausage and peppers, braciole, and seafood salads are already staples in our house, I decided to try something a little different…and deep fried! Here’s a fun recipe that takes some time to rise but involves very little work. Check out my Pizza Fritta with Powdered Sugar!

Perfection!

Perfection!

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falafel and the last days of summer grilled buttery fish

Ah, the bitter sweet last weeks of summer. September has come again and the crisp chill of fall is in the night air. For those of us still holding on to warm sunny days and the taste of charred vegetable grillers, here are some flavors to keep us on cloud Nantucket. This middle eastern/Mediterranean mix inspired dinner brings the tangy flavor of traditional falafel rounds, pungent homemade tzatziki, and light, flaky, buttery fish together for a figure friendly dish. A side of simple grilled eggplant and this dinner will take you on an end of summer tasty trip around the globe. Here’s my Falafel and last days of summer Grilled Buttery Fish.

A tasty culinary journey before the end of summer

A tasty culinary journey before the end of summer

My favorite sous chef, hamming it up!

My favorite sous chef, hamming it up!

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