I’ve had many iterations of watermelon and feta salad, but this one is the best I’ve had to date. The sweet and savory juxtaposed between the perfectly ripe watermelon and the salty feta is perfection. Trust me: you cannot have a summer party without serving this dish.
I watched Michael Symon make this on TV the other day (RIP The Chew) and couldn’t stop my mouth from salivating all over my computer. I decided it was the perfect Saturday meal for my meat-loving husband. I was right. The spice rub on this pork loin crisps up in the oven and is slightly crunchy and salty and complements the sweet cherry bourbon sauce perfectly. And believe it or not, this is a pretty easy one.
I first saw this recipe on The Chew (I can’t believe it’s being canceled!). Clinton Kelly’s version, however, was made with cream and dumplings and although delicious (I tried that tantalizing method first), this tastes just as good and is way healthier. I stuffed it with even more veggies, and added rice for a starchy component. I promise, you won’t even miss the “good stuff.” It’s officially one of my family’s favorite soups.
This shrimp, chorizo and chicken thigh paella is definitely a labor of love, but it is well worth it. The smokiness from the chorizo (I actually used soy chorizo - click into the recipe to read why as it's obviously an odd choice, especially for me), the fat from the chicken thighs and the light, beautiful shrimp mesh together perfectly in this dish. And the saffron, one of my all-time favorite flavors, just pushes this over the top. Spend a Sunday afternoon drinking wine or sangria while cooking this and you will be as happy as I was last weekend.
My sister told me this is the best cake she's ever had. And believe me, my family knows cake. Generally when I crave something sweet, it's your typical birthday-type cake with a chocolate base and buttercream frosting, or white cake with chocolate buttercream icing. But this bundt-style coffee cake has officially made my top dessert list. It's decadent, extremely heavy, and even good for breakfast.
On a whim, I created this vegetarian, gluten-free frittata for brunch for Easter (which also happened to be Passover weekend). Don't be fooled by the vegetarian/gluten-free thing - this is NOT healthy. I made this for my whole family and everyone agreed it was the best frittata they ever had. This is cheesy, delicious, gooey and a seriously good alternative to pizza, especially for breakfast.
When my mom made these for Super Bowl, I honestly didn't know if I was going to like them. I've never eaten a chicken wing in my entire life (and have no desire to do so - too labor intensive), and I am so over the cauliflower craze. That being said, I could not stop eating every. last. bite. The great thing about these is that you don't have to be vegetarian to love them (although any vegetarians in the room will be thrilled). You can also use gluten-free breadcrumbs and you've got the least gluten free-y, veggie dish I've ever tried. You would never know this was (sort of) healthy. Make for a party, nosh on it at home, or place it in front of you while watching TV. This is a crowd pleaser - even if the crowd is just you.
My husband made this for me for the first time. I fell in love (with the pasta; was already in love with the husband). I decided to make it for myself while adding more veggies and changing the marinade on the shrimp. You don't have to follow my directions for the veggies or protein though - mix it up and create whatever you'd like. As long as you have the sauce and pasta, you've got this dish in the bag. It's super easy, better than take-out and you can double the sauce recipe to freeze for another time. This dish is the gift that keeps on giving!
I used to have two go-to homemade salad dressings: my mom's Caesar and my mom's Greek. Now I have three. I HATE Ranch dressing, but I had a craving for some version of a Cobb so I whipped up this from-scratch honey mustard dressing and it is seriously heaven. I've made it three times this past week alone. You be the judge, but I'm confident you'll love it.
I am NOT a vegetarian. In fact, I prefer to add meat to pretty much every thing I eat. But this is hands-down one of my favorite pasta recipes of all time. So whether you love meat or are a full-fledged veg, this is a great option for you. You can also use gluten-free pasta; therefore, this should pretty much satisfiy everybody...even Italians.
Every time I eat this soup at a Greek restaurant (which is every time I go), I want to replicate it. I was always afraid to though because I figured it was one of those dishes for which you needed a Greek grandma's recipe. Wrong. Once I learned that it was thickened with egg, I knew I had to make it. This is a super versatile dish that is gluten-free and can easily be made vegetarian. Although usually made with chicken, I concocted this dish out of all Thanksgiving leftovers: homemade turkey stock and shredded turkey.
This soup tastes like fall in a bowl. Since my apple picking trip last weekend, I've now made two different dinners with our apple bounty. I also plan to make my famous apple cake this weekend. A little goes a long way. Anyway....this butternut squash soup is one of the best out there; slightly sweetened with apples yet savory because of the roasted squash. You'll want to eat it all day long as it simmers on the stovetop for hours....
I look at cooking in two distinct ways these days: as a luxurious, lengthy, therapeutic session that results in a fabulous, interesting, lovely meal for my family; or as a way to simply put food on the table so we don’t starve to death. Usually the former wins, but this recipe definitely reps the latter. You’ll appreciate the seemingly complex and “whoa, this is incredible” result, but the very easy prep.
The first time I ever made gnocchi, it was an absolute disaster. I honestly think it's the only time I truly effed up a recipe and had to order pizza. So I was petrified to make this seemingly very complicated pumpkin gnocchi. Let me tell you: it wasn't seemingly complicated, it was complicated. BUT it wasn't unmanageable and it was hands down one of the best meals I've ever made in my life. For a decadent autumnal meal with a decadent flair, this is your new go-to (just make sure it's on a weekend when you have plenty of time to cook, mess up the kitchen, clean it up and - duh - indulge in plenty of wine).
The day Hurricane Irma hit West Palm Beach, we "hunkered down" in our safe room most of the day. Given all of the craziness and stress during the week leading up to "the storm of the century," we all forgot it was my mom's birthday. I call this my "Hurricane Birthday Cake" because in the midst of tornado warnings, 70+ mph winds and no cable or WiFi, I whipped up this chocolate cake for Mom. Hurricane or no hurricane, it was her birthday.
Thanks to working from home the other day with no meetings or calls to attend, I caught a show I've never seen before: Rachael Ray. I could basically smell this dish through the TV. I added tons of veggies, changed some of the proportions and added extra, extra lemon and wow, you have one of the best weeknight one-pot wonders I've ever made. Smokey, yet bright from the lemon, I served this to my entire family and it's now on our top 10 list.
Making crab bisque sounds intimidating to me. But with this slow cooker version, you'll be thrilled with the very-easy-to-make-but-complicated-to-taste Manhattan chowder version. Seriously, the crab comes in a can and daintily tops the perfect tomato bisque. It doesn't get easier than that...and you'll look like a serious boss in the kitchen.
I mean, what's better than breaded chicken? Well, I have to say breaded chicken with lemon and butter may be a tad bit better (obviously). I've seen similar recipes to this floating around the internet for a long time - I finally decided to combine them all and come up with the winning recipe. I am pretty sure you (and the family) will love this as much as we do in our Jewtalian house!
I saw this recipe on "The Chew" and my husband and I immediately started salivating (yes, we were randomly home at the same time watching "The Chew" - don't mock us!). I knew right away I'd be making this dish in the next couple of days. I made a few changes (and they were PERFECT, if I must say so myself) and this is now one of our new favorite dishes. If you'd like to make this a smidge more healthy, use chicken breasts instead of thighs.
Story of my life, I'm back on Weightwatchers. I've been a lifetime member since like, 2009. But it works, so every time I gain a little weight (having a baby can do that to you!), I start tracking and going to meetings again. I thought of this side dish/appetizer/snack as a way of indulging in carbs without really indulging in carbs, while also wanting to stay low on points. Total success! These non-tater broccoli tots are so decadent, you'll feel guilty; but so healthy, you won't!
This is by far the easiest thing I've ever posted. Just three ingredients blended together in a food processor that you can enjoy on salads or as dips for fish or chicken. Make it every Sunday and know that you have a healthy option on hand all week. The basil is fresh, the white balsamic is tangy and the olive oil provides some good fats. I could not speak more highly about this dressing - it's a game changer!
This dish is a little more work than a traditional slow cooker recipe because you have to sear the meat, blend the sauce and sauté the veggies before starting the slow-cooking process. BUT...it's worth the extra 30 minutes of prep because this pork roast falls apart and melts like butter in your mouth. A little spicy, a lot hot, this soup warms you from the inside out.
I'm Italian and Jewish so there are a TON of foods from my culture and childhood that evoke culinary memories that make me salivate. My husband is Irish, however, so I wanted to cater to his culture for once and make some beef stew. I used the most Irish of Irish ingredients - Guinness - to form the base of one of the best soups I've ever had (Husband said it's THEEEE best stew he's ever had - so there's that). I happened to make this with cheddar dumplings, but without them, this is a gluten-free dish and it's everything right about Irish food.
This is one of the easiest weeknight meals I've ever prepared. The good thing about this dish is that pretty much everything up until the point of assembling can be done ahead of time. Busy mom? Whisk while baby's napping. Working too much? Sauté the onions on a conference call. This is a healthy one-pot wonder that will please everyone. One note of caution: it's very easy to undercook bone-in chicken thighs. Make sure to cook thoroughly (I wish I kept mine in a little longer).
This recipes comes directly from my amazing sister-in-law, Lynn. She calls this her overnight Christmas French Toast Casserole. It's soooooooo good that my husband and I included it in our family recipe book that we gave out as favors at our wedding. The first time I ate this on Christmas morning 2013, I was in absolute heaven. I have made it every Christmas morning since then. Although I missed posting for you all to enjoy this holiday season, I thought it would make the perfect New Year's Day breakfast (though, please, on all that is holy, start your New Year's Resolutions on Jan 2).
I've got a thing for healthy, easy, slow cooker recipes. This chicken tortilla soup is one of my absolute favorites - it almost makes my husband cry, it's so good. I wish I could brag that it was harder to make, or took more time, but this is really soooooooo easy. I promise you'll thank me for this one.
Talk about farm-to-table! The husband, baby and I went apple picking in Wisconsin yesterday and came home to make pork chops (with apples we picked off the tree!). Before my mom turned vegetarian, she loved applesauce and pork chops, so this is my elevated, but still very easy, version of that. I must say, this is THEE perfect autumn dinner.
Risotto is soooooo good for your health. I don't mean the rice and delicious Parmesan cheese; I mean the act of lovingly and patiently stirring arborio rice in the risotto style while sipping a glass of Italian wine. It's cathartic and good for the soul. I'm a fan of experimenting with risotto and just love this sweet corn and shrimp version perfect for pescetarians.
This right here was a labor of love. I saw the original version of this Mexican stew on the Today Show advertised as a one-pot dish. My husband and I looked at each other and said, "I don't think so." And we were right; it definitely wasn't. But the intense, rich flavors were worth the extra long labor of putting this dish together. Do it on a day when you have all the time in the world and can luxuriously drink a margarita or glass of wine while cooking.
Guys, I made sushi!!!!! Sushi was always one of those "scary" culinary propositions, but this was really quite easy. The mango slaw was super simple and frying the shrimp was way easier than expected. This can be made as a maki roll or a "sushiritto" so it's a total crowdpleaser.