Grandma’s Italian Chicken Soup

Today has been a tragic day, as at 6 am this morning I found out that my 93 year old Grandma passed away in her sleep. She was like a second mother to me. This whole post is dedicated to her beautiful life and all the wonderful memories I have of her. One of my…

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Spicy Shrimp with Quinoa Salad

This salad’s sunny hue bursts with fresh flavors. It’s quinoa tossed with spicy grilled shrimp, charred corn, cherry tomatoes, avocado and chickpeas. This dish is brimming with protein, making it fulfilling, while leaving you energized instead of sluggish. After making the Quinoa, Beet and Citrus Salad last week, I had some uncooked quinoa left over. …

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Blood Orange, Beet and Fennel Salad

Spring represents bright colors and new life. This salad is Spring at its best. When taking a bite, your taste buds will ride a roller coaster of tart, sweet and savory flavors. Taking only 5 minutes to prepare, you’ll be transported to spring livin’ in no time. You may recognize some of these ingredients from…

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Quinoa Salad with Blood Orange, Clementine, Beet and Kumquat

This recipe is featured on the Oranges(click), Instagram(click) and Whole Grains Salad (click) Feeds on the feedfeed website. Quinoa Salad with Blood Orange, Clementine, Beet and Kumquat. Not only does this salad look electrifying, but it also erupts with flavors of fresh citrus, cilantro and chives. This robust grain salad is loaded with vitamins and…

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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Golden. Crispy. Baked. Wings. What more do you need to know? Oh yea, they’re much healthier and cheaper than those greasy fried wings at your local pizza joint. A go-to quick and easy way to get this favorite finger food into your belly. Chicken wings. They are my husband’s absolute favorite comfort food. Extra crunchy…

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Clementine and Mascarpone Tart in Gingersnap Crust

This Clementine and Mascarpone Tart bursts with notes of fresh citrus from orange zest and marmalade glaze. The creamy, light and buttery mascarpone mixture is encrusted in a zingy gingersnap crust.  So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and let’s gab as we nibble. If you read my previous post with the…

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Pappardelle with Citrus Ricotta Cream

Pappardelle with Citrus Ricotta Cream highlights the harmony between decadent and delicate flavors. Refreshing citrus zest bursts through the rich ricotta, making this an ideal dish to ring in Spring. My incredibility thoughtful husband recently surprised me with the food photography book “Plate to Pixel” (click here). Although my obsession for cooking and noshing on…

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Minty Pea Veloute and Sunny Yolk with Citrus Goat Cheese

Spring is not in the air, but it is in the kitchen! Behold, Mint infused Pea Veloute, beaming with the silky rays of Sunny Egg Yolk and showered with Citrus Goat Cheese drizzle. I was inspired to create a lush green dish that represents Spring. This plate is an illustration of the season, as the…

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Roasted Beet and Green Apple Soup

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I was inspired to concoct a vibrantly crimson dish adorned with hearts. Let’s be honest, nothing “beets” the bite of winter like a toasty bowl of soup. Hence, this Roasted Beet and Green Apple Soup was conceived and devoured. * Update: On 2-16-15, this Soup won the “Color Matters…

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Fresh Homemade Pasta

Authentic homemade pasta contains only two ingredients, eggs and flour. When rolled out thinly and boiled quickly, these delicate noodles are second to none. I learned to make homemade pasta from my 93-year-old, straight off the boat, Italian Grandma. Grandma spoils us (my mom, aunts, uncles and cousins) every Sunday, making a large pot of…

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Mushroom Risotto with Peas

Risotto is Italian fare made with starchy rice that soaks up broth to a creamy consistency.  This dish can be risky, as it requires pampering and constant attention. Arborio rice, used in this recipe, is a type of risotto rice that releases starch while absorbing liquid. With common ingredients and patience, this rich and creamy…

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Banana Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Bread pudding is the comfort food of desserts. Warm and creamy custard moistens stale bread and is served with a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce. You won’t regret the calories! My mom came to visit this weekend, which means we will not be leaving the kitchen. Growing up, it was just me and mom. Every…

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