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Basil Pesto Sauce

Sauces & Dips | February 9, 2016 | By

Basil Pesto Sauce

I love this basil pesto sauce! It’s easy to make and loaded with flavor. Add all your ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. It also freezes really well. I suggest making a big batch and then storing your pesto into little plastic tupperware containers. Put them in the freezer for later use. Pesto sauce is great over pasta, chicken and even pizza! See my recipe for Rustic Pesto Pizza. This impressively simple recipe will knock your socks off!

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Rustic Pesto Pizza

Appetizers & Snacks, Meatless | February 9, 2016 | By

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Happy National Pizza Day! I LOVE pizza and this rustic pesto pizza is one of my favorites. It’s made with homemade pesto sauce, fresh mozzarella, and tomato. Pesto pizza is so simple to put together and perfect for a quick weeknight meal or romantic dinner for two. (wink wink!)

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Mommy’s “Feel Better” Soup

Chicken & Turkey, Soups & Stews | January 21, 2016 | By

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Brrrrrr it’s cold outside! According to the meteorologist we’re supposed to be getting snow this weekend here in New York. That’s the perfect time to stay inside, Netflix binge, and have some soup! Luckily, I have the perfect recipe for you. It’s simple to put together, very inexpensive, and can be made all in one pot….which means less time washing dishes and more catching up on The Following! This is definitely my go to recipe and I know it will be yours too. With the cold weather comes the sniffles and sneezes. This warm hearty soup is perfect when your feeling under the weather.

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Crispy Homemade BBQ Wings

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To all my football fans out there these wings are for you!!!! Hands down this has to be the easiest recipe I have ever made. Honestly, I’ve made salads that required more work. Not only are these wings easy to make but do you know how much money I saved? For this recipe I only purchased one pack of chicken wings from the market because I was testing it out. I ended up spending about $7 for a pack of 7 wings. Now each “wing” is really the wing and drum connected so in actuality I got 14 wings for $7. Is that a deal or what?!

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BBQ Chicken Pizza – vegetarian & vegan substitutions included!

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This delicious pizza was inspired by a dish Dave and I had had one night at a restaurant called California Pizza Kitchen many years ago. Have you ever eaten there? They are know for their extensive list of unique pizzas. I put my own little spin on this recipe and will admit it came out amazing! I used some grilled chicken that I had leftover from the night before but you can either grill it fresh or even use an oven roaster from the market. This is a great quick weeknight meal for those nights when you come home from work and don’t want to spend another hour in the kitchen to make dinner. You can also serve this pizza as an appetizer. It’s great finger food especially with the Superbowl coming up soon.  The mix of the garlic oil, honey bbq sauce and sesame oil make this pizza out of this world! I know….they seem like ingredients you would see out of a Chopped basket but honestly they come together so well and create a pizza loaded with flavor.

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Raspberry Leaf Green Tea with Honey Boba

Drinks | January 12, 2016 | By

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Have you ever had bubble tea? Over the past 10 years it has become increasingly popular here in New York. This delicious beverage used to be sold only in Asian neighborhoods but now you can find bubble tea everywhere. This is a drink that originated in Taiwan in the 1980s and quickly spread all throughout the United States. Originally “bubble tea” was just a cold milk tea shaken until frothy and at times would be served with little tapioca pearls (boba). Now there are an endless list of bubble tea flavors sold ranging from fruity to coffee to a simple tea like the above picture.

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Warm Homemade Banana Bread

Breads, Breakfast | January 11, 2016 | By

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Not much compares to the smell of homemade banana bread right out of the oven. The sweet smell fills the house and the hot oven warms everyone up on these cold winter days. As I was cleaning up from breakfast I noticed a few bananas that were beginning to get a little dark. Now most people would throw them out but I knew just what to do. They were perfect for making banana bread. I had this great recipe that I couldn’t wait to try.

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Bagels – 1st attempt (moment of silence please….)

Breads, Breakfast | January 7, 2016 | By

I will openly admit that I am not a baker. I genuinely love to cook but baking is a whole other story. Most people will say, “But you know how to cook isn’t it the same?” Not at all. There is a science, a finesse if you will, when it comes to baking. My aunt on the other hand is a true blue Betty Crocker. She’s made everything from cookies, to pastries, to elaborate fondant cakes. It just comes naturally to her. Not only that but she’s a darn good cook as well. I’m actually going to post a few of her recipes on the blog soon.

Now back to the bagels. I’d been recipe browsing for a bit and came across a blog with an amazing bagel recipe. The pictures were beautiful and the author seemed to really know his stuff. The recipe was given a 5 star review so I figured I would give it a try. Wouldn’t it be great to have warm toasty bagels right out of the oven?! I was so excited.

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Crunchy Savory Roasted Chickpeas

Appetizers & Snacks | January 7, 2016 | By

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With the new year comes a feeling of new beginnings, future goals, and if your like me the annual decision to eat a little healthier. Now most years this feeling would only last a few months and then slowly fade as soon as we get into bbq season. But this year I am really going to stick to it! I did my research (I tend to research everything!) and I’m ready! Whose with me???

Now don’t worry I’m not going to turn all health nut on you. I did mention that I am Italian. Pasta, bread, and cannolis run through my veins but I will be incorporating some healthier recipes for lighter meal planning. I’m a firm believer that you do not have to remove certain foods from your normal diet but you do have to have them in moderation.
For example…if you like ice cream like I do…only have one scoop instead three scoops drizzled with Nutella topped with homemade whipped cream and a cherry. Ahhhh! Ok ok lets get back on track. Eating healthier!

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Baked Apple Chips

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These crispy baked apple chips are the perfect snack on a beautiful Autumn day. Not only are they delicious but they are quick to make and super inexpensive. Any kind of apples can be used for this recipe. For this photo I used Pink Lady apples. They were on sale at the market and worked perfectly. The colors from the skin and the cinnamon brown sugar made each chip look like a beautiful autumn leaf and the house smelled amazing.  These chips are all natural, healthy, addicting and the perfect little go to snack. After making them I gathered all the chips into a nice little serving bowl and left them on the counter. I figured we can snack on a few chips each day. Well, I went into the kitchen to make dinner a few hours later and they were all gone! But I did see a house full of happy faces who asked me when I will be making another batch. If your looking for something to munch on and have a few apples lying around this is the perfect recipe to try. I think you’ll love it!

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