Category Archives: Mains

Best Roast Chicken + Two Salads

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I make this roast chicken a bunch! In the winter I roast it right over veggies in the roasting pan – potatoes, carrots, onion, fennel – then make a pan sauce while it rests before carving. This time of year I actually make it to have quick weeknight dinners. With baseball, softball and art classes in full swing, plus my… Read more »

Wings Two Ways + No Time for Pictures

The things I thought would be problematic having a food blog are not the things that actually are. My initial fears were more around coming up with enough recipes and writer’s block. Turns out those things are good so far. But what is hard for me is getting my family to wait while I take pictures of the food. Sometimes… Read more »

Grill the Perfect Burger

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My vision of heaven = a perfectly grilled burger with cheese, Everything Sauce (my creation that I may share someday), guacamole, and vinaigrette pickled red onions on a toasted multi-grain bun. With an ice cold beer or chilled Chianti …AMEN! My plan was to grill one for each of us for dinner, inside because the weather wasn’t cooperating. Perfect, we… Read more »

Sunday Gravy with Meatballs

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I remember the first time I made this with my husband’s Aunt Marie Virelli. We would visit her at the Jersey shore and always, always have homemade cavatelli with meatballs and gravy.  I asked her how to make it and she handed me a sheet of paper and a pencil. I scribbled madly as she told me the ingredients, in… Read more »

Chicken Souvlaki with Yogurt Cucumber Sauce and Grilled Pita

I am getting pretty good at coming up with dishes featuring lean protein that aren’t the same old thing. No one wants to hear “not chicken again” when they put dinner on the table. I had the idea to make this recipe after I made Chicken Satay.  I have actually been looking at chicken souvlaki recipes for a while now…. Read more »

Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives and Potatoes

About this time last May I would have been grilling chicken thighs on my outdoor grill. This is a dish I typically make in the fall, but anyone on the east coast would tell you, it doesn’t feel like May yet. I have been making notes on all of the recipes I want to grill this season – grilled flank… Read more »

Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

I have been into food for about as long as I can remember, but I didn’t start cooking until I was away at college and it became a necessity. I just couldn’t eat pizza, cheese fries and Kraft mac-n-cheese every night.  My specialties back then were banana pancakes and chicken Parmesan. When I got married I would watch cooking shows… Read more »

Cumin BBQ Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Veg

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Spring is a busy time of year in our house. Besides the fact that my husband is building our vacation home at the beach with his own two hands – and he does have a full time job – we also have spring sports going on…baseball and softball. We go from having dinner together as a family most nights to… Read more »

Pistachio Pesto and Sausage Pizza

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  How hard could it be to make pistachio pesto? That’s what I asked myself last weekend as I watched the food network. A guilty pleasure, and I really cannot watch with an empty stomach or fridge. One of the pizza places they visited on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives had a Pistachio Pesto and Sausage Pizza on the menu and… Read more »