Salted Citrus Caramels

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So this is generally what happens when I make caramels…people hoard them. Like little old ladies at a buffet. They put them in pockets and in handbags and take them home to save for later. I know this because when I see them “later” they say, “I have one left” and hold up one of my cellophane wrapped treats, a… Read more »

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 »

Individual Strawberry Shortcakes

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My husband Bill came back from the shore yesterday with the biggest, reddest, juiciest quart of strawberries I had ever seen. I could smell them from 5 feet away – no mistaking that grown in the Jersey sunshine smell. He had apparently been unable to avoid a roadside farm stand on the long drive home. Lucky us! I immediately set… 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 »

Blueberries and Cream Scones

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I don’t like an overly sweet breakfast. Those Ihop commercials with the huge stack of pancakes with whipped cream and sprinkles turn my stomach any time of the day. And that’s what is so great about these scones. They are densely buttery, just a hint of spice thanks to the cinnamon and with only a subtle sweetness. This is probably… 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 »

Cocoa Chip Cookies and Mother’s Day

To celebrate the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend I baked cookies for my kids. This made perfect sense to me. I was, of course, thinking of my mom. She baked for my brothers and me all the time. We would often come home from school to the smell of cake – one of her specialties was a Tandy Cake (made with… Read more »