Irish Lamb Stew with Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Peas and Guinness

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Entrees, Lamb, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Irish Lamb Stew with Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Peas and Guinness

Irish Lamb Stew with Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Peas and Guinness

With people’s busy schedules and the seemingly endless variety of options for dining out, fresh meal delivery services, and prepared meals packaged and waiting at most grocery stores, home cooking seems to be losing its luster. Between working all day, taking kids to countless activities, and keeping up with the daily demands of life, most home cooks are looking for fast, tasty, and premade food to serve to themselves and their families. I look at cooking as a labor of love. And this labor of love takes time to...

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Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Appetizers, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood | Comments Off on Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

As the winter season drags on and on, I look to prepare dishes with bright and fresh flavors.  Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa reminds me that the warmth of summer is not far away.  With a dish that includes only a handful of ingredients, shop for the highest quality ones you can find. Shrimp is the star of the dish so it should garner the most attention when shopping. I like to use the jumbo size or 16/20 size. The 16/20 refers to the number of shrimp per pound. Therefore, 16/20 shrimp have on...

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Roasted Italian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetable Bolognese

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Roasted Italian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetable Bolognese

Roasted Italian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetable Bolognese

The start of a new year is a time for resolutions for many people. Exercise and get in shape, spend more time with family and friends, travel to new places, and eat a healthy diet top the list of resolutions after the first of the year. These decisions for self-improvement can quickly be derailed when people aim high and establish goals that are too lofty. Position yourself for triumph by setting small, specific goals that are more likely to be attainable. Making the all-encompassing decision to “eat a...

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Barley Vegetable Soup

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Soup | Comments Off on Barley Vegetable Soup

Barley Vegetable Soup

If you are anything like me, the holidays sneak up before you know it. Not long after handing out the last of the Halloween candy, a turkey is roasting in the oven for Thanksgiving and cutting down a Christmas tree is not far behind. Now is the time to fill the freezer with a few meals to ease in dinner preparation during the hustle and bustle of the season.    Soups are one of my go-to freezer meals.  It’s easy to make a big pot of piping hot soup loaded with fresh produce.  Let the soup cool and then tuck...

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Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Appetizers, Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes | Comments Off on Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

The cool fall temperatures pull me into my kitchen to leisurely prepare hearty stews loaded with tender beef, baby carrots and red potatoes, big pots of thick and creamy soups, and simmering batches of meaty Italian Bolognese sauce.  Some days I’m pressed for time but, still want to prepare a dish filled with that all day, slow cooked taste. That is when I whip up a steaming pot of Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs.  Stuffed cabbage is one of the ultimate comfort food dishes.  Many ethnic groups including Polish,...

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Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Entrees, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes | Comments Off on Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

Cooking dinner for a family can be challenging. Each person has different likes and dislikes when it comes to eating.  And with today’s busy daily schedules, families may eat in shifts depending on the activities of the day.  One dish that is sure to delight is lasagna. Made with crowd pleasing pasta, a sauce studded with Italian spiced sausage, and three flavorful cheeses, Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna will be a family favorite around the dinner table.  I always kind of winged it when I made lasagna....

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