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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Whole Grain Banana Raspberry Bread with Flax Meal

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Whole Grain Banana Raspberry Bread with Flax Meal

Whole Grain Banana Raspberry Bread with Flax Meal

I write a food column twice a month for the New Jersey Herald. I showcase everyday recipes that are a little out of the ordinary but, easy to prepare.  My article this week featured an updated version of a family favorite banana bread recipe.  I hope you enjoy my article. An infatuation with food began early in my life. Anything culinary intrigued me. My free time was spent whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies with my sisters, grilling hotdogs for lunch with my best friend, watching Julia Child on The...

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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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Sugared Shortbread

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Sugared Shortbread

Sugared Shortbread

The following recipe was featured in the New York Times. Check out Melissa Clark’s article and its 5 star reviews here. Cookies are an important time of my day. With coffee for breakfast. As a pick me up in the late afternoon. And a couple with a shot of milk before bed make for a good night’s sleep. I was introduced to Sugared Shortbread by my neighbor and good friend Kathleen. She can brew a pot of coffee and have a tasty baked good ready at a moment’s notice. Even if I stop by unannounced....

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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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