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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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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Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Chicken, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

After a busy day, it is tempting to call in an order for Kung Pao chicken, vegetable fried rice, and egg rolls to a favorite Chinese restaurant.  But with a little bit of planning, you can skip the often calorie laden and less than nutritious Asian takeout dishes.    Asian recipes have always been some of my go-to recipes on event full nights at our house. They are quick to make, I can load with fresh vegetables, and they can be tailored to fit the tastes of my family.    Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli...

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Pasta e Fagioli

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in Appetizers, Entrees, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes, Soup | Comments Off on Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli

It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. The short days mean hurrying to make the most of the day. Decorating the home for the holidays, visiting with family and friends, and shopping for gifts all while still keeping up with the daily activities of work and school can be overwhelming. Preparing a meal or two in advance makes dinnertime a no stress affair. I like to have a couple quarts of a hearty soup such as Pasta e Fagioli on hand. That way I know a delicious dinner for my family...

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Mac and Cheese Bites

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish | 1 comment

Mac and Cheese Bites

Anything small is big. Pick up a foodie magazine and there will undoubtedly be a recipe for a small version of a favorite food. Slider-sized burgers made of ground beef or turkey, mini lobster rolls, shots of gazpacho or clam chowder, and bite-sized chicken tacos. The culinary world is in love with “The Mini.” As I was planning for a client’s birthday barbecue bash, I suggested Mac and Cheese Bites – a macaroni and double cheese one-bite appetizer or side dish. I have served these cheesy...

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Roasted Tomato and Garlic Shrimp with goat Cheese and Pasta

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood | Comments Off on Roasted Tomato and Garlic Shrimp with goat Cheese and Pasta

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Shrimp with goat Cheese and Pasta

During the cold and dreary months of winter, I dream of recipes that I make during the summer.  I long for big, juicy tomatoes and freshly picked basil, shrimp caught the same day it is cooked, and herb goat cheese bought at a local farmer’s market. But during February, those ingredients are only a fantasy when living in northern New Jersey.  To recreate one of my favorite warm weather dinners even when the weather is not so warm, I get some help from my local grocery store and a cooking technique to get the...

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