NY Strip with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pan Sauce

This recipe is an adaption of my mother’s recipe: Filet Mignon with Goat Cheese and Pancetta Pan Sauce and Creamed Spinach. Being a somewhat broke 20-something-year-old, buying a NY strip is a splurge in itself, so filet was out of the question. I didn’t have any goat cheese or pancetta in my apartment, so I made…

Korean Sizzling Beef Tacos

This recipe I found on Pinterest, and even though I’m post-college, I’m still broke, so instead of a flank steak, I used ground beef. The marinade in this still gives it tons of flavor and isn’t any less gourmet in my book. However, since I only used about 1/4 lb. of ground beef, I changed…

Stuffed Bell Peppers

This recipe was taught to me by my mother, who was taught by her Sephardic Jewish grandmother. My great-grandma Bella was originally from what is now Turkey, but immigrated to the U.S. during WWII. I’ve only had this meal a few times, but it’s delicious to make when you’re in the mood and you have…

Beef Stew

So depending on whether or not you have a Dutch Oven pot and/or a Crock Pot, the time for this recipe varies. I will say, the longer you let it sit (at a lower temperature), the more melt-in-your-mouth it gets. I don’t own a Dutch Oven, but I do own a hamidown Crock Pot. This was…

Della Mia Famiglia Italiana Braciole

I grew up eating this at every of my Father’s Italian family gatherings. However, this was the first time I made it. I added my own touch by adding the sundried tomatoes and parsley, which gave it a nice pop of color. It wasn’t as hard as my Nanni had always made it seem. Because this…

Della Mia Famiglia Italiana Spaghetti & Meatballs

I learned this recipe from my mother, who learned it from my Italian father’s grandmother, who learned it from her mother, who was an immigrant from northern Italy. It’s as authentic as it gets! The ingredients call for homemade tomato sauce. You may use store-bought if you wish, which is sacrilegious (in my opinion). Even on days…