Chicken Francese

I grew up eating this as a regular school night dinner. This is my mom’s recipe, but I added lemon juice from a container instead of juice from real lemons, because it’s more affordable for me and it’s easier than having fresh produce in the house (I still have not mastered having only fresh produce, plus it’s…

Light Chicken Marsala with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I’m not a big fan of mushrooms, but this recipe my mother revamped with sun-dried tomatoes gives it a lot of flavor, and using Lipton’s onion and mushroom mix still gives it that Marsala taste. It’s easy to make on a weeknight and really light because the chicken isn’t breaded. Chef Paul’s poultry seasoning is my…

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…

Springtime Rigatoni Carbonara with Scallions

This is my take on Chef Andrew Carmellini‘s Springtime Spaghetti Carbonara with Ramps recipe from his Urban Italian cookbook. I picked up this cookbook in Home Goods, actually, and what caught my eye was the word “urban.” I have grown up being taught authentic, generation’s-old Italian recipes and I love them. They’re delicious, simple, homemade,…

Garlic Chicken Pasta Alfredo

I love Alfredo sauce. However, my college roommate thinks it’s too bland on it’s own, so adding garlic and seasoned chicken is the best route when cooking for us. This doesn’t take much time at all after a work day. I just need to make sure I have (unspoiled) heavy cream in my fridge, then I’m…