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,…

Tex-Mex Chicken Fajitas

I grew up loving this recipe more than authentic Mexican fajitas. It’s greasy, it’s messy and boy, is it delicious. I prefer to eat this with rice on the side, but you may like to mix the rice with the chicken and make it almost into a burrito. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes…

Turkey Chili

Growing up, my family was never a huge fan of chili, until one day a family friend made it at a BBQ and we all fell in love. This is that recipe. The secret isn’t just using turkey meat, which makes it healthier, but also adding dark chocolate that really gives it a richness no…

Lemon Garlic Buttered Salmon

This meal was great for tonight because it took less than 30 minutes from prep to plate! It also was pretty delicious. I was going to serve it with rice, but my pantry was lacking. So, as you can see, I served it with a butter herb pasta side. Knorr‘s pasta and rice sides save…

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…

Light Sesame Chicken

I always wondered what sesame sauce was made from, like, who knew there was honey in it? But it was so delicious, it only took 20 minutes from prep to plate, and I definitely plan on making it again soon. This is also the light version, using only corn starch and egg whites as the coating on…

Garlic-Rosemary Pork Loin and Mashed Potatoes

  So I made this for my college roommates. It was my first time roasting a pork loin, and it wasn’t as hard or scary as I thought it would be. You just need to focus on the clock and the thermometer. I say it serves 5 people, because my roommate and I had the…