A Stroke of Grilliance! #BEEF

I haven't been able to eat meat for a while for various reasons and now because I have high cholesterol, I really can't eat anything but lean stuff. So when I was asked to host a Beef grilling party I almost said no, until I saw that the entire party is a challenge, basically, for me to try one of the many MANY lean beef recipes included in my party pack but also available on … [Read more...]

Parmesan-Crusted Bruschetta Chicken

Before I could even make this recipe, my husband decided that the new Hellmann's Olive Oil Mayonnaise is the best thing ever. He was using it as dip for his fish and on sandwiches. Luckily I saved enough for this recipe, and a spinach dip as well! This is a light dish, honestly perfect for summer, and packed with flavor. I need to buy some more Olive Oil Mayonnaise now since my jar is … [Read more...]

Apple Honey Smoked BBQ Pork Spare Ribs Recipe

I have a confession. I had never cooked ribs before this and I was scared. I didn't have the most thorough culinary school education and we never grilled. What I did learn, however, was that simple ingredients and less fuss equal lots of flavor. This recipe is simple and makes ribs in less than three hours with an electric smoker. If you have a traditional smoker I would suggest letting it cook on … [Read more...]

Vegan Sesame Stir Fry with Bialetti Aeturnum Cookware

I have reviewed lots of cookware on my blog since starting my culinary journey so many moons ago. Its on of the best perks of being the food blogger and culinary school graduate that I am. I like to think that moms reading this blog want to know my professional opinion because I have used crappy cookware and nice cookware and I like to share what works well for me to give me professional results … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Pita Pizza with Calphalon XL Digital Convection Oven

I have used many different kinds of cooking methods from gas to induction and more. The last one to try for me was convection. This is actually one of the smartest ways to cook because it lessens cooking time by blowing the hot air in the oven over the surface of the food, cooking both the inside and outside at the same time. That sounded culinary school-ish, huh? Sorry about that, I just finished … [Read more...]

Baked Ziti

It's extremely hard to find real fresh tomatoes in the middle of winter, like right now. I like to buy organic tomatoes but even then they aren't always picked at the right time, they get picked early and are ripened artificially. I LOVE my fresh tomatoes but when push comes to shove and the good tomatoes are gone, I turn to canned tomatoes for my sauces and in this case, Red Gold. Did you know … [Read more...]