Asparagus & Prosciutto Bundles

This vegetable side is the best prep-ahead dish ever. Anything that can be made in advance, is easy to adjust to a group size, and is absolutely delicious is a large win in my book. The Barefoot Contessa is to credit for this recipe. I often adjust recipes but this one is perfect the way…

Lemon Herbed Butter Yellowtail Snapper

Snapper in parchment is a chef’s best friend. The fish can be completely prepped & refrigerated up to a day in advance. 20 minutes before you plan to serve dinner, pop them in the preheated oven. Feel free to adjust the ingredients to your favorite herbs or vegetables. Zucchini or Yellow Squash would be a great…

Pesto Gnocchi with Chicken

When time is tight, it’s helpful to have some easy but flavorful dishes on hand. I always keep a bag of gnocchi, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and green beans in the house. Whether you decide to bake your own chicken or buy pre-cooked, this is a delicious but approachable dinner even on the busiest days. Ingredients…

Norwegian Meatballs

Not to be confused with Swedish Meatballs, this family tradition recipe renders a tender, moist meatball that melts in your mouth. Christmas Dinner would not be complete without these meatballs sitting on a plate of mashed potatoes and topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. The ingredient list is for one pound of meat, or roughly…

Grilled Balsamic Dijon Pork Tenderloin

Grilling pork tenderloin has become our go-to “fancy” but easy dinner. This is a non-fussy prep yet the pork has so much flavor. Marinating the pork is key. Prep the tenderloin in the morning and just remember to take it out of the refrigerator a half-hour before grilling. When buying the pork tenderloin, ask the…

Tomato Balsamic Chicken

A simple, healthy & delicious meal does not get much easier than this roasted tomato chicken. I often prep it ahead of time while the baby is napping and then throw it in the oven while reading bedtime stories. The roasting of the tomatoes adds such a depth of flavor which is only enhanced with…

Autumn Wild Rice

I started making this in September when the cooler air started blowing in off of Lake Michigan. Now with the cooler northern air making its way south to Florida, I have begun shifting our dinner menus to autumn flavors again. The nutty flavor of the wild rice is complimented by the soft, sweet flavors of…

Roasted Delicata Squash

I started cooking delicata squash several years ago after coming across it at a Farmer’s Market in Boston. I’ve been in love with it since. Like other autumn squashes, the sweet squash is absolutely delish. Unlike the other autumn squashes though, you can eat the skin. Yay to not having to peel the squash! The…

Beef & Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers

This dish is one that stays on rotation in our home. It’s easy, flavorful, can be made in advance and makes for great leftovers. Historically, I have only added the cheese on the top of the peppers. As of late though, I have found myself adding cheese with each bite (calcium craving?!). Next time I…

Green, Eggs & Ham Crêpes

Perfect for a summer lunch or brunch, this delicate dish is full of flavor, impressive and easy to pull together. They are especially simple if you use pre-made crêpes, which are often available in the produce section of the grocery store. The dish also lends itself to using what you have on-hand, allowing you to…

Slow-Roasted Leg of Lamb Provençal

Until I started dating my husband, I had never cooked lamb. Being that it is one of his absolute favorite meats though, I have since found some go-to recipes, as well as created my own. Taking the flavor profile of a Barefoot Contessa recipe, I turned it into a slow-roasted, fork-tender leg of lamb dish….

Tuscan Soffritto Capellini

This pasta will transport you to the rustic hillsides of Tuscany with it’s earthy yet lite vegetable sauce. Complex with many layers of flavors, the earthy base of the sauce is contrasted perfectly with the salty toppings. Inspired by the desire to cook a flavorful but vegetarian pasta, I started with the base of a…