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…

Winter Portobellos

There is something warming about the flavors and texture of a tender, meaty mushroom with a hint of rosemary & garlic that evokes an evening sitting by the fireside. Whether you’re pairing mushrooms with a juicy steak, a roasted chicken or a creamy risotto, they are a fantastic addition to any meal. This dish is…

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Traditional family Christmas recipes are the best. This particular one has been on my husband’s family Christmas Day dinner menu for decades. There is just something special about a recipe that comes out once a year….especially when it’s so good! The casserole can be made earlier in the day and then baked just before dinner….

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…

Nutty & Sweet Thanksgiving Vegetables

If there was ever a side dish that captured the essence of autumn, this easy, make-ahead roasted vegetable dish is it. I came across this recipe from Julia’s Album years ago on Pinterest, and it has become a favorite of mine to make in the fall. At last year’s Friendsgiving, I served this autumn vegetable…

Gigi’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

My Mom, otherwise known as Gigi, is an incredible chef. I am lucky to have grown-up as a beneficiary of her cooking and an apprentice to her skills. She is modest when this is brought up but don’t let her fool you. How many nights do you deliver a dinner that consists of a protein,…

Crispy Roasted Smashed Potatoes

I’ve been making these potatoes for so many years, I cannot remember if I found it in a recipe book, if it was inspired by a friend, or created based on something I ate out at a restaurant. It’s possible it’s a combo of all the above! I do know that on our honeymoon in…

Kentucky Bourbon Onions

I cannot eat a cheeseburger without caramelized or grilled onions. In my opinion, the meal is just not complete without their flavorful sweetness. I love them that much. So it’s safe to say I take my onions very seriously. There are several variations to prep the onions. The simplest version is cooking them in olive…

Garden Tomato & Basil Angel Hair

Quick & easy, this is a weekday dish that will sure to satisfy. The key to this delicate pasta is simple, fresh flavors. You want the taste of summer to shine through from the tomatoes and basil. The pasta can serve as an entrée or a side dish. If serving as a side dish, pair…

Green Bean Gremolata

Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, is the Queen of making the most flavorful dishes that are approachable and crowd favorites. This Green Bean Gremolata became my signature side dish through the holiday season. Green beans are a safe vegetable to serve as they pair with almost every dish and most people like them. Her preparation…

Sweet Pineapple Rice

Going with the theme of cooking from my pantry, I found items that could transport us, at least in the culinary-sense, to the shores of Hawaii. The sweet flavors of both the sweet potato and the pineapple transform the earthy rice. Not only do the sweet potato and pineapple add incredible flavor to the rice,…