Roasted Vegetable Risotto

One thing I love about cooking is the possibility for greatness every time you take out a pot, choose an entree, or open the spice cabinet. It’s all about being flexible and working with what you have on hand that makes cooking fun!

For this #meatlessmonday, I created a soothing comfort dish that would help my sore throat (kids are great!). This Roasted Vegetable Risotto did just that!

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Bismo’s Meatloaf

Picture the scene: Two pounds of pristine, marbled meat waiting to be manipulated and molded into a flavorful dinner. Using an array of ingredients (without mustard – all out!) I created my first-ever Bismo’s Meatloaf!ma-the-meatloaf

Although I am a mom, I don’t have the years under my belt to own “Mom’s” – not yet at least! So, for now, my nickname will suffice.🙂

Think moist texture and bold flavor. Now think beef, pork and veal. Yes, this is the REAL deal.

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Chicken Ricotta Rollatini

While browsing at The Fresh Market in their super extensive meat section, between the breaded filet and chopped chicken, I found dinner! So? I hurried home to create this four square meal from scratch! Come and roll up your sleeves for these petite Chicken Ricotta Rollatini!

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Savory Squash Seeds

Sometimes, you just want to munch and crunch! Another reason to love Fall? Savory Squash Seeds! These are seeds from my Stuffed Acorn Squash and Dessert Squash recipes (Coming Soon)! Oh, how I love repurposing!

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The Art, the Science, and the Ritual Behind Brewing That Perfect Cuppa Joe by Ian Levine

I’m always looking for the perfect cup of coffee, and a great doughnut to complement it. I’ve been everywhere from the legendary Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, California to the unique Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—driving from Maryland each time for the experience of a classic dish in and of itself. I’ve tasted roasts from all over the world: café, kape, caife, coffee, C 8 10 4 2 (caffeine). It seems that no matter what language you say it in, coffee evokes something in us. Maybe you think of your first taste when you were a child. Bitter. Acidic. Face like you just sucked a lemon.

When I think of java’s counterpart, I remember driving up to Philly just for a freshly fried doughnut dusted with strawberry and lavender flavored sugar. Good jamocha and doughnuts are really hard to come by. Or so it seems. I tend to think of how I desecrated my first cup with sugar. I thought I didn’t like a strong brew, when what I really didn’t like was a bitter brew. I had no idea that ordinary kosher salt could make the grounds less acidic, or that the optimum time to pour my boiled water was fifteen seconds off the burner.

Great mud doesn’t have to be hard, expensive, or time consuming. To me, it’s about the art, the science, and the ritual of brewing something that dates back to 800 B.C.E Africa; when one goat, having chewed on some cherry-red berries, changed the course of human history. It’s time to change it again.

Brew yourself the perfect cup of coffee.


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Baked Zucchini Boats

It’s not that I don’t eat meat…it’s just that I eat vegetables a whole lot more! When faced with a large quantity of zucchini, my first instinct is to make Mom’s Zucchini Pie but sometimes you just need a few favorite dish! This recipe for Baked Zucchini Boats is from yours truly and I’m so impressed with how simple it was!

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Curry Roasted Veggies

My husband and I are participating in our first farm share which means a slew of new vegetables each week – Yay! With so many veggies, I need to a) use them and b) use them creatively. Now, I’ve have some wins (see below) but I’ve also had some misses, like when I roasted radishes with sugar and cinnamon. Seemed like a good idea at the time but they were too intensely sweet!

For this quick and ultra easy dinner, roasted veggies speaks to me like no other! There’s something about the caramelization of the onion tips that creates a blissful happy dance in my mouth!


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Stuffed Peppers…Rootie Foodie Style.

Fellow foodies and readers: I took a brief hiatus to explore the culinary offerings of California and now I’m back with more delicious recipes and experiences to share!

I really love making dinners that will also give me lunch for the next day!  It helps speed things up when I’m one foot out the door!

We I made stuffed peppers recently and they were delicious! This dish is turkey-based but can absolutely be made vegetarian.

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