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Creamy Rice Pudding with Cinnamon

Creamy rice pudding is a treat for any special occasion. Planning a special evening?  That’s always fun to do, but what to make?  Dinner is covered but you need a dessert.  Something different that will perfectly complement the great dinner you’re making.  Your criteria is simple, you want a dessert that’s unique and can be prepared in advanced.  And […]

Red Wine Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Gravy

  Red wine braised chicken thighs is a hearty dish for the weekend. It’s time to come home, relax… and forget about work.  It’s time to rejuvenate and recharge.  And good food is always a big part of that.  Red wine braised chicken thighs may be braised and slow cooked, but chicken usually cooks faster […]

Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs Recipe

Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs is a great Sunday afternoon dinner. Yum!  Nothing like a spaghetti sauce with pasta.  Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs is the comfort food we crave.   Making a tomato sauce is easy, all you need is time for the sauce to slowly cook.  This concentrates your sauce as water evaporates out leaving […]

Red Wine Braised Beef Shanks with Rosemary

Red wine braised beef shanks are melt in your mouth delicious. I love to braise, and I’ll say it again, it’s one of my favorite ways to cook a piece of beef.  Braising doesn’t work well using just any cut of beef, but rather those tougher cuts that require a slow cooking process to tenderize.  […]

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Rice Filling

Mini stuffed peppers for your next cocktail party. Are you looking for something new and lively for an appetizer?  Well here’s a thought… why not try my mini stuffed peppers?  They are the perfect “bite-sized” version of the traditional Greek dish.  Packed with flavor and easy to eat, my mini stuffed peppers are a fun […]

Fruit Yogurt with Mixed Berries

Flavored fruit yogurt with mixed berries makes a cool and refreshingly light dessert. I love fruit, and it adds a welcome component to any desert.  Fruit is light, refreshing, and a great way to cleanse your palate.  And sometimes it’s all you need after a successful meal, especially in warmer weather when it’s just too […]

Pesto Rosso Sauce with Almonds, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

Create a classic pesto rosso sauce in minutes. A pesto rosso sauce is a classic Italian spread also known as red pesto sauce.  Its main ingredient being sundried tomatoes gives this sauce both its color and taste.  In comparison, green pesto sauce derives its color and flavor from basil.  Both sauces generally contain nuts; pesto rosso […]

Panna Cotta Topped with Fresh Berries

Panna Cotta topped with fresh berries makes a light and tasty dessert. And sometimes that’s all you need after a full meal; a light dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.  It’s a wonderful end to that perfect evening.  Panna Cotta is an easy dessert to prepare.  In fact, it’s even simpler to make than you […]

Basil Pesto Sauce with Parmesan, Romano, and Pine Nuts

Create a classic basil pesto sauce in minutes Simple and refreshing… especially when you use only the best ingredients.  Basil pesto sauce combines the aromatic flavor of basil with garlic, pine nuts, cheese, and extra virgin olive oil.  The two cheeses that I used for this recipe are, Parmesan and Romano, both hard cheeses that […]

Spinach Cheddar Quiche Made Easy

Spinach cheddar quiche is a light and flavorful meal for any time of day. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast and brunch… and the same is true for a great quiche.  It makes a light lunch or dinner when you’re not interested in eating a meal that’s too heavy.  Quiches are versatile and can be prepared […]

Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmades)

Stuffed grape leaves with a hamburger and rice filling. My mother is visiting, so today is a very special day for me.  When my mother and I get together, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen…making Greek food of course!  This time we prepared stuffed grape leaves; a Greek specialty that is both time […]

Cauliflower Casserole with Cheddar Cracker Topping

Cauliflower casserole with crushed green cheddar fish gives this recipe some howling good cheer. No, this cauliflower casserole is not moldy; it’s just a little holiday cheer.  I love Halloween, and keeping it festive with great food is half the fun.  The other half is decorating… but let’s save that for another time.  The nice thing about […]

Purple Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

Scare up some excitement with these purple mashed potatoes this season. That’s the response I got from my 10 year old son, Jayson when he first saw my purple mashed potatoes.  I agree, the color can be a bit alarming, but rest assured, this recipe tastes just like traditional mashed potatoes.  This month is all […]

Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Rice Filling

Stuffed peppers cooked with potatoes and carrots; just in time for comfort food season. Stuffed peppers may not be common fare at your dinner table, but it was for me growing up.  It’s a very well known Greek dish that packs a lot of flavor using common ingredients.  The secret is in the way this dish is […]

Beef Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine

Beef short ribs braised in red wine are so tender that you only need a fork to eat them. I love braising meats!  Just the idea of taking a tougher piece of meat, cooking it long and slow, until it comes out tender and juicy. what’s not to love?  This recipe for braised beef short ribs is easy, easy, and […]

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Cheese

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes are a twice baked potato dish for any celebration. Who doesn’t love potatoes?  They compliment just about any meat dish you pair them with.  Add a vegetable and you have a very balanced meal.  I love mashed potatoes and so does my family.  They are versatile enough to serve for a […]

Meatloaf with Beef, Veal, and Pork

Meatloaf is a comfort food that’s easy to prepare. Why do I love eating meatloaf for dinner?  Let me count the ways!  Whether it’s with the family or friends, meatloaf makes a great dish to serve any group of people.  Not only is this recipe simple to prepare and delicious to eat, the mix of […]

Asian Marinated Chicken Wings

Asian marinated chicken wings are juicy and fall off the bone delicious! Are you in the mood for comfort food?  I have no doubt that this dish will fill the bill…over and over again!  You can believe it when I say that I could sit and eat these wings for days…except they never last long enough.  […]

Chocolate Dipped Cake Balls

Chocolate dipped cake balls are a sweet dessert for your next holiday party. Do you want something sweet and have a craving for chocolate?  Then I have an idea for you.  Try my chocolate dipped cake balls!  These bite sized treats are as fun to make as they are to eat.  First decide what type of […]

Spanakopita

This is not your ordinary spanakopita…but its close! Although Spanakopita is a traditional Greek dish, my family recipe now has a unique twist…I never use FILO dough. You might find that to be a little unusual, but if you knew my family, I think you would understand.  I remember as a child, the process of […]

Broccoli Casserole

An easy side dish that works with any holiday gathering. This broccoli casserole recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember, and it is still one of my favorite side dishes.  Not only is it a recipe that goes with everything, it is heartily delicious and very easy to make.  I […]

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