Zucchini Spaghetti and Meatballs

Part of my after work dinner rotations is “spaghetti and meatballs”. It is a quick and easy dinner to make, but there is one problem I  am on a low carb diet and my husband isn’t. Solution? I guess I could just eat meatballs and marinara sauce for dinner…but that’s not going to fly for my self-proclaimed foodie self so zucchini spaghetti for me and normal spaghetti for the husband. I start off spiraling my zucchini’s to get the spaghetti zoodles. The dog usually gets the zucchini core 🙂 If you don’t have a spiral cutter cut your zucchini’s in half length wise […]

Italian Dinner Party Menu

I’m pretty sure my blood is marinara sauce. If not it should be with the amount I grew up eating. Basically what I am saying is my family is that stereotypical Italian-American family. You know that, loud, stubborn, opinionated family with the grandma who makes the best meatballs. And I am serious about the best meatballs, she made meatballs for my wedding. Anyways, I digress, I am throwing a little dinner party that’s all Italian food, so that means we need an Italian themed menu. Italian Dinner Party Menu Follow the links for the recipes! Appetizer Fried Pizza Dough Antipasto […]

Sugar Cookies (Tree)

Sugar Cookies (That Keep Their Shape)

The most annoying thing is when your sugar cookies fail to keep their shape, this is my go to recipe to prevent that disaster. The key is to refrigerate the cookie, seriously don’t skip that step. Okay now for the recipe. Ingredients 6 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups unsalted butter, (1 lb) in cubes, softened 2 cups sugar 2 large eggs (straight from refrigerator) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or whatever main flavor you want) 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract (if making something other than plain(vanilla cookies add vanilla instead here) Directions In large bowl, sift together flour […]

Zucchini and Cauliflower Bake

Zucchini Cauliflower Bake

This Zucchini Cauliflower Bake is a good side dish for roasted chicken breast. It’s a healthy yet somewhat cheesy bake. You can always mix up this recipe by adding yellow squash just remove one of the zucchinis and alternate the slices with the yellow squash and if you are feeling extra brave add some mushroom slices. I never complain with the addition of more veggies. Zucchini Cauliflower Bake Serving Size 4, Approx 122 calories per serving 1 tbsp of Olive Oil 3 Zucchini’s 2 tsp of Salt 1/2 a head of cauliflower 1/4 of Gruyere Cheese shredded 1 tbsp of […]


Tomato Soup Shots with Grilled Cheese

Nothing beats tomato soup. Ingredients 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbs. unsalted butter 1 large white onion, finely chopped 1 large clove garlic, smashed and peeled 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour 3 cups lower-salt chicken broth 28-oz. can whole pureed tomatoes 1-1/2 tsp. sugar 1 sprig fresh thyme 1/4 tsp Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Tools Needed 5-6 quart Nonreactive Dutch Over Immersion Blender or Blender Directions Using your Dutch oven heat the oil and butter over medium-low heat until the butter melts. Add onion and garlic, stir occasionally, until soft but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add […]

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

I don’t know what it is about yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting, but I love them. I think they are proof the simple is better, and of course rainbow sprinkles help too… Yellow Cupcakes Makes approx. 16-18 Cupcakes 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs at room temperature 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 and 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk, room temperature Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans and place aside. In a mixer fitted with the paddle […]

TeaParty Menu

Tea Party Menu

I threw a little birthday tea party for some close friends. I would say it was more of a “tea” party because although we had little bites it wasn’t raise your pinky figure fancy. Below was the menu with links to some of the recipes. Tea Party Menu Savory Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Tuna Sandwiches – Pumpernickel Bread Tomato Soup Shots with Grilled Cheese Tater Tots (because we are adults) Sweet Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Yellow Cupcakes With Milk Chocolate Frosting Chocolate Strawberries Drinks Lemonade Tea (of course)

Blueberry and Mini Me Pies

I watched MasterChef Monday and aside from Gordon Ramsey’s crazy yelling I think the only thing I go out of it was I needed a blueberry pie. So today you have 2 recipes. A regular blueberry pie and mini me’s. Blueberry Pie (for full pie, make half for 12 mini’s) 4 cups fresh blueberries 2 shots of orange liquor 3/4 cup white sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 beaten egg Pie crust based on http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_pie_crust/