Mary’s Meatballs

Mary’s Meatballs

My mom came for a visit this weekend.  We enjoyed walks around town, the rooftop, wine and good company!  My sister Jeannette and nephew William joined us on Saturday evening for a sleep over and we decided to go wild and have a Saturday night dinner, in sunday style.  We made Spaghetti and Meatballs!  My mother always makes itty bitty meatballs for William, but he is growing up and ate the big ones!  Nothing is more important than family and…

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Dad’s Marinara Sauce

Dad’s Marinara Sauce

Sorry I haven’t posted anything for a while!  I thought my “re-launch” to this blog would be good to use the very first recipe I posted last year when I started this website.  I made the sauce today and I will admit, I always changed up my version of marinara sauce in the past, but today I followed the recipe and made it exactly how my father did.  It won’t taste exactly as his did – there was a special…

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How sweet it is…

How sweet it is…

They say practice makes perfect.  I cooked a lot over the past few days.  I made steamed mussels in a mustard and white wine sauce, chicken stock, chicken parm and I wanted to try the fresh pasta dough that I made for my friends the weekend before and it came out better this time around.  I cut the recipe in half and the dough was easier to manage.  I plan to do this a few more times until I get…

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Way too Long…

Way too Long…

Hi Everyone!  Hope you are all doing well.  This was a tough winter and so happy that Spring has Sprung!  It has been way too long since I’ve posted anything and also way too long since I’ve seen my childhood girlfriends from Brooklyn.  Last night, the girls came over and I made dinner.  Against one of my rules, I made things that I’ve never tested by myself before.  Yes, I cooked them with my mother, but its another thing to…

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A Tale of Two Chili’s

A Tale of Two Chili’s

This time of year reminds me of Chili.  This week, my friend Gracie suggested that I enter into a Chili Cook-off that will be held in Hoboken in late February.  I made Chili once, so I thank her for the confidence she has in me!  I went on a mission this week to find the best recipe and did as much research as time permitted.  I was inspired by Bobby Flay’s Red Beef Chili, but his recipe has a lot…

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New Year… Old Recipes…

New Year… Old Recipes…

Happy New Year everyone!   Hope you all enjoyed the holiday season.  We had a great Christmas holiday and not surprisingly, I learned more things from my mother that I will post in the weeks to come.  For this week’s post, I decided to try her basic pastry dough recipe.  Its a pretty simple dough recipe that she uses for so many things.  This is the same way her mother made it, so its extra special. I used it for empanadas rather…

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all!  I consider myself an organized person and people who know me would agree.  However, this time a year as organized as I plan to be, I send cards late and scramble to get the last minute gifts.  I finally get to take a breather today!  I am off from work and plan to make a cheesecake for tomorrow and help my mom get “organized” for Christmas Eve dinner as well as Christmas.  This holiday is…

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Christmas Cookie Exchange

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Hope everyone is doing well.  I missed my post last week because I was in St. Thomas with my parents.  This has become somewhat of a tradition for us as we have been going for a few years now.  This year, the weather wasn’t so nice, but we made the best of it and had a good time.  Talks, walks, eating and laughter! Speaking of traditions… I belong to a Christmas Cookie Exchange.  My friend Denise has been doing this…

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