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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Very ThankFULL!

Very ThankFULL!

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!  This week was a busy one.  I left to see my parents on Wednesday to help cook and prepare for our BIG Thanksgiving dinner.  I know people who live in the suburbs see wild turkeys in the road, but in Hoboken, our turkeys are a little different.  As I was leaving Hoboken on Wednesday, there was a bit of traffic getting out of town.  Yup, there were about 7 turkeys in the road –…

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Pot Luck!

Pot Luck!

Getting ready for Thanksgiving?  I am!  And, tomorrow, we have a pot luck at work.  This time of year I am usually extra busy at work and I never participate.  I do however, swipe food from the conference room as I am running from meeting to meeting :).  This year, I decided not only will I will participate, I would make my stuffed shells and a dessert.  The stuffed shells are delicious.  I use my mom’s basic recipe for the…

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Whoa, what a Braciole!

Whoa, what a Braciole!

This was a perfect weekend in New Jersey to make a braised meat dish.  It was foggy and and while not yet cold, it is the start of the right kind of weather to cook using the braising method, sit around and then enjoy a great meal.  Yesterday, we made Beef Braciole.  The Maltese make it different from our Italian cousins and no offense to my Italian friends, but I think we Maltese one up on this one!  We make…

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Working Weekend

Working Weekend

I hope everyone had a good weekend!  Mine, eh, not so much.  I worked the entire weekend and finally I’m taking a break.  On days like this I would normally call for Chinese take-out or Sushi, but I decided to make this quick pasta dish and have a glass of wine.  This one is a staple for me.  Its quick and easy to make and on a busy day when you can’t think of what to eat or make, you…

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Tony’s Marinara Sauce

Tony’s Marinara Sauce

Marinara sauce is an important component in a lot of the food we eat. While my mom owns her kitchen and controls everything that goes on in it, my Dad helps out a lot. They are a great team and its wonderful to watch them in action. My Dad, Tony – aka, Mary’s Sous Chef makes the sauce. We make enough to freeze and the recipe below makes about 8-10 cups.