Sweet Potato Rounds


Is it an appetizer or an Hors-d’oeuvre? That depends are how you are serving them. Appetizers represent the first course eaten when seated at the table. Hors-d’oeuvres literally translates to “outside of the work” and are bite-sized finger foods offered at parties and receptions served with cocktails. Either way, these delicious sweet potato rounds are just about perfect for Thanksgiving. Do all the prep ahead of time and place them under the broiler for 3 minutes right before serving. Easy!

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Baked Feta


IMG_1391I might be reaching a bit when I say that Baked Feta, a classic Greek dish, makes the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. Stay with me for a minute. Growing up on every holiday table my mother always had a charcuterie board that included cherry tomatoes, olives, cheeses, and crudities. Now look at baked feta it offers cherry tomatoes, olives, cheese, and other crudités. Hence, a perfect Thanksgiving appetizer!

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Potato & Gorgonzola Cheese Pizza


Whether it is “Meatless Monday”, “Pizza Friday”, or “Sunday Funday” this pizza is a lip-smacking delight. A homemade crust topped with robust cheese and roasted potatoes topped with fresh rosemary. Don’t shy away from making your own pizza crust. Incredibly easy and very satisfying!

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Roasted Red-Pepper and Honey Cornbread

Here’s a cornbread with some kick! I love to serve it with chili and Cajun dishes. A beautiful bread that holds together better than other cornbread that can be a bit on the crumbly side. You can make them in individual muffins using a muffin pan or a cast iron skillet as I am doing here.

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Ricotta Toast

When I was a child I was a bundle of raw energy. How many times didn’t I hear my mother say, “Ella, sit, eat!”
“Can’t mom, I have volleyball practice, going to the beach, working today.”
I’d grab a piece of toast and run out the door.

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This is one of my favorite pasta dishes. It came about as a tie-breaker when I had asked my family if they wanted Spaghetti Bolognese or Stuffed Cannelloni and we had a fifty-fifty result. Meaning daughter voted for spaghetti, son Cannelloni, and husband remained uncommitted. “I like them both.”

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Asparagus Tomato Quiche

It has been an interesting Spring this year with three major snowstorms in April. This has never happened in my neck of the woods. But, I think we have finally turned the corner and Spring, the real Spring with sunny days, warming temperatures, the necessary showers to bring on May flowers, is finally here!

I’m celebrating its fashionably late arrival with my favorite in-season vegetable, asparagus. For this week’s brunch, I am preparing an asparagus and tomato quiche using gruyere cheese, which melts up smooth and even with fruity notes.

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Cheesy Biscuits and Eggs

I love my Sunday mornings. It is the one day I allow myself to sleep in. The chores can wait. There is no running late to work/school. And today the birds are singing, the sun is shining, and I’m in the mood to spoil my family with one of our favorite morning dishes: cheesy biscuits and eggs.

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