How to Make Delicious Chicken Meatballs

Chicken Meatballs

One of the great joys in life has got to be meatballs.   Wonderfully seasoned balls of meats, pan fried to give them a little bit of crunchiness to the exterior then simmered for hours in tomato sauce to keep them plump, juicy and delightfully delicious. For almost 20 years now I've been making Turkey and Chicken Meatballs and have enjoyed them … [Read more...]

Garlic Shrimp and Supergreens with Pasta

Shrimp with Super greens over pasta

I love the simplicity of pasta dishes, creating a topping in the saute pan and tossing it with perfectly cooked pasta. Just the words Garlic Shrimp start the juices flowing, and trust me this simple and delicious dish did not disappoint. I've switched over to Gluten-Free pasta (Barilla has been my GF pasta of choice) but Lisa still prefers … [Read more...]

Lobster Fra Diavolo Bianco – Inside My Restaurant Kitchen

cold water lobster meat

One of the greats joys of life is eating out, and lobster has always been at the top of most everyones list as that dish they save for those special occasions with family and friends at their favorite restaurants.  But with my Lobster Fra Diavolo recipe you don't have to wait for those special occasions at your favorite restaurant, you can make it … [Read more...]

Fettuccine Alfredo – An Italian Classic

Fettuccine Alfredo

When you mention Fettuccine Alfredo you get a variety of responses.  You can immediately see some people diving face first into the memory, savoring the moment they last tasted the delightful flavors of that classic Italian dish.....sigh Then again you get the others that think of all the ways to make the dish less fattening by sucking all the … [Read more...]

How to Make Caponata – Around the Kitchen Table

with caponata

One of the best things about summer are all the fresh local vegetables available in the markets, and finding delicious ways to use them is always high on my list.  And one of my favorite summertime or for that matter anytime dish is a very simple Italian Classic, Caponata. You can find as many different Caponata recipes as you can find Italian … [Read more...]

How to Make Pesto Three Ways – Around the Kitchen Table

spaghetti alla Pesto Genovese

To me fresh basil and classical Pesto Genovese will always mean summer, the aroma of fresh basil always transports me to a warm and sunnier climate no matter what time of year it is.   For me basil is a state of mind, a calming herb.  But it's also has been touted as an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and helpful in improving your cardiovascular … [Read more...]

How to make Clams and Spaghetti – Around the Kitchen Table

Clams and Spaghetti 4

One of the easiest Restaurant Style Meals you'll ever make is Clams with Spaghetti! Clams and Spaghetti are one of traditional Italian dishes that you'll find served in the finest Italian restaurant around the world.    And of course the price will reflect its popularity.   What these restaurants don't want you to know is just how easy they are … [Read more...]

Chicken and Shrimp Toscano

chicken shrimp toscano 3

During my restaurant days I loved the saute station, blending ingredients together, finding the right balance, getting the sauce just right and providing my guests with a good value and a delicious meal. One of the ways I used to keep costs down was to mix chicken and shrimp together.  My guest still got the splurge of plump juicy gulf shrimp, … [Read more...]

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese and Hello from Florida!

buffalo chicken mac and cheese 3

For those of you that don't know, I moved to Kissimmee Florida at the end of October.   And for those that didn't know last year was one of the worst years of my life.   I battled my work related injuries, that Doctors told me couldn't be fixed, constant pain and a bout of depression that came as the result of those injuries and the fact that I … [Read more...]

Pasta alla Caponata

pasta topped with caponata

I  make no secret of the fact that I do love pasta!  Through all of my years as a chef my specialties have always been Italian Style Dishes, many containing pasta as an integral part of the dish. But with all of the world dishes I've created and served, its always the simplest dishes that make me the happiest.  Pasta tossed with freshly made … [Read more...]