Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs


Yesterday my sweet, loveable, boisterous co-worker Debbie sat uncharacteristically pouty in her swivel chair starring over her enormous desk at me with dark and slightly sadden eyes, and relayed to me the source of her despair. Their family dinner out had been somewhat disappointing. She had ordered Applebee’s Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs for dinner and had expected to bite into delicious moist morsels of meatball perfection and…

Saffron Basmati Rice, Curried Potatoes and Chickpeas


There is no rice cooker in my kitchen nor will you find a box of Minute Rice or Uncle Ben’s in my pantry. You will however find an oversized bag of aged Basmati, brown Basmati, Jasmine, Sushi, and wild rice. The brown basmati is for recipes other than Indian as no true Indian dish would include…

Lemongrass Chicken Lettuce Wraps


What could be better than a warm fire, a tantalizing glass of wine, and a full stomach? Absolutely nothing, especially if I’m sharing it all with you. Yogurt Marinated Lemongrass Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Toasted Black Sesame Seed Sushi Rice   Yogurt Marinated Lemongrass Chicken: 2-4 chicken breast 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt 2 tablespoons chopped…

Caprese Crostini with Bella Gusta Balsamic


Just before the Winter Solstice Amy and I made our way out to West Hartford to check out Penzey’s, the most awesome spice store I’ve ever been in! Our fabulous friends Patti and Ana recommended we check it out and I’m so glad we did. After  buying nearly one of every spice and dried chili on the shelf…

Oven Roasted Buffalo Chicken


I love snow, like giddy little girl love the snow. I enjoy the colder weather. Perhaps it’s extremely odd considering I spent the first 24 years of my life in Texas where it’s rarely below 65 degrees. But it is true that the tiniest amount of flurries excites me. I just can’t help myself. But…

Chicken Pho


  Pho Ga, Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup Saturday morning Amy woke up with a “slightly scratchy throat but I’m fine” statement. She is the type who never gets sick and must be near to death before admitting she doesn’t feel well. I however know better. It is a game of wait for it, wait for it….