Shrimp and Veggie “Fried” Quinoa Recipe

During the work week I try to make quick and easy meals that take less than 30 minutes or so to prepare. Between the commute home, errands, workouts, etc it makes it hard to make elaborate meals. But, this doesn’t mean I like to sacrifice flavor or creativity either. I’m not someone who is pleased to live on grilled chicken and vegetables every night. I need to spice my weekly menus up.


A Bachelorette Cape May Winery Expedition with Tastings and Tours

A few weekends ago a whole group of my college girlfriends, along with some new friends, headed down to Cape May for a bachelorette party. We had rented a beautiful, and highly recommended, shore house from VRBO (If you have not used VRBO for a vacation rental…you should look into it, it’s a great service. Also, here is the link to the gorgeous rental we stayed in: ).


Lingua e Sapori: Dinner Lessons on Food, Language, & Culture

Reviews, The Dish | March 20, 2014 | By

I will become a broken record about this in my posts but, I love Italy. I think their love affair with food culture closely mirrors my own so maybe that is why I always want to feel so closely linked.


Cookie Butter Bruschetta Recipe

Desserts, Recipes | March 18, 2014 | By

I recently found my latest snack craze, compliments to Trader Joes. I am a regular at their grocery store and I am constantly picking up new things to try whether it is an interesting seasonal vegetable, a new cracker flavor that looks appealing, or one of their WAY too many candy and cookie selections. I had heard through the foodie grapevine that Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joes was a must try item. After trying not to give in to the temptation for months  I finally caved. It wasn’t the original Speculoos Cookie Butter flavor that trapped me…it was the Speculoos Cookie and Cocoa Swirl.


Event Alert: 2014 Montclair Food and Wine Festival

The Dish | March 14, 2014 | By

The Montclair Food and Wine Festival is returning for its third annual event this May to celebrate  local food culture.


Cambridge Wines- An Interview with Sommelier James Ricciardi

As a resident of Morristown, NJ and a frequent wine drinker I know that there is a bodega or merchant that sells wine just a hop, skip and a jump away from any given point in town. This is very convenient and great for a quick pick up when I have a sudden hankering for a cabernet.  The only problem is that almost none of the shops offer a knowledgeable and dedicated staff that will help pick your wine selection. As I have mentioned in past posts I am on the quest for wine knowledge this year and understanding my purchases is just a small step in the right direction. I also love to bring wine as hostess gifts or special occasion presents. I wouldn’t want to present any old bottle as my gift so this is why I would love an expert to help pick out my special selection.


12 Islands Greek Taverna…It’s all Greek to Me

Reviews | March 10, 2014 | By

I  live in an area of North Jersey where you can get Italian or Asian food on every corner. Restaurants are a plenty however; there are a few cuisines that are not properly represented….Greek for example.


Corned Beef Stuffed Cabbage Recipe- A Twist on a St. Patty’s Day Classic

Its St. Patrick’s Day season! I can honestly say I don’t cook Irish style dishes too often in my house. But once a year I feel it is a MUST to have the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage. The only thing wrong with this dish is, it’s a little boring.  I started to think how I could liven this dish up and still keep all the traditional components. And then I had an epiphany! I had been craving my great grandmother’s recipe for stuffed cabbage. It’s a traditional Polish dish that my family has passed down and it has become more of a special occasion meal. I thought… what if I swapped out the usual ground beef filling for corned beef and changed the usual tomato sauce to a vegetable stock?


Antipasto Hummus Party Dip Recipe

I’m always on the lookout for inventive things to make for dinner parties and gatherings. While I always have my signature dishes, I do like to change it up a bit. I have a boyfriend that is equally as enthusiastic as I am about Italian food. The difference is that he would be perfectly content eating a simple caprese salad and maybe a little prosciutto until the end of his days. Me…I like variety. So for his recent birthday celebration I decided I would give him some of his favorites but in a different format.