Aunt Josie’s Ricotta Gnocchi

This is a very easy recipe from my Aunt Josie, that uses ricotta cheese instead of potatoes. This makes the gnocchi lighter than the traditional, so the pasta feels almost like little clouds under your floured fingers, as you roll it out. I taught Anne and Denise (nee Joffre) how to make this recently atContinue reading “Aunt Josie’s Ricotta Gnocchi”

Apple Pecan Cake

I first made this cake for my son Christopher on his second birthday and, I must say, it’s a keeper. It’s from The New York Times Magazine, October 8th, 1989 and is redolent of the flavors and tastes of Fall. It really isn’t a very hard recipe (as my sister Kelley notes: “So says FoodieContinue reading “Apple Pecan Cake”

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Maple Cookies

I recently made these cookies, from the Lenox Bakery recipe (viarunamokmaple.com) and found them quite delicious, full of maple and autumn flavors. The original recipe was titled Monster Maple Cookies and were made with sugar eyeballs (I found at Winn Dixie), however, I put a toasted pecan atop one of them and that was AutumnContinue reading “Melt-in-Your-Mouth Maple Cookies”

The Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

I’ve had this Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup recipe from Cooking Light magazine for years (actually October 1996) and it’s my absolute favorite. It’s different than a typical Chicken Soup Recipe, as it uses leftover chicken instead of starting with a raw chicken to make a broth. This makes it the ideal way to use upContinue reading “The Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe”

Mango Almond Overnight Oats

The appeal of these Mango Almond Overnight Oats is they are made ahead, stuck in the fridge and ready to eat for breakfast the next morning. They are also a portable breakfast to take on-the-go, making them perfect for busy people who want to eat healthy. Mason jars with a top make the perfect containerContinue reading “Mango Almond Overnight Oats”

Passionfruit Martini

I drank my first Passionfruit Martini at Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill on the big island of Hawaii. It was rimmed with an orange-colored, slightly sour and sweet powder. I’d never tasted anything like it and couldn’t figure out what it was, but it gave the cocktail a unique flavor. What is it? I asked theContinue reading “Passionfruit Martini”

Amazing Turkey Burger

So I had the most delicious Turkey Burger at True Food Kitchen in Miami recently. I would not normally describe Turkey burgers as delicious, as they tend to be tasteless and dried out. But, calorie-wise, turkey burgers offer big savings over the beef versions. When comparing the frozen Bubba Burgers (410 calories) to Trader Joe’sContinue reading “Amazing Turkey Burger”

Mom’s Baked Beans

To say this is a Family Favorite is an understatement. It has made an appearance at every Fourth of July Party and other Barbeque at my parent’s house and then, at their children’s homes as well. It’s a very easy recipe. If you can open a can of beans, chop and stir, you can makeContinue reading “Mom’s Baked Beans”

The Jennifer Aniston Salad

This is the salad, that according to legend Courtney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) and Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) ate on the set of Friends EVERY DAY for 10 years straight! As the story goes, Aniston invented it and they all enjoyed it. I tried this Mediterranean– inspired salad the other day; it was delicious andContinue reading “The Jennifer Aniston Salad”