Banoffee Pie with Toffee & Sea Salt Crumble

If you’re looking for a special occasion pie – your search is over. And in case you were wondering… I consider Friday night to be a special occasion… Ahhhh! With luscious layers of banana-studded whipped cream and gooey homemade toffee that is punctuated by a buttery graham cracker crust and a toffee & sea salt crumble, this dessert will help make any night a night to remember ....more

Spicy Sausage & Egg Sandwich with Steakhouse Onion Aged Cheddar & Crispy Potatoes

They say a picture is worth a thousand words…or just one word…as long as it’s the right word. Okay, so I made up the last part, but it makes sense to me. And that word is: delectable ....more

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Blackberries & Pine Nuts

I can honestly say that I once met an avocado that I didn’t like. Actually, it was all of them…What was I thinking? When avocado first hit the streets, I didn’t go anywhere near it. I ....more

Italian Anise Cookies

So, your friend is coming over for a coffee talk. And though it won’t be the softest cookie you’ve ever made her, I promise she’ll feel spoiled by its intoxicating aroma and delectable flavor. It could go down something like this…a demitasse of cherry espresso or a delicate cup of chai tea (which my daughter recently informed me is like saying tea tea…and if you’ve been following along then you know this is exactly the kind of thing that will crack me up…and it did…but I digress…), a sweet nosh in the form of these Italian Anise Cookies, perhaps a little Vince Guaraldi quietly playing in the background and a French vanilla candle to serve as your centerpiece ....more

Buttery Marble Pound Cake with Sweet Strawberry Whipped Cream

I get by with a little help from my friends (thank you, Beatles)…and today that friend is Williams-Sonoma. I’m taking a page from Sandra Lee. Do you remember her show on the Food Network? ...more

Meatball Pizza with Garlic Oil & Crushed Red Pepper

If his back were against the wall, my hubby would probably tell you that pizza is the world’s most perfect food. This guy loves his pizza, and for that, he’s getting the best pizza I can produce in my quest toward a birthday that’s as fun as it can be without the kids being home. This pizza better be good ....more

Happy Anniversary Ciao Chow Bambina!

I don’t normally post on Sunday but today is a very special day! We’re celebrating Ciao Chow Bambina’s two year anniversary and I couldn’t be more excited! I’d like to say that it’s hard for me to choose the aspect of this adventure that is my favorite but it’s really not difficult at all… My favorite part? ...more

Crispy Wedge Salad with Greek Yogurt Creamy Blue & Maple Bacon

This salad is crunchy yet creamy, sweet yet spicy… I promise you, your tastebuds will thank you for days! There was a sale on cherry tomatoes. Two pints for a fair price ....more

Mozzarella-Filled Cherry Tomatoes with Balsamic Glaze

This fun appetizer can be on the table in no time (unless your kids are anything like mine in which case it will never make it to the table…) Read on! A few Christmases ago I prepared a few dishes that were outside the scope of our traditional meal....more

Mixed Berry Spoon Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Because adding fruit to my wine was so much fun, I decided to add fruit to my cake too. I don’t eat enough cake. I need more cake in my life ....more