Quick and Easy Appetizer: Hot Pepper Dipping Sauce

My brother-in-law, David, makes the best hot pepper dipping sauce.  I look forward to it at every family gathering that he and my sister-in-law, Tammie, host.  If you like some heat in your dips, you’ll love this recipe.  After all, what’s not to love about banana peppers and garlic topped with Romano and Parmesan cheese?  Thank you David for sharing one of your recipes with us! ...more

5 Tips for Disney Family Vacation

Who hasn't thought about and planned the Family Trip to Disney? When I was in college I had the great privilege of participating in the Walt Disney World College Program.  Specifically, I was a cast member on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom.  It was one of the greatest experiences of my life....more

Outside the Kitchen: Conscious UnCoupling

I felt compelled to write my first post about my profession as a family law attorney yesterday morning as I watched Good Morning America.   There I was watching my favorite morning show discussing the very essence of what I do on a daily basis.  Most importantly, Robin, Josh, Lara, and Amy were talking about the very essence of what I believe in my core;  the possibility of amicable dissolution of a marriage for the best interests of the children....more

Vegetable Lasagna

This vegetable lasagna is hearty and satisfying when you’re trying to bypass meat in your Mediterranean diet.   It’s full of veggies like zucchini, squash, red bell peppers, and mushrooms and still pays homage to the melted cheeses we love in traditional lasagna.  My whole family loves this recipe and it’s a great way to get my little ones to eat their vegetables!!...more

Dinner Tonight: Pale Ale and Citrus Chicken Breasts

As a result of being trapped by snow and ice this winter, I have been craving the flavors of summer! In particular, I love a good beer can chicken recipe on the grill. As a result, I thought I’d make a run at a winter/indoor version using my favorite Pale Ale; Burning River Pale Ale from the Great Lakes Brewing Company. One bite of the finished product and my husband told me this was the BEST chicken he has ever had in his life! Now, it may have been a combo of him really loving this dish and trying to butter me up, but I know it was a great recipe nonetheless! This chicken turned out flavorful and juicy and had a gorgeous golden hue. It was a winning recipe at our house, especially paired with my Oven-Roasted New Potatoes, which I baked separately and then added for the last few minutes. Of course, be sure to pair this recipe with a pint of Burning River!...more

Blood Orange Kissed Sea Scallops over Champagne Risotto

This is my idea of the perfect Date Night dinner for your sweetheart.  It’s truly a special treat and requires a bit more effort in the preparation than your everyday meal.  It’s very romantic in color, smell and taste with champagne and blood oranges topping the list of ingredients.  ...more

Italian Wedding Soup

There’s nothing like freezing cold temps to make us fill our tummies with warm, flavorful, filling soups!!  I whipped up two pots of this soup for my family and some dear friends of ours this week.  It really hit the spot. Best of all, if you make the meatballs in advance, you can whip it up in 20 minutes!!  You heard me…20 minutes!!!  I know, it’s not traditional insofar as I’m using spinach and not escarole, but we’re trying to feed the family here!!! In my experience, kids are more inclined to try the soft spinach than tough greens.  By the way, this meatball recipe is the best in a pinch.  It’s loaded with flavor and doesn’t require any mincing or chopping at all! ...more

Surf and Turf (Crab Cakes, Filet Mignon, & Roasted Brussels Sprouts)

If you’re looking to wow your guests over the weekend, this Surf and Turf recipe will certainly do the trick. This recipe features simple, yet flavorful crab cakes that can be prepped ahead of time as well as tender filet mingon steaks and roasted Brussesl sprouts. I made this dish last weekend for my Mom’s birthday dinner and it was a huge hit.  Most importantly, it featured all of my Mom’s favorites and she really enjoyed it.  I loved that I could prep the crab cakes early in the morning and bring the whole meal together in about 40 minutes! ...more