The Savvy Kitchen

Welcome! My name is Amy and I'm so thrilled that you're here visiting my blog. Cooking is my hobby and I love sharing my favorite recipes with you all. My goal is to have The Savvy Kitchen be an outlet for all the new recipes I want to try and also a compilation of all my family's favorite dishes!

To keep up with all the different diet restrictions of my family and friends, I specialize in making recipes low-carb, low calorie and gluten-free. Most of the recipes you find on here will meet that criteria. I also have a new feature called "Tiny Tot Tuesdays" where I show all the recipes I make for my son, Bradley!
I have a faithful taste test system that includes my Italian parents (and their amazing palates), three brothers (and their significant others), and a husband whose appetite is a wish come true for a girl who loves to cook! I am by no means a professional, but cooking is something I'm passionate about and with their (sometimes painful) reviews, I will only post the best recipes that I'd be proud to have you try. My mom is the best cook I know and I hope to be as good as her one day, so hopefully this blog will allow me to share that journey with you. She was my first teacher, and between her and the Food Network, I'm quickly teaching myself how to be a great cook.

To me, the kitchen is easily the most important room in a house. Growing up with a large Italian family, everyone would always congregate in the kitchen and that still remains true in the house that my husband and I own today. Although my "savvy kitchen" may not be the biggest and greatest, I have made it so that it is very functional, amazingly organized, and always filled with cheer, laughter and great food.

I am currently living in Northern Virginia just outside the DC area. On September 19, 2013, my husband, Chris, and I welcomed our precious baby boy, Bradley Christopher, into our lives. These days I spend most of my time with him, but I also enjoy running, reading, spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, and hanging out with amazing husband. 

Thanks for supporting me and I hope to share recipes with you that will make your plates a little tastier and your love of cooking a little stronger! I hope you will continue checking back to see what has been going on in The Savvy Kitchen!

Quick and Easy Corn Casserole

Need a last minute, quick side dish idea for tomorrow's festivities? This Corn Casserole is a cinch to pull together and will have everyone coming back for seconds. And you only need five ingredients, so a last minute trip to the grocery store won't be too overwhelming! ...more

Thanksgiving Round-Up: 30 Recipes for Turkey Day

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving on Thursday with family and friends! I know most of us will be busy planning our menu this week, so I've pulled together 30 of my favorite Thanksgiving-inspired recipes for you to make things a little easier for you. Enjoy!! ...more

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Blue Cheese (Gluten-Free)

My Dad hardly eats any greens. I mean he's your standard definition of a guy's guy. Meat and potatoes are right up his alley, as well as beer and cheese ....more

Pear Granola Quick Bread with a Cinnamon Glaze

Quick bread is hassle-free and requires little clean-up. This particular version is best served on a cool fall day with a steaming cup of coffee. It's perfectly moist and not overly sweet, making it a perfect morning snack ....more

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Can I just tell you how excited I was to see so many Thanksgiving recipes on Jenna's site,...more

Split Pea and Ham Soup (Gluten-Free)

I've always been highly obsessed with my mom's pea soup and I finally got the recipe! It's thick, hearty and an ideal meal on a chilly fall evening. It's an easy one-pot dinner that's very filling so there's no need to make any extra sides since you get your fair share of veggies and meat ....more

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

It's officially feeling like fall so I proclaim it to be slow cooker season! Easy meals that warm your house AND your belly can't be denied this time of year, right? So break out those crockpots and get to (slow) cookin'! ...more

Ground Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats (Gluten-Free)

I love sneaking healthy veggie-packed meals into my family's dinner rotation as often as I can. Making the meal extremely flavorful and adding a few ingredients that they already like really helps make that task a lot easier. Not that they complain--both Chris and Bradley eat pretty much everything I give them ....more

Taco Mac and Cheese

So what's almost everyone's favorite comfort food? Mac and cheese, right? Imagine that thick and creamy, cheesy mixture mixed with another dinner staple: tacos! ...more

Easy Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

I find myself cooking with chicken a lot because both Chris and Bradley really enjoy it. Actually, there isn't much that my two boys don't like, but since chicken is easy to make and is always on sale, it's one of my go-to's. I guess I'm pretty lucky that I don't have picky eaters on my hands, especially since our menu is different every.single.night ....more