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Holiday Party

December 25, 2011


I love throwing parties, especially themed ones.  Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and we usually throw a holiday party at our house to celebrate.  This year was also special becuase it was James’ 30th Birthday Party.  James made me promise to keep the menu simple, which I did, but you […]

My Super Easy Chicken Marsala

September 26, 2011


I had chicken breast, I had mushrooms, so I made chicken marsala- super quick, super tasty, super easy.   I didnt have marsala wine so I substituted with some sherry and it did the trick.  This is a rich tasting dish that can impress for any dinner party, but is easy enough to make for a […]

Sunday Dinner: Butternut Squash and Pancetta Risotto

September 18, 2011


With the cooler fall weather settling in this weekend I was inspired to make a fall like Sunday dinner.  I have been trying to perfect my butternut squash and pancetta risotto and I think I got pretty close this week.  In the past, I have tried Barefoot Contessa’s method of roasting the squash in the […]

Summer Kitchen Clambake!

July 20, 2011


I love kicking off summer with a kitchen clambake.  It’s called a kitchen clambake because you dont need the beach, just throw everything in one big pot and let the stove do the work for you while you sip some Vodka Arnold Palmers.  I had just as much fun decorating for the party as I […]

Summer Solstice Picnic

June 21, 2011


Since it is the first day of summer, we couldnt think of any other better way to spend than picnicking at our favorite park- Natirar Park in Peapack, NJ.  Prepping this picnic is super quick since I threw it all together right when I got home and we were out the door within the hour.  […]

Homemade Pappardelle Pasta for Papa

June 19, 2011


Since today was a special day (Father’s Day), it called for a special meal.  I love making homemade pasta.  It is easy to make, just requires some time.  This dish was inspired by one of my all time favorite dishes I have ever had in Italy.  This past fall we visited Siena for the day […]

Penne a la Vodka per il giorno della Mamma

May 8, 2011


Today we celebrated Mother’s Day at our house.  I was in charge of making the pasta.  I made Penne a la Vodka and was requested to put some peas and prosciutto in it to make it a little more fancy.  I normally don’t like adding peas to my vodka sauce, but gave it a try.  […]