Spicy Soppressata Pizza

When I was in college, I worked in a pizza place—there is one every 500 feet in New Jersey. However, this wasn’t any kind of pizza place. It was actually an artisan, wood-fired pizza place. A high, high step above Pizza Hut (no offense, Pizza Hut). My boss went to Culinary Institute of America, and it was from watching these pizzas made every day that … Continue reading Spicy Soppressata Pizza

chocolate candy bar pretzels

These three-ingredient pretzels are the perfect sweet treat when you’re looking for a simple dessert. Get the recipe below!   Ingredients: 12-15 ounces dark chocolate 12-15 large, salted pretzels 4 cups crushed candy bars Directions: Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Dip pretzels in chocolate, then dip in crushed candy. Set on tin foil and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Optional: spray tin foil lightly … Continue reading chocolate candy bar pretzels

jalapeño crab poppers

Labor Day Weekend truly is the Sunday of the summer season. It’s always hard to say goodbye to endless beach days, barbecues and that one pair of Old Navy flip flops that has seen more adventure this summer than a pair of shoes could imagine, but there is so much excitement that awaits in the fall. For this year’s Labor Day barbecue, I wanted to … Continue reading jalapeño crab poppers

honey garlic Parmesan wings

Right now, my alma mater (Seton Hall University) is about to make a go in the NCAA Tournament, and this weekend, they competed in the Big East Tournament (and suffered a tear-jerking loss to Villanova). Anyway, game days call for game day apps, and my sister gave me the idea to try my hand at some honey garlic Parmesan wings. Sweet honey pairs well with salty soy … Continue reading honey garlic Parmesan wings

Tex-Mex chicken salad with Greek yogurt & cilantro dressing

Taco Tuesday can’t really be a thing when you’re trying your hardest to eat healthy. Of course, that’s not to say there aren’t any healthy taco options out there, but they often “claim” to be healthy, yet come with some sort of tangy mayonnaise-based dressing and fried meat that, while delicious, knocks the fat and calorie counts right back up to where you don’t want … Continue reading Tex-Mex chicken salad with Greek yogurt & cilantro dressing

oven-baked ribs with cherry cola barbecue sauce

Now that it’s officially grilling season, it seemed only necessary to kick it off with some juicy, succulent ribs. I am an amateur when it comes to ribs; I definitely had to do some digging to figure out the perfect way to cook them. But since ribs are one of my favorite foods (do I say that about everything?), it was well worth the research. … Continue reading oven-baked ribs with cherry cola barbecue sauce

stuffed mushrooms

I have always had something against mushrooms. Something about their flavor, or maybe their texture, never sat right with me. When I was young, I would avoid mushrooms at all costs. To this day, it’s one of the last toppings I would ever consider putting on my pizza (they are still ahead of anchovies). But stuffed mushrooms are an exception. The mushroom becomes a complementary … Continue reading stuffed mushrooms