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

baked coconut chicken with mango salsa

Last week, I went to Bahama Breeze with a friend because I found out they had piña coladas for $5 and half priced apps at happy hour—which, according to experts, is a great way to spend a weeknight. Need I say more? It reminded me of a trip I took a few months ago to Turks and Caicos. (Alright, a restaurant with a view of … Continue reading baked coconut chicken with mango salsa

big, bold, bacon blue cheese burgers

I’ve probably said this before—I am not a burger fan. But I’ll admit, nothing says “summertime” like burgers on the grill. Another thing I’ll admit—I don’t use the grill all that often. However, I do have an amazing Calphalon grill pan for which I would probably sell my own soul. With that said, I do like to occasionally experiment with burgers (usually sliders, but I … Continue reading big, bold, bacon blue cheese burgers

caprese sandwich with homemade basil-walnut pesto

New Jersey has this bad habit of getting excessively warm and then cooling down again. It’s like Mother Nature can’t decide whether or not she wants the AC on. For the past few weeks, temperatures have been anywhere from a warm 80 to a cool 55 (today happens to be 90, but don’t worry, it will be in the 60s again by the weekend). Anyway, … Continue reading caprese sandwich with homemade basil-walnut pesto

grilled salmon topped with garlic spinach & Asiago

One of my all-time favorite dishes is fish and chips. There’s nothing like munching on beer-battered cod dipped in tartar sauce while sitting out at a beach bar overlooking the ocean. Luckily, that’s life when you’re at the beach, which is where I happen to spend every summer. But during this time of year, it’s hard to get that fish and chips fix, and even … Continue reading grilled salmon topped with garlic spinach & Asiago

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