Simple Penne Alla Vodka

For some reason, New Jersey’s March weather has been much worse than February. We’ve gotten hit with snowstorm after snowstorm, and to me, it calls for one thing—comfort food. I’ve probably shared my love for pasta more times than necessary, but I love this recipe because most people don’t realize how easy it is to make delicious vodka sauce. Whenever I make vodka sauce, I … Continue reading Simple Penne Alla Vodka

Sweet Chili Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Growing up on the coast, seafood has always been a huge part of my diet. I’ve had a vacation home near the beach (down the shore, as we NJ natives call it) since I was young, and if I’m there, I’m digging into a crab cake sandwich or an order of oysters Rockefeller for any and all meals. Shrimp are such a versatile seafood. Grilled, … Continue reading Sweet Chili Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

fettuccine in roasted red pepper cream sauce

Healthy eating in the new year is always a good thing—but it doesn’t have to be everything. It’s important to still allow yourself to indulge in your favorites. Otherwise, you’re starting off the year living miserably (because honestly, who is happy with salads every day of the week) and not treating yourself; that’s the perfect way to ruin your diet. I splurge on pasta. While … Continue reading fettuccine in roasted red pepper cream sauce

Chipotle cheddar macaroni and cheese

Mac & cheese has always been my favorite food. I remember feeling so empowered when I was little, whenever my mom would let me take the reins and stir the powdered cheese sauce into the perfectly cooked Kraft noodles. Yes, it’s pretty easy to make boxed mac & cheese, but when you’re young, cooking anything alone is an accomplishment. I’ve upped my cooking game a … Continue reading Chipotle cheddar macaroni and cheese

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