antipasto bites

The best part about being Italian? The food. I was born to love everything Italian; from eggplant parm to any type of pasta you could possibly think of, there is nothing like the flavor of a delicious Italian meal. These bite-sized apps imitate a classic antipasto: hot peppers, artichoke hearts, provolone and more, all stuffed inside a crispy genoa salami cup. With a super easy … Continue reading antipasto bites

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

Nutella chocolate chip cookies

I’m going to let you in on a secret: this might be the easiest way to spice up a chocolate chip cookie you’ll ever see. The keys to this amazing recipe? A package of Toll House chocolate chips and one cup of Nutella. Truth is, I was craving chocolate chip cookies but wanted to stray away from the standard. First, I needed a great chocolate … Continue reading Nutella chocolate chip cookies

beer-infused bacon macaroni and cheese

Warm, creamy and delicious – nothing reminds me of my childhood like a bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese. A word of advice: don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re too old to enjoy mac and cheese; you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. However, one thing I will say as I’ve gotten older is that my expanding palate has led me … Continue reading beer-infused bacon macaroni and cheese

cherry almond coconut bark

Nothing against Godiva or Russell Stover, but this year, I decided to make my own Valentine’s Day chocolate. It could be because I don’t anticipate anyone bringing me any, but I’d like to think there is no better feeling than enjoying my own recipe. I browsed through Pinterest to find the perfect dessert that wouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to put together, but the … Continue reading cherry almond coconut bark