SF Style Cioppino


I love to make this SF Style Cioppino recipe this time of year.  We always have family over during the holidays and this is the perfect meal that is elegant in presentation, easy to prepare, light, healthy and oh’ so delicious!

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Roasted Garlic Shrimp



Roasted Garlic Shrimp is one of my favorite appetizers to make for a dinner party. So quick to prepare at home or easy enough to transport to a friend’s house. My version was inspired by an Ina Garten recipe, with a few of my own additions. Make them and watch them disappear!

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Weeknight Shrimp Marinara


Sometimes quick and easy meals are still elegant in presentation, this Weeknight Shrimp Marinara is a perfect example.  It is a great weeknight meal that is light and healthy with a few secret ingredients.  You can also call this a “Fra Diavlo” or spicy red sauce.  I don’t make it too spicy because although I love a little heat, I don’t love to the point that the kids complain….it’s a fine line, you know what I mean?  I put my own spin on this pasta dish by adding in fresh spinach that I had on hand…great way to sneak it in before the kids even knew it! I also used gluten free pasta and I honestly don’t think anyone could even tell the difference.  The whole meal was done and on the table  in 30 minutes and the whole family loved it! Continue reading →

Seared Salmon


I chose my Seared Salmon recipe to be my first recipe post because it’s a perfect example of everyday elegance at home.  When you use a cast iron pan to sear it, you get a beautiful crust on top which makes for a beautiful presentation.  The result is a slight crunch with a moist, juicy filet of salmon underneath.  Once you master searing a piece of salmon, you can top it with a pesto, a salsa or just a squeeze of fresh lemon (the way I like it best)!  There are so many options to change it up.  I love cooking it because my whole family loves it, it’s so healthy and I don’t get any push back from the peanut gallery.  Peanut Gallery, you know who you are. Continue reading →