Ox Tail Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta

This ragu is rich and meaty, perfect for a cold winter day (or a rainy spring afternoon… or a warm summer night… lets be honest, this stuff is good anytime all the time).  Not only is this good with pasta, it is excellent served with polenta or risotto. Photography by Sophie Marie Creative Ingredients 2…

Alfredo with Fresh Fettuccine Noodles

Decadent; the only word that appropriately describes a piping hot bowl of fettuccine alfredo.  The sauce is creamy dreamy and perfectly coats the chewy, al dente noodles.  Don’t expect to have leftovers when you make this.  Warning: a pillow and warm blanket will be needed after indulging in this naughty bowl of deliciousness. Photography by…

Fresh Pasta

If you are in the mood to get a little creative in the kitchen but you don’t want to make something too challenging, I highly recommend this recipe.  The dough is fun to make, yes it is a little time consuming, but it is so worth it.  Ladies, make this for your man and thank…

Drunken Mussels with Spicy Chorizo Broth

Seafood can be intimidating, not to mention expensive.  Fortunately, mussels are extremely inexpensive and beyond simple to prepare.  The broth for these mussels is so flavorful.  Pro tip: after you devour your mussels, you will be left with extra broth.  Add in the rest of your seafood stock (see, we’re using leftovers, if that doesn’t…

Rosemary and Roasted Garlic Olive Oil Bread

There is no smell more intoxicating than a big head of garlic roasting away in the oven. Okay, I lied, there is no smell more intoxicating than a big crusty loaf of bread loaded with fresh roasted garlic fresh out of the oven. It seems that baking scares many people. I am not a baker…

Roasted Chicken with Mediterranean Couscous Salad

If we’re being honest, I almost went to Kroger and picked up a rotisserie chicken to call my own because I didn’t want to spend forever making a chicken.  But alas, I bucked up and roasted my own chicken, and ya know what?  It was super easy and definitely worth it.  The prep takes less…

Crispy Black Truffle French Fries with Lemon Basil Aioli

There is nothing like the classic french fry.  Simple and delicious.  Leave it to me to complicate it by adding truffles and dipping it in aioli.  Simple is good, but extra is better.  The truffle adds this delicious earthiness to the fry and aioli is its perfect lemony companion.  The aioli would be delicious slathered…

Churros with Spicy Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Close your eyes, now imagine yourself walking through the streets of Barcelona with your incredibly attractive Spanish man.  He takes you to a local cafe and orders for you.  What does he order?  Beautiful, cinnamon-y, sugary, sticks of goodness that you dunk into a piping hot bowl of spicy melted chocolate.  Not too spicy, just…

Guac and Pico with Zesty Lime Chips

Chipotle is my liiiiiiiiiife.  But, I have to say, my guac is better than theirs (and I don’t charge extra for it).  What better vehicle to shovel yummy guac in your face than homemade chips?  The pico adds a nice freshness to the rich guac and chips.  The only thing that would make this better…

Oatmeal Cream Pies

These little cream filled sandwiches of heaven don’t even come close to comparing to the Little Debbie’s you grew up on.  The creamy, buttery filling oozes out onto your fingers when you take a bite, leaving little bits of cream for you to eat later.  It truly is the cookie that keeps on giving.  Leave…

Grilled Filet and Lobster Tail Surf and Turf

Sometimes, you just have to get a little fancy shmancy.  What better way to indulge and impress your guests than with a beautiful surf and turf meal?  Cook your filet however your heart desires, just know, medium rare is the only accepted and legal way to eat your steak so don’t blame me when you…

Oatmeal Cookies

With this recipe, I promise you will never be deceived into thinking you’re eating chocolate chips, when in actuality you’ve shoved your faced full of shriveled up grapes (unless of course, you decide to add in raisins, then more power to you).  These cookies make me feel warm and fuzzy.  Crisp edges with a chewy,…