Open-Faced, Crispy-Fried Meatloaf Patty Sandwich, As Beautifully Vulnerable As An Open Soul

Open-Faced, Crispy-Fried Meatloaf Patty Sandwich, As Beautifully Vulnerable As An Open Soul post image

There's a delectable allure to an open-faced sandwich, don't you think? It rests on the plate, there in its full glory, proudly showcasing the mouthwatering ingredients that it is comprised of; and in the case of a soul-comforting, open-faced meatloaf sandwich, those enticing morsels are the thick, crusty bread that the fluffy and creamy mashed potatoes are piled on top of, with the crowing jewel being the succulent and juicy, crispy-fried meatloaf patty that has been glossed with a flowing little river of gravy and a ... {more please!}

Fettucini in Sausage Bolognese, And The Importance Of Being Both A Hungry Guest & A Good Host

Fettucini in Sausage Bolognese, And The Importance Of Being Both A Hungry Guest & A Good Host post image

We human beings are walking vessels of constant reception. We receive visuals of the extraordinary world around us with the wonderfully colorful eyes we've been given; we receive the various sounds of the spaces that surround us with the sometimes-funny-looking and shapely ears we have attached to the sides of our heads; we receive fragrantly sweet, fresh, pungent or even repelling scents with our uniquely sculpted noses, and we receive the sensation of the feel of our world through touch, with our skin. And of course, ... {more please!}

Spicy & Crispy Chicken Caesar Club, For When I Want My Fast Food Slowed Down A Bit

Spicy & Crispy Chicken Caesar Club, For When I Want My Fast Food Slowed Down A Bit post image

Even though as a personal chef and recipe developer I predominantly rely on whole foods and healthful ingredients when preparing meals for my clients and my own family, or when developing recipes to share here on the site, I have a little confession to make: I love the taste of fast food. Now, I'm tempted to call it my “guilty pleasure”, as if there should be some shame associated with that particular little admission; but the thing is, there isn't any. Not one iota. I'm owning ... {more please!}

Smoky Flank Steak & Three Cheese Enchiladas, And The Many Delicious Flavors Of Love

Smoky Flank Steak & Three Cheese Enchiladas, And The Many Delicious Flavors Of Love post image

Love is in the air this week, isn't it? At least it should be, what with all of the sweet reminders of Valentine's Day all around us. And though the obvious emphasis for this red-hearted little holiday lies mainly on a romantic type of love, I can't help but consider the concept of “love” in general, and the many delicious varieties—flavors, if you will—of love that there are that color our hearts that deep shade of red and bring joy and meaning into our lives on ... {more please!}

Saucy Peanut Chicken With Veggies Over Brown Rice Noodles, Deliciously Tangled Up

Saucy Peanut Chicken With Veggies Over Brown Rice Noodles, Deliciously Tangled Up post image

The thought of being “all tangled up” in something is an awfully appealing and comforting one to me. “Tangled up” in my husbands love, experiencing his hugs and his kisses, is a joy; “tangled up” in a warm, soft, fleecy blanket after it's just been freshly pulled out of a hot dryer, is sheer coziness; “tangled up” in a meaningful hug with my son just because we both love each other, is a blessing; and “tangled up” in all the big questions of life such as ... {more please!}

Crispy Seared Chicken Breasts with Garlicky Kale & Seared Shiitake Mushrooms, Healthy Eye Candy

Crispy Seared Chicken Breasts with Garlicky Kale & Seared Shiitake Mushrooms, Healthy Eye Candy post image

I recently heard that the three most googled food items as of late are chicken, kale and quinoa, which came as no surprise to me at all. These are popular items, items that are not only figure-friendly and healthy, but ones that most members of a family will eat if prepared in a tasty way. After the holiday months, I begin developing a real taste for clean, simple and savory flavors, and crave preparing dishes that are different from the richer and heavier meals, at least ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: Garlic-Crusted Pork Loin With Glazed Winter Vegetables, Seasonal Simplicity

A Cozy Holiday: Garlic-Crusted Pork Loin With Glazed Winter Vegetables, Seasonal Simplicity post image

The beauty of a holiday in the winter is the array of glorious comfort food we have the opportunity to partake in. Ovens are turned on high, taking that little chill out of the air in our kitchens and in our homes, and they become our perfect little helpers in the way of baking our favorite desserts, roasting our special “holiday” cuts of meat, bubbling-up and browning our rich, cheesy casseroles, and caramelizing our colorful, glazed wintery vegetables. In many houses on Christmas Eve, the aromas ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: “Scarborough Fair” Chicken, And The Four Herbs At The Heart Of This Season

A Cozy Holiday: “Scarborough Fair” Chicken, And The Four Herbs At The Heart Of This Season post image

The glitz and glimmer of the Christmas holiday can easily mesmerize and even distract. Sparkling lights are strung up around our towns, and beautiful trees with decorative and delicate ornaments go up in many of our homes. We become bedazzled by the images being flashed before our eyes in bright holiday commercials and on the billboards all around us, of coziness, of comfort and of warmth; of people laughing, living carefree, spending like there's no tomorrow, and wanting for nothing. Outside, the nippy cold descends upon ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Roasted Turkey Breast Roulade, For This Thanksgiving That Rolled Right In

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Roasted Turkey Breast Roulade, For This Thanksgiving That Rolled Right In post image

This year, Thanksgiving has snuck up on me; and what's so weird is that I've actually been anticipating it for months now, as autumn is my absolute favorite season and T-Day probably my favorite holiday. I mean, I've been fantasizing about it since, I don't know, July? So what the heck happened? Well, here's the thing: if you're a non-food blogging-type (in other words, a normal person), then it's fairly safe to assume that your focus is probably on the T-Day meal as a totality for ... {more please!}

A Cozy One-Pan Wonder: Saucy Hungarian Red Potato Goulash, Like A Warm Blanky For The Soul

A Cozy One-Pan Wonder: Saucy Hungarian Red Potato Goulash, Like A Warm Blanky For The Soul post image

When I think back to some of the most memorably cozy dishes from my childhood, two dishes in particular come to mind for me. The first is the richly fragrant and deeply flavored from-scratch chicken soup that my mom (or even my dad on occasion) would prepare on a cold day for us to have to dip into for a few days, one that contained a whole chicken and a bountiful amount of aromatic vegetables, herbs and seasoning. That soul-warming “golden elixir” would sit simmering and ... {more please!}