Chicken Provençal

Chicken Provençal sounds much fancier than it really is. For all those comfort food fans, this is your jam… chicken and summer veggies in a simple but luscious pan sauce. A medley of green beans, baby potatoes and cherry tomatoes, perfectly seasoned for an anything-but-boring weeknight chicken dish.

Oven Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters with Italian Herbs & Lemon

You wanna make one of the easiest meals ever, pay next to nothing, and have your family sing your praise? Don't we all?  Well look no further, I've got you covered.

Here's an easy recipe that you can toss in the oven after work, and sit down to eat it within the hour. I love that there's no marinate time,  or trimming, stuffing, etc. Just drizzle a quick mixture over the top and bake in a preheated oven for about an hour.

Wait for applause. 

California Summer Salad

Big ol' dinner salads give me life! They are versatile, filling, and usually quite healthy. I love that it comes together in minutes with very little cooking time (if any) or clean up required.  All those extra minutes and calories saved can now be used for better things... like making s'mores or family game night.  Or both!

The Best Chili Ever

It's taken a few years to get this chili just right, but it was worth all the trial and error. Like most treasured family recipes,  it's been tweaked and adjusted over time to the liking of each member,  until it's a group favorite.  Spicy, sweet, and smoky... this is true comfort food.

Shepherd's Pie

Not all pies are created equal. Some are very special.  March 14 is National Pi(e) Day. 3.14 ha ha, get it? (I know, corny.) Shepherd's Pie, made with primarily lamb, and Cottage Pie, made of beef,  I compromised with the "meatloaf mix" made up of pork, veal and beef. Topped with broiled mashed potato and cheese crust,  this is the best savory option you'll ever come across!

Spice Rubbed Steakhouse Style Chicken Wings in Your Pressure Cooker

What’s not to love about a cold pint of your favorite beer and a giant pile of tangy and spicy chicken wings? How about the calories from the deep fried batter? Or the embarrassment of eating them... sauce smeared on your face and fingers?  AND that you have to leave the comfort of your own home to get them, while paying a ridiculous price?! Well, here’s the answer to all those problems... pressure cooked wings tossed in a special steakhouse spice mix! You’ll still have the sauce smeared fingers, but at least you’ll be surrounded by your own friends and family. 

Guinness Irish Stew

Move over corned beef! This sirloin stew is a slow cooked, super tender, traditional Irish comfort food. The rich gravy is incredible; building on the beefy flavor with a substantial amount of Guinness, fresh herbs and lots of hearty root vegetables. Grab a slice of your favorite soda bread, slather it with some Kerrygold butter, and dig in. Sláinte!

Fall-Off-The-Bone Crockpot Chicken Wings

These wings are so incredible, they're slow cooked all afternoon for fall-off-the-bone tenderness in a mouthwatering hot sauce and butter combination. I especially love that they aren't  deep-fried (way healthier, right?) They're also never under cooked or dried out; just the most delicious chicken wings outside of your favorite sports bar! Plus they could not be easier to make.

Chicken French

Rochester, New York has several claims to fame, but one of my favorites is Chicken French. Thin cutlets are breaded in egg and flour and then bathed in a lemon, wine and butter sauce. The silky texture and intoxicating aroma are part of what make this an unmistakable Rochester comfort food! 

Crab Cake Sliders

Crab cakes are such an indulgent meal, I can't resist ordering one every time I see them on the menu. Little did I know they were so easy to make at home!  The secret is to use a combination of crabmeat for optimal flavor and texture plus using baking powder in the batter! 

Cream of Asparagus Soup

I get really excited when asparagus makes its way to the front of the produce section. It means Easter is around the corner & spring is in the air! Bring on the warmer weather & fresh garden veggies!  Unfortunately, Upstate New York still has mounds of snow this time of year, but a bowl of this velvety asparagus soup is a warm reminder of sunny days yet to come. 

Cast Iron Irish Soda Bread

Simple to make, quick to bake and nearly fool-proof, this dense bread should be a staple on your St. Patrick's Day menu. It's incredibly versatile; adapting easily to any taste. Sweet or savory... adding raisins and caraway or nothing at all. It's the perfect side to round out a hearty corned beef dinner with a pint of Guinness!


Pastina is a delightful combination of small pearl pasta boiled in chicken broth, then thickened (to an oatmeal consistency) with eggs, butter and Parmesan cheese. (Think of it like a grownup version of mac 'n cheese!)  It's a simple dish that really hits the spot when you are chilled to the bone and no amount of cozy blankets or thick socks will warm you up. Not surprisingly, this comfort meal is also perfect when you're feeling under the weather. 

30-Minute Fish Tacos

This week we were in search of a meatless, dairy-free entree and I was still craving the spice-filled Mexican flavors of my Ahi tuna tacos last weekend. So, after tinkering around in my kitchen, I'm happy to say that even the pickiest family members applauded! Start to finish this meal takes only 30 minutes to make and that included vegetable preparation and fish marinade time!

Slow Cooked Chicken Cacciatore

Everyone in my home is headed back...back to work and back to school. That means back to a schedule too. Crockpot meals always help get me on track when trying to reclaim time (and my waistline)! This mouth watering make ahead meal has lots of flavor from long strips of bell peppers & onions, plus red wine, garlic and crushed tomatoes. There was more than enough for our large family AND some to freeze for another meal later in the month. This slow-cooked Chicken Cacciatore is delicious, healthy & easy. Dinner doesn't get much better than this!

Cauliflower Rice with Pecorino

A healthier alternative to rice or pasta, cauliflower rice is similar in texture but full of flavor! The best part, it can be prepared in as little as 15 minutes! Try substituting it tonight and get ready for applause from even your toughest critics!

Apple Cider Beef Stew

I love to make this stew once the autumn season starts. It's one of my most requested recipes as well. Hearty, comforting and slightly different from most slow cooker beef stews; I think the cinnamon is the secret ingredient to making this a memorable!