the suicide hour

Ahh, the familiar question: “What’s for dinner, and when is it?” This signals the beginning of what is known in my house as the suicide hour! Everyone is hungry, and we don’t know what we want to eat, but we … Continue reading

shepard’s pie

On a cool evening I yearn for comfort food. And if it’s not pasta — my ‘go to’ comfort food, a beautiful shepard’s pie will fill the need, as well as my growling tummy. basic ground meat mix Print Shepard’s … Continue reading

tacos!!

¡OLE! It’s tacos for dinner, and EVERYONE loves tacos! Here’s the quick, go to recipe for taco filling. Make a double batch and freezer half for a busy night’s dinner. basic ground meat mix     Print Taco Filling Course … Continue reading

quick stroganoff

Silky, rich stroganoff is a delight, and quick to make with a seasoned ground beef mixture.  basic ground meat mix   Print Stroganoff Servings 4 people Ingredients 1 recipe basic ground meat mixture cooked as directed above 1 tablespoon butter … Continue reading

fresh pasta

Here at Sizzleworks, we make A LOT of fresh pasta — it’s a team experience! One of my readers has already commented that there is no dried pasta in the market in her area, so asked for a virtual class … Continue reading

chicken piccata

Tangy, fresh lemon and caper sauce surrounding fork tender chicken breasts, a popular Italian classic that is destined to become a favorite with family and guests alike. This is one of my favorite recipes for entertaining because I can do … Continue reading

cherry chipotle chicken

This is a recipe of my own design. It is both sweet & savory. Perfect as a main dish, but also as a side or salad. Using chicken thighs lends to a more tender dish. Leaving the skin off the … Continue reading

cinnamon stars

Yet another family favorite recipe, from Chef Ricky’s great grandmother — cinnamon stars, aka “zimsterne.” These cookies are a classic holiday treat, generally served at the meal following Yom Kippur. I did not know this as a child, as I do … Continue reading

anise caps aka ‘white caps’

These cookies, also knowns as ‘white caps’ due to their white tops, were a family favorite made by my Italian great grandmother. I hope they bring the same joy to your family as they did to mine. Even if you … Continue reading

summer coolers, peaches & ginger!

I absolutely adore sitting on my patio, nibbling on a delicious nosh, and sipping a cool, refreshing beverage. A couple of my friends introduced me to two of my new favorites for this year: a gin and tonic spiked with … Continue reading