Easter Egg-stravaganza… by Gloria

~deviled egg chicks~

We  had a great weekend with family and friends and usual, we overindulged in amazing food, wine and fun! I hope that everyone had a very happy holiday. In keeping with true holiday spirit, these are a couple of the Easter themed foods I made.

~coconut cupcake chicks made from scratch with homemade buttercream frosting~

Green is for St. Patrick’s Day… by Gloria

~ Sandwich with roasted veggies: broccoli, green cauliflower and zucchini- and jalapeño hummus~

For me, Saturday was filled with daytime errands and chores. At about 2, I realized that I had yet to eat lunch. I stopped and thought about my leftover roasted veggies from the night before and this is what I came up with…. A surprisingly spicy, healthy lunch on the run and coincidentally,  just the right colors for St. Patty’s Day!

Sunday Dinner… by Gloria

This weekend, we had a very special guest for dinner. My dad (who recently moved out of state) was in town. To welcome him back home, I decided to whip up a very special dinner. I prepared chicken cutlets, a nice big salad, and best of all delicious pasta & meatballs just the way my Grandma used to make! It is times like these that I truly treasure the things that I was able to learn from my family because their insight, recipes and so much more- will live on for generations to come. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

~ Chop up fresh parsley~

~Add parsley to chop meat: I used a blend of beef, veal and pork~

~ Add fresh pecorino romano cheese, salt, pepper and most importantly, eggs- they help to make your meatballs soft and fork-tender- and mix well~

 ~ Roll the mixture into medium-sized balls~

~ Cook in olive oil until golden brown and add to tomato sauce; let simmer for about 2  hours~

Oatmealchocolatechipraisinwalnutcoconut cookies!… by Gloria

Last night, I decided to make something to tame my sweet tooth. These cookies were just the thing! I used whole wheat flour (instead of white) and oats so I felt a little less guilty- but still added some goodies like chocolate chips and some shredded coconut for a kick. I sprinkled some wheat germ and sunflower seeds on top for a sweet and salty treat. And of course, I enjoyed these while they were warm- right out of the oven!

Family Time… by Gloria

~ Steelhead trout with homemade crabmeat stuffing and asparagus~

This weekend we managed to squeeze in a bit of family time at my boyfriend’s parents house.  As expected, we caught up on the past  few weeks while enjoying a-mazing food (courtesy of my boyfriend’s mom), delicious wine, and a bustling fireplace.  Escaping to their house gives us the perfect opportunity to leave the city, catch up on some zzz’s and start the new week feeling well-rested and refreshed.

“Hearty” Beef Stew… by Gloria

If you are anything like me, you know that going out to eat on Valentine’s Day can be totally overrated. In my experience, I always feel rushed and the pre-fixe menus hardly warrant the inflated V-day prices- but that’s just my opinion. This year, I decided to cook dinner for my love and spend an intimate evening at home with a nice bottle of wine. After all, the way to a guys heart is through his tummy! I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!

Lightly coat beef brisket cubes in flour.

Brown them in a pan with a bit of olive oil.

 In a separate pot, sauté some onion and garlic.

Add tomato puree

Add browned beef

Let simmer for 1 ½ hours.

Add salt to taste

 Add Carrots, potatoes and celery.

Let simmer for another ½ hour.

 Boil fresh pasta (my favorite is fresh tagliolini)

 Serve stew over pasta

Late Night/ Date Night… by Gloria

~hanging bicycle outside of Moto~

Last night, we managed to pull off an impromptu date night. With our hectic work schedules and recent obligations to family/friend functions, the weeks were passing us by…I felt it was essential to carve out some time to get out, enjoy a nice dinner and catch up over a  glass of wine.  For whatever reason, we tend to stick to the places we know on our weekly date nights but last night, we wanted to try something new.
We were pleasantly surprised when we slipped into this little gem on an unassuming corner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  The 4 piece jazz band was in full swing at Moto and we quickly felt as though we were transported to another era while sipping our wine and enjoying the music. It was the perfect little escape.

~candles and flowers in tiny bottles at Moto~

Healthy Hues… by Gloria

Here in NY, it’s hardly felt like winter. The temperature has been fairly mild for the entire season and it seems as though everyone is secretly awaiting the first significant snowfall…I personally, felt the first glimpse of spring when I left the office last night and there was still a bit of daylight to be had. It reminded me that longer days and warmer weather is just around the corner. It inspired me to focus on healthy eating and staying hydrated. With colors like these, it makes it easy…

~Lemon water in a glass decanter- makes drinking your water more fun~

~Fresh cut vegetables roasted on stoneware- zucchini, mushrooms, red onions and cauliflower~

Winter Warmers…by Gloria

I thought I’d start my blog with the things that make me happiest when the days are too short and the weather is cold. This weekend, my boyfriend and I left the city for some suburban “r & r” with family. I made some simmered apple cider which we spiked with some brandy and relaxed by the fire. I hope you lay back and enjoy it as well…

~slice oranges, insert cloves into each orange segment, add a few teaspoons of brown sugar and some cinnamon sticks, let simmer. add some brandy to a glass mug and fill with the cider (recipe courtesy of my boyfriends cousin, Christina)~

~sit back, relax and enjoy~

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