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Panko-Crusted Pork Chops

To celebrate a long, treacherous work week being over, I felt in the mood to make something really, really good.  I didn’t have too much in the fridge, so I did what I do best … whip something up on the fly with what I had – pork chops and a little arugula.  Luckily, that made for a pretty delicious meal. Ingredients: 4 thin boneless pork chops Salt & pepper 1/4 extra virgin olive oil Regular olive oil (just to coat the pan) 1 cup panko bread crumbs (may need more depending on how big the pork chops are) 1

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Hey… we put that s*** on EVERYTHING! During one of the last snowstorms, I was in the mood for a hearty, but also easy meal so I decided to make a slow-cooker recipe.  I used a package of skinless chicken thighs and added some onions, butter and hot sauce.  The beauty of this meal is that you can put everything in one pot and leave it alone to cook.  You can use the resulting deliciousness in a sandwich, wrap, taco, or even on a pizza!  Here’s what you’ll need: Ingredients: 1 package of skinless chicken thighs (1 lb.) 4 tbsp of butter 1 cup of

Zucchini Puttanesca

No… it’s not Spaghetti Puttanesca.  It’s Zucchini Puttanesca. <img data-attachment-id="5765" data-permalink="http://www.costacucina.com/2015/01/28/zucchini-puttanesca/image4-32/" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?fit=640%2C640" data-orig-size="640,640" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="image4" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?fit=300%2C300" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?fit=640%2C640" class=" size-full wp-image-5765 aligncenter" src="https://i2.wp visit here.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=640%2C640″ alt=”image4″ srcset=”https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?w=640 640w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=150%2C150 150w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=300%2C300 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=330%2C330 330w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=500%2C500 500w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=100%2C100 100w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=80%2C80 80w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px image-wp” data-recalc-dims=”1″ />   It’s still January and we’re tryyyyingggg to eat somewhat healthy.  On Pinterest, I’ve been seeing a lot of fun recipes for zucchini spaghetti and I’ve been wanting to try it.  Since we’re stuck inside for #blizzard2015 (which was a total fail in southern CT by the way), I figured it was

Sautéed Kale & Turkey Bowl

Lately these days, it’s dark out when we get home and we try to make something easy for dinner.  Most people I know can relate to this situation.  I have now come up with a great fast recipe that is healthy and satisfying!  Kale has quickly become the green du jour, so here’s a way to please even the most ardent of anti-kale people. Ingredients: (For 4 portions) 1 lb of ground turkey 1 large bunch of kale, washed and chopped 2 large cloves of garlic 1 cup of white wine 1/2 cup of chicken broth 1 can or 16

#3DaysToGreen Movement with Evolution Fresh

I’ve never believed in “juicing”.  Although I’m somewhat health conscious (ok … maybe I’m more than somewhat health conscious), I would rather eat my veggies than drink them. However, I’ve been hearing a lot about Evolution Fresh green juices and thought it was time to give it a try.  I figured if I was going to try it, it better be Evolution Fresh because it’s the only juice I can feel good about drinking.   There’s nothing added… no preservatives, no sweeteners and no added flavors – including the natural ones.  And each bottle is made from ONE POUND of vegetables!

Caramelized Onion & Tomato Flatbread

Pizza.  Can’t live without it zyban smoking. This flatbread is a fantastic recipe, perfect to make as an appetizer for any dinner party or cocktail party.  It’s one that everyone will love – fresh and flavorful.  Just don’t be surprised with the plates are licked clean. This recipe was inspired by the pool bar we frequented at the FontaineBleau in Miami while we were there for my bachelorette party.  Yum!  Great on a hot summer day or even a cozy winter day. Ingredients: 1 uncooked pizza dough 4 tomatoes, sliced thin Arugula 2 onions, sliced thin (not chopped) Burrata or

Homemade Whole Wheat Taralli

Some of our favorite things to eat are classic Italian treats that an Italian grandmother might make. They’re the types of things that usually don’t have a written recipe. When you ask how to make the dish, the directions are often full of handfuls and dashes. We recently had the pleasure of going over to our friend Enza’s house to learn how to make taralli. For those of you who are not familiar with taralli, they are Italian biscuits that can have pepper and/or fennel seeds baked into them. They go great with wine and cheese or just as a

Easy Dinners with McCormick Skillet Sauces

After a crazy week, the last thing you want to do on a Friday night is cook a difficult meal.  So we turned to McCormick Skillet Sauces to make things a little easier on us.  After work, I swung by our local Walmart and picked a few packages up and with 7 sauces to choose from at only $1.69, I was excited to get home and have a yummy, easy meal.  Oh… and relax a bit. Fajita Chicken Tacos Ingredients: 1 package of McCormick Fajita with Roasted Chili, Garlic, & Lime Skillet Sauce  1 pound chicken tenders 1 onion, chopped

Fall Brussles Sprouts & Kale Salad

There’s nothing like the flavors of fall!  Fall squashes, Thanksgiving meals, bold red wine… As everyone knows, brussels sprouts have been a very popular vegetable over the past few years.  Between last year and this year, we’ve been seeing a lot of kale too.  During our last Stew Leonard’s shopping adventure, we discovered a Kale & Shaved Brussels Sprout Medley that we couldn’t pass up trying out!  This is the perfect fall recipe and will complement any meal.  Plus, it’s healthy and super simple to prepare! We recently learned all the ways you can use Hood Sour Cream in every

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