A Barefoot Contessa Holiday Meal: Herb-Roasted Lamb, Zucchini Gratin & Haricot Vert with Shallots

A Barefoot Contessa Holiday Meal: Herb-Roasted Lamb, Zucchini Gratin & Haricot Vert with Shallots

In case you are still on the hunt for a holiday menu, here is one that is sure to please any lamb lover! I was happy to have 7 lamb lovers in the Berkshires this past weekend for an anniversary / holiday celebration with our 

Giada’s Veal Marsala and Peas & Proscuitto

Giada’s Veal Marsala and Peas & Proscuitto

I love Giada!  Much like the Barefoot Contessa, her recipes have never steered me wrong.  Italian food is what I love most and Italy is my favorite country to visit.  Giada, born in Rome, has made delicious Italian home cooking accessible to everyone.  Her recipes 

Elegant Weeknight Meal: Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb & Broccolini with Olives and Capers

Elegant Weeknight Meal: Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb & Broccolini with Olives and Capers

Here are two great recipes for weeknight entertaining or for a special meal for you and your love.  Rack of lamb sounds complicated but is surprisingly quick and easy to make. Luckily, I married a fellow lamb lover.  Not everyone likes lamb.  But I am 

Seared Steak with Cauliflower Puree

Seared Steak with Cauliflower Puree

Here is a simple recipe to spruce up your typical steak dinner.  I just loved the olive-shallot-parsley-red wine vinegar combo on the steak.  I’ve actually made it several times now. And, pureed cauliflower is one of my favorite veggie sides!  All the creaminess of mashed 

Holiday Menu: Honey-Mustard Pork Roast with Bacon, Baby Arugula Salad & Cauliflower Gratin

Holiday Menu: Honey-Mustard Pork Roast with Bacon, Baby Arugula Salad & Cauliflower Gratin

The day after Christmas is my father-in-law’s birthday.  Tim’s immediately family came up to the Berkshires on the 26th to celebrate.  We had the delicious and festive menu below.  The pork I have made before and it was even better than I remember!  The bacon 

Holiday Menu: Cauliflower Gratin

Holiday Menu: Cauliflower Gratin

I love cauliflower but I know not everyone does.  This is a recipe that will get even a hater to eat his cauliflower. To reduce the prep time, I cut the cauliflower and grated the Gruyere earlier in the day.  Also, I used two medium 

Holiday Menu: Rack of Lamb, Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash with Bacon Vinaigrette, and Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Holiday Menu: Rack of Lamb, Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash with Bacon Vinaigrette, and Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a great first Christmas with Charlotte.  We enjoyed lots of time with family and lots of delicious food! In case you are looking for menu ideas for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, I highly 

Holiday Menu: Grilled & Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Holiday Menu: Grilled & Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms were a huge hit!  I am not a huge fan of Gorgonzola and I still thought these were unbelievably good.  I grilled the mushrooms on a grill pan, since it was not a night to be grilling outside, and then finished the 

Holiday Menu: Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash with Bacon Vinaigrette

Holiday Menu: Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash with Bacon Vinaigrette

I usually just roast brussels sprouts but for Christmas I thought we should do something a bit more festive with the sprouts.  I thought this recipe looked interesting because I had never had butternut squash and brussels sprouts together.  The squash and sprouts were delicious 

Skirt Steak with Haricots Verts, Corn and Pesto

Skirt Steak with Haricots Verts, Corn and Pesto

Here is a delicious and easy dinner that you can make with either store-bought or homemade pesto. I used some pesto that my mother-in-law Pam made with the fresh basil from their glorious vegetable garden. The corn – haricots verts combo with pesto was unexpectedly