Smoked Tri-Tip Stroganoff

I can’t remember the last time I heard about or even ate Beef Stroganoff. Sadly, the only version of stroganoff I’ve had is the boxed ones. You know, the ones where you add ground beef to a mystery powder and pour it over egg noddles. When I was a kid I thought that was good…

Rainy Day Bolognese

A rainy, cold, SoCal day begs for a big pot of bolognese! I danced outside the box with this classic comfort food, making it with ground lamb and it was incredible! My ingredient list: Yellow onion, garlic, ground lamb, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, red wine, s&p This is the ensemble of…

Parmigiano Reggiano

Whole Foods is having a One Day Sale on Parmigiano Reggiano! For more than half off the regular price of $21.99, on Friday the 13th you can get this beautifully exquisite cheese for only $9.99 a pound! You should absolutely check out your local Whole Foods for this amazing deal. If you don’t understand what all…

Vegan Quinoa Pasta

This is the perfect feel better bowl of pasta! I have the dreadful winter cold and nothing tastes good and I’m sick of soup. I felt like something hearty and warm but not too complicated with flavors. Also, I wanted to incorporate lots of healthy vitamin C packed veggies like peppers and chard. Did you…

JJ’s Chicken Under the Sea Linguine Alfredo

There’s this little hole in the wall Italian restaurant near my house we love to go eat at. My favorite entree is their seafood linguine but I always ask for the alfredo sauce instead of the traditional white wine sauce. The muscles, calamari and shrimp with the creamy alfredo sauce is simply decedent! This recipe…

Spaghetti with Stuffed Meatballs

This is one of my favorite dishes to make and it’s a crowd pleaser too! I use a combination of extra lean ground beef and mild Italian sausage and I omit the traditional bread crumbs/egg step but add stuffing the meatballs with cheese! It makes meatballs fun again! If your not a beef or pork…

Fully Loaded Pasta

This pasta dish was so delicious! I was a little nervous making it because I had so many random ingredients. I had some leftover  foods from a catering gig and some other food from my fridge. I wanted to make food for the weekend and I kept thinking what can I do with some of…

JJ’s Homemade Pesto

There’s a billion recipes for pesto and then there is always the store bought brands. I’ve never tried the store bought versions but I imagine for me, it’s like store bought hummus, I hate it! Pesto is so easy to make yourself so pull out your food processor and whip up a batch. Measurements don’t…

Double Meat Spaghetti with Vodka Sauce

Ingredients: 3 mild italian sausage links 1 lb ground sirloin 1 onion 2 roasted red peppers 4 garlic cloves 1/4 cup of vodka 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes, 1 cup heavy cream  red pepper flakes salt and cracked black pepper. heat large sauce pot over med high heat, drizzle with olive oil. add sausage…

Creamy Pasta with Shrimp & Sausage

A friend of mine stopped by, on her way home, to wait for traffic to die down. Gotta love L.A.! And of course, she was hungry! Luckily I had been to the store and I had a kitchen full of food so it wasn’t hard to come up with something. This dish was rich, savory,…