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6 chicken cutlets (sliced into pieces)
1/2 lb. medium size shrimp (tails removed and cleaned)
2 cups carrots (sliced thin)
2 cups zucchini (sliced thim)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
4 tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper
1. In a skillet put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Cook chicken pieces and remove to the side.
2. Next, add 2 tbs. of olive oil to the skillet. Cook garlic for a minute and then add carrots and zucchini. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir frequently.
3. When carrots and zucchini appear tender, remove from skillet.  Add shrimp to same skillet. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes. Return chicken and vegetables to skillet and cook for an additional  minute to heat through.
*optional: add 1/4 cup of white wine when you add in cooked chicken
Serve hot.


Friday Night Shrimp and Scallop Pizza


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Focaccia or Pizza Bread
1/2 lb. shrimp (uncooked)
1/2 lb. bay scallops (uncooked)
3 large red onions (sliced)
1 large vidalia onion (sliced)
2 cups fresh arugula
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3 tbsp. balsamic oil
2 tsp. white sugar
olive oil
1. In a skillet, put 1 tbsp. olive oil. Cook shrimp and scallops. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Turn shrimp and scallops while cooking. Should take no more than 5 minutes to cook. Set to the side.
2. In a skillet, put 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Cook sliced onions. Stir frequently. When they are tender, add balsamic vinegar and sugar. Stir together. Cook an additional 2 minutes. Set onions to the side. (If it’s to oily, drain some of the excess.)
3.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a little olive oil of focaccia/pizza bread. Place on a baking sheet and place in oven, just for about 5 minutes. You want the bread to begin to get crisp.
4. Remove bread from oven. Spread cooked onions evenly on top Scatter fresh arugula on top. Place cooked shrimp and scallops evenly on top. (If the scallops are large, you can cut them into pieces.)
5.Return to the oven for about 6-8 minutes.
*Serve hot and crispy.



1 lb. piece of fresh tuna

1 cup canned chick peas (drained)

1/4 cup red onion (chopped)

1/2 cup fresh carrots (chopped)

1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in olive oil (chopped)

sea salt and black pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar


1. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and black pepper on tuna.

2. With a little olive oil, brush a heated grill and grill tuna until desired taste.

3. In a skillet, put olive oil. Heat for a minute and add chick peas, red onions, carrots and sundries tomatoes.

4. Sprinkle with pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Mix well.

5. After 3 minutes, add white balsamic vinegar. Cook for an additional minute.

6. When serving, pour over grilled tuna and serve hot.

Serves 2.

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2 cups non-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
1/2 cup fresh strawberries (sliced)
2 tbs. granola
1. In a bowl, place yogurt.
2. Top with berries and granola.
*Serve cold.

Arugula Tomato Salad With Fried Feta


4 tomatoes (sliced)

1 small red onion (thinly sliced)

2 cups fresh arugula (rinsed/dried)

1 small can pitted black olives (drained)

8 oz. feta cheese (cut into cubes)

1 egg

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

2 tbsp. olive oil


3 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 lemon (juiced)

2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano

1 1/2 tbsp. honey

pinch of black pepper


  1. Dip feta cheese cubes into egg and then bread crumbs.
  2. In a skillet, put 2 tbsp. olive oil. When heated, add feta cheese. Cook on both sides for 2 minutes each and remove from skillet.
  3. On a large platter, spread out arugula. Put tomatoes, red onions and olives on top. (See photo.)
  4. Mix salad dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over salad.
  5. Top salad with fried feta.

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New Year’s Day Cold Antipasto

Happy New Year 2018

2 large eggplants (slices 1/4 inch thick)
2 large yellow peppers (sliced and seeds removed)
2 large beefsteak tomatoes (sliced)
1 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup fresh basil (pieces)
olive oil
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
sea salt and black pepper
1. In a skillet add 3 tbs. of olive oil. Brown garlic and add eggplant and peppers. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on both sides. Cook until tender and remove. (You can drain eggplant and peppers on paper towels, if you wish.) Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
2. On a platter, arrange each row with a slice of eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Repeat the process on the whole platter. Put basil on top. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
Serve cold. *Serves 6

Happy New Year “2018”

2 (8 oz.) bars of cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg. (1 oz.) ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 cup beer
1. Put all ingredients in one bowl and mix well using a mixer.
2. Once creamy, refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving.
*Serve with pretzels.

Grilled Shrimp Hors d’oeuvres

1 1/2 lbs. thawed uncooked medium shrimp (cleaned and dried of excess water)
2 cups favorite Italian dressing
1. Put shrimp and Italian dressing in a large Ziploc bag.
2. Let marinate for at least 4 hours. (overnight is best)
3. Heat a large skillet.
4. Pour shrimp into the heated pan. Use only half of the liquid.
5. Cook about 3 minutes on each side.
Serve hot !

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2 or 3 cans of whole artichoke hearts (drained) (usually about 8 hearts in a can)
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pignoli nuts
6 slices of prosciutto (chopped)
1 tbs. fresh parsley (chopped)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In a large bowl, mixed bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, pignoli nuts, prosciutto, black pepper, parsley and 3 tbs. of olive oil. Mix well. If crumbs are still a little dry, add another tsp. of olive oil. Mix well.
2. Stuff each artichoke heart. (see photo)
3. In deep baking dish, coat the bottom with a tbs. of olive oil. You can lightly brush the artichoke hearts with a little olive oil. Stand up all artichoke hearts and bake in oven for 12 minutes or until bread crumbs are slightly browned.
Serve hot.