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Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

*This post was updated on 11/9/18 for content and pictures* These twice baked chocolate chip dunkers never last long when I make them. When I had my cookie business I used to make hundreds upon hundreds of them during the holidays. They also make the perfect edible...

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My Cauliflower Saffron Risotto from the Dr. Oz Show

A while back my son decided he wanted to try the Keto Diet.  The Keto diet is basically one of those low carb, high fat diets that is supposed to help you lose weight by putting your body into something called "ketosis". To get to this stage and maintain it, you are...

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Candytopia – NYC

“Time is a precious thing. Never Waste it.” ~Willy Wonka   We hit C A N D Y T O P I A 🍭 the other day and it was  💯 % #DOPE ...  Yep I said that ... "DOPE"   💗🍬🦄 ... Wait. What's Canydtopia? You might be asking yourself what is Candytopia? I really wasn't sure either...

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Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings

*This post contains a commissionable link to my personal PC Website* It's been forever and a day that I have posted a recipe but I'm back with the perfect seasonal dish, Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings.  You have got to try them on your holiday table this fall. I really...

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Cheftini Magazine Vol 1

"Magical Meals in Minutes" Quick & Simple Recipes That Take the Stress out of Mealtime ! 3 Recipes Using San Marzano Tomatoes / Soup Of The Month / Mostly Homemade Pasta Fagiola / Grilled Chicken Pesto Flatbread View the Latest Edition Of Cheftini Magazine Or...

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Barnes & Noble Book Fair Benefiting Feeding Westchester

Help end SUMMER HUNGER by joining me on Saturday , August 4th, 2018 at Barnes & Noble (Scarsdale,NY) Percentage of the proceeds will go to my friends at Feeding Westchester  ⇓ PRINT THE FLYER BELOW AND BRING TO THE STORE ⇓ Features: LIVE COOKING DEMO BY YOURS...

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Oven Roasted Mini Heirlooms

"I love you from my head TO-MA-TOES" It's official, tomato season is at your back door. In some cases, literally! This year we have tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini... The other day I was looking at my little potted garden in the yard and started to think about all the...

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Eggplant Meatballs

With markets and gardens about to burst with fresh fruits and veggies, I thought it was the perfect time to share this recipe for my favorite, meatless Eggplant Meatballs. I've been sitting on this one for too long. In fact, my Facebook LIVE segment for these was done...

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Pasta Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

The summer season is definitely upon us and you know what that means. ... BBQ's, picnics and HOT summer days coming our way! I for one like to enjoy fun in the sun and that's why I love quick and simple dishes at meal time, like this Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad. ...

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My White Bean Cakes on Dr. Oz with Mazola Corn Oil

When the Dr. Oz show calls and asks if you'll be willing to share a recipe on air using heart healthy Mazola Corn Oil, you of course say "YES" before you can even realize what you've just committed to! Then you quickly rack your brain for the most flavorful, heart...

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Sausage Broccoli Rabe Risotto Stuffed Zucchini

Who says it has to be Zucchini season to share ALL my favorite zucchini recipes? NOPE ... not ME! I am an ALL season zucchini lover. And to be honest, I'm not really a great rule follower when it comes to eating my favorite foods. That's why I am so excited to share...

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Tina Dileo

Tina Dileo


My name is Tina, and for as long as I can remember I have enjoyed cooking and being in the kitchen. I really have no formal training in cooking, and despite the really cute name of my website, I’m actually not a chef. While I may not have graduated from some great culinary school, I got my start at an early age in the kitchen of my Italian Mama. I often watched and did not ask too many questions, I learned that the most important ingredient in any dish is LOVE. Cook with LOVE and your meals will always taste good!


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Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

*This post was updated on 11/9/18 for content and pictures* These twice baked chocolate chip dunkers never last long when I make them. When I had my cookie business I used to make hundreds upon hundreds of them during the holidays. They also make the perfect edible...

$250 Urban Legend Cookie Recipe

*Content in this recipe was updated from original post of August 24, 2013*  Do you know about the infamous "$250 cookie" recipe"?  I recently came across an old copy of this recipe in my Mom's recipe box. Along with the ingredients and procedure, it basically says...

DIY Pot of Gold Rainbow Donut Pops

WARNING! You might PLEDGE your eternal LOVE for me once you see how quick, simple and ADORABLE these Pot of Gold Rainbow Donut cake pops are ... I', just saying.... Not only are these going to be an instant hit at your next party, they are also a simple donut hole...

Magnolia Bakery inspired Vanilla Cupcakes

Believe it or not ... I am not the world's best cupcake baker. Shocking... I know! Because I have these mad cookie making skillz, people always assume I must be this phenomenal all around baker.  Which I am not.  I'm ok. But not great.  Which leads me to this quick...

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake Squares

Hey guys! Are you ready to make the simplest, easiest chocolate chip cake EVAA?!  Well, if so... here it is, the only Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake recipe you'll ever need. What makes this recipe so special? It's one of those desserts that doesn't require a lot of fancy...

Amaretto Tiramisu Cake

It's Tiramisu Time! I love Tiramisu, it's one of the first "fancy" desserts I ever made when I first started in the kitchen.  It also happens to be the perfect no bake dessert, especially this time of year. I guess you could call this the Italian version of an Ice Box...