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Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna

Let's celebrate National Lasagna Day this week with Eggplant Lasagna!   What happens when National Lasagna Day and eggplant season occur at that the same time? A classic Italian Eggplant Lasagna of course! Eggplant also seemed to be a trending topic on the blog...

$250 Urban Legend Cookie Recipe

$250 Urban Legend Cookie Recipe

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 "Mrs. Fields Cookies...$250.00 recipe - give to everyone".   Even though I had...

Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass Gremolata

Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass Gremolata

Happy New Year friends! It's hard to believe another year has come and gone!  I hope each and everyone of you had a great holiday season filled with lots of love and of course great food. We had a nice few weeks home with the kids and our extended family. Perhaps a...

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Tina Dileo

Tina Dileo

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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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Lemon Ricotta Bundt Cake

Lemon Ricotta Bundt Cake

If I've learned anything during this pandemic, it's that everything imperfect is perfect again. I feel like over the years there has been this sensationalized image of perfection sweeping over our daily lives. Perfect family photos,  perfect relationships, perfect...

Spaghetti with Grape Tomatoes and Little Kick

Spaghetti with Grape Tomatoes and Little Kick

Almost 6 years to the date, I am finally getting around to updating this post. My current situation is home with my fam in New York during the Covid-19 outbreak so I not only have some extra time on my hands, I also have a family that's always hungry! I'm literally...

Ricotta Zeppole

Ricotta Zeppole

Growing up one of  my most favorite treats was fried dough with powdered sugar - known by most as Zeppole.   Another name my family used for them was "pettole".  It's what they call Zeppole in the Italian region of Puglia, or at least in my Grandmother's town in Bari....

Baked Chicken Caprese Melt

Baked Chicken Caprese Melt

Sear, chop and bake your way to the quickest, most flavorful weeknight dinner winner... Baked Chicken Caprese Melt You are going to want to add this one to your weekly menu roundup. It has all the markings for a magical meal in minutes. Some nights in the kitchen I'm...

Quick Chicken Crust Parmesan Pizza

Quick Chicken Crust Parmesan Pizza

As seen on the Dr. Oz SHOW - May 22, 2019  My recipe for this Quick Chicken Crust Parmesan Pizza was recently featured on the Dr. Oz show segment "Cheap Chicken - What are you really getting when you pay less?" You can click the HERE to watch the segment.  Sometimes I...

Homemade Manicotti Crepes

Homemade Manicotti Crepes

Keeping Family Traditions Alive The thing I love most about sharing food is keeping my family traditions alive through recipes like my Mama's Rice Balls, my Mother in Law's Focaccia and today, a family favorite (on both sides) homemade manicotti. Not only is each...

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Cheftini’s Kitchen LIVE: Pasta Fagioli

Cheftini’s Kitchen LIVE: Pasta Fagioli

One of my favorite fall/winter dishes is the classic Pasta e Fagioli - also known as Pasta Fazool.  There are so many versions of this classic dish.  In this version I am swapping out the more traditional Ditalini Pasta for a thin cut spaghetti that was sent to me by...

Cooking LIVE: Black Bean Farro Burrito Bowl with Simply Gather

Cooking LIVE: Black Bean Farro Burrito Bowl with Simply Gather

Back in December I launched the 2nd annual "Home Cooking for the Holidays" e-cookbook with a LIVE cooking event at ATHLETA in Scarsdale (New York).  The e-book was sponsored by both national and local businesses, including westchester's newest meal kit delivery...

Cheftini’s Kitchen: Win or Lose Game Day Bites

Cheftini’s Kitchen: Win or Lose Game Day Bites

Today's Simple Game Day Recipe is brought to you in partnership with my friends at Premio Foods. Cheftini’s Kitchen: Episode 9 Part 3 Quick Game Day Bites : Win or Lose Game Day Bites  Here are a few more quick and simple game day recipes that are sure to be a hit at...

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How to Make Amaretto Tiramisu Cake

LIVE - Step by Step - HOW to video for Amaretto Tiramisu Cake Hey guys step inside my kitchen and make this Amaretto Tiramisu Cake. I go over all the steps, ingredients and supplies needed. This is an old Facebook LIVE video that I've never gotten around to sharing....

Lemon Ricotta Bundt Cake

If I've learned anything during this pandemic, it's that everything imperfect is perfect again. I feel like over the years there has been this sensationalized image of perfection sweeping over our daily lives. Perfect family photos,  perfect relationships, perfect...

Ricotta Zeppole

Growing up one of  my most favorite treats was fried dough with powdered sugar - known by most as Zeppole.   Another name my family used for them was "pettole".  It's what they call Zeppole in the Italian region of Puglia, or at least in my Grandmother's town in Bari....

Chocolate Peanut Protein Shake Cookies

I’m super excited to be partnering up again with my friends at #Foodiechats via Georgia Peanuts  #PeanutMadness I’m not sure if you remember a while back, I introduced you to Peanut MILK by Elmhurst.  It was an absolute new product to me and I was thrilled to get the...

Baci di Dama – Italian Lady Kisses

*This post may contain paid promotion or affiliate links that I receive a small commision on at no charge to you* Pucker up guys cause' I've got the perfect cookie for everyone on your nice list! These baci di dama, a.k.a Italian lady kisses, make the perfect addition...

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...