The holidays are a wonderful time to start new traditions and keep old ones alive. So much of the holiday season is filled with nostalgia and memories. This is part of what makes it so magical. There are certain types of feelings associated with different smells, sights, and sounds during the holidays. One of the […]

    If you are thinking this is a play on shrimp and grits, you are right! When I think of polenta I equate to more of an Italian dish. I love how versatile it is. I have made appetizers with it, main dishes, sides, and even dessert. This creamy version with spicy, garlicky shrimp […]


Our Christmas Eve is traditionally laid back and more casual. My dad cooks up a 7 Fishes feast while my mom and I prepare for Christmas Day. The menu on Christmas Eve follows Italian tradition and we have dishes that are mostly centered around fish.  My dad makes shrimp, lobster, and clams all different ways. […]

Football season is on the horizon as fall is upon us. Everyone is looking for party recipes. This tangy Brussels sprout dip has cheese, and a little bit of ranch dressing. This combination creates a creamy dip that reminds me of the taste of Caesar dressing. The addition of Brussels sprouts makes you feel as […]

These carrot cake pancakes with cream cheese icing were what I introduced to the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family audience. I am still thinking I am going to wake from this dream. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity. It is something I didn’t think I would get to do. Of course I think […]

Chicken teriyaki dip is a riff on the beloved buffalo chicken dip. Superbowl is right around the corner and everyone will be looking for fabulous game day food. I made some stir fry for my family recently and I was struck with this idea. How yummy would it be if I could swim in a […]

I have become obsessed with cookie butter, otherwise known as speculoos.  It is made out of speculoos cookies, which are kind of like spiced shortbread cookies. This treat was first made popular in the Netherlands. Now it is slowly creeping into grocery stores in the U.S.. This is definitely the new Nutella! During the Holiday […]

Candy Bar Pie

Halloween always leaves us with left over bags of candy. While I love the occasional chocolate bar, I am not a teenager anymore. Therefore I need to get rid of that candy sooner rather than later before it ends up giving me a pre-holiday gut. Maybe that is a bit too much information, but I […]