There are lots of popular recipes that call for the use of breadcrumbs. Simple dishes like breaded chicken cutlets or chicken fingers call for breadcrumbs to add flavor and texture. They are used as a binder in recipes such as meatloaf, meatballs, or crab cakes. Breadcrumbs could be considered a pantry staple in may homes. […]

Did it rain on your 4th of July parade, like it did mine? We had to do a rain date for our bbq. Instead of getting super sad and staring at our grill I put our dutch oven to work. Grab some mussels and some crusty bread to turn that frown upside down! Just as […]

Growing up I remember my mom often making my dad a beet salad. The salad consists of canned beets, beans, red onion, with a red wine vinaigrette. At least that is what it looks like in my memory. The beets have a very earthy flavor, you can almost taste the dirt. Some people love, and […]

As the summer season approaches we fire up the grill and sweep off the deck. Our weekends become filled with cookouts and picnics. Whether you are a guest or a host you will at some point be thinking about what to bring or serve at a bar-b-que. Traditional coleslaw and potato salad are a must. […]

My dad loves his Italian deli’s and has passed that on to me. He does his best to find the best sandwich place (among other things) where ever he travels. When he would come home from a trip he would always have stories about where he ate. A good sandwich goes a long way. It […]

  Sides at a bar-b-que can be just as exciting as what is on the grill. Pasta salads are bar-b-que staple. I love the traditional mayonnaise based salad but it has been losing popularity. This fig summer squash orzo salad with yuzu vinaigrette is a fresh new take on the ever loved pasta salad. Giving […]

  Pasta Punttanesca is one of my all time favorite pasta dishes. It is a go to dish any type of night for me. It is the best way to make a regular tomato sauce taste special.I even got Brian into it and became part of my regular pasta rotation. This and shrimp scampi are […]

Recently the women’s group at my church held a fundraiser. Each participant took 3 containers and filled them with whatever they could think of. We had soups, sauces, chili, salads, and other yummy concoctions.¬† I chose to make a butternut squash soup with caramelized onions. The sweet onions were a perfect compliment to the butternut […]

As the month of March approaches we start to see signs of spring. It is almost time to usher in sunnier and warmer days. We look for ways to brighten up our food as well as our tables. I recently had the opportunity to share some great spring recipes with¬† Hidden Hills Magazine . Seeing […]

This Bolognese inspired baked ziti is a great weeknight dish. Adding ground beef to this dish makes it even more satisfying. Like a bolognese sauce carrots and wine add another layer of flavor. The ricotta makes the sauce even creamier. Then topped with lots of mozzarella cheese, which is everyone’s favorite part! My husband is […]

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