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 […]

Marinara sauce is made in my household weekly. There seems to always be a container of it in the refrigerator. To me, making marinara sauce is as routine as pouring milk into cereal. I barely even considered it a “recipe.” Until I met my husband, I didn’t think making marinara was anything out of the […]

Crostini is one of the most perfect appetizers. You can use your imagination to dream up wonderful combinations to top a crusty piece of bread with. This roasted grape crostini with a chili laced ricotta is one delicious bite. Drizzled with honey and sitting on top of New York Style Panetini this is a great […]

Every Christmas Eve I look forward to my Dad making, Zuppa di Clams. We celebrate the Italian Tradition of the 7 fishes on Christmas Eve. While my mom, sisters and I are busy prepping for Christmas Day, my Dad takes over Christmas Eve. In preparation he brings all the men in the family to Arthur […]

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