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. […]

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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]

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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. […]

Chef One was started in 1999 by Chinese Americans who sought to bring Asian flavors to the mainstream culinary scene.  Their factory is currently located in Brooklyn, New York, The factory turns out an impressive 44,000 dumplings per hour. The dumplings and noodles are served in restaurants throughout New York. Chef One has been working […]

The Thanksgiving Parade is almost here! Some people anticipate this event just as much as the Superbowl. Just about every other household will be watching the parade as they prep for the evenings big event. The parade balloons have become iconic. Some of them are Thanksgiving traditions in their own right. Some people even have […]

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