Easy Apple Crisp with Craisins

YUM! The first taste of this apple crisp recipe will leave you saying “Mmm.” The tart of the Granny Smith apples and dried cranberries seasoned with cinnamon, the sweetness of the brown sugar, the crunchy sweet oats mixed with rich buttery deliciousness is a combination of all things good especially on a rainy fall afternoon….

Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Rosemary and Ginger

Ah…Autumn has arrived. This tasty, smooth, butternut squash soup embodies the natural buttery taste of fresh butternut squash while being enhanced with fresh rosemary, ginger and garlic. Here in the suburbs of Philly, the leaves have started to turn colors and have begun falling as well as the temps. Mums, pumpkins and cornstalks are adorning…

Oven Roasted Vegetables

Roasted veggies seasoned with olive oil can please nearly anyone. This is a tasty, colorful combination of garden vegetables that go well together-eggplant, asparagus, tomatoes and zucchini roasted to some crispness? Yep, I’ll take some! It even looks good raw. The best part about eating this dish is I don’t have to feel guilty for…

Easy Lemon Chicken with Zucchini in Alfredo Sauce

YUM! This dinner can be made in 45 minutes or fewer if overlapping steps, not counting the marinating time. My husband devoured it and told me to make it again and again. This zucchini in a tasty Alfredo sauce is nicely paired with lemon chicken and they do compliment each other. If you haven’t yet…

Cute Finding Dory Bathroom with Tropical Fish

When our two toddlers ripped two towel racks and a bath tissue holder out of the walls, I decided it was time to repaint the bathroom. I wanted to do a toddler theme and always liked an aquatic theme for a bathroom. When my BFF gave me a Finding Nemo step stool and knowing blue…

Three Cheese & Salami Quiche

I make quiches regularly. They are versatile, travel well, easy to make and can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It is a nice “go to” food to have in the refrigerator.   I don’t use cream in my quiche which, I know would upset Julia Child but, we really don’t need the extra…

Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is one of my favorite dishes because I like the consistency of the Arborio rice. It is a filling Northern Italian comfort food and a great alternative to pasta. The first time I made it, I was skeptical it would stick to the pan and burn, which it will do if you don’t stir…

Easy Zucchini and Bacon Pasta

This may sound like a strange combination but, the sweetness of the zucchini and grape tomatoes mixed with the greatness that is bacon, is really a great combination. The olive oil adds good flavor as well. The first time I had this recipe (without the tomatoes) I was surprised at how good the zucchini tasted…

Grilled Chicken Blue Cheese Cranberry Salad

I really enjoy a fresh, colorful salad made of good quality vegetables and tasty additions like blue cheese and dried cranberries to give it the salty and sweet contrast. Making your own salad dressing is almost as easy as opening a bottle from the store. It tastes so much better because it is fresh and…

Naples and Amalfi Coast, Italy

  I am the daughter of Italian immigrants so, I’m not only familiar with the Italian culture, I’ve experienced it growing up. My parents spoke broken English and I can speak enough Italian to get by. My mother was an excellent cook! I’ve visited Italy ten or so times in my lifetime to visit my…

Twice Baked Eggplant

One day at the produce stand, I found adorable shiny purple mini eggplants. They were only four or five inches in length and I just couldn’t leave without buying them. But, what was I going to make with them? I thought I’d just figure it out when I got home. “What tastes well with eggplant?”…