Spinach Pesto Crusted Chicken

I love this dish.  It truly breathes new life into chicken and makes a fancy, flavorful presentation for a simple dinner party or just a weeknight family meal.  The pesto cooks and encases the chicken to keep it moist and flavorful.  You can use store-bought pesto if you’d like, just be sure to add in…

Patti’s Nut Cups

My family has been making these for over 40 years.  This recipe was given to my sister by a friend’s Mom, many years ago, and we have not deviated one bit from it.  It is wildly popular now, but back in the day it was one of the newer kids on the block and seemed…

Cinnamon Applesauce

I have been making applesauce since my kidlets were babies.  I loved making their baby food as I could easily use the freshest ingredients, without additives.  Now that they are grown babies, they still love Mommy’s applesauce.  Tonight I am making pork chops and it would be a shame not to have applesauce for them…

Oven Roasted Eggplant Parm

I love eggplant.  I love everything about it, taste, texture, versatility! Love, love, love it!  I use to adore fried eggplant, I don’t however, adore the calories and fat.  So I make it in the oven now and have learned to love it even more!  Plus I am getting healthy eating what I love. Sometimes…

Oven Fried Pork Chops

I have to admit I am not a big fan of pork.  I do love pulled pork carnitas, and spicy Italian sausage, but I don’t go crazy for pork chops, loin of pork or any other pork to be honest.  However, once in a while I do crave a good juicy pork chop for some…

Triple Chocolate Biscotti

I love nothing more than to sit and enjoy a nice cup of Cappuccino with a decadent chocolate biscotti.  I feel so connected to my Italian roots when I do this.  For as long as I have been baking I have made biscotti.  It is one of those things that you can make and vary,…

Leftover Chicken Pad Thai

This is my take on Pad Thai.  I think it is more a fusion of Chinese and Thai flavors but it works beautifully.  This is a great recipe to use up leftover chicken as it will go together so fast.  I made oven baked Cranberry BBQ sauce thighs last night and had three large ones…

Christmas Crack aka Saltine Toffee Bark

Several years ago I stumbled upon this glorious recipe, someone made on television.  I had come into it late on a news segment and missed the ingredients.  So I searched low and behold for this recipe and then tweaked it my way.  I have made this with Shortcread cookies crushed with butter and pressed into the…

Italian Calamari Salad

I love squid or calamari if you will!  Now growing up I had this salad quite a bit or my Dad would make squid in a spicy red sauce and we would have it served over linguine. Both equally delish!  It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I began eating fried calamari.  Now…

Fucked Up, Flawed & Full of Grace

“But lack of parental supervision upped the odds in that direction exponentially, for sure.   While it was good in showing a whole generation of girls that they don’t have to settle down and marry for the sake of financial security and motherhood, enabling them to find their place in the workforce against their male counterparts, I do believe there was a negative impact on child rearing that differed from a generation I grew up in.”

Holiday Foods On a Shoe String

Tis the season for love, laughter, gift giving, family, and food.  Many people come to dread the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but it doesn’t have to be expensive.  It can be a festive time and you can still enjoy entertaining without having to take out a second mortgage if you know where you…

Feeling Thankful

Today and always, I am thankful for the love of family and friends and the blessings they bring to my life. As well as my fellow bloggers and my readers. The easiest way to stay humble and appreciate what you have in life, is to be thankful and recognize the gift each day brings us,…