Poppy’s Italian Potato Croquets

Growing up my father adored his fried food, most of that in the form of delicious Italain fare, and he was an amazing cook.  His chicken parm was the best.  Our standing joke between me and my fireman is he married me for my Dad’s chicken parm, becasue my Dad would make Henry his own tray and no one…

Retro Salisbury Steak

  Growing up I had my fair share of Salisbury steak which, make no mistake, was not steak but ground chuck from Foodtown.  Fast forward to modern-day, and my spin on this classic. It begins with freshly ground, you guessed it, steak, which I use with a mix of sirloin and a nice T-bone, I…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

One of my favorite breads to make is banana bread.  My teens have been inhaling this bread since the time they were toddlers. It is the prefect Saturday morning accompaniment to a warm plate of eggs and bacon, or as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea!  Or a sneaky late night snack that…

Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese

I was cleaning out the freezer recently and I discovered a package of homemade hamburgers that we hadn’t used from Labor Day.  While they were still good, I didn’t feel well enough to go out and grill, so I decided to combine them with some of my creamy, dreamy mac and cheese, and you know…

Smoky Eggplant “Bacon”

  Recently a friend posted a recipe for Eggplant Bacon.  Now being the bacon snob that I am, my initial reaction was yeah right, nothing could take the place of heavenly pork bacon, not even turkey bacon which I begrudgingly eat from time to time, to be healthyish!  Lets face it, some things you just cannot replicate…

Spiced French Toast

  Ever since I was a little girl this recipe has been my very most favorite French Toast recipe.  I have only slightly deviated from this recipe, in that I add in orange zest instead of orange juice like Daddy, and I use fresh grated nutmeg instead of ground.   I have been making this since I was…