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…

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…

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…

Danielle’s Favorite Buffalo Chicken Wontons

By now it’s no secret that I love cooking for my family.  My kids are so use to telling me they are craving a particular food knowing I will whip it up for them most times on the spot.  It’s one of the many joys of motherhood to me, making my family happy and making…

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…

Diablo Eggs

I can remember learing to make deviled eggs in what was known as Home Economics back in the day, (yes I’m old I embrace it).  My teens know it simply as “Cooking” in their cirriculum.  One of the things we made back in 6th grade was Deviled eggs.  I was not a huge fan of hard-boiled eggs…

Cheesy Jalapeño Beer Bread

One of my Oktoberfest appetizers to make is a cheddar beer dip and serve it with chunks of glorious beer batter bread.  To kick things up I decided to try putting sliced jalapeños into the batter, and you know what? It is amazing. You can totally use this bread for sandwiches or as a fondue dip accompaniment, or…

Italian Eggplant Meatballs…Polpette di Melanzane

I know I reference my Dad quite a bit, but he loved cooking just as much as I do.  Most of what he cooked was stricly Italain because as a the youngest boy of 11 sibblings he was always helping out in the kitchen.  One of the things my Dad made was eggplant meatballs,  I…

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…

Mozzarella en Carrozza

When I was growing up, long before there were the knock off mozzarella sticks there was Mozzarella en Carroza.  My Dad use to make a version of this with Italian bread and mozzarella, which were so deilsh.  I cannot remember how he made his, so I had to rely on making them close to how I imagine…

Cheeseburger Nachos

  My family adores nachos.  I make all types of nachos, but this has become one our favorites lately.  It is a nice change from taco seasoning, and it tastes delicious.  It has all of the components of a cheeseburger but it is such a fun way to eat it! I serve this with my famous…

Kid Friendly Corn Puppies

This recipe came about 13 years ago when my youngest son Henry was at home with my while his brother and sister were in school.  He wanted a corn dog after seeing it on TV for a Kid’s Cuisine commercial and of course we didn’t have one on hand.  I told him we would make…