Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread with Bacon

I love fresh figs.  Growing up we had these all the time as they were an Italian staple.  One of my favorite ways to enjoy figs are to have them sliced with fresh Homemade Italian Style Ricotta Cheese with a drizzle of honey atop some fresh crostini.  I could make a meal out of this alone…

Lazy Day Ricotta Pancakes with Mixed Berry Compote

The weekends are big in our household.  It is a day for our family to reconnect and come together for a meal, since, unless it’s wrestling season, or my fireman isn’t protecting our town from fires, we are home lingering.   Breakfasts become a big deal to us, and my kidlets look forward to waking up…

Blood Orange & Poppy Seed Muffins with Blood Orange Glaze

Blood oranges are one of those fruits that I naturally equate with my Italian roots. Growing up I spent some of my summers staying with my Grandmother in Jersey City, and back in the 70’s there was a Peddler who would peddle his fruits and vegetables by cart around the Italian neighborhood my Grandma lived…

Savory Carrot Pancakes

Now before you say anything, keep any open mind.  This recipe was created with a healthy consciousness that is emerging in me.  I have to be honest pancakes are not my go to breakfast choice and never have been.  It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I need protein in my breakfast,…

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…

Lavender & Lemon Shortbread

I love the taste of lemon and lavender.  They just seem to have an infinity for one another, at least I think so.  I wanted to make a nice light dessert for the kids, since I have been bombarding them with rich heavy desserts lately.  I think this is the perfect dessert for a luncheon,  with…

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…

Pumpkin Spice Muffin with Cream Cheese Frosting

Finally feels like fall, and nothing says fall like pumpkin spice muffins.  I love the way the house smells from the mix of spices so fragrant, and the touch of sweetness that the sugar coating gives them along with the velvety smooth frosting is the perfect Sunday brunch treat! These muffins are so good you’ll…

Blackberry and Lavender Muffins with Lemon Glaze

We have been blessed with an abundance of fresh fruit on our property in Upstate NY, we have blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, bushes and apple trees.  I went there expecting a surplus of blueberries only to find that Upstate NY in our area in Preston, NY had received so much rain in August that it pretty…

Sausage Biscuits and Gravy

     On Saturday and Sundays I love nothing more than to get up early, yes I said get up early, yes, the same girl who curses her alarm clock at 6:00 am Monday thru Friday.  The house is quiet, I can meditate, then enjoy a cup of coffee without any agenda, unless it’s Varsity Wrestling season, then…