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…

Dreamy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I am a big fan of freshly baked cookies, fresh out of the oven.  There is nothing better than a warm chewy chocolate chip cookie except when you double down and make them extra chocolaty.  Made my kiddos a batch of chocolate chunk cookies last night and the fam went crazy for them.  Obligatory milk…

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…

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…

Beef Street Tacos with Homemade Flour Tortillas

I have been in love with tacos since I first made them in my 5th grade Home Economics class at Minue School.  Since that time I have come to adore Mexican food.  I know I have told you all this before, but it bears repeating because, well this is my blog and I said so dammit! …

Erin Go Bragh….CrazySexy Irish Girl

Growing up my Irish mother loved St. Patrick’s Day, almost as much as she did Christmas.  She was proud of her Irish heritage and she loved making corned beef and cabbage when St. Patrick’s Day rolled around.  She made it the classic way that most people do, which is ok, but honestly, I don’t like…