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Mini Chorizo Mushroom Quiches made Crustless

Mini chorizo mushroom quiches pack a lot of flavor for such a small bite. Need to bring an appetizer for a night out?  Maybe even to a potluck dinner?  Making a dish that travels well is essential when you plan to bring a dish to share at a party or other event you’ve been invited […]

Breaded Chicken Wings Baked in the Oven

Breaded chicken wings makes a great comfort food appetizer. If you love chicken wings then you might want to try something a little different.  My breaded chicken wings recipe is a crispy and delicious alternative to the Buffalo wings we love to eat.  You may be surprised to know that there are some key differences between […]

Mini Ghosts Chocolate Bark with Candy Corn

Scare up some mini ghosts chocolate bark for the Halloween season. These frightful little mini ghosts chocolate bark are sure to scare up some excitement. Especially when you have your family involved in making them. Working with melted chocolate can be a bit messy, but so much fun when your children are in the kitchen […]

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Rice Filling

Mini stuffed peppers for your next cocktail party. Are you looking for something new and lively for an appetizer?  Well here’s a thought… why not try my mini stuffed peppers?  They are the perfect “bite-sized” version of the traditional Greek dish.  Packed with flavor and easy to eat, my mini stuffed peppers are a fun […]

Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Back to school with homemade macaroni and cheese It’s back to school this week for Jayson and to celebrate we made macaroni and cheese with bacon.  This is not your traditional box version, our macaroni and cheese is all homemade… and it is certainly worth the effort!   Jayson assisted me in the kitchen as we created this comfort food classic.  […]

Mini Pesto Rosso Pizzas with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Mini pesto rosso pizzas combine the flavors of sundried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese I love pizza!  And if you feel the same way, then I have a great recipe to share with you.  First, my mini pesto rosso pizzas are very easy to prepare.  Secondly, they cook on the grill and not in your oven.  I use pocketless pitas […]

Pesto Rosso Sauce with Almonds, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

Create a classic pesto rosso sauce in minutes. A pesto rosso sauce is a classic Italian spread also known as red pesto sauce.  Its main ingredient being sundried tomatoes gives this sauce both its color and taste.  In comparison, green pesto sauce derives its color and flavor from basil.  Both sauces generally contain nuts; pesto rosso […]

Mini Tomato Basil Quiches made Crustless

Mini Tomato Basil Quiches made Crustless Looking for a great appetizer… maybe a small bite for brunch?  Then try my mini tomato basil quiches.  They’re just the perfect finger food for any special occasion; easy to pick up and very easy to eat.  The filling is made of tomato, basil, and chives, now surround that by custard, and you have […]

S’mores Cookies with Chocolate, Graham, and Marshmallows

S’mores Cookies served warm with melting gooey chocolate and marshmallows It’s just like being at a campfire.  Just take two graham crackers and squeeze melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows between them… Yum!  Only this is less messy, chocolate chunks and crushed graham crackers are baked into the cookie crust.  Then I topped each cookie with more chocolate chunks […]

Berry Martini Cocktail with Sugared Rim

Berry martini cocktail is a poolside pleasure A warm summer day is so welcoming.  I wish we had more days like this… but I live in the northeast.  Seasons change and soon summer will become fall; so I make the most out of every beautiful day that I can.  Many times, I enjoy days like […]

Panna Cotta Topped with Fresh Berries

Panna Cotta topped with fresh berries makes a light and tasty dessert. And sometimes that’s all you need after a full meal; a light dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.  It’s a wonderful end to that perfect evening.  Panna Cotta is an easy dessert to prepare.  In fact, it’s even simpler to make than you […]

Basil Pesto Sauce with Parmesan, Romano, and Pine Nuts

Create a classic basil pesto sauce in minutes Simple and refreshing… especially when you use only the best ingredients.  Basil pesto sauce combines the aromatic flavor of basil with garlic, pine nuts, cheese, and extra virgin olive oil.  The two cheeses that I used for this recipe are, Parmesan and Romano, both hard cheeses that […]

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies from Scratch

Homemade chocolate chip walnut cookies are a sweet treat. And why not indulge in something sweet once in a while?  Chocolate chip walnut cookies are easy to make… and with a glass of milk are a joy to eat!  This makes me feel like a kid again.  Every household should have a simple chocolate chip […]

Spinach Cheddar Quiche Made Easy

Spinach cheddar quiche is a light and flavorful meal for any time of day. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast and brunch… and the same is true for a great quiche.  It makes a light lunch or dinner when you’re not interested in eating a meal that’s too heavy.  Quiches are versatile and can be prepared […]

Blueberry Muffins with Sour Cream

  Light and fluffy blueberry muffins for your next brunch. If you enjoy a great muffin then, why not indulge in an everyday favorite?  Everyone needs a basic blueberry muffin recipe, and this one is all you’ll ever need!  These blueberry muffins are light, fluffy, and delicious.  They’re just the right balance of blueberries and […]

Tarragon Deviled Eggs with Chick Centerpiece

Tarragon deviled eggs lay in a bed of cabbage to celebrate spring! After a few months of winter, it’s time to forget about white and focus on color.  Spring is all about brightness, freshness and color!  So why not celebrate it with my colorful & flavorful tarragon deviled eggs?  These classic treats are just as […]

Homemade Hamburger Helper from Scratch

Kid friendly homemade hamburger helper. Easy and kid friendly what more can you ask for?  Well… how about healthy? My homemade hamburger helper answers both of these questions.  And the best part is that my recipe is free of processed ingredients.  This is definitely a concern of mine when I cook for my family.  Now […]

Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip Appetizer

Baked Buffalo chicken dip is your comfort food appetizer. Love the taste of Buffalo wings?  The rich spicy taste that combines the heat from hot peppers with the cool flavors of blue cheese.  What’s not to love about that?  Baked buffalo chicken dip is a tasty appetizer that combines all of the goodness of Buffalo […]

Beef Chili with Bottom Round Roast

This beef chili is thick and rich with a touch of spice to heat things up. Brrrrr!  Yep, it’s wintertime in the northeast all right.  It’s cold outside, and I’m chilled to the bone!  Wouldn’t it be nice to be welcomed home by the nice warm glow of a fire and the comforting smell of a pot […]

Almond Cranberry Chocolate Bark

Spruce up your holiday with almond cranberry chocolate bark with M&M’s. I love chocolate and this is the time of year to splurge a bit.  My almond cranberry chocolate bark is easy and fun to make.  It’s a great recipe to make with kids too; I had a great time making it with my son.  […]

Orange Belt Achieved in Tae Kwon Do

Jayson gets his orange belt in Tae Kwon Do. Today we attended the second ceremony in Jayson’s journey towards earning his black belt in Tae Kwon Do.  This time, along with three of his classmates, Jayson earned his orange belt.  It was impressive to watch as family and friends gathered to see their loved ones demonstrate the skills […]

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