Your Holiday & Seasonal Guide for Food & Lifestyle

Koulourakia Greek Cookies with Orange Juice


The holidays just aren't the same without our traditional Koulourakia Greek cookies. I love Koulourakia cookies.  If you’re Greek, you would not be surprised by this as Koulourakia are well-loved among Greek people.  And what’s not to love.  These … [Continue reading]

Easter Remembered and Fun Facts Too


The history of Easter and fun facts too. Easter is a Christian holiday celebrated on a Sunday that follows the spring equinox.  It's the first Sunday after the occurrence of the first spring full moon.  This date varies anywhere between March 22nd … [Continue reading]

Tarragon Deviled Eggs with Chick Centerpiece

tarragon deviled eggs

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 … [Continue reading]

Chocolate Easter Bunny Tabletop Decor

chocolate easter bunny

How to make a chocolate Easter bunny from resin. Easter is coming, and it’s time to decorate for the holiday.  I love decorating for the Easter holiday. For me, that means placing new floral arrangements, hand painted eggs, bunnies, and chicks all … [Continue reading]

Homemade Hamburger Helper from Scratch

homemade hamburger helper

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 … [Continue reading]

Spring Equinox; the First Day of Spring

Spring equinox

The spring equinox heralds the beginning of the spring season. The spring equinox takes place on March 20, 2015.  This day follows the Gregorian calendar, so the date ranges from March 20th through the 21st.   Also referred to as the vernal equinox, … [Continue reading]

St. Patrick’s Day Shortbread Cookies

st. patrick's day shortbread cookies

The luck of the Irish is here with St. Patrick's Day Shortbread Cookies. And what could be luckier than Shamrocks and a pot of gold?  Maybe lots of Shamrocks and pots of gold.  St. Patrick's Day shortbread cookies are a tasty treat for your … [Continue reading]

St. Patrick’s Day Remembered and Fun Facts Too

st. patrick's day

The history of St. Patrick’s Day and fun facts too. St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday celebrated on March 17th.  It honors the birthday of Saint Patrick who died on March 17, 461 AD.  It was Saint Patrick who was credited with converting the … [Continue reading]

Mini Irish Soda Breads with Orange Zest

mini Irish soda bread with orange zest

Mini Irish soda breads with orange zest are perfect for indulging and gift giving this holiday season. Mini Irish soda breads are a great way to bake when you don’t want to bother with baking with yeast.  Everyone knows that baking with yeast is … [Continue reading]

Power Outage Tips for Keeping Perishable Food

power outage food safety

Be prepared for the next power outage. No one likes a power outage.  The loss of electric power can be a huge disruption to our lives.  It can be so frustrating dealing with the inconvenience and cost that occurs with a long term power outage. A … [Continue reading]

Shoulder Lamb Chops with Tomato Orzo

shoulder lamb chops

Shoulder lamb chops with orzo in a tomato sauce makes a terrific one pot meal. I love lamb and I’m always looking for different ways to cook it.  One of my favorite ways to prepare lamb comes my childhood.  In fact, this recipe brings so many of my … [Continue reading]

Dash, Pinch, and Smidgen and other Unusual Measurements

dash, pinch, and smidgen

A dash, pinch, and smidgen may be small amounts but they are still measurable cooking units A dash, pinch, and smidgen.... huh?  A bit confusing and a bit unusual.  Most recipes nowadays are pretty clear when giving measurements.  But sometimes you … [Continue reading]

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese

spaghetti squash with garlic and parmesan

Roasted spaghetti squash with garlic and Parmesan cheese is a comforting cold weather dish. Roasting is by far one of my favorite ways to cook food.  Vegetables benefit especially well from this method.  Roasting provides a depth of flavor to your … [Continue reading]

Presidents’ Day Remembered and Fun Facts too

presidents' day

The history of Presidents' Day and fun facts too. Presidents' Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.  It honors the birthday of George Washington, the first president of the United States.  As time passed, both federal … [Continue reading]

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

red velvet white chocolate chip cookies

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect holiday treat. If you love the idea of red velvet cake then why not try it in a cookie?  My red velvet white chocolate chip cookies are chewy and bursting with a richness of flavor.  The red … [Continue reading]

Valentine’s Day Remembered and Fun Facts too

valentine's day

The history behind Valentine's Day and fun facts too. Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14th.  It’s the holiday of romance, where love for another is expressed by the exchanging of cards, candy, and flowers. The history of … [Continue reading]

Red Wine Reduction Sauce Served over Filet Mignon

red wine reduction sauce served over fillet mignon

Dinner for two with a red wine reduction sauce served over filet mignon. Sometimes there are occasions when you require a special dish.  Whatever the reason to impress a certain someone, celebrate a festive time, or just say “I love you," I have a … [Continue reading]

Groundhog Day Remembered and Fun Facts Too

groundhog day

The history behind Groundhog Day and fun facts too. Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2nd, it's a yearly tradition used to predict spring's arrival.  On February 2nd the groundhog wakes from his winter hibernation.  He emerges from his burrow … [Continue reading]

Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip Appetizer

baked buffalo chicken dip

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 … [Continue reading]

Beef Chili with Bottom Round Roast

beef chili

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 … [Continue reading]

Roasted Garlic Broccoli with Lemon

roasted garlic broccoli

Roasted garlic broccoli is an easy side to accompany almost any meal. Spending time on your main dish... check.  Making an elaborate dessert... check.  Finding an easy, tasty side... priceless! Roasted garlic broccoli is the best solution when … [Continue reading]