Book Review Time!

Book Review Time!

A few weeks back I had a book giveaway from the wonderful publishers at Gemelli Press. The editors are some of my online friends and so very generous. What’s even better is that I’ve gotten to know some of the authors whose books have been published by Gemelli through Facebook. It’s a small intimate family … Continue reading

A Lesson in Quadrucci Pasta

A Lesson in Quadrucci Pasta

Sometimes I have very high aspirations when I find new recipes or new-to-me old country recipe from Italy. I think, “eh, how hard can it be?”. I am here to tell you sometimes it’s really tough.Last night I remembered to buy flat leaf Italian parsley to try this really cool dish called “Quadrucci in Brodo” … Continue reading

Pierogi Tutorial with Photos

Pierogi Tutorial with Photos

This past Saturday I taught a pierogi workshop at Cool Beans Cafe and it was a success. Due to time constraints, we ended up with some leftover dough and filling for me to take home and make for my family. I thought I would add in another recipe for filling as well as giving you … Continue reading

My television debut!

Today the previously filmed cooking class aired on a local news/talk show in Cleveland on Fox 8. I think the whole video is great and done well. I can’t believe how comfortable I was being filmed.  I can’t remember how to embed the video so please click on the link and scroll down to the … Continue reading

Book Giveaway…

This is so simple that I am almost embarrassed to write about it. All you have to do is go and like my Facebook page and help get me up to 500 likes. Once I do, the nice folks at Gemelli Press, publishers of such titles as Beyond the Pasta, Wrestling With the Devil, Among … Continue reading

Entering a new chapter….

As I wrote in my post the other day, last night I had a cooking class filmed for a segment that will be shown on a local daytime talk show. It’s going to be all about date night ideas for couples. I am so thankful to the owner of Cool Beans who gave me the … Continue reading

Celebration Night!

Today is our 19th wedding anniversary. I have the world’s best husband but then again, I am quite biased. He treats me like a queen and encourages me in every single thing I do to make myself a better person, whether it’s in the role of a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend,chef, and soon-to-be … Continue reading

Tips for a Tip….Sirloin Tip that is….

When I was grocery shopping over the weekend I found the price of cheap ground beef per pound to be only $.10 cheaper than a sirloin tip roast per pound. I decided not to settle for the cheaper meat, most likely with additives, and get the roast. We don’t eat very much red meat here … Continue reading

Pappa al Pomodoro or Bread and Tomato Soup

Here in North East Ohio we are suffering with some frigid temperatures outside. It’s the perfect weather to stay inside and enjoy some comfort foods that are hot and filling. Bread and Tomato soup fits the bill perfectly. I’m making this soup Thursday evening for my students attending the Italian comfort foods class at Cool … Continue reading

Chicken Cacciatore

Once again it’s cooking class time for me. The month of January has been filled with one class after another. I do enjoy every minute of the classes. Sometimes the prep work of recipe research and shopping can be taxing but it’s all part of what I do. There are ways to make those parts … Continue reading