Chicken Caesar Sandwiches with Pretzel Buns

Chicken Caesar Sandwiches with Pretzel Buns

  This was such a great idea for dinner! I was inspired by a post on Pinterest using a slow cooker for this recipe. I made some adjustments to the original but in the end I’m pretty sure the results were the same-deliciousness! See below the recipe for information about the pretzel buns. Chicken Caesar … Continue reading

Feeling like an inadequate Italian today…

Feeling like an inadequate Italian today…

  Photo credit: Pastapomodoro.org Remember I told you all about a gig I have at the local library? Well it seems I am just doing the pasta making demo for the International Club’s meeting on Italy, which is fine by me. Less stress than to have to put together a power-point show and have information … Continue reading

Dear neglected blog,

Dear neglected blog,

I miss you. I miss visiting with my friends via my blog. I’ve been so busy that finding time to write more than this short note is difficult. I am working which is a good thing. But the bigger news is my newest grandson. Benjamin was born last week on his due date. He is … Continue reading

Asparagus,Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Asparagus,Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

  Every now and then I find a recipe using asparagus which gives me hope in using this vegetable that was never part of my childhood meals. With this in mind, I never wanted to try the long, slender funny looking vegetable. Broccoli was a stretch for me as a child. I disliked most vegetables. … Continue reading

My “Big Night”

My “Big Night”

  If you are familiar with Italian movies or have read my post, My Favorite Movies About Food, tonight is going to be one of my “big nights”. It’s the night I cook for the very people who generously gave their time, money and service to my husband and I on our wedding day, exactly  eighteen and … Continue reading

Coming up for air…

Coming up for air…

It’s been a whirlwind of activity the last few weeks for me and there aren’t any signs of it slowing down soon. My oldest daughter is due any day now with her fifth baby which means I am on “call” to go there to watch the other grandchildren while she is in the hospital. I … Continue reading

Braciole’ and Ricotta Gnocchi

Braciole’ and Ricotta Gnocchi

As I dig deeper into the launching my own small business, I am energized more and more. Soon I have a chance to practice cooking in front of people with an upcoming job. I’ll be cooking a dinner for a group of twelve wonderful people. These are people I’ve known my entire married life. They … Continue reading

Wresting with The Devil-book review

Wresting with The Devil-book review

My good friend, Michelle Fabio of Bleeding Espresso, who is now a managing editor at Gemelli Press recently asked me to if I wanted to read and review another book for them. I had already read and reviewed a book published by Gemelli Press, Beyond the Pasta by Mark Leslie, so I was excited to … Continue reading

Trying Tiramisu

Trying Tiramisu

For quite some time, I’ve been making a Tiramisu-themed dessert in some of my classes but I needed a recipe closer to the classic Tiramisu Italy is so famous for. I needed to find a recipe that could be made quickly, not use raw eggs, set up fast and taste delicious.  I guess it’s a pretty … Continue reading

Olives! Olives! Olives!

Olives! Olives! Olives!

Oh how do I love olives. My kids love them, my husband loves them,and my grandchildren love them. Who couldn’t love them? Don’t answer that! I’ve been busy writing menus for my upcoming cooking classes and one thing I notice in a lot of the recipes is the use of olives and/or olive oil. I … Continue reading