Superhero Muffins

I felt like I was getting fat this summer. The answer to my weight issue was to get a scale and weight myself every morning. Not fun. What is fun is seeing how small food changes make a difference in my weight. I hate being 30 and having to worry about staying healthy and thin. […]

Overnight Raspberry Challah Bread French Toast

Having guests stay? Try this one. It’s beautiful and helps take stress off of baking in the morning. Assemble the night before, pop in the fridge, and in the morning just put it in the oven. Warm maple syrup and some dusted powdered sugar makes this French toast irresistible. Overnight Raspberry Challah Bread French Toast […]

Zaino’s Eggplant Parmesan

Last week I went to my friend Meg’s house and she taught me how to make eggplant parmesan. Her husband is Italian and this is his grandmother’s recipe. Gotta love stealing an Italian grandma’s recipe! Italians are not the best at using exact measurements, but we did out best to include our best estimates and […]

Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce

If you are like me, you would love to have your kids eat more vegetables. I try not to force it at my dinner table, but it is obvious my girls don’t like them! I see some kids pounding cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers and think, “where did I go wrong?” Serves me right […]

Baked Pastina & Chicken

An acquaintance stopped me at the gym this week and said she heard about my blog from a friend and had been reading it and trying some of the recipes. How sweet! That was music to my ears. I created this website is to give good recipes and ideas to friends and family. It’s fun to […]

Spaghetti aglio e olio

Italians know how to make simple ingredients taste insanely good. This traditional dish from Naples means spaghetti with garlic and oil. The garlic is a star of this dish so make sure to follow directions to ensure you don’t over cook it. Also, if you can, buy pasta from the area of Naples known as Gragnano. […]

Favorite Child Zucchini Bread

My family jokes that my brother is my mom’s favorite child. She would always make this bread because is was “Nick’s Favorite.” To this day, we still claim she likes him more, but she will protest that fact to her grave. Except she does admit that he “just gets her.” This bread is moist, sweet, and a […]

Momma’s Spaghetti Sauce

This is the best spaghetti sauce. My dad likes it even more than his own Italian mother’s sauce! My mom has developed it over her married life. Follow exactly how it’s listed and read my mom’s tips at the bottom. It’s amazing that my Norwegian/German mother has perfected this Italian spaghetti sauce. I love having […]

Sunday Night Bolognese

This meat sauce tastes like you spent a long time making it, but it is very easy and even fast enough for a weeknight meal. In fact, I got this recipe from the Barefoot Contessa cookbook and she calls it “weeknight bolognese.” However, in my house I love to cook pasta for family or friends […]

Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

If you try one recipe from my website this month, try this one! I made this to serve along the big pot of chili I made and it was everything I hoped it would be. It was moist (I hate that word) and buttery. This is another recipe from Nancy Souders that she has graciously […]

Life Changing Sweet Potato Casserole

What would the fall or Thanksgiving be without sweet potato casserole? My sister-in-law gave me this recipe and now I make it ever year for my family. My sister commented it was her favorite thing on her dinner plate this Thanksgiving! Sweet potatoes are under used in my book and I hope to cook with […]

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I know I said I’m not a baker, but according to my friend today, this bread is “blog worthy.” I love quick breads because, um….they are quick and easy. No yeast, flouring a surface, or using a mixer. I made this banana bread last spring shortly after my stroke as I was learning to get […]

Gourmet Macaroni & Cheese

As the cold weather settles in and I am trading my pedicured toes and flip flops in for ugly feet in socks and uggs, I am also trading our weeknight meals of grilled chicken in for comfort meals like macaroni & cheese and soup.  As I debate how we can move out of this freezing […]

Penne alla Vodka

My favorite Italian sauce is vodka sauce served over penne pasta. It’s simple yet has rich flavor and is the ultimate comfort food for me. I love cooking Italian food at home because the smell of onions and garlic sautéing is the best smell in the world! There are differing opinions of where vodka sauce […]