Baking & Cooking

Italian Dinner Party Menu

Italian Dinner Party Menu

I’m pretty sure my blood is marinara sauce. If not it should be with the amount I grew up eating. Basically what I am saying is my family is that stereotypical Italian-American family. You know that, loud, stubborn, opinionated family with the grandma who makes […]

Sugar Cookies (That Keep Their Shape)

Sugar Cookies (That Keep Their Shape)

The most annoying thing is when your sugar cookies fail to keep their shape, this is my go to recipe to prevent that disaster. The key is to refrigerate the cookie, seriously don’t skip that step. Okay now for the recipe. Ingredients 6 cups sifted […]

Zucchini Cauliflower Bake

Zucchini Cauliflower Bake

This Zucchini Cauliflower Bake is a good side dish for roasted chicken breast. It’s a healthy yet somewhat cheesy bake. You can always mix up this recipe by adding yellow squash just remove one of the zucchinis and alternate the slices with the yellow squash […]

Tomato Soup Shots with Grilled Cheese

Tomato Soup Shots with Grilled Cheese

Nothing beats tomato soup. Ingredients 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbs. unsalted butter 1 large white onion, finely chopped 1 large clove garlic, smashed and peeled 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour 3 cups lower-salt chicken broth 28-oz. can whole pureed tomatoes 1-1/2 tsp. sugar 1 […]

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

I don’t know what it is about yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting, but I love them. I think they are proof the simple is better, and of course rainbow sprinkles help too… Yellow Cupcakes Makes approx. 16-18 Cupcakes 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room […]

Tea Party Menu

Tea Party Menu

I threw a little birthday tea party for some close friends. I would say it was more of a “tea” party because although we had little bites it wasn’t raise your pinky figure fancy. Below was the menu with links to some of the recipes. […]

Blueberry and Mini Me Pies

Blueberry and Mini Me Pies

I watched MasterChef Monday and aside from Gordon Ramsey’s crazy yelling, I think the only thing I go out of it was I needed a blueberry pie. So today you have 2 recipes. A regular blueberry pie and mini me’s. Blueberry Pie (for full pie, make half […]

Banana Banana!

Banana Banana!

Sometimes you just want bananas…ok maybe that’s just me. To settle my banana craving I made a Banana  Cupcake I call Banana Banana! Anyone? OK, I’ll just give the recipe. This cupcake is a banana nutmeg cupcake with a banana cinnamon frosting, sure to make […]

All Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes

All Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes

This is a natural, no red food dye, red velvet cupcake. I didn’t tell my test subjects (coworkers) that beets were in them and no one knew the wiser 🙂 All Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes Makes approx. 24 cupcakes 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 […]

Strawberry^2 Cupcakes

Strawberry^2 Cupcakes

  Macerated Strawberries 1 carton (16 oz) of strawberries, sliced in half ¼ cup of sugar Mix strawberries and sugar in a container and have them sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, preferably 24 hours. Blend the macerated strawberries Strawberry Cupcakes Ingredients […]