unlovely to look at...

This week I am featuring one of my favorite cookie recipes. That in and of itself may not sound very exciting, but understand that it was actually cool enough to turn my oven on the other evening, and that is cause for celebration around here!Cookies make me happy. I don’t know if I have ever met a cookie I didn’t like, although I certainly like some slightly more than others. This recipe I like for 1) its ease, 2) its versatility and 3) the yumminess factor of the finished cookie....more

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

www.garlicgirl.com seem to be on a never-ending search to find the perfect red velvet cake recipe ever since my sister-in-law, Asunta, won our annual family bake-off with her red velvet cupcakes....more

About Parmigiano (Parmesan)

Mmmmmmmm, Parmigiano Reggiano.  Need I say more.  This Italian cheese, a.k.a: formaggio, is one of my absolute favorites.  That salty, yet slightly creamy taste; just a little can go a long way.  Or as in this week’s Sunday Pasta, Penne con Crema Parmigiano, —a lot—can be simply divine if you know what to add to compliment and balance out its flavor.  So let’s learn a little about its origin....more

...an addiction

I have a serious addiction that might call for an intervention. I. Can't. Stop. Trying. New. Recipes! I've always loved trying new recipes, but ever since Pinterest has come along it's that much more fun and easier to find some really great recipes. Now, I try a new recipe or two almost EVERY day. It's not like I wanted this to happen, but when you're sitting there very innocently looking at your friends' pins and all of a sudden a picture of the most amazing looking food you have ever seen in your life pops up........you just have to try it out....more

The Unwritten History of a Recipe

A strange thing happened this afternoon.As I leaned back against the kitchen sink, my eyes drifted from our grandson's red-crayon drawing held by a magnet on the refrigerator to the top of the appliance. I spied my wooden recipe box, won in a Newman's Own contest years ago.I hadn't opened it since I moved to the farm four years ago. ...more

Sunday Pasta™: Penne con Fagioli Bianchi (White Beans)

In the real world, a triathlete runs, swims, and bikes for most of the day. In New York, a triathlete does Physique57, Spins, and shops for most of the day. If you add in 10 miles of power walking in knee highs and a mini skirt, the NYC calorie burn probably exceeds that of an Iron Man....more

About Fagioli Bianchi (White Beans)

White beans are the winner!  If there were a contest to see what type of food can taste good in pasta AND be healthy for you…ding, ding, ding—white beans, or as Italians call them Fagioli Bianchi, win!  In most Italian households these beans are used in a variety of ways, differing by region.  They are grown throughout Italy from Sicily in the South to Piedmont and Veneto in the north....more

The Baking Project..."Home-Made Cinnamon Raisin Bread"

I bet you thought that I had given up on "The Baking Project" since I didn't make a post on my baking adventures last week.  NOPE!  Absolutely not; I just got busy with "Baby Girl" and didn't have much time to write.  But, I am back this week with one of my FAVORITE recipes..."Home-Made Cinnamon Raisin Bread"! ...more

Recipe Monday - Lemon Curry Chicken Tenders

Spice up your chicken tenders. This is the best sauce I've ever found for them. Ever.RECIPE:...more