Frugal Eating

I have found the coolest menu website!!  It's called and it is not your usual recipe website!Oh, it has recipes.  And a recipe box to save them in, etc.  But this site has an added feature that is just incredible!! When you first go to the site, you will need to register.  They'll ask for your location and the three grocery stores you shop at the most.  Why?  Because those grocery stores are the key to eating frugal!!...more

friends with benefits

Now listen, I don't choose my friends by what I can get out of the relationship, really I don't! But, this year my fig tree failed me (or maybe I failed it, given the drought) so when my friend called a few days ago and said her tree was giving her more figs than she could manage to harvest, and would I like some, well... you know where this is going already, right?I went over and picked the next morning and came home with more figs than I could safely eat before they went bad. In casting about for a different use for figs, I came across this... ...more

East meets West Arancini

Arancini is an Italian specialty, from Sicily to be precise, dating back to around the 10th century. The word Arancini actually means “little orange” as the traditional fried rice ball are very round and resemble small oranges. You will find many recipes online giving you the supposed original version but as any Italian family can attest, every Italian mother or grandmother has her own secret recipe....more

Wine Pairings for Linguine con le Vongole (Pasta with Clams)

Wine Pairings for Linguine con le VongoleSparkling: Verdicchio “Voile” from Fontezoppa White: Pinot Grigio from Marco Cecchini and Borgo MaddalenaClams are briny. Wines with loads of minerality and a hint of earthiness make a perfect match....more

Kind of Like Groundhog's Day

I've been telling my husband lately that my life is a lot like Groundhog's Day. Monotonous. Yes. But I'm actually the one choosing to shape it that way, since it keeps everything flowing smoothly and sanely here. My personal Groundhog's Day is complete with: * Anticipating hunger by pre-preparing snacks. * Thinking of meals in as far advance as I can stand, so I don't end up in a hot kitchen, myself hungry, tired and surrounded by three gaping mouths. ...more

Wow! You are brave. I am so going to have to clean the house. But I will look for that sweet ...more

Kitchen Independence on the 4th of July: AROMA CUCINA

AROMA CUCINA Cook simply, eat simply, and enjoy yourself with the best of friends and family. A Happy 4th call out to all! J&J ...more

Patriotic Plates

The biggest party of the summer is coming up so it’s time to gather your shopping lists and get cookin’! Whether you’re partying with fmaily and friends or packin’ a picnic to watch fireworks, tasty treats are a necessity. Check out this menu of recipes and go party like it’s 1776!!Homemade Tangy Grilled Tater Chips...more

Product Review, Contest, and Maybe a Giveaway??

This past weekend, I was invited to participate in Better Homes & Gardens Live Better State Cookie Contest.  For participating, I received a 15x10 inch baking pan.  I LOVE THIS PAN!! ...more