Sharing Love and Blessings One Bite at a Time on St. Joseph’s Day

By Francesca CatalanoMy mother was a first generation Italian American who worked very hard to keep her culture and heritage alive for her children. We spoke Italian, lived Italian, and, of course, ate Italian!  Not surprisingly, just about every tradition involved or centered on food. In fact, there were many foods as well as culinary tools that I didn’t know the English word for until I went to college....more

Holi Feast

Holi Feast ...more

Mini Strawberry & Lemon Cheesecake!!

Mini Strawberry & Lemon Cheesecake!!Ingredients;1 pack of Honey Graham Crackers (8 long)1 8 oz. pack cream cheese1 egg1 egg white¼ cup white sugar1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract1 cup strawberries (sliced)1 tbsp. lemon zest¼ cup light brown sugar2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter1 tsp. cornstarchDirections:Let cream cheese and egg get room temp.In medium bowl add softened cream cheese, white sugar, vanilla, lemon zest egg and cornstarch...more

9 DIY foodie wedding favors

Our wedding is tentatively planned for the beginning of August 2015. Luckily, we still have a lot of time considering I want to do a lot of the décor and food myself....more

Spicy Pork, Black Bean & Kiwi Tacos

It’s round two with the legendary Spicy Pulled Pork! Normally I don’t really do these “round 2″ recipes, but these tacos are so great that I had to share. Both of these recipes are great for entertaining a large crowd, so when the weather gets a little better, and it’s time for some margaritas on the patio, you’ll be glad that you have this one bookmarked....more

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s PieIrish inspired comfort food; a rich savory filling topped with a fluffy potato crust.

Happy Saint Patty's Day // 5 Reason I Consider Myself Lucky

This is a little late in the day but I didn't want Saint Patty's day to pass us by and not recognize all of the blessings I know I am lucky to have in my life. 1// I AM WELL LOVED ...more

Completely Inauthentic Yet Delicious Foods for St. Patrick's Day

Before I get into any critiques of what is or isn't Irish food, I'd like to list out my credentials: I am roughly 65-percent Irish by birth. I have been forced to listen to Irish folk music from the age of nine because whoever drove got to control the radio. I attended Irish Fest in Milwaukee unwillingly for at least seven years in a row during my formative years. I've willingly gone back twice as an adult. My father once gave Tommy Makem an instant Irish oatmeal pack. I once sang "Danny Boy" at the top of my lungs at an Irish Pub in D.C. with Ted Kennedy, who was only 40 feet away from me. I really like Guinness. ...more
I think when it all comes down to it, just say no to green beer. If I could change that about ...more

Eat Irish This St. Patrick's Day!

My mom’s side of the family is Irish, and very proud of that fact. I thought my grandparents made Irish food more when I was younger, because I have vivid memories of parsley dumplings afloat in Irish stew and seeing it come back up later that night....more

Buttery, Oaty Shortbread with Strawberry-Lemon Sauce and Fresh Cream

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