Porreca's Restaurant - Lake George Restaurant Review

Let's just cut to the chase here -- Porecca's Restaurant is one of the best restaurants I've dined at in Lake George, and easily ties my previous favorite eggplant rotolini of all time. The food and the service were excellent and the atmosphere was very welcoming. ...more

This Vegetarian Can Still Cook Meat

Growing up in a family where my mom's side was Italian meant not only learning to make sauce, but how to make sausage and meatballs to go into said sauce. When I became a vegetarian, the ball game changed a little -- I haven't made meatballs from scratch in at least 15 years, and sausage for sauce in about 10. Until Father's Day. I couldn't (read didn't have time to) make the meatballs from scratch, I did get some pre-made ones to add to my homemade sauce. I also decided to make the sausage the way my mom used to and add it to the sauce as well. ...more

Rescue Plants

[Editor's note: There are soft-hearted folks in the world who rescue baby birds, cats in trees, lost children and even abandoned chocolate. Michelle, however, is all about the plants. I love using seeds and blooms as metaphors in life, but she takes it even further. She brings wilting branches back to life and shares her inspiring details. Next time I pass by the clearance shelf at the garden shop, I plan to rescue a plant in Michelle's honor. - Kathy]...more

Michele, you have a friend when it comes to rescuing plants. I, too, have a need to rescue a ...more

Spinach Pizza with Tomatoes & Garlic

This spinach pizza is a perfect example of the creations I love to share with freinds and readers, because you can use your favorite pizza crust, and add as much veggies and ricotta as you want. Known as a "white pizza," a ricotta-based pie doesn't have red sauce and is a nice breakaway from traditional pies. It's also one of my absolute favorites! You can make this gluten free by just using a gluten free crust.  ...more

Buttered Brussels Sprouts

I might have been the only kid who actually enjoyed eating brussels sprouts. My parents always made them this way, making the unfavorable veggie a favorite of mine. Cooking them like this makes them soft, mushy and flavorful. You can cut them in half with a fork and pair them with almost any fish, chicken or meat dish, like my broiled sea scallops. ...more

I love brussel sprouts and haven't had any in months! I think I need to add them to my easter ...more

Cashew Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free)

These Cashew Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies will be devoured by everyone. No one I served them to even knew they were gluten free. It was similar to when I made all gluten-free cookies for Christmas and no one realized they weren't, (gasp) "regular" cookies. ...more

Pasta Caliente

This pasta caliente is packed with some serious hotness! It's also vegan, can be made with gluten-free or regular pasta and is so quick and easy to make. I made it with both types of pasta to fit everyone's dietary needs  -- half-a-pound regular bow ties and half-a-pound gluten free rigatoni. ...more

Fresh Strawberry and Cream Cheese Bites

I had some beautiful Florida strawberries, as well as some open cream cheese, that were on the verge of going bad. In the past I've combined the two, but by scooping off a little cream cheese, smearing it on the outside of strawberry and then taking a bite. And, of course repeating the process a number of times. ...more

Unstuffed Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

My mom would always make suffed peppers when I was a kid, but they were filled with meat, and it felt like it took so long to make. For the past 5 or so years, I've been making this Unstuffed Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers, which also happens to be vegan and gluten free. It's also very healthy (!) filled with fresh vegetables and brown rice. Plus, it's not that expensive to make. ...more

I always love a little protein with my rice. I bet lentils would be delish with the tomato ...more

Happy Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Happy Valentine's Day! If you haven't picked out anything for your Valentine yet, these super easy cupcakes are a sweet treat for your loved one. You can use any cake mix and almost any frosting, although white or pink seems to work best. I tried chocolate and the hearts got a little lost. ...more

I should start shipping them! lol

Michelle ...more