Don't shop - use what you have first!

On a rainy day the last thing I wanted to do was go venture to the grocery store and figure out something to make for dinner. So being savvy I decided to scour the cabinets and fridge and see what I could come up with. I remembered we had frozen ground turkey and a bunch of produce I had to use before too late. I decided to go with a favorite of mine. Panzanella Salad. I used a frozen loaf of italian bread and let it thaw out. Then I used my stovetop grilling pan and brushed some olive oil on the bread and grilled it until crisp....more

A Weekend out East

  Sorry I have not posted anything in a while but I had been sick for a few days then went out to Long Island to visit family.It was so nice to get away from our rental in the “wood” and head out to Eastern Long Island.I have been going out to Sag Harbor/Southampton since I was 12 years old.I have so many fond memories of this place and consider it to be my second home. ...more

what gives me strength

What gives me strength during this time?  That is hard to explain. I moved to Ocean County to be near my "person".  Then all of the sudden I lost everything, personal items, furniture, memories, and my cat.  She refused to come out of hiding and bolted during the evacuations - guessing it was the cat carrier in the living room.  A few days after the storm I felt lost, answerless, and numb.  Those who are close to me always boast that I am SO STRONG.  Not this time, I was defeated physically and mentally.  I decided to yell at myself to "Sna...more

Rising Up....

I wanted to dedicate my new blog to all those who lost their homes in Hurricane Sandy.  I am one of them, along with my boyfriend.  We are safe and in a new place but its been a very hard few months.  You will notice that my blog deals with great cooking ideas for kids and adults.  My new project was founded the night of the Hurricane while staying in a hotel with no power and trying to figure out what to feed our troops (his 3 boys, dogs, and his father and his girlfriend).  ...more