Warm Mushroom Barley & Kale Salad Salads are always trendy each new year once we’ve packed away the holiday decorations and look towards starting the new year off with good habits. I’ve been making grain based salads for many years as the addition of healthy grains increases both the heartinessRead More →

Apple Hand Pies I usually start the new year off with healthy recipes as everyone is interested in losing those few pounds gained over the holidays. I wanted to share this quick and easy mini pie recipe first however, before we move into “healthier” recipes. This year, we will celebrateRead More →

Apple Cider Glazed Brussels Sprouts I woke up to find a blanket of snow covering the world yesterday. Although very pretty, I just wasn’t ready for snow in November! Luckily the temperatures are too warm for the snow to last long, and I expect it to have entirely melted inRead More →

Crab Poppers With Horseradish Dipping Sauce Christmas is now just a memory, and once the celebration is over, the days after Christmas before New Year’s Day seem just a little too quiet. I don’t know about you, but I spend so much time and effort with holiday preparations that whenRead More →

Feast Of The Seven Fishes Some of the most delicious traditions come from Italian homes during the holidays. Although Italians always seem to take an interest in food particularly during the numerous holidays throughout the year, at Christmas, food always seems to become a priority. Apart from the many religiousRead More →

Cranberry Apple Crumb Pie I am presently sitting in front of the fire, watching the snow falling outside. It is such a picturesque view looking out into my backyard forest. Even the deer are out this morning frolicking in the new snowfall. I completed my holiday decorations as soon asRead More →

An Italian Christmas Of all the holidays we celebrate each year, Christmas is my favorite one, and I love to decorate my house from top to bottom, spoil my family with gifts, and bake up a storm. Though I usually reserve most of my baking for our Umbrian farmhouse guests,Read More →

Christmas Eve Sicilian Anchovy Pasta When planning my Christmas Eve menu this year, I initially did not include a pasta dish. My late Father-in-law always felt that no meal was complete unless it contained pasta, and apparently, he passed on that trait to my husband. After bringing up the topicRead More →

Zuppa Inglese This traditional Italian dessert originated in northern Italy in the region Emila-Romagna although it can now be found throughout northern and central Italy. Although its true origins are unknown, it is thought that it first appeared in the sixteenth century in the kitchens of the Dukes of EsteRead More →