A Hidden Gem….The Breadhive Bakery & Cafe🍞

This past weekend my husband and I went to a wonderful little cafe on the west side of our city.  Not only is it a cafe, it really is a cooperative bakery owned by its workers. It’s delightfully quaint with the large chalkboard word full, the racks of bread and hooks full of bagels and…

Chicken Thighs with Shallots and Olives

If you want moist tender chicken this recipe is for you! Although dark meat is my favorite you can use whatever chicken pieces you love. All the flavors are amazing together … serve it hot with a salad and a light cool bottle of wine. Enjoy❤️ Recipe: 1 tablesp butter 2 tablesp olive oil 4…

Orecchiette with Squash, Spinach & Pancetta

We are coming up onto my favorite time of year, Fall🍂. This season is just perfect for making these kind of dishes. Warm days, cool nights and all the beautiful changing of colors are my inspiration! I recently saw this fall recipe in a magazine and had to try it….My version is a little different than their’s…

Spicy Arugula and Pearl Couscous Salad

Lunch!❤️ 1 bunch Arugula 1 cup Pearl Couscous 2 tablesp lemon juice 1/2 teasp Dijon mustard 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste 1 ripe tomato,diced 1 small tender cucumber 4 large ripe strawberries, thick sliced 1 handful golden raisins 1 sweet red bell pepper, diced 1 handful of pistachios as…

Pasta in Vodka Sauce with Tomatoes & Basil❤️

I’ve made this pasta recipe many different ways and each time it’s better than the first! What ever kind of pasta you use, short or long, homemade or store bought it will be delicious….it’s that awesome sauce that makes it work😋 Recipe for sauce: 3 tablesp extra virgin olive oil 1 sweet onion, chopped 3…

Our Darling Bryce is Turning 3

This past weekend was my wonderfully silly, absolutely darling little grandson Bryce’s 3rd Birthday🎂 He brings joy to everything in this world and along with our little angel granddaughter Paige, my life will never be the same. My whole family was together to celebrate with him and my daughter even got a toy train to stop…

Redo “Sloppy Joes” in Biscuit Cups!

This recipe is a take on my classic “sloppy joes” which I posted here in March of this year. I was really looking for some new recipes that were simple to make for my kids when I go to visit and found this in one of my many old Taste of Home recipe books. The…

Sicilian Caponata

This delicious eggplant recipe was something my Sicilian grandmother would make all the time. We’d eat it with crusty warm bread for dipping as a starter to a wonderful dinner or just as a snack with special cheeses and thin sliced meats. Just another one of those wonderful food memories I have❤️ Thanks Gram! My…

Bianca Pizza with Swiss Chard & Meatballs

This pizza was outrageously delicious!  Its different and very flavorful, the sauce is creamy, the meatballs & Swiss chard are tender while the mozzerella cheese brings them all together on the thick bread crust. Another recipe that’s become a favorite❤️ Recipe… SAUCE: 2 tablesp butter 2 tablesp flour 1 cup whole milk or half &…

Stuffed Pepper Soup

    Recently I made some Italian stuffed peppers as you can see from a previous post, they were amazingly full and delicious but I did have some leftover stuffing that I saved and just decided to be like my grandmothers and use my leftovers to make another great meal as they did so many times…

Chicken Salad with Grapes & Cashews

Everytime I make this salad it’s a hit! On a flaky buttery croissant it truly is even better❤️ Try it on a hot summer day, it’s easy and delicious with fresh fruit and a cold drink. Hope you enjoy it! Recipe: 1 rotisserie chicken, pulled from bones and cut up into chunks 1/4 lb+ salted…

The Melting Point ❤️

My husband just took me out to lunch to a darling simple little restaurant in a small part of our city called Allentown. It’s called”Melting Point”and most of what they serve is amazingly creative Grilled Cheese sandwiches with soup! Our sandwiches were made with lots of tasty cheese, chicken, avocado and thick bacon with different…

Shrimp with Pasta, Peas and Lemon Oil

This pasta dish is so delicious I hope you will at least try it once. A great summer dinner that’s simple to make and so healthy with all the fresh veggies out there this time of year. Enjoy ❤️ Recipe: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon, zested *(Combine the oil and the lemon…

Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers

These homegrown peppers might not have been perfect in shape but they looked so amazing that I had to buy them! The farmers market was full of their bright shiny colors so I decided I was going to make my wonderful stuffed peppers. The recipe Is full of flavor with homemade sauce, fresh seasonings, ground…

Fresh picked Blueberry Anytime Bread!

Berries are my favorite fruit and Blueberry picking is always so fun for me each year.  On a beautiful warm sunny summer day in July I take my headphones,my music & my sneakers to go picking! It’s an amazingly cathartic experience for me and I look forward to wandering through the bushes picking and eating…

Cavatappi Pasta with Zucchini,Sweet Onions & Spicy Sausage

Just a quick pasta dish made with inseason fresh zucchini, sweet vadalia onions and some yummy spicy Italian sausage. The flavor is amazing and has been a favorite of mine every summer at this time☀️ You can use any kind of pasta you love,add different veggies and even leave the meat out and make it…

Strawberry & Fig Mixed Greens Salad

I made this salad for lunch the other day and it was so delicious I had to share! The balsamic vinegar brings out the sweetness in the figs & strawberries while the tasty olive oil adds a fresh flavor covering over the greens, together you have a simply beautiful salad❤️ Serve with some great grain…

A Memory of Aunt Grace’s Turkey Pot Pie

Just recently I had a craving for a dish that I haven’t had in a very long time. I was remembering Thanksgivings when I was young, we had a grand Italian Turkey dinner of pasta, soup, bread, cheese and yes a huge Turkey! It was either at our house, my grandmother’s or my uncle &…