Happy 85th Birthday to my Darling Dad!

This is my Dad Guido…Happy Birthday Dad!! ❤️ You are 85 yrs young today and with or without hair you’re still as sweet as ever.😘 I know that life hasn’t always been easy but thank you for always being their for us all, we will always be very proud! Hugs and Kisses forever and I…

Sweet Sauce Pizza Bread with Arugula Salad

Pizza and Salad go together so well that I can’t get enough. This is one of my easy nights and the salad is a favorite of mine! Peppery greens and sweet sauce…YUM!!! Use store bought fresh pizza dough, spread onto pizza pan and let raise slightly in warm oven seasoned with olive oil, salt & pepper….

Homemade Italian Sausage, Onions & Peppers with Broccoli Slaw

On a hot day there is nothing like grilling good Italian sausages especially when they are made by your brother! I’m savoring this last package I found and look forward to next years bounty❤️ Served on a soft roll with sweet sautéd pepper and onions. These sausages are the fresh made version of the “Hang…

My Mini Vacation at Lake Canandaigua

Took alittle break in my life and went to Canandaigua Lake for a few days. It’s about an hour from my home and where my husband works. The weather was especially gorgeous, the food was delicious, the lake was lovely and so very relaxing.☀️Canandaigua Lake is the first of the Major Finger Lakes in New York State…

Eggplant Parmesan with Rustic Ragu

This dish is one of my husband’s favorites, He says I don’t make it enough but quite honestly it’s a bit time consuming and until just recently I didn’t have the time or energy to do it. But here we are Babe and I hope you enjoy it😘 RECIPE: 2 eggplants, peeled with both ends…

Simple Spring Garden Tortellini Salad

This salad is simple and easy but so delicious!  Just put it together and sit in a comfy chair with your bowl and enjoy it with a glass of cool white wine or sparking water❤️ My beautiful, oh so comfy outside lounge chair is my favorite spot☀️ 1 lb homemade fresh tortellini or 1 bag…

Baked Tuna Loaf with Creamy Bechamel Sauce

This recipe is from my childhood, I have fond memories of my mom making it for us on Fridays (the meatless day) when we were all home. The creamy white sauce was my favorite part, it made the loaf even better! My husband, even after 35 yrs of marriage, still reminds me everytime that this…

Ravioli with Fresh Pomadoro Sauce

A slight twist on fresh tomato sauce, cheesy pasta, veggie filled and scrumptious ❤️ RECIPE: 1/4 cup olive oil 4 large Beefsteak tomatoes, chopped (6 to 8 plum tomatoes chopped works also) 1/3 of a small head of cabbage, sliced thin 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 cup fresh chopped Basil 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley…

Michele’s Tortellini & Sausage Soup

This is my sister’s recipe! We made it for dinner one night while I was visiting and it was delicious so I decided to put it up for you all. It’s simple,hearty and delicious. Warms on a cold rainy day❤️ RECIPE: 6 to 8 links of Italian turkey sausage, half spicy & half mild 3…

Simple Southern Pulled Pork Sandwich

Many years ago we lived and worked in North Carolina, both of my girls were born there and it was a delightful time in our lives. While there we learned to love different southern foods especially pulled pork sandwiches! Have had many different versions but the simpler the better is my favorite….Here is my fav❤️…

Chicken Cacciatore over Homemade Pappardelle Pasta

Soooo good you won’t be able to stop eating! ❤️ RECIPE: 2 tablesp olive oil 1 tablesp Butter 6 chicken thighs (boneless or bone in) salt and pepper to season chicken 1 med. onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/4 teasp. crushed red pepper 1…

Mom’s Banana Bread

This Banana Bread has been made hundred of times by my myself, my mom and my grandmother, it’s so moist and delicious everyone loves it!  It’s simple and easy even adding fruit and/or nuts make it better❤️ RECIPE: 1 stick Butter, (1/2 cup) softened 2/3 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup sour Cream 1 1/2 cup…

Happy Mother’s Day❤️ to you!

These Beautiful women are what make me a mom, they are as beautiful inside as they are outside and I can’t be prouder to be their Mom! Both are strong beyond words and have been my strength from the day they were born. I only wish for them the same joy that they have given…

Escarole Soup

This simple recipe is an old Italian dish I’ve eaten and loved my whole life!  It’s total comfort food for me and I think I can say that it’s probably my daughter Alicia’s favorite too. ❤️ I heard stories from my grandmother about her childhood long ago when things were tight and there wasn’t a…

Eggplant Napoleon at the “31 Club”

  A Birthday Dinner to remember with my hubby at a beautifully restored landmark restaurant in Buffalo “The 31 Club” ❤️  Eggplant Napoleon…layers of oven roasted eggplant, mozzarella, spinach, ricotta cheese and roasted red peppers, topped with sweet marinara sauce, basil and parmesan cheese. It was so delicious!

Farro & Sausage Stoup

Trying a new whole grain and I loved it! My first taste of Farro was in California while visiting my daughter, it was a cold salad at a wonderful Italian Deli in Santa Monica. I decided to try it in a warm dish and this is what I came up with❤️ Hope you like it!!…

I am so honored❤️

Wow , Thank you so much IL Gusto Di Vivere For nominating me for a Creative Blogger Award! They tell me it’s an award for bloggers by bloggers and I still can’t believe anyone noticed me. Eleanor I’ve never been nominated for anything either and I want to thank you very much for this honor.❤️https://ilgustodivivere.wordpress.com/…

Rigatoni with Rustic Bolognese Sauce

I found this amazingly simple but delicious recipe in an old folder of recipes I have from my Gram, she made it for my grandfather with long thin spaghetti because that was his favorite pasta for everything but I tried it with short thick pasta and it turned out great. Try it you’ll love it❤️…