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A Simple Marinara Sauce!

If you read my post Marvelous, Moist, Meaty Meatballs then you are familiar with my Italian neighbor in Lugano, Switzerland. She is the one who taught me how to make these amazing meatballs. So, what’s a good meatball without an equally delicious sauce? I always thought that a really good marinara sauce took hours and hours of stirring and simmering, stirring some more and simmering some more. While this is true in some scenarios, it was not true in my...

Mashed Potatoes w/Hard-Boiled Eggs Just Like Grandma Made!

  When I was a child I loved being in the kitchen with my Great-Grandmother and Grandmother. I would listen to them chatter about the neighbor down the road, how my Grandfather would make my Grandmother mad and the gossip they overheard at the market about someone or another. They would chatter and giggle while peeling potatoes, shucking corn, snapping beans, preparing pots and pans for the evening meal never missing a beat. I loved to watch their hands flow...

Let’s Splurge! It’s Steak Oscar for Dinner!

Lets Splurge Its Steak Oscar For Dinner

I was at the market this weekend and felt like making something epic for dinner. There were quite a few sales but the grass-fed filet mignon just looked absolutely delish. So did the wild caught white shrimp. I decided surf and turf would be fabulous! I don’t get a chance too often to make a big splurge at the market like this, but, life must be lived and good food must be included. Even if it’s an occasional splurge. I...

Who Said Chocolate Pudding Wasn’t Good For You!?

Have you ever thought you had a great recipe and then it turned out to be a kitchen disaster? Well, that is just what happened to me. I thought I had worked out a wonderful recipe for a “real food” Chocolate Cake topped with a Chocolate Ganache and as it turns out the Chocolate Cake was a kitchen disaster and not very tasty. However, the Chocolate Ganache was splendid. Unfortunately, I had to scrap the cake but salvaged the Chocolate...

Scrumptious Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I made these cookies this week to satisfy Big Daddy’s sweet tooth. He ended taking all but 2 cookies to work with him to share with his co-workers. Well, I guess I should be glad he left me 2 cookies because when he came home that evening he reported that one of his co-workers snatched all the cookies that remained and took them home with him. It turned out to be a workplace joke and everyone had a good laugh....