“Beef Tips” Two Ways: Meaty and Veg

Rich, hearty and full of flavor, this recipe for Beef Tips in Mushroom Wine Sauce is classic comfort food. A few easy tweaks gives you a meaty version and a vegetarian version.

Parmesan Two Ways: Eggplant and Chicken

Got back from vacation recently, and while I love eating out, I really missed cooking. So our first night back I went all out on an Italian meal. As I’ve said before, half of my family are vegetarian (technically pescatarian), and half are omnivores. I never want to make my omni husband and daughter feel…

Classic Meatless “Meat Lover’s” Lasagna

This meatless version of the classic meat lasagna is full of rich, tomato-y, cheese goodness.  It’s so good, no one will miss the meat! I have a weakness for pasta. When I was pregnant, I would send Lenny to the local Italian joint at least twice a week for takeout.  I still find myself with the occasional…

‘Grammy Babs’ Blueberry Cake

In my house, summer means fresh fruits and veggies. My kids and I could live on fresh picked produce in the summer (Lenny, not so much. but he puts up with us!!). This week, my grocery shopping trip yielded a bonanza of local blueberries. So I dug into my recipes to find a likely candidate…

Grandma’s Best Fudgy Nut Brownies

One of my favorite finds from grandma’s recipe box, These little beauties check off all of my boxes for what a great brownie should be: more fudgy than cake like, very chocolatey, and packed with nuts. Who doesn’t love brownies? Well, I’m sure there are some people that don’t, but they aren’t in my family!…

Easy Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

My grocery store had a sale on whole roasting chickens today. 68¢/lb. I love a good roast chicken, especially on a Sunday afternoon. So I couldn’t resist. It reminded me of Sunday dinners growing up. It was always a roast of some sort…chicken, beef, pork. And the smell would fill the whole house. We’d eat…

Quick ‘n Easy Weeknight Dinner: Baked Mac and Cheese

Delicious baked Macaroni and Cheese, colorful sautéed zucchini and summer squash and sweet, rich chocolate peanut butter crescent rolls…this quick and easy menu makes creating a delicious meal on a busy weeknight a breeze! Growing up, both my parents worked. So there were always a few standard menus that were quick, easy and affordable. Tuna…

Picnic Perfect Spaghetti Salad

My go-to salad for summer potluck parties, this pasta salad is a zesty change of pace from mayonnaise-based salads and is full of the color and flavor of fresh garden vegetables.

About me.

Cooking is something that I’ve always been passionate about.  My early memories are filled with family, laughter and wonderful food.  When I got married and had a family of my own, it was important that I brought that heritage forward to my children. I believe that conversation over dinner at the family table can change the world….