Growing up with an Italian mother, well 3/4 Italian and 1/4 French, made for some pretty amazing meals that a young boy never could truly appreciate. However, there was one dish my mom was famous for: Lasagna. It was a staple of the holidays at our home. She definitely took a lot of pride making […]

One-Pot Creamy Spinach and Lentils


Lentils are a personal favorite in my vegan and vegetarian cooking. I tend to save a lot of recipes that use them on my Pinterest Mostly Vegetarian board (you can follow me on Pinterest here.) A recent save is this lentil and spinach dish I made last week. It’s pretty easy to prepare and can […]

Steak Diane


Steak Diane is one of my favorite stop top steak dishes. I love it so much I have another recipe on the website I did back in 2011 (check it out here.) This version doesn’t use cream, but it does use a lot of butter.  You can also remove the mushrooms in this version, but […]

Crockpot Apple Cider Beef Stew


With temperatures staying in the 90s, and mostly high 90s, this October it really isn’t feeling like Fall yet.  So, I’ve decided to have Pinterest bring Fall to me. I bought some fresh squeezed apple cider from Whole Foods last Sunday and wanted to use it in a rich, flavorful stew. After a few searches, […]

Dark ‘n’ Stormy Cocktail


This is my first cocktail recipe post and it’s a simple, but delicious one.  I likely will be adding some more cocktail recipes as I work through some at home.  I spent a week trying to get a mojito down, but spent most of that week taking a few sips and then pouring the rest […]

Buttermilk Fried Chicken


I want a deep fryer. In fact, I’ve wanted one for a number of years.  Not because I want to fry everything. I don’t.  But when it comes to fries and tempura and some other cooking efforts that work better with food submerged in oil than in a 1-inch puddle of oil, a deep fryer […]

Country Bread and Overcoming Fear of Failure


I’ve always had a fear of breadmaking.  Like most fears, it is irrational.  I can and do make some great homemade pasta and I have no problem creating some amazing homemade sauces and complete dishes; however, breadmaking always felt to challenging. Could I knead properly? How about a starter, don’t I need a starter? Did […]

Simple and Lighter Chicken with Biscuits (really)


I love it when I get an email in the middle of my work day saying, “Can you make this?” Stephanie occasionally will find a recipe she would like to try and knows I love a challenge. This recipe wasn’t much of a challenge, though. In fact, it ended up being a pleasantly simple recipe […]

Cavatelli with Vegetables and Olive Oil


Cavatelli is an often forgotten pasta. You probably don’t recall what it looks like when you see it on a menu, but when you see it you go “oh yes, I’ve had that before.”  It doesn’t have a familiar shape like bowtie, fusilli, or penne pasta. Cavatelli is great for sauces that are oil based, like this […]

Tarragon Potato Salad


Summer is ending and with that comes the time of year when people try to get in the last summer picnics.  We were in Northern Michigan last week attending a BBQ at my brother in-law’s place and asked to bring a dish.  It had been awhile since I’ve made a potato salad, but there was […]