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Mama’s Baked Rice

(Compliments of Cheryl Pangaro) This family recipe is one of my favorite comfort foods. It is my maternal Grandmother’s baked rice recipe. She was from Avellino, Italy. Print Mama’s Baked Rice Ingredients 1 cup rice (uncooked) 2 eggs 1 lb…. Continue Reading →

Cheryl’s Fig Infused Balsamic Flat Bread

This recipe was created by my dear friend Cheryl, who shares my passion for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. Cheryl’s latest “work of art” is this tasty fig infused balsamic flatbread, which she threw together in a matter of… Continue Reading →

A Mother’s Legacy: Smoked Gouda Stuffed Peppers

If “a mother’s heart is the child’s classroom,” then my mother, Joan M. Orlando, had the biggest heart of any mother I know, for the lessons she taught me during our 48 years of being together are countless. I was… Continue Reading →

Summer Salads – A Work of Art

Summer salads can be as beautiful as they are tasty. For a “work of art” that will dress up your table, start with an oval or round serving platter.

Blue Cheese Baguettes

Talk about bold flavor! I concocted this delight after an evening out with the girls…tons of appetizers to sample, great conversation, and never-ending wine. What could be better? Our sampler platter included a variety of bruschetta- rich eggplant tapenades, sweet… Continue Reading →

Sweet Guac

This sweet and refreshing guac recipe will “wow” your guests and you won’t believe how simple it is to prepare. Print Sweet Guac Ingredients 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seed removed 1 ripe mango, peeled and seed removed 1/3 cup… Continue Reading →

Making the Perfect Fried Egg

For nearly my entire adult life, I have struggled with the making of the perfect fried egg. My frustration mounted when the egg would either stick to the pan or end up “rubbery” in a non-stick pan.  It was not… Continue Reading →

Creamy Polenta

This dish is deliciously creamy and decadent and reminds me of a meal you would order in one of your favorite Italian restaurants. The layers of flavor make my mouth water as I am cooking. I must confess that I… Continue Reading →

Appetizers – We Have All Meals Covered

Appetizers are one of my favorite things to eat and I often enjoy them in place of a meal. These appetizers are made with ingredients commonly kept in the house, and they are a fun project to make with the… Continue Reading →

Southwest Egg Rolls

One of my favorite things to do is recreate great tasting dishes that I order in restaurants. My most recent delicious “experiment” was southwest egg rolls, which were listed as an appetizer, but were filling enough to be served as… Continue Reading →

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This broccoli cheddar soup is the ultimate in “comfort food” for me and it is so simple to prepare. The texture is thick and hearty which makes it perfect by itself, or pair it with a side salad or sandwich… Continue Reading →

Lamb Burgers with Lemon-Infused Kale

For years now, kale has grown in popularity as a cancer fighting leafy green. I incorporated the curly variety into my diet, but I never cared for the texture or taste. I recently discovered the lacinato variety of kale, also… Continue Reading →

Grilled Lime Cilantro Salmon

Salmon is an excellent source of low fat protein, and it contains several vitamins and minerals such as potassium, selenium, and vitamin B12. But it is salmon’s healthy fat known as omega 3 fatty acids which tout the fish as… Continue Reading →

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

My son loves cooking gadgets and cherishes the hours we spend together using them. He has received countless cooking gifts for Christmas and his birthday such as “The Chocolate Factory”, Pop Chef, and cake decorating tools. The most recent addition… Continue Reading →

Pineapple Cream Fruit Parfaits

Pineapple Cream Fruit Parfaits This dessert comes packed with lots of taste and no guilt. When served in fancy glasses, this dessert is “perfect” for a more formal affair (after all, parfait is the French word for “perfect”). I used… Continue Reading →

The Natural Sweetener Debate–Strawberry Spinach Salad

The Natural Sweetener Debate Not all natural sweeteners are created equal. They seem to go in and out of favor, depending on the latest rage. At one time Doctor Oz recommended Agave Nectar as a sugar substitute because it has… Continue Reading →

Homemade Blueberry Syrup

There’s something about blueberry picking that brings me right back to those long and lazy days of summer when I was a child. I recently visited Bartlett’s Blueberry Farm in Newport New Hampshire, where I hadn’t been in about 35… Continue Reading →

Velvety Mango Sauce

This recipe for velvety mango sauce gets two thumbs up from the kids, and I’m told that it is a “fancy sauce worthy of being served in a restaurant”. It is so simple to whip up and pairs well with… Continue Reading →

Experimenting with Swiss Chard

My first encounter with Swiss chard was a few years ago at a fall fair, where local farmers were selling their vegetables in the farmer’s market section. One local farmer displayed huge bunches of rainbow chard, which looked so beautiful,… Continue Reading →

Gourmet Chicken Salad

Nothing says fancy like this gourmet chicken salad, which is my stand-by recipe for special occasions. I love serving this for brunches and lunches when the ladies are gathering to spend time together. The sweetness of the grapes compliments the… Continue Reading →

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