There is something simple and nostalgic about Mason jars. I love their simple, shiny clean look, and how they hold the promise of something delicious held over from the garden’s harvest. John Mason invented and patented the first glass jar with a screw-on cap in 1858, and though he didn’t make much money from his… Continue reading Mason Jar love: Simple layered salads & other fun ideas
In the summertime, when we are all blessedly swimming in fresh tomatoes, whether homegrown or from the farmers market, we eat our fair share of tomato sandwiches, salads, and the like. But what else can you do with fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes? This year, we have something new to do with those gorgeous, juicy orbs. It’s my… Continue reading Simple pasta alla checca
We have so much to be thankful for. We do live in a crazy world, I’ll give you that. I work in a TV news station, so believe me, I hear the craziness on the police scanners and on the other end of the telephone, and I see it in my inbox and via satellite… Continue reading Can balsamic vinegar say I love you on a day like today?
Here is a great meal idea that I love to make for my family. It’s very quick to prepare; even on a weeknight after work, you’ll have time to make this! The flavors of the vegetables, garlic, olive oil, chicken and pasta all come together to make this cheerful, healthy main dish that your family… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Chicken-Asparagus Pasta Toss
Hey you, tired person about to doze off looking at the screen…wake up! Just long enough to read this. 🙂 I know you’re busy. You work, whether inside your home or outside (perhaps both), you may be a parent, and you’re just as busy as I am. Some days we don’t know whether we’re coming… Continue reading Sausage-gnocchi soup – a six ingredient recipe!
“The trouble with eating Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later you’re hungry again.” ~George Miller, British writer Admittedly, Italian food can be … filling. Rich. Luscious. Delicious. I love it. Sofia Loren loves it. She said, “Everything you see, I owe to pasta.” I love that she is happy with her curves… Continue reading Italian turkey-eggplant stacks
What do I want to eat when I’m cold? Soup. What do I want to eat when I’m sad? Soup. What do I want to eat when I am sick? You guessed it. Soup. I’ve shared before the connection to my childhood offers, and that’s part of the reason I love it so much. “Soup… Continue reading Top 7 soup recipes to comfort your body and soul
I’ve been working the past several weeks to create some easy-to-make recipes that are, first and foremost, quick to make, but that are also good for your body; in other words, healthy fast food. No need to always drive through a fast food place for greasy burgers or chicken when you need a meal for… Continue reading Healthy fast food: Gingered shrimp and crispy vegetable saute
The delicious fun continues in my kitchen! I am on a mission: to keep us all out of the fast food drive-thru lane as often as possible. Now, I’m not saying that I (or you) will never go through a drive-thru again, nor eat in their familiar little plastic dining rooms. Of course we will.… Continue reading Healthy fast food: spicy fajita steak & veggie saute
I was hungry. It was a cold evening. I was dreaming of soup! Soup, the hot, savory, veggie-laden concoction that is so comforting, warming, and delicious on a chilly night. There is no end to the recipes you can invent and customize according to your likes and dislikes. Isn’t that fun? I decided to make… Continue reading Italian Sausage- Vegetable Soup