Still Life Masters

  This January it was my turn to host a luncheon for my Gourmet Cooking Group.  My cooking team decided we wanted the menu to feature citrus, which is in peak ripeness this time of year.  With citrus in mind, we decided the theme of our luncheon would be Still Life Masters.  This theme … [Read more...]

The Last Days of Summer

The end of summer…a day that sadly arrives each year.  Yet, autumn always has its promises….. pumpkins, red leaves, goblins, and turkey.  But before that last day of summer arrived, my husband, son, and I, along with two other families, decided to have one last day in the sun.  We choose New … [Read more...]

Italian Easter Bread

Italian Easter Bread by Elaine McCardel of The Italian Dish 1 1/4 cups of milk 1/3 cup butter 1 pkg. Rapid rise instant yeast (about 2 1/4 teas.) pinch of salt 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup sugar 3 1/2 cups of flour 1 egg, beaten with 1 tea. of water Sprinkles or pearl sugar for decoration 6 … [Read more...]

Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter!

Buona Pasqua!  Happy Easter! Easter has always been a special time for my family and me.  As an Italian American kid, Easter had been greeted with great expectation because I was completing my Lenten fast of meatless Fridays and no candy for 40 days.  On Easter morning my family and I would get … [Read more...]

Orange Baked Ham

Orange Baked Ham Recipe from the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten 1 (5 to 8 pound) fully cooked, spiral-cut smoked ham on the bone 3 cloves of garlic 4 1/2 oz. orange marmalade 1/4 cup dijon mustard 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed Zest from 1/2 orange 1/8 cup freshly squeezed orange … [Read more...]

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Red and Yellow Bell Peppers and Chives

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Red and Yellow Bell Peppers and Chives 2 bunches of medium sized asparagus, cleaned and ends trimmed off 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, cored and seeds removed, then sliced into long thin strips about 1/2 inch wide or less 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced into 1/2 inch … [Read more...]

Baked Easter Brunch Eggs

Baked Easter Brunch Eggs 8 slices of bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces Extra virgin olive oil 4 hearty slices of french bread, buttered on one side 1 clove of garlic, minced 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped 1 medium size zucchini, coarsely grated 1/2 red bell pepper, diced into 1/2 inch … [Read more...]