Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
This started as a recipe with pasta so if you want you can substitute pasta for the squash...but the squash is healthier for you and if you go with the squash you can have two helpings and not feel guilty! This is pure gluten free comfort food! Ohhhh yeah!!!!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I call this my cheerleader salad because whenever I make it my family cheers..."Panzanella!"..."Panzanella!"..."P-A-N-Z-E-L-L-A-FOR-ME, Panzanella!!!"
This is not only a great Italian salad because it is delicious but also because it is a great way to use up any bread you have left over from the day before! I know, leftover bread is almost as funny and unheard of as leftover wine!
Ok, let's begin...
Friday, November 29, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
OMG! Is your mouth watering yet looking at this photo?? Mine is and I just finished eating these!!! I am loving this Fall weather so I'm still all about all things pumpkin! I've been playing around with this recipe in my mind for a while now and this morning just tried them out. They came out yummmmmy! Even my youngest son Benjamin, who declared he does not like pumpkin, devoured his! Why do all my sentences have exclamations in them??!!!! While these are not gluten free, you could easily make them such by substituting gluten free flour. I love separating my eggs and beating the whites so they can be folded in. This creates a lighter tasting waffle and lighter means it has no calories right? Well, that's my story at least and I'm sticking to it! Ok, let me show you how I did this...
Monday, November 18, 2013
Biscotti...if you were playing word association, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it's crispy, tasty bites of incredible yumminess! Equally delicious with coffee, wine, milk, or my favorite treat to serve alongside homemade hot chocolate for my boys Nicolas and Benjamin. These biscotti in particular are pure Fall heaven! Equal parts delicious, equal parts fabulous house aromatic! Make these once and they will instantly become a staple in your baking repertoire!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Let's start from the beginning! I am an only child who was raised by a wonderful woman, Coleene Frances, who while a great Mom, was not the best cook. In fact, great cooking was not something I learned from my family but rather from cookbooks, tv, friends and a lot of trial and error! My Mom worked a lot of hours to support us so I grew up on macaroni and cheese (yes, from that blue box!) and frozen tv dinners, which is why I detest them now and why that is the last thing you would ever see me making for my family! I love expressing my love in many forms but I have to admit that one of my favorite ways is through food. While born a male of Irish, English, and Scottish descent, I swear there is a 70 year old Italian woman inside me because family is the most important thing for me and, although I am married with two kids, I often cook as though I am feeding a family of 8! And a smile instantly creeps upon my face when my family or guests asks for more! While, I am not of Italian descent, I believe I must have been Italian in another life because I have always been drawn to the Italian lifestyle, food, fashion, and art! I had the pleasure of celebrating my 20 year anniversary in Paris and Italy with my lovely wife of 20 years, Samantha last month, and felt like I had come home! While I am drawn to all things Italian, cooking for me all began with the one and only Julia Child!