Tomatoes may not be summer-ready here in the Midwest, but there's no shortage of beautiful ones in the grocery store, perhaps coming in from California. I picked up some beautiful Roma variety, ripening them on the counter for several days before...
Spinach is that quintessential health food. We know it's good for us, but how often do we really eat it fresh and lightly cooked? With numerous health scares related to tainted spinach, it's a food many people are often weary...
Talk about a quick dinner- and yes, frittatas make great quick and nutritious dinners. Just take it from the rural Italians who live on such rustic, satisfying food. I roasted my peppers ahead of time, but you can easily purchase peppers in...
Pasta is such a quick, easy and filling dinner meal. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, but it'll help you get a satisfying meal on the table in no-time. Check out my list of where you can...
Ever been in a pinch for a quick appetizer or dish to take to an event or someone's home? I had a meeting over with the awesome folks at Crescent Foods and decided I wanted to bring something. Last time...
There's just two of us at home for dinner on most nights, unless we have guests.  With guests dinner just instantly doubles or quadruples and I can make great use out of larger pots and pans.  So, because of the clean...
  Homemade Pizza. It's by far my #1 favorite food. Anything with cheese. Anything with bread. When you combine the two, you have my undivided attention. I grew up on my Sicilian grandmother's homemade pizza. With homemade sauce. She would make pizza on the...
I had the great fortune of being able to do a little baking for a local school bazaar this past weekend. Teachers were raising money to fund the children's Hajj re-enactment program where the kids learn how to properly...
Going back to Ohio this year at the cusp of summer's end and the start of fall was a really blessed opportunity to appreciate what's so beautiful about rural communities, ethnic neighborhoods and simple, all-American living. I was born...
I've been really enjoying my time in Ohio among all the backyard gardeners in my family and in our neighborhood. Needless to say, I have been overwhelmed with the amount of produce people have gifted us, but found that...

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