• Charcuterie Board

    Charcuterie Board

    Are you ready to receive those guests?  Whether for the holiday season or a friendly get together, a simple Charcuterie Board with all the delicious bites is sure to get your guests eating and enjoying themselves.  The word Charcuterie is French, and it means cold cooked meats. While I love the cold cooked meats idea, I do need to pair them with cheeses, breads/crackers, fruit, veggies and nuts. I mean, why not?! So, this is my kind of Charcuterie Board. Add a glass of fine wine and i’m content! The more colorful, the better. And all these different textures on one platter make me so happy. So, for a holiday…

  • Panna Cotta with Topping

    Panna Cotta with Fruit Topping

    Panna Cotta is such an easy dessert to make and it is so tasty. Trust me, when i say that your dinner, lunch, brunch or breakfast guests will be impressed with this one. Prep ahead of time and serve whenever you want. All you need is a few ingredients and a little time; by little, I mean 15-20 minutes of prep and about 2 hours of resting in the fridge. In a blink you for yourself a fancy dessert; Panna Cotta with Fruit Topping. There are many ways you could infuse this simple recipe with an array of flavors. I like it plain and I also like it with a…

  • Prosciutto Wrapped Eggs

    The Brunch Edition

    This brunch came together due to the rainy, icy Sunday we had last week. Thank you, Spring! In a way I’m thankful but then I’m not. This ugly weather canceled our plans for the day and we were confined, yet again, to the house. What’s better than spending the day cooking and eating?? Especially when you’re in the house with all your loves and you have delicious mimosas and beermosas flowing… Not a whole lot, right?! In comes The Brunch Edition. Everyone loves brunch! I even got my husband to love brunch. When we first met he proclaimed that he didn’t eat breakfast, EVER. I was shocked as I love…

  • Poppy Seed Pancakes with Lemon

      Happy weekend, friends! When your kids ask for pancakes for breakfast you don’t deny them. You make them and then reward yourself with a couple, or five. These Poppy Seed Pancakes with Lemon are to die for. Of course my kids did not eat these as they prefer their pancakes plain with syrup. So scratch the poppy seeds in this recipe for a batch of plain delicious pancakes. I love anything with Poppy Seeds so much. My obsession started when I was growing up in Eastern Europe. It’s a very popular dessert filling especially around the holidays.  So I found this Poppy Seed Pastry Filling at my local Kroger.…

  • The Best Chili Recipe

    Back revisiting this favorite of mine. This time though, I made a vegetarian batch of The Best Chili Recipe. I nixed all the meat and the beer, and I added mushrooms to the mix. It was just as delicious. Of course I garnished my portion with avocado slices. Because I love my avocados on anything. Don’t you? Need the non vegetarian version of this recipe? Keep scrolling… I’ve been using this chili recipe for the past 10 years, at least. I’m pretty sure I mixed a few recipes from various sources to get to this lovely mix of spices. We love it at our house! This recipe makes a large…

  • Refreshing Bourbon Cocktails

    Who doesn’t love a tasty and refreshing cocktail? I know I do! Especially while trying to unwind after a long day or a long and busy week. Now, I have to say that I am new to the Bourbon craze. Frankly, I don’t know much about Bourbon. But, the few cocktails I have tasted here and there, from my husband ordering them at a bar or restaurant, awoke my senses. It is definitely an acquired taste; the more I drink it, the more I like it. Don’t judge me! 😉 So I toyed around with some simple syrup varieties and decided to try a bourbon cocktail using a jalapeno batch…

  • Eggplant Caponata+Squid Ink Fettuccine

    This recipe is perfect for your Sunday family dinner. It comes together easily and it is so satisfying. Pair  it with a nice side salad and some fresh bread and butter and you are set to feed your family and enjoy your time with them as well. Make sure to get some delicious red wine to go with it all. Check out the recipe below and make sure to read the TIPS section to ease the already easy process of making this meal.  

  • Mango+Peach+Mint Sorbet

    This summer treat is the easiest to make and it is so delicious. You can even make it a boozy treat if you wish, for all the adults (21+) at your party. I added a little Elderflower liquor like St-Germain to the mix, but I suspect that it would be delicious with Rum, Tequila and even Vodka.    

  • Watermelon + Prosciutto + Mint Salad

    Well, you won’t find a more refreshing mix than this one for a salad. This salad screams SUMMER and I love it!!! Take 15 minutes out of your busy day and make this. You will love it too. And if you don’t, you can drop it off at my house so I can eat it. If you are hosting a party, I promise that your guests will be impressed with this mix as well. Play around and mix this up with various seasonal ingredients; add cantaloupe, peaches, blackberries, and even your favorite crumbled cheeses. Pure deliciousness and OH so fresh and light. I served this with a soft boiled egg…

  • Cucumber & Tomato Salad

    Are you looking for something fresh, healthy and delicious to make or bring to a summer party? Check out this salad!  Growing up, this type of salad was always on our breakfast, lunch and dinner table. We were lucky to have fresh veggie from the garden, too.  You can mix this up by adding radishes or even thinly sliced peppers. You can’t mess this up, really!  I used to eat this salad with fresh homemade bread and butter. I mean I used to dip the bread in the leftover dressing. Try it. I bet you will love it too!  I made this batch for a crowd. Cut it down for…