"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!


Dairy-Free Chocolate Pie #Foodie Friday

Dairy- Free Chocolate Pie: simpleliivngeating.com

I was born allergic to milk. Breastfeeding was not popular in the 1960's and there weren't any health food stores to buy vanilla flavored soy milk. No instead my mother gave me a formula called Soyalac. She said it smelled disgusting, but I loved it.

Piperade Stir-Fry #French Fridays with Dorie

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There are foods that Americans just automatically associate with other foods: peanut butter...jelly, bagels...cream cheese, french fries... ketchup. Now as an Italian-American when I hear peppers, I think sausage.


Asparagus Pizza Gluten-Free #River Cottage VEG #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Ancient Trees Olive Oil. All opinions are my own.

I just started cooking through River Cottage VEG and I am so impressed with the number of interesting and easy vegetable recipes in this cookbook. I saw a recipe for Asparagus Pizza that looked so good I decided I needed to have it for lunch. 


Makobi Scribe Amazon.com Blast: Win $100 Gift Card

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Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.


Slow Cooker Mexican Pork #Foodie Friday #Food of the World


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Memorial Day weekend is upon us and we have so many plans, two parades and a party. Our pool club opens up on Saturday. There will be plenty of blue lip children shivering around in the still to chilly water... but they don't care. If there is a pool it's summer in their minds. Hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend.


Arugula, Fennel, & Green Lentil Salad

Arugula, Fennel & Green Lentil Salad- simplelivingeating.com

Eat more vegetables!

I want to don't you? But how do you get inspired to make more vegetables and make them tasty? I am always thinking about these questions. Let's face it we tend to focus on "the main course" the protein dish and the vegetables end up being roasted with some olive oil or boiled and dabbed with butter.


Chorizo & Cheese Dip #Food of the World #Weekly Menu Plan

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After visiting the Southwest and Texas I have been very disappointed with the overly cheesy and under seasoned Mexican food that I have grow up with in the Northeast of the US. It has been getting better, but even if I like the food I still usually feel like I've eaten a brick...the food is so heavy.


Slow Cooker Green Pozole with Chicken #Foodie Friday #Food of the World

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When I was researching recipes for this month's Food of the World visit to Mexico I was immediately drawn to Green Pozole. It is light compared to a lot of Mexican dishes, and I was certain I could come up with an easy slow cooker version.


Roast Chicken with Vegetables for Les Paresseux #Foodie Friday #Food Revolution

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This is a roast chicken for les paresseux (lazy people) who is lazier than a teenager? My kids are growing so fast right now both physically and mentally they seem to always be exhausted; so when I was asked to choose a recipe from Around My French Table that I thought every kids should know how to make for Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day how could I go wrong with a recipe that had lazy in it's title?


Slow Cooker Spanish Chorizo Chickpea Stew #Food of the World

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I spent all of last month researching Mexican dishes and I wrote my own recipes for a few things... and then I got sick. The stomach bug of the century. Barely eating for a week, and when mom doesn't eat... no one else does.

Endive Anchovy Nicoise Salad #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Endives provided by 

"Hold the Anchovies." 

Has always been a favorite phrase of people who do not know how anchovies can take a dish to a new level of taste. You see anchovies are an umami , a natural flavor enhancer. They don't always have to be in the foreground of a dish as in this salad. They can be quietly lurking in the background of say a Brushetta... just enhancing the flavor of the tomatoes and the basil.


Chicken with Raspberry Glaze & Braised Endives #Foodie Friday

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This post is sponsored by Califorina Endives and Driscolls Berries all opinions are my own. 

Endives and berries...I've been dreaming about them. Ever since I received my six pounds of endives from California Endives and my Driscolls berries... I have been envisioning all the different ways I can cook with them. 


Leeks Vinaigrette with Mimosa #French Fridays with Dorie

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Mimosas... champagne brunch... visions of sipping a refreshing cocktail on the deck of a seaside restaurant all came to mind when I saw Leeks Vinaigrette with Mimosa as the recipe this week for French Fridays with Dorie.


24 Hours in New York City: Foodie Tour


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My kids' and I foodie adventure began on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at Jacob's Pickle a soul food pub that makes it's own pickles. You have to order the pickle sampler... sweet, spicy, dill, sour... they were outstanding. Our favorite was the Special Sour Cukes. 



Blackberry Endive Appetizer #Foodie Friday

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May is National Salad month and Driscoll’s and California Endive Farms are challenging bloggers to create fun salads using berries and endives. They also have excellent recipes to choose from on their websites.