"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!


Vanilla Coconut Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola

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Now that I have gotten the hang of making granola; I've decided to make a holiday batch and give it out as Christmas gifts. 


Slow Cooker Swedish Beef Stew #Food of the World


Being from an Italian American background Swedish cuisine's ingredients and seasoning couldn't be more forward to me. My family has tried beef stews with beer in them for St. Patrick's day, and a bottle of red wine in a French recipe, so I thought beef stew would be the perfect introduction to Swedish food for my family. 


10 Quick Meals: For the Busy Holiday Season. #Weekly Menu Plan

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Tis the season to run around like a chicken with it's head cut off, shopping, going to holiday concerts, visiting friends and family... sometimes dinner just isn't your day's priority. Keep the ingredients on hand for these quick meals that will keep you healthier and save you money ... by keeping you out of the take out window. 


Peanut Butter Pudding from: Super Baby Food Book by Ruth Yaron #Weekly Menu Plan

Super Baby Food Book

When my two children were babies I wanted them to eat the healthiest foods. I quickly realized that commercial baby food was not the most nutritious or tasty options out there. Store bought healthy baby food was and still is very expensive. I wasn't sure what to make for my kids?


Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes #Weekly Menu Plan

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Meeting dinner guests at your house at the same time you are coming home from work... Boy you don't feel like cooking. So glad you threw all the ingredients for Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes in the crockpot before you left for work this morning.


Mushrooms in a Butter Sauce over Egg Noodles #Weekly Menu Plan

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Mushroom Fun Facts:
  • Mushroom's DNA is more like ours than plants.
  • Mushrooms make vitamin D from the sun like we do. 
  • The largest organism in the world is a mushroom.


Maple Granola with Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds and Walnuts #Weekly Menu Plan

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I finally got tired of spending $4's for a container of fresh granola. I've always know that it is very inexpensive to buy your own rolled oats and make granola yourself. 


Marsala Pierogi #Weekly Menu Plan


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When you think of pierogies, the Eastern European dumpling, you probably associate them with borscht and cabbage not spinach and mushrooms... and most especially not with Marsala wine!


Slow Cooker Hungarian Paprika Chicken #Food of the World

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The first time I had Hungarian Paprika Chicken my daughter was in the 3rd grade. I went to a school event where families shared a recipe from their ethnic heritage. A good friend of my daughter's parents are from Hungary and they made this dish. 


Chicken Tenders with Saffron from "Recipes from My Persian Kitchen" #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Bolhsen Group. All opinions are my own. 

Keep your meal plans fresh by checking out a new cuisine. Nasreen Zereshki's new cookbook, "Recipes from My Persian Kitchen" is filled with simple home cooking recipes from her childhood.


Quick Baked Ziti #Weekly Menu Plan

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Lots of folks coming to your house last minute? Have a bunch of kids you need to make a meal for...? Quick Baked Ziti is your dinner solution. 


Chicken Francese #Weekly Menu Plan

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There are many stories about the origin of Chicken Francese. The one I like goes like this: Around the 1940s French food was becoming popular in fancy restaurants in the US. An Italian restaurant owner decided to make something "French like" he called this chicken dish "allah Francese" or "Chicken Francese"


Puttanesca Sauce #Weekly Menu Plan

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Puttanesca sauce has quite a sordid past. It is reputed to be the pasta sauce of prostitutes in Naples that need to make something quick to eat before they got to work. 


Omurice: Japanese Omelette #Food of the World

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My son just returned from 16 days touring and camping in Japan at the World Scout Jamboree. He camped with 34,000 teenagers from around the world. 


Mediterranean Chickpea Burger #Vegetarian Recipes

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My family has always loved falafel and they were very happy when I gave up the pre-made mix and started making my own. 


Spicy Coconut Black-eyed Peas with Spinach & Carrots #Weekly Menu Plan

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I always keep a can of coconut milk in my pantry now. You can mix it with fish, chicken, pork or beans and make a tasty meal in no time.


Chicken with Greens and Soba Noodles #Gluten Free

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My son just came back from the International Scout Jamboree in Japan. I wanted to make a Japanese-ish dish to celebrate his return. 


Rose Lassi #Weekly Menu Plan

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I just tried a rose flavored lassi for the first time at an Indian restaurant. A lassi is an Indian yogurt shake. I had to try to make a rose one at home. I had a bottle of rose syrup from my attempt to make Ispahan Loaf Cake.


Spicy Asian Zucchini

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Are you knee deep in zucchini? Tired of making zucchini bread? Try adding a few Asian spices to your garden zucchini.


How to Lose Weight Without Dieting. #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan


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I was just outraged by an article I read that said Coke-Cola was funding scientists who support the idea that the obesity epidemic is being caused  not by us consuming too many calories, but by not exercising enough.  The majority of scientist believes the opposite, because it is pretty clear that when sales of soft drinks and supersized meals went up obesity went up with them.  


Grilled Antillean Swordfish #Aruba #Food of the World

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We are taking a Caribbean vacation on Food of the World this month. Our cooking group has brought us to the lovely island of Aruba.


Grilled Tequila Chicken with Sauteed Peppers & Onions #The Dash Diet 30-Minute Cookbook by Christy Ellingsworth

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This post is sponsored by Adams Media. All opinions are my own. 

If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or are overweight your doctor may have suggested that you go on the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet. 


Quick Fish Taco

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We have a Mexican restaurant that we love to visit. They fill their tacos with everything: brisket, pulled pork and many varieties of fish. 


Sour Cream Chive Dip #The Better Chip #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by The Better Chip. All opinions are my own.

Chips are so delicious to munch on in the summertime but so many are filled with artificial ingredients and covered in messy powder.


Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas with Poblano Crema Sauce from Cedarlane #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Cedarlane. All opinions are my own. 

My kids are coming and going all this summer. My daughter is in Virginia visiting her grandparents and a cousin, and my son will be leaving for the International Boy Scout Jamboree in Japan next week. 


Summer Vegetable Saute- Zucchini, Tomato & Red Onion #side dishes #summer recipes

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There is nothing like wandering into a farm stand during the summer months and knowing that everything you buy is going to taste delicious. 


Cuban Burger (Frita) #Food of the World

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It is summer and I find myself Dreaming in Cuban. No not just finally getting to read this great novel by Cristina Garcia but actually wanting to go to Cuba.


Tuna White Bean Pasta Salad #Safe Catch Canned Tuna #Weekly Menu Plan


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This post is sponsored by Safe Catch. All opinions are my own. 

When I was a kid tuna sandwiches were a staple lunch time meal. Now parents are so worried about the amount of mercury in canned tuna today they have stopped packing tuna fish sandwiches for their kids.


Penne alla Vodka

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On does not usually associate vodka with tomato sauce, which makes the origin of "Penne alla vodka" something of a mystery.


Shrimp Scampi

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It is funny that we call shrimp in a garlicky white wine butter sauce: "shrimp scampi." Scampi means prawn in Italian, so we are basically calling the dish "shrimp shrimp."


Eggplant and Sweet Pepper-Studded Red Curry from Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking by Nancie McDermott #Weekly Menu Plan #cookbook review

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This post is sponsored by Robert Rose Publishing. All opinions are my own.

Summer is truly here and I want the taste of an exotic tropical destination for dinner... you know since I won't be traveling to a foreign country any time soon. Thailand may be far away, but the ingredients to make it's cuisine can be found in any grocery store's Asian foods section.


Traditional Succotash from The Vegetarian Slow Cooker: Over 200 Delicious Recipes by Judith Finlayson #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Robert Rose Publishing. All opinions are my own. 

Sufferin Succotash! it is summer time and what better vegetarian meal to make then succotash. Filled with all the flavors of summer: corn, tomatoes and lima beans... so delicious on it's own, or as a picnic side... hot or cold. 


My Favorite Adaptations from " Around My French Table" # Adieu French Fridays with Dorie

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Pardina Lentils a version of French Lentils 

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
~ Julia Child

Since Dorie Greenspan and the Dorista's are all disciples of Julia Child I looked to our mutually loved deliverer of French cuisine to America for inspiration on how to say, "Adieu to French Fridays with Dorie."


Skillet Wild Rice Broccoli Cheddar & White Beans #Gluten-Free #Vegetarian

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With so many fresh vegetables available this time of year it is nice to make a vegetarian meal with these flavorful farm fresh finds.


You Grill Girl! Applegate Hot Dogs #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Applegate. All opinions are my own. 

It is grilling season and hot dogs are a classic! I am very careful about the type of hot dog I buy for my family. I worry about fillers and artifical additives. Do you really know what meat by-products are? 


Recipes I Make the Most often from "Around My French Table" cookbook #French Fridays with Dorie

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Dieter's Tartine: Tomato Cucumber Salad over Cottage Cheese

If you had ever told me that I would regularly eat in the summer an open faced sandwich made with cottage cheese; I would have laughed in your face. "I hate cottage cheese." "Cottage cheese is tasteless and eaten to punish one's self for having gained weight."


Coco Crevettes: Shrimp or Prawns in Coconut Milk #Food of the World

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Madagascar is an island off of the coast of Southern Africa. It is famous for it's rich diversity of animal species that are not found in other places. 



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This post is sponsored by Fishpeople. All opinions are my own. 

Some time soon my family's schedule will quiet down but until then we occasionally need a fast and healthy lunch/dinner. 


Cooking Techinques I Have Learned from French Fridays with Dorie #Celebration Week #2: The Never-Doubt-Dorie Moment

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Piperade Stir-Fry

I can't tell you how many times I scratched my head when I read a recipe out of "Around my French Table" some of the instructions just seemed, well foreign to me.


Artisan Bistro Announces New MSC Certified Sustainably-Caught Frozen Seafood Bowls #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Artisan Bistro. All opinions are my own. 

It is the end of the school year and as a family we are running in ten directions. I work very hard  arranging the kids schedule so we can eat together most nights. 


Favorite French Fridays with Dorie Recipe

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Marie-Helene's Apple Cake

I got through the fundraisers, tournaments and events... plus a picnic or two. Now is the time of the school year for award ceremonies: Athletic Awards Ceremony, Academic Awards Ceremony, Music, Art and Technology Gallery...etc. Plus my daughter has a few more softball games before the season ends. Yes, we need rain, but please just two more days of sunshine... so we can wrap this season up! 


Slow Cooker Lemon Sweet Potato Chicken Inspired by Chicken in a Pot: The Garlic Lemon Version #French Fridays with Dorie


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Those of you that live in temperate climates are so fortunate to have your social engagements spread out through the year. Here in the Northeast we have two times of year that we pack every party, fundraiser, and picnic into...Spring and Fall.


Salami Minestrone Soup

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I had some leftover salami from a picnic we had this weekend along with some vegetables. Soup is always a great thing to make with leftovers and vegetables that are starting to wilt.


Indonesian Fried Rice: Nasi Goreng #Food of the World

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All countries who eat rice as their primary grain have a version of fried rice. It is a great way to use left over rice. 


Peace of Meat: Applegate Picnic #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Applegate. All opinions are my own.

Applegate sent my family and I on a stress free picnic. Why was it stress free? Because I didn't have to decipher the label of each package of their cold cuts and cheeses. 


Slow Cooker Seafood Pot-au-Feu #French Fridays with Dorie

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Our last fish recipe with French Fridays with Dorie, most are breathing a sigh of relief... but I am sad. The fish dishes we made together are some of my favorites. 


Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup # Cinco de Mayo

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Happy Cinco de Mayo day! This a new holiday for me. It is not really celebrated in my area on the NY/CT border outside of the Mexican community.


Scallops in Prosecco Sauce #Mionetto Prosecco Brut D.O.C. #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Mionetto. All opinions are my own. 

Prosecco is now a leading sparkling beverage in America, and I couldn't be happier. It has always been one of my favorite drinks. 


Lemon Fromage Blanc Tart #French Fridays with Dorie

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French Fridays with Dorie is coming to an end soon. This tart is our last dessert. I wish I could have left the original alone recipe, but that wouldn't be in keeping with my experience in this cooking group.