Skip to main content

Posts

Nani's Italian Stuffed Peppers

Don't we all have certain foods that bring us back to a time long ago, or make us think of a special loved one?  Nani's Stuffed Peppers is that dish for my hubby.  These stuffed peppers evoke memories of his Italian grandmother, Nani. They are authentic Italian stuffed peppers that make a perfect family-friendly dinner. Authentic Italian Stuffed Peppers Nani's Italian Stuffed Peppers Hubby loved these peppers so much that he was determined to learn how to make them.   Years ago, early in our marriage, he called Nani and asked her to show him how to make the stuffed peppers. He wanted to be sure the recipe would be passed on in the family. Like so many recipes our grandmothers used to make, this recipe was not written down. He watched her make the stuffed peppers making note of quantities. A handful of this and a pinch of that have been translated into the recipe you see on this page. Hubby proudly makes these peppers at our house.  This is his specialt

Parmesan Crusted Pigs in a Blanket

I know what you're thinking.  Pigs in a blanket are so yesterday.  Well, you know, what goes around comes around and pigs in a blanket are back again.   Really, they never left. Everyone loves pigs in a blanket and always have.  Go ahead and serve them at your next party. They are perfect for a holiday party or a Superbowl party or a backyard barbecue.  You'll see them fly off the plate. Pigs-in-a-Blanket with Puff Pastry and Parmesan Cheese This post contains affiliate links.  When you shop with these links we receive a small compensation. Parmesan Crusted Pigs in a Blanke t These kicked up, Parmesan-crusted, pigs in a blanket were inspired by a frozen, prepared version I purchased at the grocery store.  The grocery store frozen pigs-in-a-blanket were a holiday specialty item and I bought a box of twelve to try them out. They were good, but a little greasy.  I was sure I could make them better and for less money. The store-brand cost approximately $0.42 each

Stuffed French Toast for a Decadent Breakfast

Once a year I make this Apple and Pecan Stuffed French Toast.  It is delicious, but not exactly a healthy breakfast.  Decadent...yes, healthy....no.  But, this stuffed French toast is oh, so good.  You must have it at least once a year.  It's perfect for a holiday brunch.  I usually save it for Christmas morning. Apple and Pecan Stuffed French Toast This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  We receive a small compensation when you shop with these links. Yummy Stuffed French Toast There are a number of reasons this Apple and Pecan Stuffed French Toast is perfect for a holiday breakfast or brunch. You make it in advance. It's a one-pan dish. It can be served hot, warm, or at room temperature. It tastes like you went to a lot of effort.  This French Toast would also make a perfect, over the top breakfast for New Year's Day, especially because you can make it ahead of time.  That way you can just pop it in the oven New Year's Day

Classic Minestrone Soup

Wintery weather in the Northeast cries out for the comfort of hot soup.  This minestrone soup is my go-to soup recipe and my family's favorite.  I try to change our soup options often by introducing a new soup, but this one remains my family's top choice.   Classic Minestrone Soup This post contains affiliate links.  When you shop using these links we receive a small compensation. Minestrone Soup for You! Minestrone soup is hearty enough to stand on its own with some crusty bread, and fabulous when paired with the sandwich or panini of your choice.  It's also a great way to use your homemade chicken stock. One of the things I think you'll love about this soup is that it is chock-full of vegetables.  Go ahead and add more of what you love.  It will just be a thicker soup. This recipe calls for six cups of stock or broth.  I like to use chicken stock because it adds a depth of flavor I like.  Homemade stock is always the best but the boxed st

A Mushroom Lasagna to Wow Family and Friends

This Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Lasagna is a family favorite.  I make it once a year for our Christmas dinner because it is just that special.  Family members actually ask specifically about whether this lasagna will be on the holiday dinner menu.  They would be very disappointed to hear it is not.  That's why I'm surprised I haven't shared it with you   before now .   Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Lasagna Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Lasagna Add this mushroom lasagna to your repertoire and standby for the raves.  You will be a lasagna hero.  It freezes well, so you can make the mushroom lasagna ahead of time to dazzle your family and friends with mushroom yumminess.

How to Make a Perfect Bacon and Eggs Breakfast

In my opinion, the best breakfast consists of two perfectly fried eggs, crispy bacon, and toast made with a hearty bread. It is the breakfast you want when you have time to relax around the kitchen table, drinking a cup of coffee or two. The Best Bacon and Eggs for Breakfast (This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links you help support this blog.) How to Cook Bacon and Eggs My technique was learned from my mom, by watching her make our family's breakfast over and over again, year after year.  Cooking eggs in bacon fat is easy and takes just a little practice to perfect. All you really need for a great bacon and eggs breakfast is a good nonstick skillet and a good toaster . If you want to make your own bread for toast, a bread machine like mine  will make that easy as can be. Three Ingredients for a Great Breakfast A loaf of your favorite bread Extra-large eggs, because you want a g

Caramelized Onion Dip-The Only Dip You will Ever Need

This is the entertaining season.  Are you ready? Whether it is holiday gatherings with your family or football parties to watch your favorite team, you'll be needing a go-to dip for a satisfying appetizer or snack.   I've been making this caramelized onion dip for years and it is the hands-down favorite of all my dips. I try to keep it on hand in my fridge all the time. Best Caramelized Onion Dip  This post contains affiliate links to use when shopping.  When you shop with these links we receive a small compensation. Caramelized Onion Dip I swear to you that if you bring this dip to a party it will be the first to go and you will be asked to bring it to every party you attend from now to eternity.   It's a good thing this is a pretty easy dip to make.  The only real effort is in making the caramelized onions and that's only because it takes a little time and patience to get proper caramelization.  You don't want to rush it.  It takes about 45 minutes for