Spaghetti and Meatballs

A classic dinner, that many of us love!  Do you call it red sauce or gravy? Twirl or cut your pasta? As a teenager, I was invited to my boyfriend’s Nana’s home for dinner. We were all seated at the table and I began to cut the spaghetti with my fork & knife, Nana wasContinue reading “Spaghetti and Meatballs”

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust

Winter layers, not clothes… dessert! Chocolate lovers dream. I wanted to try a no-bake; flourless cheesecake. Thanks to Yummiest Food on Pinterest — the texture reminds me of mousse. The layered combination is delicious! ❤️🍫 8 ingredients Vegetarian Baking & Spices 16 ozBittersweet chocolate 1 tbspGranulated sugar 1 cupPowdered sugar 2 tspVanilla extract Snacks 2Continue reading “Layered Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust”

Avocado Toast

Happy Sunday! I’m slightly obsessed with avocado toast! Avocados pair well with a variety of vegetables, fruits, dips and salads. Sundays are a cooking day! Breakfast or dinner or even a new recipe. I enjoy cooking and baking plus it’s an amazing stress reliever. Slice or mash avocados, blend with sea salt, splash of lime,Continue reading “Avocado Toast”

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

As a kid, I used to help my Mom and Grandmom make chocolate chip cookies. We always looked forward to licking the beaters or spoon …. fast forward 30 plus years it’s highly recommended not to eat raw batter….Sigh. Cookie dough is super delicious! When my son was younger, of course he would help stirContinue reading “Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie”

Caramel Apple Pie

This is not your classic American pie —- a caramel apple pie with holiday cheer, rum! I couldn’t help but smile while simmering the apple ingredients together. Every room filled with this wonderful aroma. I was eager to try Williams-Sonoma’s salted caramel apple pie recipe.  Let me state the recipe does not call for rumContinue reading “Caramel Apple Pie”

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Baking season is here! I love carrot cake ….who am I kidding I LOVE cake. Period.  Did you know Fall is peak carrot season? I never cared for this dessert until my 30’s. The first recipe I made the icing was way too sweet. After an Oprah episode airing Patti Labelle’s Over the Rainbow MacaroniContinue reading “Carrot Cake Cupcakes”

Sicilian Chicken Soup

Fall is my favorite season! Gorgeous colored leaves, apple cider, football, hockey, boots…a long list of seasonal favorites that includes soup for the soul.  Inspired by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Spicy Sicilian Chicken Soup.  A warm bowl of deliciousness! I printed a copy cat recipe, doubt it will be “exactly” like theirs. Similar ingredients along withContinue reading “Sicilian Chicken Soup”

Creamy Cole Slaw

This is my Grandmom’s recipe — I can hear her southern accent calling it “slaw”. Her laugh was contagious, stories were funny and her slaw was a tradition passed down. I love a side of good coleslaw with seafood, ham, burgers, ribs (anything barbecue) and Thanksgiving dinner. For our family, Grandmom’s slaw became a holidayContinue reading “Creamy Cole Slaw”

Smokey Gouda Mac n’ Cheese

Cheese…yes please! Smoked gouda might just be my new favorite. A creamy texture and hickory flavor that melts beautifully. I’ve made the same 5 cheese macaroni n’ cheese recipe for years…thanks to Patti LaBelle. It is delicious however, it’s time to switch it up. A tad reluctant while whisking the flour & butter. It crossedContinue reading “Smokey Gouda Mac n’ Cheese”

Goose Island Brewhouse – Philly

Happy Father’s Day! One of my favorite beers is Goose Island Cooper Project. Goose Island originates from Chicago, a handful of locations including their most recent opening located in Philadelphia, Penn’s Landing neighborhood. Walked inside to a friendly welcome from staff and of course barrels n’ barrels of brew. Nice size bar including an outdoorContinue reading “Goose Island Brewhouse – Philly”