Tag Archives: Cheese

Bacon Mac & Cheese with a Chipotle Panko Crust

Yes, this dish was as good as it sounds, and yes, we had it for dinner between TWO thanksgiving feasts! On Thanksgiving day we visited my sister-in-law’s parents. Friday was Snacksgiving 2017, which featured this here mac and cheese, and then Saturday was Thanksgiving with my fam.   Families and holidays can be filled with […]

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

There is a deep joy that comes with seeing friends who you’ve known for many years. This afternoon I had brunch with some of my college friends and we laughed, we drank, we reminisced, and we put a lady-vacation onto the calendar.  Anyone have suggestions for Montreal or Quebec? We are heading there in April! […]

The ‘Huevos Rancheros’ Experiment

I love playoff baseball! The energy of every game is electric and I always get to know some new teams and players outside of the Cardinals and Red Sox (the foundation of our family rivalry).   The downside of this season is that we have been staying up until at least midnight for far too many […]

The Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Portabellini Mushroom Experiment

Walking through the grocery store this afternoon we found some mini portobello mushrooms that quickly found their way into our cart.  After spending the last few weekends out of town we were excited to ‘treat ourselves’ with a homemade meal of steak tips and green beans (post coming soon).  As an appetizer I made some […]

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts

After our orientation to Italy in Chianti we hopped into our rental car and drove north to the Mediterranean coastline for a three night stay in Cinque Terre. The three hour drive highlighted the range of geography across Italy as we drove through farms, saw white capped mountains in the distance, and eventually arrived at […]

Cacio e Pepe

When your cousin marries a man whose family owns a stunning vineyard in Tuscany you drop everything and get yourself there!  Prior to this last month I had traveled to several beautiful parts of our globe but I had yet to visit a country from my family’s heritage.  I have climbed the steps of the […]

Potato Skins

“Just show up.”  It is this simple mantra that brings me back to my computer after a decent hiatus.  That, and an energizing conversation with a close friend who has started his own blog that explores school desegregation and/or resegregation happening across our country today. As our friends munched on yummy appetizers and watched the […]

Spinach Stuffed Shells

This is my 90th post! A year ago I regularly opened my fridge unsure of what to make for dinner and now my electronic recipe box is filling before my eyes and my repertoire is expanding.  Just this week I made these lentils for lunch, as well as a batch of chili, each time utilizing […]

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

I have a love / hate relationship with what I will call the appetizer zone — that time after the guests arrive but before dinner is served.  While the most masterful chefs time everything perfectly, I am usually running around tidying and stirring while simultaneously greeting guests.  Inevitably, while chatting with folks or having a […]

The Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Experiment

The Blog is One year old! What began as an outlet for my grief after losing my mother about a year and a half ago has morphed into a robust documentation of my journey gaining confidence in the kitchen. My mother was my confidant and my cheerleader. We talked every day – particularly on my […]