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2012 in Pictures

After 226 blog posts and 415 pictures, 2012 has come to a close. This was most definitely a great year, from Mad Men Mondays to the gastronomic delights of Italy, it was a year of fun food. ...

Garganelli con Maiale in Guazetto

Our biannual dinner with Linda and David was a rousing success! It’s fun kinda going over the top now and again – and not easy cooking for a mere four people! My instincts are to make massive amounts of food for massive amounts of people. This tur...

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Okay… I had to start with this because it is my all-time favorite version of the song. And ba...

Christmas Cookies

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. A LOT like Christmas. The elves have been busy...

Skirt Steak Sandwiches

I tell ya… I’m so old I remember when skirt steak was cheap. Then it got trendy and the...

Parmesan Pork Chops

  Victor: “How did you get these chops so juicy?” Me: “Skill.” Victor: ...

Beef and Mushrooms

As a kid growing up in a large family, I saw a lot of casseroles, sauces, and gravies. Mom made st...

Family Festivities

Christmas Parties are so much fun! Especially when family is involved. The holidays are a lot diffe...

Cranberry Tangerine Bread

We’re off to a soirée this afternoon and besides a gift for the Italian Polyanna, we needed ...

Stuffed Pork Chops

I’m a little late in getting some of my posts done. I could always use the excuse that I̵...

Patty Melts

I wanted a burger. I also wanted homemade fries. I reached up into the onion and potato basket and ...

Rigatoni with Chicken and Cauliflower

Tonight’s dinner came about through a combination of otherwise unrelated events. The first wa...

Aunt Emma’s Apricot Cookies

This one is the star of the family favorites – Aunt Emma’s Apricot Cookie. Aunt Emma wa...

Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

  Let the baking begin! Cookie baking is a long tradition in our home.  While I always made so...

Beef Pot Pie

I mentally planned this meal yesterday.  I knew it was going to be cold and I knew it would be the...