Pepperoni Cheese Rolls, A Family Favorite

I have been making pepperoni cheese rolls (we call it pizza roll) since I can remember. My grandma made them for all our special family occasions, and always kept some frozen―just in case. Often she would take them out when we stopped to visit.   Of course she makes the best, but mine are close.

Baklava for the Newlyweds

My daughter got married last weekend. Months of planning culminated in the perfect celebration. And my family got an amazing new son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. I am part of a large Italian family, and at our wedding celebrations we have a cookie table. Our cookie table always has several Italian cookies, but

What’s for Breakfast? Make Cinnamon Rolls

How often do you get this question? Me, I get it all the time, especially on the weekends. I don’t mind cooking, but coming up with something different isn’t easy. My go to breakfast items, other than cereal, are pancakes, French toast, eggs, and the occasional waffle (but I hate cleaning the waffle iron). So

Need a Quick Dessert? Make Scones

I am very fortunate to have gotten this recipe from a critique that I did for one of my fellow writers in the Pittsburgh East Scribes writing group. She shared a story with us about hosting an afternoon tea with scones for the Daughters of the British Empire. Her original attempt at scones wasn’t well

New Pittsburgh Novel Bleeding Heart

Today’s post is a bit different. I am interviewing fellow author, blogger and my sister, Staci Troilo. I’ve been following Staci’s writing journey since she started. I’m excited to have my sister as my guest today sharing her journey as an author, and information about her upcoming book, Bleeding Heart, being released on August 11. 

Sweet Tooth? Try Pasticciotti

Those of you who know me, know that I prefer potato chips to sweet desserts. However, there is one sweet dessert that I’m in love with, Pasticciotti. I tried a version at a local bakery, and liked it, but on a trip with my daughter’s soccer team to Italy, I fell in love with it

Shopping Online

Recently, I went to a large retail bookstore looking for a popular book. I couldn’t find it and asked the clerk for help. She said they didn’t stock the book, but she could order it and it would be in the store for pickup in two days, or for a small fee, I could have

Guest Post on Stuff Dudes Like

I’ve been asked to do a guest post for Stuff Dudes Like. Stop by and check it out. As a Pittsburgh area native, my posts center around the City and the activities it hosts. My post is titled: Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest

Woman’s World Cup

Soccer has been a part of my life for many years; as a spectator, coach, player (on the coaches team, and I wasn’t very good), and parent. This weekend we celebrated our Nation’s birthday and our women played for the title of FIFA Women’s World Cup champions. The fireworks were over, but there were more to

Mom, What’s for Dinner?

I heard that question a lot when my kids were younger. I still hear it, but not as often.   With the hectic schedules we keep, after school activities, sports, job, shopping, household chores, we don’t have time to prepare a seven course meal. But we don’t want to go out to eat every night