Category: Recipes

Biscuits and Gravy

This weeks breakfast special will be biscuits and sausage gravy. This is a family favorite that that is easy to make. I have been making this for my family for years with various sides. It's an easy recipe and can feed a large family. Even better, the recipe can be easily doubled when you have

Frazzalines

No matter when we went to Grandma’s, you knew that you would get something good to eat. Our Grandma always had four things in her freezer: frizzalines, pizza roll, taralli, and chocolate chip cookies. Flour, eggs, Crisco, sugar. These ingredients come together to make another family tradition—Frazzalines. Every Italian family has a variation of this

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

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

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

Easter Pizza—A Family Tradition

Flour, eggs, butter, sugar, Italian meats, cheese, and ricotta. What do these things have in common? They are all part of our family Easter tradition—Easter Pizza. Every Italian family has a variation of this traditional recipe, and everyone believes theirs to be the best. This is just one of the recipes that I have made

Braised Short Ribs for Dinner—A Comfort Food Meal

The aroma of meat and vegetables in a wine and beef sauce permeates the house, and makes you salivate. Comfort food cooking and you just can’t wait for dinner. Everyone loves comfort food. Especially when the weather is dreary or our mood needs a pick-me-up. One of my family’s favorite comfort food meals is beef

Gnocchi—Smells Like Sunday

I grew up in an Italian home. What, you ask? With a name like Jones, fair skin and blue eyes. If you didn’t know me, you would never have guessed. My Italian roots come from my mother, she is a Naccarato, and my grandfather came over on the boat from Calabria. My genes favor my