Tag: Food

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

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

Happy Mother’s Day

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and like most children, we made plans to treat mom to a special dinner for her special day (I had my day on Saturday, my son had to work Sunday). Steaks on the grill, Italian potato salad, zucchini fries, and garlic bread. For dessert, one of her favorites, a blitz torte

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

Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick ’s Day is known for parades, shamrocks, leprechauns, and all things green. Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Originally St. Patrick’s Day was a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, now it’s an international event celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special

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