My Audition for All Star Academy

Don’t be getting too excited…I didn’t make the cut for the show, but like my other adventures in life, I learned a little and laughed a little too. This year they offered an on-line option to try out for the second season of Food Network’s All Star Academy.  They scout all over the country, but Continue Reading…

Goodbye Summer, Hello Soup!

I set out to have a great summer with my little family.  One full of memories, all spun on a tight budget and woven in between busy work schedules and summer camps.  I have to say, think we did a really great job of relishing plenty of sun-soaked mornings and balmy late nights this season.   Continue Reading…

Called to Birthday Duty

If you’re a Mom, you know the sinking feeling in your heart when your child drops the bomb about the birthday party they are planning in their heads.  I mean, you want to make them nothing but happy, but where are you supposed to find a Spiderman stand-in or a flying pink unicorn?  If they Continue Reading…

Luke’s Strawberry Neapolitan Pizzettas

Luke submitted an entry  in a kid’s cooking contest this weekend through California Strawberries over Twitter.  See the #KidsCookoff hashtag.  The rules were that you could only use strawberries and four other ingredients and you had to Tweet a video or photo of the child making the dish.  Luke was just not in the mood to Continue Reading…

Manhattan Meatball Sliders

You all have heard me talk about the dinner Chad and I had at Joey Campanaro’s restaurant The Little Owl in Manhattan last November.   If not, be sure to check it out here.  It was a night just filled with delicious food that truly inspired me. One of the dishes that Chef Campanaro is famous Continue Reading…

Happy Birthday Haluski!

It’s my birthday today and I’m hanging onto the tail end of the 30’s with a death grip.  Well, I was this morning and then after a nice cup of coffee and a decision to sluff work, I felt much better and was able to embrace it. I used to want to go shopping on my birthday and Continue Reading…

Grandma’s Cookbooks

I lost my Grandmother last month.   She was 82 years old and the last grandparent I had in this mortal world.  The loss is vast and deep, heavily laden with the memories of a lifetime. Deonn Nelly Thornock was so many things, it is hard to put into words to do her any bit of Continue Reading…

A Dessert Journey

I’ve committed a grave sin.  I know this surprises none of you…you know, the fact that I sinned and all.  You’re like, “What else is new?” But, alas, I had to confess.  I have not posted a blog for 13 days.  That is the longest stretch I’ve ever gone without posting and I am here to Continue Reading…

Lemon and Ginger Trifles

I have always loved ginger snaps cookies since I was a little girl.  The heat of the ginger off-set by a delightfully sweet, crunchy cookie is to me, an irresistible fusion.  The love of a heat and sweet menagerie, was probably in hindsight, an indication that I might be inclined toward a love of cooking Continue Reading…

Badass Mushroom Burger

Sometimes you just have to tell it like it is, so excuse the robust language in the title of this post, as it happens to be completely on point. This mushroom burger was rouge, it was hardcore, it was as meaty as any slab of beef I’ve had the pleasure of consuming.  I talk about Continue Reading…