Now Leaving 2013…2014, All Aboard!

To say that the past year has been a roller coaster would be an understatement.  As you know, in mid-January I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer after an 18-month fight.  There isn’t a day (or an hour) that goes by that I don’t think of him.  But I know that he is still with…

Aunt Shannon’s Cheesy Spinach Rice Casserole

Hello!  Happy Friday!  How excited are you for the weekend?!  It is expected to be beautiful, but cold here in the Big Apple.  So I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you a dish to keep you nice and warm- Cheesy Spinach Rice Casserole. It’s a recipe that came from my…

Cooking Runs in The Family

Happy Monday! If there is one thing that I know, it’s that cooking definitely runs in my family.  Over the weekend I received a yummy looking email from my cousin Kyle and I wanted to showcase his culinary prowess with you all… Kyle’s Homemade Stuffed Peppers are made from hand-picked peppers stuffed with a blend…

All-American Chex Mix

Hey!  Its Summer, Summer, Summertime!  So just sit back and unwind…I’ll thank Will Smith for that throwback 🙂  I love the Summer, don’t you?  I mean my hair looks like Diana Ross but it’s the time for barbecues, rooftop bars, going to the Shore and live music.  Last week my girlfriends and I relived our…

Munch Some Brunch

There are few things I enjoy more than brunch.  And what’s more perfect than to make brunch on Mother’s Day?  Growing up, we would go to these elaborate brunches that my Aunt Kathy would put together for all the moms in the family.  This year, I wanted to recreate a little of that so early…

Family Coffee Talk

For those of you who have read my blog, you know I consider Fridays “Foodless” and I talk about any of the other wonderful things out there that make me who I am. You may have noticed that I have also been a bit absent so I thank you for sticking with me!  I hope…

New Year’s Eve Brunch

Happy New Year’s Eve!  What a year 2012 has been :). So today I wanted to make something special and different for brunch for my family.  I love having free range of my Mom’s kitchen.  The selection of food is always better! I fished around in the fridge and decided to make something around the mushrooms…

Happy Independence Day!

Hi Friends, I want to wish you the happiest Independence Day.  Have an old-fashioned picnic with family and friends, watch the hot-dog eating contest and top it all off with a spectacular fireworks display.  And, if you are so inclined, you can make a fun cake like I did.  Enjoy! For the complete recipe and…

Nice (Sticky) Buns

I love my dad.  My dad loves Sticky Buns.  My dad has been searching for a good sticky bun for like 20 years.  Ever since our hometown bakery, The Sticky Bun Shop, closed.   They were a full-service bakery, not just a place for buns.  They made the best birthday sheet cakes ever and it…

No, Don’t Come On Irene…

What a week it’s been for me and my fellow East Coasters.  Tuesday, as my desk was rattling and the lights started  I quickly saved the document I was working on, grabbed my purse and hauled ass down 20 floors to the bright and sunny street below.  Yes, you aren’t supposed to leave a building…

These Pretzels are Making Me Thirsty!

God love my aunt Shannon. Not only is my Godmother a great baker and cook, she always manages to find the best foodie gifts. She’s the same aunt that gifted me with this fabulous necklace among other things. Plus, as a fellow cake decorator, she’s a great resource to ask about frostings, tips and fondant….