Month: August 2020


Jan Hagel

My mom made Jan Hagel every year at Christmas.  Her step-mother (my Oma) was Dutch.  This is one of the cookies that always reminds me of her.   What is Jan Hagel? Jan Hagel is a Dutch bar cookie that is very buttery, similar to a shortbread cookie.  I like the […]


Joe’s Big Italian Meatballs

Joe’s Big Italian Meatballs are the classic Italian-American comfort food!  Who doesn’t like a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs? Joe makes big juicy meatballs that are the size of baseballs.  Of course, you can make them smaller, but then they won’t be Joe’s Big Italian Meatballs! Why does Joe […]


Fresh Fig and Orange Compote

Fresh fig and orange compote is one of the many recipes I like to make when I am lucky enough to find fresh figs!   Fresh Fig and Orange Compote is the perfect accompaniment for sweet or savory dishes In this recipe, I’ve paired the figs with an orange to make […]


Almond Cake with Fig and Orange Compote

Almond Cake with Fig and Orange Compote is a light cake that I like to serve with a fresh fig and orange compote and a touch of whipped cream.  When our friend’s invite us to dinner at their homes, they often ask me to make dessert.  This almond cake is […]


Eggplant Pasta

This is my favorite eggplant pasta and soon to be yours too!  When Joe and I went to Sicily, it was eggplant season.  We ate eggplant at least twice a day every day.  This is a version of a delicious pasta dish we ate in the mountains of Sicily. Why this is […]


Beef Empanadas

This is the classic beef empanada filling that I think of when empanadas come to mind.  Its the most popular with my friends and family, even with our friends from South America! The seasonings have a Cuban influence, but I bake instead of fry them. Even though this is a […]


Margaret’s Light and Refreshing Slaw

Margaret’s Light and Refreshing Slaw is packed full of crunchy vegetables, fresh cilantro, and a bright dressing of just lime juice and olive oil.  All the veggies give this slaw lots of different textures.  The cilantro adds a nice freshness.  If you don’t like cilantro, try another herb in this […]


Southern Style Biscuits

Warm Southern Style Biscuits fresh out of the oven are one of my favorite things to eat. It is really hard for me to wait 5 minutes for them to cool down a little before eating them! These biscuits are very light and fluffy. They are extremely easy to whip […]


Flourless Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Flourless Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Brownies are always a hit at my house!  I love how decadent, gooey and rich these brownies are.  When you bite into a raspberry, it becomes pure heaven!  Everyone’s Favorite Brownie happens to be Gluten Free We have lots of friends and family that are gluten free so […]


Venetian Vegetable Pasta

Venetian Vegetable Pasta is based on a dish Joe and I ate on our first visit to Venice.  We enjoyed it so much, we recreated it!   This pasta has a very light sauce made with a colorful array of vegetables, a little vegetable broth and lots of cheese!  This vegetarian […]


Grilled Artichokes

Grilled Artichokes are a wonderful addition to any antipasto tray, along side some olives and salami, my Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs or Greek Cheese Puffs. They’re also nice as side item with a dinner entrée. I like my artichokes seasoned lightly with lemon juice, olive oil and fresh basil and […]


Tuna and Bean Salad – Italian Style

Tuna and bean salad is a classic Italian dish.  I love to add the tuna and beans to a big bowl of bitter greens lettuces, making it feel more substantial.  I toss it with a  homemade dressing with lots of olives and capers, adding a nice pop of acidity. There […]