Italian Food Festival: Eggplant Parm

International food festivals are a foodies dream come to life. From Spinach Pies to Cornish Pies, there is so much to taste and sample. With a very diverse mix of cultures along the eastern seaboard of the US, we find a multitude of flavors from each festivals culture. We have sample the Greek festival with…

Summer-time Honey baked Beans

Honey baked beans are always a favorite at a family BBQ.  Sweet and Smokey, the beans give great flavor to Grill marinade chicken or beef. Or just as fantastic with burgers and dogs.  Add in Cole slaw or potato salad or both and you got a simple summer-time meal for adults and kids.  INGREDIENTS 1 large onion…

Spring Brunch

Some families prefer a Holiday Brunch as their holiday get together.  Keeping the holiday dinner a more small private affair.  A family brunch is a much easy affair to arrange, because your not the one doing all the cooking.  Families will sometimes offer to pitch in and bring a dish or two. This brunch menu is…

Irish Comfort Food: Irish Stew Pie

By Lisa Skinner There are Irish roots in my family and we sure celebrate them. Irish food is some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted. Being able to make the recipes my ancestors have made, gives me a connection to the past that I wasn’t a part of. Whether you are Irish…

Stuffed Shells with Italian Sausage and Ricotta

By Lisa Skinner                 I am absolutely a pasta lover! Italian food is the way to my heart! What can I say? I love anything with cheese smothered in sauce. My mom and dad were always making the best meals. My mom’s specialty was lasagna. But this recipe is not the lasagna I grew up…

It’s Marti Gras with New Orleans Jambalaya

                Valentine’s Day isn’t the only big festive holiday we have in February. Mardi Gras, this year, is just two days after the day of love. A Carnival Celebration of Fun for all. Every year, our family travels to to New Orleans for a few days of Mardi Gras fun. There are so many flavors…

Comfort Food for February: Mac and Cheese

by Lisa M. Skinner                 Who doesn’t like Mac and Cheese? No one that I know of. I used to have little cooking competitions with my dad. I always felt like he was cheating because I didn’t know to think outside the box on recipes. To get creative and make it an experience instead of…

Cookbook Review: 500 Casseroles by Rebecca Baugniet

 As January is National casserole month, it only seemed fitting that we reviewed a book of collected casserole recipes.  This months review is “500 Casseroles” by Rebecca Baugniet.  The book although small in size is great in the value of its recipes.      Although, there isn’t a story behind each recipe, there is a short…

January is Casserole Season!

If it’s January, then it’s time for warming casseroles that are both flavorful and easy-to-prepare; Cottage Pie is one of those dishes! In a land where sheep were traditionally a primary food supply, it’s not surprising that lamb is the foundation for many farmhouse dishes. However, this dish is equally good with ground beef or…