Easy Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Need a tasty, easy to prepare Super Bowl appetizer for your Super Bowl party? These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are easy to make ahead and are sure to be loved by your guests. Easy and tasty are the operative words here! The Super Bowl turns into a late night and you don’t want to spend the whole weekend preparing for it. Aren’t you so tired by Monday morning? I’ve been pondering what appetizers I can make for the Super Bowl that are great tasting and easy to prepare. A lot of people seem to like stuffed mushrooms and bacon […]

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Almond Sour Cream Pound Cake with Heart-Shaped Strawberries

Heart-shaped naked cake with heart-shaped fresh strawberries

I made this “naked” cake- a buttery, Almond Sour Cream pound cake with pink Almond butter cream frosting and fresh heart-shaped strawberries for my husband and two little boys for an early Valentine’s Day celebration. Today, would have been my mother’s birthday and I’d also like to dedicate this heart-shaped to her and what she still means to me and always will. This cake called a “naked cake” because the cake sides are not fully frosted and you can see the “skin” of the cake. They’ve become quite popular and are even used for wedding cakes. The cake recipe itself […]

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One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup

One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup

A tasty hot soup is perfect on a cold winter’s day! I make a lot of homemade soup in the wintertime. It warms me up and is comforting even if it is a broth based soup such as this one. Be sure to check out my Homemade Italian Wedding Soup recipe too. It is great for sore throat and a great cold remedy. This soup, made with homemade chicken or turkey stock, and a ham bone makes a perfectly delicious broth with little seasoning. This soup is one of my favorites because I love cannellini beans and when the ham […]

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Videos: How to Make No Knead Artisan Crusty Bread in 10 Min!

Fresh Artisan Crusty Bread

Two days ago, on a snowy, cold day here in the northeast. It was a perfect day to make homemade, fresh crusty bread. My husband LOVES this bread! He surely agreed to taking videos of me making it just so he can eat it afterward! Hence, I was able to make videos of the bread making process. I really wanted to show you how easy it is to make homemade bread and with a loaf of bread at $4 plus, it makes sense to  make fresh loaves of bread myself for a fraction of the price of one loaf! See […]

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10 Ways to Pay Off Christmas Debt Fast!

How to Pay off Christmas Debt

Have you just opened your credit card statement and are surprised at the balance $2566.41 cents? Or maybe it’s even higher than that and you have no idea how you will pay if off before your summer vacation down payment is due.  Although, I am never in favor of paying credit card interest, I know sometimes it is unavoidable if your car breaks down or if you already have a balance you simply cannot pay off in one lump sum. Here are some quick tips on how to pay off your Christmas debt to help you sleep at night. Return […]

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How to Fold a Fitted Bed Sheet Like Martha Stewart!

How to Fold a Fitted Bed Sheet

Have you ever folded a fitted sheet and the result looks like a big linen ball that just came out of the dryer? And if someone walked past it, they wouldn’t even know it was folded. How is that going to fit in your linen closet? See my 90 second “how to” video on You Tube! Video: How to Fold a Fitted Bed Sheet Like a Pro! Subscribe to my new You Tube channel: No Plate Like Home on You Tube I’m pulling out my domestic skills here and am going to show you how to do it. I believe […]

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Arrivederci 2016! Bring on 2017!

Cranberry Lemon Cheesecake

As 2016 comes to an end, and a new year begins, now is the time for reflection and hope for the new year. What did we accomplish last year? What did we learn this past year? What are our goals and aspirations for the upcoming year? I occasionally ponder this question: Does anyone read my blog? Lol! I hope so. I hope I can become a resource to those who are looking for a good recipe, those looking for travel stories, those needing some cooking or DIY inspiration or those new moms looking for someone to confirm their mom struggles. […]

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Italian Sausage and Spinach with Ziti

Italian Sausage Spinach Pasta

This tasty 30-minute meal is certain to become part of your meal rotation if you are a sausage lover.  The sausage and the flavor of the extra virgin olive oil marry in a complimentary flavor to season the spinach and pasta. The grape tomatoes add a hint of sweetness and color to the dish. The garlic and Parmesan cheese just take this good tasting dish to higher level of greatness. In the time it takes you to cook the pasta, this complete meal will be ready. It is a perfect week night dinner because not only is it ready in […]

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Slow Cooker Italian Pork

Slow Cooker Rosemary and GarlicPork

Is the new year almost here already? Again? It seems like this past year went way too fast. It is a bit exciting to wonder what good things the new year will bring. Did you know it is customary to eat pork on the first of the year because it symbolizes wealth and prosperity? I don’t know about that but, I like pork so I’ll keep the tradition going. Kick off the New Year with this savory slow cooker Italian tenderloin pork! With only a few ingredients, 10 minutes of prep time and a * Crock Pot, you can make […]

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Homemade Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

This Italian Wedding Soup is featured on Foodgawker! This traditional chicken broth based soup is a favorite to many people, including myself, with its mini meatballs, escarole, pastina and other vegetables that season the soup to make it savory. I have childhood memories of eating this delicious soup on Christmas day and at other celebrations. It was always served after the antipasto course and before the pasta course. I love making soups in the winter. They are so satisfying on a cold, damp day especially when served with a crusty piece of homemade bread! YUM! This Neopolitan soup has alias […]

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