How to Experience the True Italian Culture!

Venditti Vineyard Italy

Usually when people think of vacation travel to Italy, the great cities of Florence, Rome, Venice, and Naples come to mind. If you have not yet traveled to Italy and wonder how to experience the true Italian culture, it is worth mentioning the areas that are “off the beaten path” of tourists where you can see this beautiful country with locals. In the countryside, valleys and mountains, there is land that has been in families for generations. There are long stories to be told of how it came to be. If you are contemplating your first trip to Italy, I […]

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Easy Lemon Chicken with Zucchini in Alfredo Sauce

A flavorful lemon chicken recipe paired with tasty Zoodles Alfredo Recipe

YUM! This Easy Lemon Chicken with Zucchini in Alfredo Sauce dinner can be made in 45 minutes or fewer if overlapping steps, not counting the marinating time. My husband devoured it and told me to make it again and again. This zucchini in a tasty Alfredo sauce is nicely paired with a flavorful lemon chicken. They do compliment each other. If you haven’t yet heard of “zoodles,” they are zucchini spiral cut into long, thin pieces similar to noodles. The picture below is Julienne cut so they are a bit thicker. You may use a * Spiralizer or cut them Julienne style. […]

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Cute Finding Dory Bathroom with Tropical Fish

Finding Dory Bathroom

When our two toddlers ripped two towel racks and a bath tissue holder out of the walls, I decided it was time to repaint the bathroom. I wanted to do a toddler theme and always liked an aquatic theme for a bathroom. When my BFF gave me a Finding Nemo step stool and knowing blue is my older son’s favorite color, I decided to go with a Finding Dory theme and we are very happy with the outcome. First, I looked on Pinterest for ideas and found most of them had similar blue colored walls so, I went over to […]

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Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto

Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is one of my favorite dishes because I like the consistency of the Arborio rice. It is a filling Northern Italian comfort food and a great alternative to pasta. The first time I made it, I was skeptical it would stick to the pan and burn, which it will do if you don’t stir it often. I highly suggest using a non-stick pan to cook the rice to alleviate sticking and to minimize clean up. Risotto is a little “needy”; It needs attention while cooking. The key to making this dish successfully is to stir the broth a cup […]

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Easy Zucchini and Bacon Pasta

This may sound like a strange combination but, the sweetness of the zucchini and grape tomatoes mixed with the greatness that is bacon, is really a great combination. The olive oil adds good flavor as well. The first time I had this recipe (without the tomatoes) I was surprised at how good the zucchini tasted with the bacon.  I used my last zucchini from our garden today to make this dish. Who doesn’t like bacon? If you are so inclined, you may make this dish with pancetta which is Italian style bacon. Well, I suppose there are some people. Even […]

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Grilled Chicken Blue Cheese Cranberry Salad

Chicken Blue Cheese Cranberry Salad

I really enjoy a fresh, colorful salad made of good quality vegetables and tasty additions like blue cheese and dried cranberries to give it the salty and sweet contrast. Making your own salad dressing is almost as easy as opening a bottle from the store. It tastes so much better because it is fresh and without preservatives we can’t pronounce. Marinating the chicken, gives a bland salad much more flavor and you can always use leftover grilled chicken. I am sometimes disappointed at the selection of salads I find on menus when eating out that I often just prefer making […]

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Naples and Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

As Italian fashion, brick oven pizza, tiramisu, lates, and culinary tours in Italy have become very popular over recent years, many Americans have an increased great desire to visit the city of Naples and Amalfi Coast Italy in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Can you see yourself sun bathing on the same beaches as Sofia Loren and Rachel Welch sipping ice cold Limoncello? I am the daughter of Italian immigrants so, I’m not only familiar with the Italian culture, I was raised with it. My parents spoke broken English and taught me the language, authentic Italian food and traditions. I always […]

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Twice Baked Eggplant

Twice Baked Eggplant

One day at the produce stand, I found adorable shiny purple mini eggplants. They were only four or five inches in length and I just couldn’t leave without buying them. But, what was I going to make with them? I thought I’d just figure it out when I got home. “What tastes well with eggplant?” I asked myself, maybe even out loud. I had some leftover cooked ground beef I needed to use and then I just started throwing seasonings into the pan along with the ground beef-minced garlic, salt and pepper. I prepped the eggplant, cut it in half […]

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Help! I Have Two Stalkers!

Our boys, David who is now 4 and Daniel who is almost 3, are quite a handful. I was so happy when I found out I was pregnant with Daniel but, I had no idea how my life was going to be transformed. Having my first toddler took getting used to but, having a new born and a 17 month old posed quite the challenge for a new mom, especially one that was child free for a very long time. I had always wanted kids but, the problem was, I had no experience watching kids and I didn’t even have siblings […]

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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore and Spaghetti

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Looking for an easy, but tasty, chicken slow cooker meal that doesn’t take all day to make? Look no further! The marriage of chicken, tomatoes, Italian seasonings, vegetables and a good flavorful olive oil tenderizing in a * Crock Pot makes for yummy meal especially if you are a red sauce lover like me. The traditional Italian Chicken Cacciatore (cacciatore means “hunter”) is not served over pasta. It is served by itself as a course and the chicken is not boneless and skinless. You could make this recipe with chicken thighs or drum sticks but, it would need to cook much […]

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