Nonna’s Fish with Tomatoes

Nonna's Fish with TomatoesEvery time I make this dish, it smells like Nonna’s been cooking in my kitchen. And that makes me smile.

Nonna wasn’t the typical grandmother. She had movie-star good looks, perfectly coiffed blonde hair, and nails painted red. She smoked cigarettes, told jokes, danced, and was the life of the party. I simply adored her.

Nonna was my first roommate. She stayed with us about three nights a week when I was growing up, as she took turns visiting her daughters. She didn’t drive, so there was no way to tell if she was over when my brother and I would arrive home from school.

But when Mom would answer the door and sing out, “Guess who’s here!” we knew…. 

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Chocolate-Strawberry Cookie Bars

Chocolate-Strawberry Cookie BarsSomebody had better come over here and eat these bars before I finish the whole pan. I cannot behave with these lying around.

I saw these on Pinterest and began salivating immediately. You know how there are some recipes you pin for later, and some that just prompt you to run into the kitchen, forage through your pantry and see if you can make them right now? That’s what happened here. And I’m not sorry.

Chocolate-Strawberry Cookie BarsBut these are dangerous. A buttery shortbread crust is topped with a layer of dark chocolate, dotted with jam and strawberries (I’ll use more next time), sprinkled with sugar, baked and then garnished with sea salt. (I just had to add the sea salt.) What’s not to love?… 

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The Best Corn on the Cob

The Best Corn on the Cob

I’m really picky about corn on the cob, of all things. I either love it or leave it, depending on how it’s cooked. I remember trying to find the perfect method to cook corn as a new bride during the summer of 1993. (I’m from the Midwest, so corn is a big deal.) I tried… 

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Mom's Spinach-Ricotta Pie

Mom’s Spinach-Ricotta Pie

Behold, Mom’s Spinach-Ricotta Pie. Easily in my top ten favorites of Mom’s culinary masterpieces, it was the first recipe I asked her to teach me to make for the blog. I spent a wonderful spring afternoon in her kitchen, in the house where I grew up. Mom always makes this pie in a 9×13 pan,… 

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Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks with Garlic Butter

Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks with Garlic Butter

I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this recipe for Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks with Garlic Butter. It’s the most kid-pleasing, man-pleasing and mom-pleasing chicken I make on a regular basis. Oven-baked and gluten-free, it’s a great substitute for fried chicken, with an Italian twist (of course.) Skinless chicken drumsticks are dipped in melted butter, then… 

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Strawberry-Grape Breakfast Smoothie

Strawberry-Grape Breakfast Smoothie

I had to call this “Strawberry-Grape Breakfast Smoothie” to emphasize that this is a meal. This is the smoothie that tides me over to lunch with no snacks in between. It must be the oats. One day, on a whim, I tried throwing oats into my smoothie to see if that would make me feel… 

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My Kitchen Staples

Stocking a Healthier Kitchen: My Staples List

When I changed my eating habits to include more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and less meat and processed foods (see My Recipe for Losing Weight without Dieting), I had to change my list of grocery staples. I’ve received a request to share my list, because as my friend pointed out, when you’ve been buying… 

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Blueberry Pie with Sugar Cookie Crust

Blueberry Pie with Sugar Cookie Crust

I’d like to introduce you to our favorite pie. In fact, it’s our favorite summer dessert, ever. Think delicious sugar cookie crust topped with fresh blueberry pie filling, topped with sugar cookies in fun shapes, topped with whipped cream. Yes!!! I’ve been making this pie for several years, after I cut out a tiny recipe… 

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