Happy Father’s Day! Today is a day that we celebrate the men in our lives, fathers, grandpas, husbands… What better way to show our appreciation than food?! It has been said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Knowing the men and boys in my life, there is some merit in that statement.
Meals have a way of bringing people closer together. There is nothing like a large gathering of family and friends. Enticing smells wafting through the house are a beacon to the kitchen. There may be someone sneaking a taste or simply wondering when dinner will be ready. More often than not, the kitchen trespassers stick around for conversation. At my home, the kitchen is definitely the heart of our home. We gather around our small island or lean against a counter while just enjoying being together.
It has been such a busy week to say the least. My oldest boy attended his first formal dance and my youngest played in his last youth football game. Milestones this mama took time to enjoy. It is surreal to me some days that my babies truly are growing up. Then of course, there was a mid week trip to the emergency room because the oldest broke his finger at school. He is set and mending well, if not bothered by the splint. Never boring around the ol’homestead. Continue reading
I am a seasonal eater. It’s true, there I said it… that is my picky eater moment. There are just certain foods that go with each season. There is no way I could prepare and feast on a pot roast in July just as I could not get away with all the wonderful light foods of summer during a Michigan winter. It’s just not right. This week’s #SundaySupper theme is all about One Pot Meals. What you can make in one dish or your crockpot. Sounds fabulous right about now, right? Right. Continue reading
I have so many great memories of family dinners and helping my grandmothers in the kitchen. These memories are some of what I want to impart on my children. I want them to think back and remember the family time around the dinner table. The conversations had, the relationships made and of course, the food that was served. Continue reading
I have posted before how I was inspired by a group on Twitter whose mission is to get families back to the dinner table. I love this concept. This week, for #SundaySupper the theme is Celebrity Chef Inspirations. How does one choose? That is such a hard thing for me. Who doesn’t love Paula Dean or Bobby Flay? I personally love the Pioneer Woman, ReeDrummond. Her Blog was one of the first I started reading. My grandparents owned a ranch in East Texas and I could relate to her and her style of food. But, I had to go with my new food obsession. A show on the Cooking Channel called ExtraVirgin also known on the web as Under the Tuscan Sun http://underthetuscangun.com/. Continue reading
I have said in previous posts that I had a good pasta recipe, well it is time I shared it. You would think that growing up in a large Italian family that I would prepare homemade pasta all the time. I should, but I don’t. It really is a simple process, however, like a lot of moms out there, I am busy and I fall all too often to the convenience of store-bought foods. In this post, I am going to share my recipe for pasta from scratch. I pair it with whatever sauce I am in the mood for. It goes well with tomatoes or cream sauces. Continue reading