Giambotta an Italian Stew {for #SundaySupper with #GalloFamily}

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.

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Spaghetti Salad… Recipe Countdown 2013

This has been my first year blogging from my very own ” .com”.  Moving over from my rambling blogger blog, was so exciting. My wonderful Aunt Brenda helped me to set it all up. Thank you Aunt Brenda!  This year, I have made new friends, entertained old ones and throughout kept my family well fed. Even if I had to photograph the food before they could eat it. Not too bad a trade off, I hope.  Blogging has been a great learning experience. I found that I love writing as much as I love reading. I am pretty much in love with words and language. Pretty nice for someone who makes her living in an elementary school library and literacy support program. Continue reading

Refrigerator Dill Pickles, Small Batch for #SundaySupper

I love, love, love  this week’s #SundaySupper theme! Preserving the Harvest #SundaySupper is being hosted by Heather over at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks. The team is presenting all types of great things to do to preserve the season’s bounty of fresh ingredients. From Jams to Pickles, it is all being shared. Continue reading

Blackberry Caprese Salad with Blackberry Balsamic Reduction #TheSaladBar

Welcome to the first ever #TheSaladBar Post! Thank you Wendy at The WeekendGourment for putting this all together.  I was so excited when this opportunity presented itself. Unprocessed Summer is my goal and salads are pretty fresh foods. Actually, Summer and Fall are the best time of year to utilize salads as meals in my opinion. All the fresh, local ingredients…  what more could the foodie in me need?

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Spaghetti Salad for a #SundaySupper Picnic

1157 It is Memorial Day Weekend and that alone takes me back to so many great family BBQ’s and Picnics. In Michigan, the weekend marks the opening of the lakes and beaches. The last frost is hopefully behind us and the planting season is in full swing this weekend. My garden is definitely going in.

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Broccoli Bacon Salad for #SundaySupper

Broccoli Bacon SaladA few years ago, at my sister-in-law’s baby shower, I sampled the very best salad ever. It was crunchy and sweet. There was a slight tang to the dressing that matched smokey undertones. I did not just have one plate, I went back for seconds. It was awesome. I knew that I had to try and recreate this salad.

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Potato Bakes of Goodness

I don’t know about anyone else, but it has just been too hot to turn on the oven. Breakfast and lunches have been scaled down to quick easy no cook meals and we do a whole lot of grilling for dinners. That is summer at my house, fresh veggies and grilled meats. Now and again, though, I get a good hunkering for something more substantial, something that screams comfort food and winter. Call me crazy, but yesterday morning, while having my coffee and browsing pinterest I came across a recipe for baked potatoes and eggs. It looked fabulous. I could just smell the goodness from the computer, so like any rational adult would do, I set to baking potatoes before the house got too hot.  Continue reading