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Sausage stuffed peppers recipe

I love Stove Top Stuffing.  If I had my choice, it would be considered a main dish.  Alas, my family does not agree with me.  So, the next best thing is to stuff something with Stove Top.  I’ve had this recipe for sausage stuffed peppers since I was married almost 23 years ago and it’s…

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Pasta e fagioli recipe

My Italian grandmother made pasta e fagioli with fatback (picture a giant slice of bacon without the meat), kidney beans and pasta.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Matter of fact, she made most of her meals with fatback:  scungilli and fatback, swiss chard and fatback pieces, chicken fried in fatback, fatback cooked in fatback.  It was…

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Old fashioned pot roast recipe

My husband’s grandmother used to make “roast-a-beef” every Sunday.  She would boil the roast with some salt and pepper.  The result was a grey, tough lump of meat that needed to be cut with a chainsaw.  Never in my life did I ever hear of someone boiling meat!  She also ate raw onion sandwiches and…

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Recipe

There’s not much to say about this recipe, except that it’s delicious. DAMN delicious. It’s one of those desserts that makes you sneak away with the last piece and hide in the closet so you don’t have to share (yes, I’ve done that – I’m not ashamed.  I refer you to the Tastykake Chocolate Junior…

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Pickled garlic scapes recipe

My grandfather pickled garlic scapes long before they were a “trendy” food.  He was an Italian who grew up in the depression and nothing went to waste in his household.  As a kid, opening the refrigerator door and finding pickled pigs feet was not surprising to me.  Tripe, smelt, head cheese (yes, it is what…

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Helluvagood apple pie recipe

I L.O.V.E. pie.  Bake me a good apple pie and I’ll be your friend forever.  This recipe contains the unusual step of partially cooking the apples before they’re put into the pie.  But that’s the secret. The apples are always perfectly done – no half-cooked or mushy apples here.  Another perk of this recipe – the…

Wild Violet Jelly Recipe

While spending a few days in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I happened upon a little farm stand, on a back road, in the middle of nowhere.  Among the usual jars of chow-chow, blueberry jam and apple butter, I spied a small jar of violet jelly.  After striking up a conversation with the lovely Amish woman who made…

Kielbasa Soup recipe

While the spring equinox is just around the corner, winter refuses to completely give up its icy grip in this part of the country.  Although the weather has managed to creep up above freezing during some of the days, nights are still filled with unseasonably cold temperatures and raging winds.  Even as I sit here…

Mushroom barley soup recipe

The weather around here has been officially breaking records.  This morning my thermometer registered fifteen BELOW zero.  The only relief for this nonsense is soup!  One of my favorite soup recipes is Martha Stewart’s Mushroom Barley Soup. The original recipe calls for 1lb cremini mushrooms and 3 strips of bacon.  I use 8oz of mushrooms…

Pickled sweet peppers recipe

I have to thank my neighbor for this recipe!  This is a SWEET pickle brine, which brings out the wonderful taste of the peppers.  I use a mixture of green and red bell peppers from my garden.   They’re delicious with Italian hoagies, tuna sandwiches, omelets or just straight out of the jar. Pickled Sweet…

Strawberry sorbet recipe

Another winter snowstorm is upon us.  Most of us have gone from BRING IT ON to Dear Mother Nature, if I have to be stuck in this house one more day with these kids, I may seriously lose the little bit of sanity that I have left.  So, in a salute to warm days of…

Brown sugar carrots recipe

With the temperature hovering around zero and the winter wind whipping fiercely enough to take your breath away when you step outside, I decided that there’s nothing better to do than to can some carrots. I stored some carrots in a friend’s root cellar back in the fall which were a mixture of Saint Valery,…

Easy Alfredo sauce recipe

Every Alfredo sauce recipe that I’ve ever made has had heavy cream in it – but heavy cream is just not something that I usually have in the refrigerator.  So, out of frustration, I decided to wing it and see if I could make an Alfredo sauce with just milk – 2% milk, no less.…

Bacon broccoli quiche recipe

  Bacon makes everything taste good – and this quiche recipe is no exception!  Don’t like broccoli? Substitute mushrooms.  No mushrooms?  Mix in finely diced potatoes.  Or get all crazy and just go full on bacon.  The great thing about this quiche recipe is that it’s so versatile that you can mix in any combination…