Category Archives: In the Kitchen

A simple winter hot cocoa bar

Christmas week is here! Can you believe it? I can clearly remember counting down to Christmas as a child and it seemed to take forever! Time sure has a way of sneaking up on us, am I right?! Sure the stress of the Christmas deadline can tend to take a toll but I am not going to let it steal my joy. As much as I have to get done this week, I am being diligent in setting aside time to truly enjoy the season..  I make a point each morning to have my coffee in front of our Christmas tree to admire its beauty and all our decorations. We’ve taken a longer drive home to ooh and ahhh over all the Christmas lights that brighten the street. We make popcorn and watch Christmas movies as a family. And of course, we drink hot cocoa with all the fixings!

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Italian Ciabatta Bread

Bread much like chocolate is my weakness, especially crusty bread straight from the oven! Mmm, isn’t the smell of fresh-baked bread heavenly?

One of my family’s favorite kind of bread is ciabatta and it’s one recipe I make all year-long. I have tried many versions and after tweaking a couple of different ones to suit our taste, we now use this recipe and the best part is the dough is prepared in the bread maker; yeah for time savers!

I’ve made it into rolls for cold cut sandwiches and it is great for bruschetta. In the summer it goes perfectly with fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden drizzled with olive oil or use it to make a tasty cucumber and tomato sandwich, yum! Continue reading

Crock pot Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks

Did I ever mention how much I love my crock pot? I’m a crock pot go-to girl; those simple, delicious, set it and forget it meals are my favorite to make! I especially love using my crock pot on those crazy busy days, like when the kids have school concerts or soccer and basketball games. I love knowing that even though I won’t have time or won’t be home to cook dinner, there will always be a meal ready for us when we get home. One of my favorite recipes are these chicken cheesesteaks made in the crock pot. They are incredibly delicious and so easy to make, and bonus: my whole family loves them! Continue reading

The Best Lemon Bars

When life gives you lemons, make lemon bars! Just like chocolate, there is something about the tasty goodness of lemon bars that I can’t resist. I came across The Best Lemon Bars recipe on Pinterest (I know, surprise surprise) and made them a couple of years ago for Thanksgiving. Since then I have made them more times than I can count and must say, they truly live up to their name! They are simply: Sweet and Tart Perfection! Continue reading

It’s a baking kind of day!

It’s 34° and I have a case of spring fever! Although tomorrow’s high temperature may only be 16°, and the snow isn’t going anywhere anytime soon; I actually started my spring cleaning. Continue reading

Beer Battered Fish Fry


“Friday fish fry” can be found just about anywhere here in Rochester; and if you ask anyone where to go out to eat on a Friday night during the Lenten season, you can bet they’ll name a place that has an incredible beer battered fish fry!

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Easy Cream Cheese Cut-Out Cookies

Super Bowl Sunday ended with a winter storm that brought Snow Day Monday to Western NY. In the past a snow day at our home was all about snowmen, hot chocolate, baking cut out cookies and just spending the day together – It was always an exhausting day full of fun, messes and chaos but happy memory making non the less! Continue reading

Easy Pumpkin Spice Coffee



Have you had your pumpkin spice coffee yet? Mmm, there is something about Fall and pumpkin spice coffee that just goes hand in hand. I absolutely love Autumn, it is my favorite season! The crisp cool air, the breathtaking colors of the changing leaves, apples, sweaters, comfort food, giving thanks…. my senses go crazy this time of year! Who doesn’t like to savor the seasonal coffee flavors? That tempting aroma draws you in and you just have to have it! I’ll admit, I do treat myself to a pumpkin latte when the season rolls around, but I can’t afford to do it everyday and although my taste buds would thank me, my wallet won’t… And that my friends is what brings me to this post.  Continue reading

Gram’s Marinara

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This may sound like a cliche, but there is nothing like Grandma’s cooking! Both of my grandmothers and my great-grandmother (God rest their souls) were amazing cooks, and I can still taste the deliciousness of my favorite dishes they would make…. Mmm, my mouth is watering now. Continue reading