Gretchen’s Baklava #SundaySupper

Gretchen's Baklava | My mom's baklava with layers of buttery filo & a walnut filling doused with orange blossom water kissed sugar syrup

Nothing held my mom back in the kitchen and this Baklava was one of the most delicious, memorable treats she made for our family! Layered with filo, nuts and an orange flower water flavored syrup, it’s unforgettable! My Mom’s Baklava I was blessed to spend most of my childhood in a small, Midwest university town. […]

Best Banana Cream Pie

Best Banana Cream Pie | This is the richest, most decadent and creamy custard pie you'll ever experience!

My Mother-in-Law requested a Banana Cream Pie to celebrate a momentous birthday. I was happy to oblige. Banana Cream Pie Bill is the one who loves banana cream pie at our house.  Peach, apple or raspberry with a nice scoop of vanilla is more my style. But when I snuck a sample of the Tom […]

Prosciutto and Pork Pinwheels | Herb and garlic coated pork rolled around prosciutto and Parmesan for and elegant entree

Prosciutto and Pork Pinwheels

Butterflied pork tenderloins were filled with prosciutto and Parmesan, rolled, then coated with herbs and garlic before roasting. Sliced  into medallions, these Prosciutto and Pork Pinwheels disappeared quickly when the boys were here for dinner. . Prosciutto and Pork Pinwheels I spied this recipe in the Indy Star food section over the holidays. It was […]

Jalapeno Popper Dip | Cheesy, Spicy and Irresistible

Jalapeno Popper Dip Plus a Bonus Dip

I served two amazing cheesy dips at my most recent book club gathering. This Jalapeno Popper Dip was a definite winner! Jalapeno Popper Dip Drew Rave Reviews My book club has high expectations when they come to my house for a meeting. All my book club friends are terrific cooks and hostesses. No one ever […]

Berry Tiramisu | A strawberry twist on the Italian classic with mascarpone and Grand Marnier soaked ladyfingers!

Berry Tiramisu #SundaySupper

The hubby is not a fan of coffee nor coffee flavored anything, so instead of the classic version, I whipped up a spectacular Berry Tiramisu for our Easter dessert. Berry Tiramisu My oldest son and I are incredibly fond, to put it mildly, of the classic tiramisu. He’s become a coffee aficionado, and has espresso […]

Mustardy Haricots Vert | Green beans tossed in a mustard vinaigrette and topped with Kalamata olives

Mustardy Haricots Verts

Just a few ingredients turn an ordinary vegetable into these flavorful Mustardy Haricots Verts. Green Beans Mediterranean Style About as fancy as I get when making vegetables is roasting them with some olive oil and dusting with Parmesan. Or adding some garlic and lemon zest to a saute. But these little tweaks are perfect for […]

Mascarpone Cheesecake | The most creamy, luscious cheesecake topped with sweetened balsamic strawberries

Mascarpone Cheesecake #ProgressiveEats

Topped with balsamic strawberries, this creamy Mascarpone Cheesecake is one of my top 10 desserts. If you love cheesecake, this is a MUST try! Mascarpone Cheesecake The addition of mascarpone cheese works its magic in this Italian-influenced cheesecake. The filling is lush and dreamy. And the berries?? Have you ever added balsamic vinegar and sugar […]

Greek Lemon Cake | A double dose of lemon plus Greek yogurt make for a lovely cake!

Greek Lemon Cake #SundaySupper

This lovely, fine-crumb Greek Lemon Cake has a double hit of lemon and is perfect for tea time or dessert. A Greek Twist on Lemon Cake The Sunday Supper team is celebrating the release of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 by sharing Greek recipes this week. My mom made a few Greek recipes for our […]

Shrimp-Filled Zucchini Blossoms

Shrimp-Filled Zucchini Blossoms #FrenchFridayswithDorie

Memories of Tuscany My parents spent a number of summers in the Tuscan hill town of Cortona, Italy. Teaching calligraphy to University of Georgia study abroad students, my mom was housed in a quaint home in this ancient walled village. Meals for the staff, and their mooching children, were served in a monastery down the […]

Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps #SundaySupper

    Memorial Day’s dinner just has to be grilled. It’s the holiday which ushers in our summer, and though we grill almost every weekend after the snow has melted, firing up the charcoal grill is must on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day. A friend made these simple grilled chicken lettuce […]


Balsamic Strawberry Crostini

  I am thrilled to introduce you to my last guest poster, my sweet friend, Roz, of La Bella Vita. Roz has a gorgeous blog which shares her passion for food, gardening and travel…often focusing on the sensational food from her Italian heritage.  We initially met via Foodbuzz, and posted comments on each others blogs. […]

Classic Apple Crisp | A dessert casserole for #SundaySupper

Classic Apple Crisp #SundaySupper

This Classic Apple Crisp has been in my repertoire for decades. Simply made of apples tossed in spiced sugar with a crumbly streusel topping, it’s a family favorite. An Apple Crisp Recipe with a Long History This apple crisp recipe came from my mom’s dear friend, Dee McConnell.  Dee was one of the gourmet influences in […]

Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

Oatmeal Craisin Cookies #Giveaway

This recipe was supposed to make 6 humongous cookies…crazy, huh? Instead, I used a small scoop and baked up nearly 4 dozen two-bite sized oatmeal craisin cookies. And these tasted like no other oatmeal cookie I’ve eaten…they were extraordinary. The texture was nearly indescribable. Sublime. A touch of crispness on the exterior, but chewy and […]

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is an Italian classic that’s a snap to prepare and will get rave reviews from your family!  With the cooler autumn weather, our dinners have become heartier.  Creamy pasta and a hot loaf of bread were perfect for a weeknight meal.  Pancetta and onions were sautéed, then a bit of white wine added […]