MexicAsian Tacos

“MexicAsian Tacos” Combine two of your favorite ethnic foods groups and you have a multi-cultural flavor fest. Being that it’s now getting cold here in the Northeast, I’ve been searching for easy and great tasting food to make during the work week. My husband loves Korean tacos, so I thought, why not experiment with Teriyaki….

New York, New York Chicken Francaise

“New York, New York Chicken Francaise” Start spreadin’ the news…I’m eating today. You have to sing it Frank Sinatra style. You’re doing it now. Right? Anyhoo, this is my all time favorite Chicken Francaise recipe. My son will only eat this version of it. Is it because he’s grown up with it or is it…

Petite Chicken Parmesan

“Petite Chicken Parmesan” Ok, ok. It’s just a fancy way of making chicken nuggets sound like an Italian pasta dish. But, it’s actually really good and kids love it too. We didn’t have the ingredients on hand to make meatballs or any sausage on hand to slice up in the sauce (which is by far…

Next Day Mashed Potato Cakes

“Next Day Mashed Potato Cakes” So, are you thinking about what to do with the mounds of mashed potatoes that are left? I bet you are. They’re a big yawn to eat after the big dinner is over. Right? Well here’s your solution to humdrum leftovers. Drum roll please. Ta-dah!!!! Mashed Potato Cakes You can…

Fall Dinner Party

WARNING: Reading this post may cause you to gain weight without actually eating what’s being described. Have I mentioned how my husband loves to cook and that fall is my favorite time of year? Combine the two and you have a little bit of Heaven here on Earth. My cousin was visiting this past weekend…

Charob’s Shepherds Pie

“Charob’s Shepherds Pie” My husband went and did it again with this recipe. Ughhkk! I’m going to be 500 lbs. being married to this guy! Well, at least I’ll be happy. It’s the pearl onions in brine that make this recipe pop with flavor. He just threw them in one day on a whim just…

Armenian Stuffed Onions

“Armenian Stuffed Onions” One of the great things about my husband, among many great things, is he loves to cook. He also loves to make his grandfather’s recipes that have been handed down to him on worn and food speckled recipe cards. For the longest time, I’ve heard about these stuffed onions and he finally…

“Yep, that’s what we do”

The following is pretty close to a conversation that I had years ago with my now ex-husband. You see, he was originally born in India and not only was the country he was living in foreign to him, but our holidays and customs were equally as foreign. So, it became second nature for me to…

Red Roses with Stephanotis

“Red Rose Bouquet with Stephanotis” If flowers spoke a language, red roses would certainly speak the language of love. This bouquet of red roses accented by pearled stephanotis spoke that language to me. Stephanotis? Yes, stephanotis. These cute, little, star-like flowers that sound like an ailment that can be cured with a heavy dose of…

Patriotic Centerpiece

“Stars and Stripes Centerpiece” Easy, inexpensive, patriotic centerpiece to celebrate the holidays. Find a basket (preferably something red, white and blue), wine glasses, mason jar, red/blue tissue paper, battery operated, flickering tea lights  (pictured are red tea lights) and your favorite firework shooting celebration. I arranged the colored tissue paper in the basket and placed…

Wine Glass Lamp Shades

Wine Glass Lamp Shades I was looking for something different for our wedding-on-a-budget and I came across these vellum lamp shades that matched our colors. I was really drawn to the damask pattern and it ended up being the piece we built the decor around. They’re relatively inexpensive to buy and you can always make…

Fall Centerpiece

This is an easy and inexpensive way to jazz up your table. Just get some wine glasses and some battery operated tea lights that flicker like real candles. I’m using some red colored tea lights that add a burst of color under the glass. Just arrange the turned over wine glasses, with the tea lights…