Cranberry Apple Crumb Pie I am presently sitting in front of the fire, watching the snow falling outside. It is such a picturesque view looking out into my backyard forest. Even the deer are out this morning frolicking in the new snowfall. I completed my holiday decorations as soon asRead More →

An Italian Christmas Of all the holidays we celebrate each year, Christmas is my favorite one, and I love to decorate my house from top to bottom, spoil my family with gifts, and bake up a storm. Though I usually reserve most of my baking for our Umbrian farmhouse guests,Read More →

Christmas Eve Sicilian Anchovy Pasta When planning my Christmas Eve menu this year, I initially did not include a pasta dish. My late Father-in-law always felt that no meal was complete unless it contained pasta, and apparently, he passed on that trait to my husband. After bringing up the topicRead More →

Zuppa Inglese This traditional Italian dessert originated in northern Italy in the region Emila-Romagna although it can now be found throughout northern and central Italy. Although its true origins are unknown, it is thought that it first appeared in the sixteenth century in the kitchens of the Dukes of EsteRead More →

Holiday Cookies The holidays wouldn’t be the same for me if I didn’t bake a selection of tasty cookies and treats that I share with family and friends. Here are just a few of some of the cookies I love to bake each Christmas. The recipes for each of theRead More →

Apple Butter Muffins I use many apples in my baking each fall, and this year I also made a big batch of apple butter in my slow cooker. As well as enjoying a spoonful of apple butter on my yogurt each morning, I saved some of it to use inRead More →

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Fall is apple season, and we now have a huge variety of amazing apples available to choose from every year. Most years, we pack up the family and head to the apple orchard and pick too many apples while enjoying warm apple cider and delicious appleRead More →

Vintner’s Sausages This is a dish that is popular across central Italy when the grapes are being harvested and the workers need a dish that is easy to put together yet hearty. Luckily we can now find seedless graprs year round so I can make this dish whenever I getRead More →

Cheese Ravioli With Spicy Cream Sauce I am always asked where I get my ideas for the recipes that I post on my blog. Some recipes are inspired by dishes I enjoy while dining out, others from magazines, and some are just shared with me from others. My children wentRead More →

Italian Inspired Thanksgiving Vegetable Sides Planning our Thanksgiving feast is not something I take lightly, and there really are many factors to consider when creating a holiday menu. My family are traditionalists, and they really feel that Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a turkey. I tried to change things upRead More →

Beef Barley Soup Fall has arrived here in Michigan with much cooler weather and glorious colored fall folliage. After five weeks in Florida it has been an adjustment getting used to the much cooler temperatures here in Michigan. Our fireplace has been getting a lot of use, as has myRead More →