Crunchy Banana Bites

Years ago my best friend taught me a trick on eating bananas and peanut butter.  The combination shared has morphed ever so slightly into Crunchy Banana Bites at our house and we love these for an after school snack or even part of a breakfast combo.  Here’s one of snack friendly recipes to share; Crunchy Banana Bites by Jodie Fitz … Read More

Dinner in 20 Minutes on Meatless Monday

I used to L-O-V-E hanging in my grandparents kitchen!  My grandmother & grandfather were both Italian and the kitchen was always the center of the household, not to mention we entered through the side door entrance, which landed us directly in their kitchen :).  It was definitely dated…a red linoleum floor, yellow walls, yellow cabinets with the metal pull handles … Read More

Pull Out the Crock-pots for Chicken Gumbo & Brown Rice

Chicken Gumbo

Pull out the Crock-pots, it’s time for a new version of Chicken Gumbo!  I’ve made the traditional Chicken Gumbo before, but I’ve tweaked it to be kid friendly and to include a few nutritional additions like white northern beans, spinach and brown rice.  I happen to love brown rice, it’s something I was brought up on, but my husband wasn’t … Read More

Stir Fry Curry Cauliflower is our Featured Veggie of the Week

curry stir fry cauliflower

I LOVE Vegetables!  When I was a kid, my mom did everything she could with her grocery budget to make sure we had as many fresh vegetables as possible.  In order to make it cost-effective, my parents would take those weekend rides (with us in the back of the family station wagon and no electronics, just our imaginations) to the … Read More

Easy Dinner with Chicken Enchiladas the Family will Love

making chicken enchiladas

I visited WNYT News Channel 13 this past Sunday to share my Chicken Enchiladas.  I love this recipe because you can make it ahead, freeze it & pull it out for a quick last minute dinner on a busy night.  I love when my freezer is filled with delicious meals & this September I have been getting back into the … Read More

Winter Sandwich on the Menu that’s full of Flavor at Every Bite

When I was young we celebrated Christmas eve dinner at my grandmothers (my dad’s mom) who was 100% Italian.  It was a never-ending feast.  After courses of dinner were complete & dessert had been served, not even two hours later an entire tray filled with one sausage sandwich for everyone in the house was popped into the oven.  NO ONE was hungry … Read More

Olympic Fun in the Kitchen…

The Olympics are here and if you are like us, we love to watch the opening and closing ceremonies as well as follow along with certain events throughout the two-week game period.  When I was a younger I remember watching the Olympics and of course spending hours with friends pretending to be Olympic hopefuls.  I love watching my children as … Read More