Summer is a truly hectic time of year for me. I run several businesses online from home. Unfortunately, I don't have the benefit of a true office. My office is in our living room which is normally a very quiet place. When school is out for the summer months, it becomes a living room again. That means my teenagers spend 95% of their time in it watching television or playing games on the Wii. When that happens, my productivity level is cut in half. Not only do I have to try harder to ... Continue Reading
Whip up dinner in less than 20 minutes with this Pasta all’Uovo recipe.
A delicious breakfast recipe for Father’s Day.
Father's Day is right around the corner and I'm sure you're trying to find the perfect gift that Dad will appreciate. No, he doesn't need a tie or another Greatest Dad t-shirt. You've heard the old saying: The way to any man's heart is through his stomach? Well, Dad's stomach will definitely appreciate these Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes when you make them for him on Father's Day. This recipe makes exactly three Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes. If you want some for the whole family or if Dad ... Continue Reading
A Memorial Day side-dish that can even be a main course!
Memorial Day is coming up soon. Are you hosting a party or heading out to a family event? Memorial Day is a time for cookouts and barbecues with friends. To some, Memorial Day is all about the meat on the grill. For me, when I hear Memorial Day, I think of pasta salads. My best Memorial Day recipe is my BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) Club Pasta Salad. This is a quick and easy recipe that will let you spend your Memorial Day relaxing with friends instead of slaving away in the ... Continue Reading
A delicious way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on May 5th. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. If you are looking for a fun and easy dish to get your family in the mood for Cinco de Mayo, definitely try these Easy Chicken Quesadillas. This recipe can be made in 30 minutes flat - perfect for the busy family. It's kid friendly, filling, and definitely delicious. A quesadilla is a savory Mexican turnover that is generally ... Continue Reading
A delicious spin on traditional deviled eggs.
At our rural Vermont home we raise ducks and chickens. When spring and summer hits, the birds start laying eggs again. We always end up having way too many eggs on hand, so when we're invited to cookouts or holiday events, I almost always choose to bring deviled eggs@ The traditional deviled egg recipe that I use calls for mayonnaise and yellow mustard. But I also like this French Deviled Egg recipe. It's a little bit different, using a combination of creme fraiche and Dijon mustard. ... Continue Reading
A delicious and refreshing eggplant recipe.
Eggplant is one of those vegetables that no one in my family likes but me. That doesn't mean that I have to do without enjoying one of my favorite vegetables though. Every now and then, I treat myself to a delicious lunch using a recipe that includes eggplant. This time, I have combined eggplant with both pasta and feta cheese - two other favorites of mine. If you are watching your carbs for health reasons, you can use a bit less pasta and a bit more vegetables in your serving. I also ... Continue Reading
Learn about the benefits of coffee in helping lessen your chance of diabetes and a stroke.
As a busy mom, there is one thing that I rely heavily on to get me through each day ... coffee. I know that in an ideal world, I would get eight hours of sleep every night and I would wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the world. Unfortunately, I do not live in an ideal world and I don't get anywhere near as much sleep as I should each night. I work from home and that means that you often find me at my desk at 5AM or 11PM. Coffee helps wake me in the morning when I first get up and it ... Continue Reading
A tasty take on the healthy vegetable.
Brussels sprouts can be an acquired taste for some. But half the battle is knowing how to cook them properly. Some people just drop them in a pan of boiling water and boil them until there is very little of the delicious taste left to them. Soggy, bland Brussels sprouts are not high on anyone's list of most popular foods. But they should be. Here are just a few reasons why: Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous vegetable family just like broccoli, kale and cabbage and are ... Continue Reading
NYC is banning the sale of anything larger than a 16 ounce sugary beverage in their restaurants, theaters, etc. Will it make an impact?
Today (Tuesday, March 12th) marks the date that New York's ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces begins. In an effort to battle obesity, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has instituted a ban on large sizes of sugary drinks. You will no longer be able to go into your favorite sandwich shop and order a 20 ounce soda with your meal when dining in NYC. This change is causing many restaurant owners to edit their menus and the decrease the sizes of their beverages in order to be in ... Continue Reading
Pasta e Fagioli is a quick and hearty meatless soup to prepare.
My family enjoys a good, meatless meal several times a week. I'm picky about the meatless meals I serve. They need to be delicious and filling. With two teenagers and a hungry husband, they want a meal that doesn't leave them hungry. And, at the same time, I want a recipe that's healthy and not too expensive to prepare. This Pasta e Fagioli (or Pasta and Bean Soup) recipe is all of these things. Pasta e Fagioli (pronounced "Pasta Fazool") is an Italian soup that is often served during ... Continue Reading