Soft Pretzels

Stacey and the girls really love soft pretzels. The giant ones at the fair, little pretzel nuggets, you name it. Like so many other things that I have just always bought from a store I never really thought about trying to make them at home. I assumed it would be some long, multi-step process that took hours. I was wrong. The whole process only takes … Continue reading Soft Pretzels

Tita’s Hummus (Hoomus) Recipe

Sometimes to find an on-trend recipe you have to go way back in history (ironic, right?). Agriculture began in the Levant, so it makes sense they have had a lot of time to come up with delicious plant based recipes. Hummus (or Hoomus) has been around a good long time. It is simple, clean and delicious. It goes with almost anything from pita chips to … Continue reading Tita’s Hummus (Hoomus) Recipe

DIY Microwave Popcorn and Seasonings

Microwave popcorn is convenient, but it is way cheaper to make your own and you have total control over the ingredients. As an added bonus you can make a variety of seasonings to make it a gourmet snacking experience on a budget. For the basic popcorn, simply combine 1/3 cup of popcorn with 1 tsp vegetable oil and 1/2 tsp salt in a small bowl. … Continue reading DIY Microwave Popcorn and Seasonings

Pork Egg Rolls

Nothing goes better with Bourbon Chicken or some General Tso’s than egg rolls. Those crispy meat and vegetable filled bits of deliciousness rolled up and deep fried to golden perfection. You can buy frozen versions of these at the grocery, but they are so much more fun to make yourself. Once you try these you will also see how easy it is to adjust this recipe to use whatever meats and vegetables you wish.

Continue reading “Pork Egg Rolls”

Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves

Stacey loves these and orders them any time we are at a Mediterranean or Lebanese restaurant. I wanted to make these at home so I poured over many, many recipes. The variations are endless. Some feature rice and vegetables only, but many include meat. For the meat options some recipes use ground beef (I don’t feel that is particularly authentic, but it is much more … Continue reading Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves

Stress Free Italian Inspired Dinner Party

I am not Martha Stewart, and if you are reading this I’m guessing neither are you (Martha, if it is you, I love what you do but I don’t have the time, energy or budget to be you). For those of us lesser humans, the thought of throwing a dinner party can be stressful. I want a casual evening surrounded by great friends, good food … Continue reading Stress Free Italian Inspired Dinner Party

Pizza Margherita Flatbread

Capture the flavor of authentic Italian pizza with minimal effort. Great as a lunch, snack or appetizer. Yes, using a flatbread as a crust is cheating and not what they would do in Italy, but it cuts the time significantly and this captures the aroma, taste and feel of Pizza Margherita without spending all day in the kitchen. Ingredients- Sauce 1 15 oz can of … Continue reading Pizza Margherita Flatbread


While many may interpret this as “before the pasta”, a more accurate translation would be “before the meal”. Antipasto is a formal course in Italian dining, but we are going to take some liberties and think broadly about antipasto as anything from an appetizer course to a snack. You can put together an impressive looking antipasto course with minimal effort, and since there are no … Continue reading Antipasto