Sausage-Cheddar Mushroom Quiche

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The other night I had my mind-set on a hearty Quiche. I’ve always been one to find it a meal in itself, and it’s one of my favorite ways to break up the usual dinner menu. I served this Sausage-Cheddar Mushroom Quiche with a lightly dressed side salad and a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc. It was absolutely fabulous and there wasn’t a piece left over.

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Classic Peach Pie

Peach Pie by Stasia Wimmer

There is nothing better than a classic peach pie when peach season is in full swing. You might think making a fruit pie is hard, but I assure you it can be quite simple. I think you might just surprise yourself, and impress the ones you love, with this absolutely delicious recipe. I made this recipe simple to assure that even the most apprehensive of bakers, could master a classic peach pie. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Sautéed Spinach With Lemon And Butter

Sauteed Spinach - 1The other night the kids requested fresh spinach. I was more than happy to oblige (I love these kids). This fresh and simple dish takes only a few minutes to prepare. Have all your ingredients ready before you start and it will be done in no time at all.

I gave this a ten minute cooking time as a guideline, it could be less or more depending on how you like your spinach. If you want it vibrant green, remove it from the heat once all the spinach has turned just soft. If you want it dark green, remove it from the heat once all the spinach has turned very soft. These aren’t technical terms, but I think you can visualize it. How cooked you like your spinach is a personal preference, just keep an eye on it. [Read more…]

Avocado Shrimp Ceviche

Once you try this seriously yummy, healthy, and fresh Avocado Shrimp Ceviche, you’ll without-a-doubt, hands-down, pinky-swear, make it for every party you throw, bring it to potlucks, share it with your friends, and add it to your recipe rotation. Plus, if you have kids like mine, you’ll be asked to make this weekly.

Typically, I need to make ceviche quickly for a household of hungry teens. I opt for shrimp that has been prepped for me. Pre-cooked, peeled, tail removed, deveined, frozen and thawed (there you go – super easy). Since this is not a traditional ceviche, which always begins with raw fish, I call it my mock ceviche (ha!). It’s absolutely amazing! I know you’ll love it. [Read more…]

Spicy Hungarian Sausage Goulash (Lecso)


This wonderful mixture of onion, tomatoes, yellow chilies, bacon, smoked sausage, and paprika is called Hungarian Lecso. Since I cannot pronounce Lecso, I call it a Spicy Hungarian Sausage Goulash, and it’s absolutely fabulous! If you haven’t tried Goulash before, then you must. Goulash is a “highly seasoned Hungarian soup or stew of meat and vegetables, flavored with paprika.” This recipe is simple, quick, and easy to make. The layers of flavor produced by these few ingredients are unreal: spicy, complex, and delectable. The result is equal to a gourmet recipe that has stewed for hours.

To serve, ladle the Spicy Hungarian Sausage Goulash over white rice, or if you prefer steamed potatoes on the side. Serve with a fresh salad, simple vinaigrette, and a warm baguette (to wipe your plate clean.)

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Chocolate Strawberry Almond Glaze Cake

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Right out of college and in my first apartment, I made this cake for my mom. It was the kind of cake that looked like a million bucks, but was incredibly simple to make, and I’m happy to report she loved it. This cake is light and fresh, with a touch of sweetness. By looking at it you might think it’s going to be heavy and totally sweet; but it’s just the opposite.

It’s the perfect dessert to serve if you want to enjoy chocolate cake without all the frosting (don’t get me wrong I love frosting), but every once in awhile it’s nice to have a lighter dessert, and this does the trick.

My kids like me to drizzle way more glaze than I showed you. They like me to spread a layer of glaze over each layer of cake, then nestle the strawberries into the glaze, and then drizzle a little more glaze over the strawberries (the glaze is really tasty). It’s quite delicious their way; and yet, to avoid being a glutton for glaze, I showed you how to sparingly glaze this cake. Since we’re not using frosting or whipped cream, you can absolutely add as much glaze as you wish – just make a little extra (and if you were counting, I just used glaze 8 times, hmm).
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Homemade Bolognese Sauce


My grandfather was born and raised in Italy, and in honor of him, you’ll find me making this Homemade Bolognese Sauce as often as I can. I’ll even make it on a weeknight just to see the kids faces light up when they come home from school, and are greeted by the smell of this yummy, delicious, and amazing sauce bubbling on the stovetop. Traditionally, this recipe is perfect for a fabulous Sunday supper, but I say make it anytime you can.

This recipe is quite easy to make. I like to prepare all my ingredients, and then begin cooking. I love to see what I need before I dive into a new recipe, and I hope you find the ingredient photos below helpful, too. [Read more…]