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Limoncello a la Pasta on the Floor

Limoncello.  Sheer perfection when lemon and sugar meet alcohol.  I took my first crack at a batch of Limoncello.  I initially tasted this lovely liquor when Chip and I were in Italy.  Once outside of Pompeii we had fresh limoncello on a hot August afternoon and again in Capri where the lemons on the lemon trees were large and beautiful. Here is a simple recipe that proved perfect. Try it. What you Need: 10-15 lemons- find some that have thick…

Guest Blogger-Michelle’s Apple Brownies

Please welcome our guest blogger, Michelle.  Michelle is one of my spin instructors and happens to be a great baker.  She made these brownies for us one Friday morning to bring us back to life after her one-hour spin class. These are perfect to whip up to take with you on a cold afternoon when cutting down your Christmas tree or when wrapping presents by a fire, with coffee, of course! They are dense, and not too sweet. Here is…

Chip’s Unorthodox Jalapeno Poppers

My husband loves jalapeno poppers.  I am not a huge fan of them nor am I a fan of deep frying- anything. I know you can grill them as well but here is a cheater option for an open-faced popper.   Be creative! I added a little ground beef to the base before adding the cheese mixture to make it more of a meal than an appetizer. You can also make these a Buffalo Chicken Cups by adding rotisserie chicken tossed…

Recipe for a college student’s mom

Today’s weekly recipe post diverts from the usual pizza, brownie or pasta recipe. This is much more crucial to feeding the human spirit.  It is a recipe for being a mom with children in college and an Italian mother at that.  Please don’t misunderstand me.  I am not excluding dads, I’m just speaking to the mothers right now. I am not a novice baker or cook in this regard.  I have a college Junior in Rochester, NY at Rochester Institute…

Sweet Potato “Nachos”

This is a super fun and very customizable appetizer or dinner.  We are all trying to eat better and be more conscious of the foods we eat.  Read this all the way through and give this a try before you judge.  It is yummy, and quite guilt free. (I wish I had a picture for you but we devoured them too quickly!) What you need for the base: 1-3 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into thick slices. The number dependent…