St. Patrick’s Day for an Italian Family?

On this St. Patrick’s Day, I thought about the Irish influences in my life and thought I should share some of them with you.1.    I am 100% Italian.  My husband is only half.  My mother-in-law is a mix of English, Irish and Scottish I think. I hate to make it sound like I don’t know and don’t care but that is the truth.  We are an Italian family: period. So one day, years ago, my son asked if he was…

Day Eight: Deprivation and hallucination: Chocolate Pizza

As promised, here is a great recipe for Chocolate Pizza.  I modified the recipe from “giada’s family dinners” cookbook. Ingredients:1 pound of store bought or homemade pizza dough. (I prefer Perrecas in Schenectady)3 teaspoons of melted butter (real butter, no substitutions)Nutella Spread (chocolate hazelnut) to be used as desired White chocolate chipsSemisweet chocolate chipsChopped nuts of your choicePreheat the oven to 450 degrees F.I roll out the dough and place into a regular pizza pan (9 inches). You can also line…

Day Five: Chocolate and Zumba, really?

Day Five and I am now dreaming about chocolate. I had a little come-to-Jesus talk with myself this week and decided to concentrate on my health and activity levels.  I have said in the past that I love Zumba and take classes at least 6 times a week.  This morning's class was wonderful. I was cruising along and working as hard as I could. When I checked my BodyBugg half way through I had burned 326 calories...sweet.So I am getting…

Day Two: Are Swedish Fish Brain Food?

OK, we are into the second full day of Lent and I am already yearning for chocolate.  I received some bad news today and my old friend Mallo Cup was not there to appease and console me.  Just my pug Izzy who loves me no matter what. So what would any self respecting chocoholic do? Look for a substitution and I found Swedish fish. Now the 4 pound bag of these babies tells me that the nutritional value is slim…

Fat Tuesday

Today is Fat Tuesday. I have been a Catholic all my life. Sometimes practicing, sometimes not. I survived Catholic school until the 8th grade, 4 years of CCD and 4 more years of Catholic college. (Go Saints!) In my ever so humble opinion, I think today is the only today and the only topic that all Catholics can agree on: party now, for the next 40+ days you will go without something that you love more than life itself.My kids…