Author Archives: Shannon

Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

I have been into food for about as long as I can remember, but I didn’t start cooking until I was away at college and it became a necessity. I just couldn’t eat pizza, cheese fries and Kraft mac-n-cheese every night. ┬áMy specialties back then were banana pancakes and chicken Parmesan. When I got married I would watch cooking shows… Read more »

Bruschetta with Sweet Pea Pesto and Tomato Raisins

Bruschetta (Italian pronunciation brusketta) is an antipasto or starter dish in Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. Variations include toppings of assorted grilled vegetables, tomatoes, spreads, etc. My daughter and I were on our own for dinner last night. My son was busy with friends, my husband was working at his… Read more »

Cumin BBQ Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Veg

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Spring is a busy time of year in our house. Besides the fact that my husband is building our vacation home at the beach with his own two hands – and he does have a full time job – we also have spring sports going on…baseball and softball. We go from having dinner together as a family most nights to… Read more »

Peanut Butter Swirled Brownies

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Everyone knows, peanut butter and chocolate just go so well together. And these Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies don’t disappoint. They were moist, dense and chocolatey like any good brownie and the peanut butter filling was just the right amount of ┬ásomething extra. And they looked so, so pretty with the peanut butter swirls. There is an easy trick to this… Read more »

Pistachio Pesto and Sausage Pizza

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  How hard could it be to make pistachio pesto? That’s what I asked myself last weekend as I watched the food network. A guilty pleasure, and I really cannot watch with an empty stomach or fridge. One of the pizza places they visited on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives had a Pistachio Pesto and Sausage Pizza on the menu and… Read more »

Citrus Cornmeal Shortbread

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When it starts to get warmer outside, I start adding more citrus to my food, including baked goods. There is just something about Spring that draws me to the fresh, bright zing of citrus. Lemon, lime, orange…I love it all. So, my crazy family gets together for every holiday, and this Easter dinner was at my parents house. That usually… Read more »

Roasted Golden Beets, Pistachios and Fresh Thyme with Goat Cheese and Arugula

I couldn’t wait to post this salad that I made for lunch today. Well, I waited until after I ate it! I just love this combination. The earthiness of the roasted beets, the salty crunch of the pistachios and the tangy goat cheese finished with the fresh thyme and a drizzle of balsamic reduction…perfect. I was going to purchase the… Read more »


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You may have had an appetizer similar to this one at your local Italian restaurant. Bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and fresh herbs cooked with olive oil and served with perfectly crusty and still warm bread. I swear sometimes the best part of the meal is the appetizers. I don’t know if it’s because I am hungry when I sit down… Read more »

Chicken Satay with Brown Rice and Spicy Peanut Sauce

Over spring break we were lucky enough to get away overnight with good friends (great idea Mari!). Nowhere crazy, we kept it local but fun. So nice to get away even just for one night. So we ate dinner out at The Continental in Atlantic City and shared a couple of dishes that were super yummy. One or two in… Read more »