Easy Bagels

I didn’t think bagels would be so easy, but they REALLY are. You can start the dough early in the morning and have bagels by lunch. Or if I were more motivated… get up at 3 am, have them ready for breakfast!

And motivation aside, since my KitchenAid mixer sounds like a jet engine taking off, I don’t know if my family would appreciate the 3 am wake up… even for bagels. (more…)

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Sweet Dinner Rolls

Sweet Dinner Rolls (aka crack rolls)

These sweet dinner rolls are fondly referred to by friends and family as the ‘crack rolls’ because they are highly addictive and can cause fights for the first one… another one… last one, etc.

As you can see at the top of the photo, a roll has already been stolen before I could even take one. REALLY GUYS?!

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Mouth watering buttermilk biscuits!

I wanted something quick and easy to make before breakfast... kind've get everyone going in the morning with the smell leading them to the kitchen. And this recipe is the winner! Prior to it, I had never made biscuits well before... I always ended up with hockey pucks and after awhile stopped trying. Now with so many choices on the internet, I've read about it, watched videos and this recipe is my final say.

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Tomato sauce and other vices


basilAh yes, end of summer ceremonies include the tomato sauce making. This year my husband and I were on our own–the first I can remember not working with my in-laws (Sicilian immigrants and the originators of this family tradition)… and all the kids were conveniently out of town.

Without Nonna & Nonno to watch over us, we IMMEDIATELY cheated by not hand picking them… we have so few weekends available and it rained all week and the usual farm (Filasky’s in Maryland) was not allowing us out on the field. (more…)

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