Summer Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

I can’t believe how much I love this salad.  Let’s be real, salads usually don’t have the wow factor that something like cookies or pies have (at least not for me).  But there is something about this one that makes it stand out against most salads.  You can even ask my husband, who was a witness to me “mmm” after almost every bite. Perhaps the key to this salad’s awesomeness is that it’s loaded with bacon and Parmesan cheese.  I mean, hello, bacon plus cheese seems to equal heaven, even on a salad. 😉 Maybe it’s really all about the …

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Crustless Zucchini Pie

For the record, my husband says that this is not a pie because it doesn’t have a crust.  Pies must have a crust. This is sort of like a quiche.  However, quiches are mostly made of eggs and this “pie” only has two eggs in it.  I’ve made a variety of quiches and this one is lighter than any others. Call this whatever you like.  I’ve been calling it “the zucchini thing.” It’s a technical term.  Hey, whatever works, right?  My husband knows what I’m talking about and he doesn’t get to complain about me calling it a pie. I’ve …

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Vanilla Cake with Whipped Buttercream Frosting

This is the kind of dessert that people sneak bites of before it’s dessert time. True story. I don’t bake cakes often, especially multiple layer cakes. Maybe it’s because I dread handling two or more cakes that inevitably don’t look symmetrical and I can’t frost cakes to save my life. Or perhaps it’s because I don’t have many occasions that call for a cake and I don’t want to make a whole cake for just me and my husband. Let’s go with the latter reason. 😉 Now a one layer cake, that I can do. After all, it’s almost like …

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Caprese Chicken and Quinoa

How is it July already?! It seems like just yesterday I was watching Christmas movies. Oh wait, that’s because I was. The Hallmark channel is celebrating Christmas in July with round-the-clock Christmas movies. I’m in heaven! I even told my husband that I wanted to bring up our 2 foot tall pre-lit Christmas tree for the month. I got vetoed. All this Christmas talk has me craving cookies now (although in fairness, when am I not craving cookies?). Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, depending on how you look at it), I don’t have a cookie recipe for you today if that …

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A Guide to Newport, Rhode Island

My  husband and I have visited Rhode Island a few times.  It’s only a few hours from home so it’s a great place for us to go to when we want to get away for just a few days.  A couple of weekends ago we stayed in Newport for a long weekend and we had a wonderful time.  The weather could not have been more perfect, low 70’s and sunny.  Here’s the scoop on where we stayed, what we did and of course where we ate.    Where To Stay: We stayed at the Francis Malbone House, a quaint bed and …

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