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Cooking up a storm today!!!!!!!

 Friday, April 22, 2011

My older brother got home at about 3pmish... that means my mother was cooking up a storm and I was being her sidekick.. as always. We are Italian women we like to cook when our men come home!

It's so nice to finally have my brother home, we haven't seen him in about two months and that's the longest time we've gone without seeing him. Since he turned 21 and he's in college two hours away!

My mom and I made a lot of Easter traditions today.

She calls this in the american terms "Dough with Escarole" and "Dough with Rice" It's almost like a Stromboli or a calazone accept without the meat.

First, boil the escarole and boil the rice. We used white rice but you can use the healthier version and use brown rice. We also used 8 cups of white rice, but we had ALOT of leftovers and one head of escarole.

Mix in about three tablespoons of olive oil, half a can of olives, salt & pepper to taste,and anchovies into the escarole.

Mix in about 8 eggs into the rice and a half a cup of olive oil.

Then you take your dough balls and you flatten them, and put all of the mixture for the escarole in one dough ball and then 1/4 of the mixture of the rice in a seperate flattened dough ball.

Like this,

Then take the right side of the dough and fold it over to the left side like this...

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place on a pan, make sure you brush it with olive oil before placing in the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes

The Finished products.....

This is absolutely amazing with a cup of soup or a salad on the side. My mother calls this "peasant food" Sorry if the directions weren't exactly clear.. she doesn't follow a recipe and always adds whatever she feels is right. Mothers have a tendency of just remembering things by heart and not measuring anything!


What are some of your Easter traditions with your family? Is there something you make EVERY Easter?


I've been thinking about Easter Desserts....!

 Thursday, April 21, 2011

I've been doing a little planning....

My favorite thing about the holidays is ALWAYS the desserts. My mother always takes on the duties of preparing the meal and is always skimpy on the desserts. She always tends to buy store bought desserts because she can't seem to find the time to bake! So I've taken the role of baking for the holidays, which I think is a nice new tradition.

My fathers birthday is in a couple of weeks, and it's the only time that my older brother will be up so we will have a cake for him.. that will unfortunately be store bought. I can't stand store-bought baked goods. They truly are so unhealthy for you and majority of them have trans fat. I know that all baked goods are filled with lots of sugary goodness, but when I make them homemade at least I know whats in them.

However, I have this idea that I want to make deep fried Oreos! I've never had them, and they look so good!

It's also spring time so I decided I needed a springy dessert as well..Lemon always reminds me of spring... so Lemon Pound Cake it is!
We don't need too many desserts because it's only five of us and I'm not a fan of leftovers because if there is leftover desserts in the house I will eat them EVERYDAY... and it's totally not good for my figure. ;]

Recipes to come!


Have you planned your Easter Desserts and if so what are you making?


Mushroom Casserole!

 Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hello Everyone! (:

I'm doing an experiment on being a vegetarian.I haven't officially declared myself a vegetarian yet, but I would like to say I definitely am experimenting with some vegetarian recipes. I might possible convert from a meat eater to a vegetarian! If you are curious about my reasoning for this it's not because of the animals. I have been raised in an old fashioned Italian household and meat is the staple of ALL meals. However, I think that capitalism is very nasty and I think that the meat industry has hurt our environment and has hurt us when it comes to our health.

So onto the vegetarian recipe :)

Last night's dinner was quick.. easy.

For the original recipe click here...

Cream of Mushroom Casserole


1 Bag frozen Spinach
1 can of Chickpeas
1 Can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup of fresh sliced cooked mushrooms
1 cup cooked rice
2 TB of breadcrumbs
1/2 cup of cheese (I used mozzarella)


Make sure you preheat the oven to 350 degrees and thaw the spinach. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Put into a 8x8 casserole dish, top with cheese and breadcrumbs... and heat for about 25-30 minutes.
I seasoned everything with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

It's a very quick and easy recipe that you can make after a long day!

xoxo Anna

What are some of your favorite casseroles?


First Post :)

 Monday, April 18, 2011

I have a new obsession..... LARABARS!

I use to be afraid of their high calorie content, but I've grown to really love them and understand it's 100% natural ingredients. These bars are nothing to be afraid of!

I only buy them when they are on sale, so I try to buy them in bulk as you can see!

I bought at least one of every flavor at the store today. They were on sale 10 for 10!

I've only tried one flavor so far, today as a mid-morning snack I decided to try the Apple Pie flavor. I'm not really an apple flavored fan.

However I really enjoyed this. The apple flavor didn't overpower anything. It was great, just enough cinnamon. I would definitely buy this one again! Larabars are the only bars that I can taste are real. Their ingredient list has no less then about 5 ingredients and majority of them contain only two!

Dinner tonight will be a cream of mushroom casserole Recipe to come (:


Have you tried Larabars before? What's your favorite flavor? Does the high calorie content scare you?


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