Cinnamon Roll Tea Cookies

Crispy, crumbly and drizzled with a cinnamon glaze, these Cinnamon Roll Tea Cookies are a delicious partner to your morning coffee or afternoon tea!

Crispy, crumbly and drizzled with a cinnamon glaze, these Cinnamon Roll Tea Cookies are a delicious partner to your morning coffee or afternoon tea!My wife and I traveled to Belgium and the Netherlands a couple of months ago, and we were surprised at how easily we were able to get around speaking only English.  (As a former Latin teacher, I’m sad to admit that my Latin skills don’t help out much when traveling abroad.  Unless I meet the Pope one day.  Then we’ll have a rockin’ good conversation in Latin.)  Continue Reading »

Key Lime Coconut Bars

These Key Lime Coconut Bars are loaded with bright, tropical flavors…and they make for one heck of a delicious summer dessert!

These Key Lime Coconut Bars are loaded with bright, tropical flavors...and they make for one heck of a delicious summer dessert!Here we are.  Smack in the middle of the dog days of summer.  Contrary to popular opinion, it actually does get pretty hot here in upstate New York.  Granted, maybe it’s not the “melt the bottom of your shoes” heat that I’m used to from my days in Louisiana and Atlanta.  And sure, the heat only lasts for a couple of weeks before we head off into Fall temperatures.  But that’s ok…I’ve been soaking in this July heat and loving it!  Oh, and what exactly are the dog days of summer?  Continue Reading »

Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken

This Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal.  Serve it cold as a summer pasta salad or hot as a delicious winter entree!

This Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal.  Serve it cold as a summer pasta salad or hot as a delicious winter entree!Stop and take a moment to think back to being a kid in the summer.  Seriously.  Close your eyes for a moment and think back to what it was like when you were 8-years old, and summer had just started.  That was the best time ever!  I remember waiting with such anticipation for that last day of school.  I think I even made a countdown calendar on the wall where I’d mark off the days left.  Every day seemed to take forever…especially knowing that a whole 3 months of carefree fun was waiting for me!  (Yet now the days…and years…seem to fly by at warp speed.  What’s up with that?)Continue Reading »

Italian Antipasto Salad

This Italian Antipasto Salad is the perfect side dish for summer picnics and barbecues in the backyard!

Italian Antipasto Salad: This delicious pasta salad is perfect for summer picnics and barbecues!I’ve mentioned before that my wife comes from a huge gigantic Italian family. I remember the first time I visited her hometown in central Pennsylvania. She told me that the family wanted to meet me, so they were having a backyard picnic with burgers and hotdogs. Cool! Sounded like fun to me! At first a couple aunts and uncles showed up…then some of the cousins…then another aunt and uncle…then a family friend (who was distantly related somehow)…and then they just kept coming.Continue Reading »