Muffaletta Pasta Salad

Grab some beads and celebrate Mardi Gras with this tasty Muffaletta Pasta Salad!

Grab some beads and celebrate Mardi Gras with this tasty Muffaletta Pasta Salad!So my wife and I have been catching up on old episodes of The Sopranos lately.  And yes, I am aware that show ended years ago…so by catching up, I mean watching them for the first time.  Somehow we missed this entire show when it originally aired, but now we have a Netflix account…so there’s no better time than the present to catch up on 10-year-old shows!

All of the mob and Italian references in The Sopranos totally reminds me of my wife’s family.  I mean I don’t think they’re in the mob…but there is a door in their basement that I have no idea where it leads.  I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if the other side opened into Satriale’s Pork Store or Bada Bing.  Aside from all of the late 90’s clothes, one of the things I’ve found most humorous about The Soprano’s is all of the Italian slang.  There’s “gabagool” for capicola and “rigaht” for ricotta.  Because those phrases sound so much like the original, right?Continue Reading »

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Looking for a decadent chocolate dessert without all of the calories?
Try this Chocolate Angel Food Cake!

I was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for my time in developing this recipe and post.
All opinions are my own.

Looking for a decadent chocolate dessert without all of the calories? Try this Chocolate Angel Food Cake!Given that we’re smack in the middle of winter right now, it’s usually a safe bet to assume that the weather forecast is “Cold.”  Sometimes it’s “Downright cold” or even “Blustery.”  And of course, there’s also the occasional “Snow expected” or “Don’t even think about leaving the house today.”  But the weather for February 14 will be different…trust me, I peeked at the 5-day forecast.  The prediction: “Chocolate expected.”  Yup, chocolate.  It’s Valentine’s Day after all, so chocolate must be included in the mix!Continue Reading »

Tiramisu Cake

Featuring layers of white cake brushed with coffee and a hint of dark rum, this Tiramisu Cake is a new favorite in our house!

Featuring layers of white cake brushed with coffee and a hint of rum, this Tiramisu Cake is a new favorite in our house!Raise your hand if you’re a coffee addict.  If you just like a good cup of joe, then you can keep your hand down.  Mom-in-law, you can keep your hand raised.  My mother-in-law has been staying with us a good bit lately, and she loves coffee.  I’m talking like 6-7 cups a day.  In her defense, she does switch to decaf somewhere around 4pm, but holy cow!Continue Reading »

Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels

Skip the mall food court and make these Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels at home!

Skip the mall food court and make these Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels at home!We were wandering through the mall the other day, and we happened to come within 100 250 500 yards of one of those soft pretzels places.  I swear those places secretly vent their ovens straight into the air ducts for the entire mall.  There I am.  Just walking along minding my own business.  Then all of a sudden *boom*.  The sweet smell of melted butter + cinnamon and sugar hits me in the face.  And then I had the urge to go get some Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels.Continue Reading »