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 »

Goat Cheese and Tomato Focaccia

Celebrate the holidays with a batch of this tasty Goat Cheese and Tomato Focaccia!

Celebrate the holidays with a batch of this tasty Goat Cheese and Tomato Focaccia!Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to turn our attention to Christmas.  This is seriously one of my favorite times of the year.  The festive Christmas lights and holiday music always put me in a good mood!  Of course, we have an even bigger reason to be happy this year.  An 8lb, 3oz reason to be exact.  We brought little Robbie home from the hospital just over a week ago, and it’s safe to say that life around here is a bit different now.  But we are fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends who are eager to help us adjust to our new addition.Continue Reading »

Brazilian Cheese Bread

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo) is surprisingly easy to make…and incredibly delicious!

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo) is surprisingly easy to make...and incredibly delicious!Crispy outside, chewy inside…and stuffed with cheese!  What’s not to love about this Brazilian Cheese Bread??  I first came across Pão de Queijo (aka Brazilian Cheese Bread) back when we lived in Atlanta and went to a Brazilian steakhouse to celebrate my sister-in-law getting into grad school.  Continue Reading »

Butterflake Dinner Rolls

These soft Butterflake Dinner Rolls are just that…buttery and flaky.
Bake up a batch (or two) for the holidays!

These soft Butterflake Dinner Rolls are just that...buttery and flaky. Bake up a batch (or two) for the holidays!Can we talk about education for a bit?  More specifically, can we talk about engineering vs. liberal arts?  As you guys probably know, I’m solidly in the liberal arts camp.  My background is in Roman history and college administration (particularly college athletics).  I taught high-school Latin for several years.  I read a lot of non-technical books involving dragons.  So, yeah, the liberal arts are my thing.

But my wife?  She’s an engineer.  She spends her days doing fancy stuff like transmuting charcoal into diamonds.  Hah…I kid.  I actually have no clue what she does all day.  She tried to tell me one time, but I zoned out and started thinking about how dragons breathe fire.Continue Reading »