Rise up: Focaccia with Tomato and Mozzarella

tomato mozzarella focaccia recipe

I would never adopt the paleo diet.I know… that’s probably going to stir up some trouble, but if you follow a strict paleo diet and you are reading this article for focaccia with mozzarella, you’ve probably landed here by mistake. I’m not discounting its merit and I applaud those who stick to it because they find […]

Summer Fare: Tapas Style

tapas recipes

Summer says patio. It also begs for lighter fare over drinks on the patio. There’s no better way to accomplish this than Tapas Style. These lighter ‘finger food’ recipes are sure to make your outdoor gatherings a hit. Tapas as a meal, especially for outdoors, are brilliant. It keeps the conversation flowing and allows your […]

Cooking with Boys: Shrimp Scampi

shrimp scampi recipe

There are infinite wonders in the kitchen that for decades were shared only with girls. In my aunt and uncle’s home, for example, the boys were forbidden to do housework which included just about everything in the kitchen, save skinning a fish.  Boys were meant to gather wood or feed the dogs, but certainly not fluff […]

Holiday Edition Lola Cooks: Cabbage Rolls

best cabbage roll recipe

Our Festivus celebration continues this week as we prepare for the big day.  Nearly all of our gifts have been purchased or made and most are wrapped and under the tree. Nevertheless, I’m sure there will be plenty of last-minute things to finish. Christmas Eve is always busier than expected and often peppered with visits and visitors. For […]

Making Sausage and A Quick Appetizer

stuffed mushrooms recipe

This weekend was chock full of busy. Our community garden project is in full swing. We took a break Sunday afternoon to meet up with some friends for a quick bite and a glass of wine. We needed a quick solution for nibbles… satisfying but not too heavy. I had already made some sausage for another project […]

Lola Cooks: Pierogi

best pierogi recipe

Tomorrow people all over the country will be celebrating pierogi. Truth be told, the majority of those people will be in the midwest or northeast, but the popularity of pierogi has spread across the nation. Just about anywhere that has a large Polish population has pierogi. The pierogi or pierogi is similar to ravioli. However, […]

Lola Cooks: Classic Lasagna

best lasagna lasagne recipe

A good lasagna is hard to beat. There is a time commitment involved, but the result is more than worth the effort. It is a dish that is sure to please. When executed properly you get a good, thick, meaty sauce and lots of gooey cheese with each bite. The noodles will be cooked but […]

July Monday Series 3: FitFood FitTip

stuffed zucchini recipe

We conclude the July FitFood FitTip series with quinoa stuffed zucchini. This is a fairly simple dish to prepare and it is loaded with goodness. Beyond the texture and slight crunch that the quinoa adds, it also brings a great deal of health benefits. While there is a noted absence of meat here, there is […]

Eating Paste: Two Pestos

pesto sauce recipe

If you have been following along for a while, you probably recall my love for Mediterranean food.  It is marked by its simple, wholesome ingredients and freshness.  Pesto is a fine example of this concept.  The ingredients are few, yet the taste is green and robust. Pesto simply means paste.  You can choose variations of […]