Chopped Antipasto Salad

chopped antipasto salad

I have an enormous crush on antipasto.  Or what I consider antipasto, which (with apologies to all my Italian friends out there) means a giant platter of cheese and smoked meats and veggies that you are encouraged to snack on to your hearts content.  However, as I understand it, traditional antipasto usually includes a few things that I don't like.  Olives.  Roasted red peppers.  PICKLED MUSHROOMS.  So I decided to go rogue and build an antipasto full of only things I like, and since I am breaking all kinds of antipasto rules anyway, to turn it into a salad.  Because, why not? Read More & Get the Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Potatoes

pepperoni pizza potato

I love baked potatoes with a ridiculous amount of love.  And my love for them spilleth over when they are topped or stuffed with other things I love, like eggs or taco spices or cheeseburger fixings.  I also love pizza with a ridiculous amount of love, so this recipe was inevitable.  Baked potato, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and just for good measure, some pepperoni.  Because if you are going to mash up your baked potato with your pizza, you might as well go the full monty! Read More & Get the Recipe

Caprese Pastry

caprese pastry

Caprese is one of my favorite words in the whole wide world, because it means tomatoes and mozzarella and basil.  Sometimes it is a salad.  Sometimes it is a pizza.  Sometimes it is both, which is the best of both worlds and which I like to call Caprese Pastry, because it calls for that magical thing that is frozen puff pastry.  So when the tomatoes are local and the basil is fresh and when you can find yourself a hunk of the best mozzarella you can, break out the puff pastry and get ready for the deliciousness that is Caprese Pastry. Read More & Get the Recipe

Bacon and Clam Pizza


I have developed a pizza-making obsession lately, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.  I'm not sure why - it's not like we aren't surrounded by perfectly wonderful pizza joints, but there's something about cooking it up in your own oven that gives you warm fuzzy feelings of pizza-smugness.  As in, oh yes, I can make my own pizza.  In this particular case, clam and bacon pizza with some chopped flat leaf parsley scattered on top.  Oh yes.  Irish girl does pizza. Read More & Get the Recipe

Steak Caprese


Last week I wrote about the method the Southern husband and I discovered recently for how to grill a perfect steak...seared and crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and while a steak cooked that way is absolutely wonderful all by itself, sometimes you want a little something-something to go on and around it.   Things that I love on my steak include blue cheese butter, chimichurri sauce and good old A-1, but in the summertime, there's nothing, and I mean nothing,that beats a steak that has been grilled, sliced and covered in fresh tomatoes and basil and chunks of creamy mozzarella cheese.  In other words, steak caprese! Read More & Get the Recipe

Marinated Mozzarella with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes


At this point, I have made literally hundreds of breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack recipes...this is going to be recipe #785 (literally!) on this blog, and there are a whole lot more waiting in line for me to share with you.  But out of those hundreds and hundreds, there are a few that stand out in my memory and heart not only for the deliciousness but also for the happy memories.  My grandmother's molasses cookies (one for each hand!), the lemon chicken pasta we made with friends on a fun snowy weekend, and this marinated mozzarella.  My mama has been making this on warm lazy summer afternoons for as long as I can remember, and if you ask any of my best friends what their favorite recipe from my mother's kitchen is, I can almost promise they will all say in unison, "her marinated mozzarella with basil and sun-dried tomatoes!" Read More & Get the Recipe