Rich & Creamy Chocolate Torte

Rich & Creamy Chocolate Torte

This creamy Chocolate Torte Recipe is rich, decadent and utterly delicious! This is the perfect example of how getting something wrong can turn out extraordinarily right!  When you are developing a recipe, you can make things several times before you get it right.  This recipe was a chocolate cheesecake.  It turned out way too chocolatey to […]

fruit compote

Summer Fruit Compote

This luscious Summer Fruit Compote makes the perfect addition to anything from yogurt,  pancakes for breakfast, to ice cream for a cool summertime dessert. It’s so easy to be lured into the fruit section of the grocery store this time of year.  All those fresh, colorful fruits look so inviting.  I am famous for over buying and […]

Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Easy Bacon & Mushroom Risotto

Risottos have a reputation for being difficult to make, but this easy Bacon & Mushroom Risotto makes a one pot  dish changes that! I know I’ve been using a lot of bacon and pancetta lately, but I got a big batch of it from the butcher and had to use it all while it was fresh because […]

Raspberry Scones

Iced Raspberry Scones

Sweeten up your scones with this easy recipe for Iced Raspberry Scones.  They are ideal for a breakfast treat or Sunday brunch. These iced raspberry tarts are light, flaky and so good that you will make them again and again! The tangy freshness of the raspberries perfectly balances the buttery sweetness of the icing. These scones may look complicated […]

Antipasto Pasta Salad

Antipasto Pasta Salad

This recipe for Antipasto Pasta Salad is an Italian inspired salad that makes a fresh and vibrant addition to any picnic or barbecue. I was raised in an Italian household.  My grandmother’s family were right off the boat from Italy and my mother was raised with all the Italian traditions so even though her kids weren’t […]

peaches and cream

Peaches & Cream

Peaches and cream is a summertime classic!  This recipe is a simple and delicious way to use your fresh summer peaches. Nothing says summer like fresh peaches and this recipe is the perfect dessert for entertaining on a warm summer day.   It is easy to throw together and everyone loves it. There is nothing fancy about it, […]

strawberry coktail

Erren’s Strawberry Cocktail

This Strawberry Cocktail is made with strawberry schnapps, vodka, lemonade & cranberry juice.  It’s the perfect summer cocktail for warm summer nights or days by the pool. Now that summer vacation has finally begun, it just feels more like summer to me and it puts me more in the mood for summer parties with friends and those quiet […]

chocolate chip cookies

Making the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone has a different idea of the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  This is my recipe and some tips to creating your version of the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I first posted this recipe back in January when the weather was cold.  I made it again the other day in mid July (for an upcoming ice […]

bacon & green onion pasta salad

Bacon & Green Onion Pasta Salad

This is by far my favorite pasta salad, with it makes the perfect side dish for any picnic or it could even be a light meal on a hot summer night. Today was my son’s last day of school (finally).  They finish quite late in the UK and I start itching to have my son […]

Cook the Panchetta until crisp. Remove from pan and set aside.  Drain the fat reserving about a tablespoon for sauteeing the vegitables. Saute the onion, celery, garlic and carrot until the onion softens and becomes translucent. Add the potatoes, clams & clam juice, Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 10 (or until the poatoes have softened). Add cream and heat through. Serve topped with the Panchetta.

Clam Chowder Topped with Pancetta

This recipe for Clam Chowder is not only delicious, but it’s super easy to make and tastes even better the next day! Clams are a rare find where I live and clam juice isn’t available at all.  Luckily, I found an american grocery website that I can order from when cravings become too much.  I […]

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