Bruschetta (Bread Topping)

Here’s another delicious little something, to make with some of those fresh summer tomatoes!


Bruschetta topping on toasted bread, is a perfect side to a nice salad (as shown here), or an appetizer for luncheons or cocktail parties. (Well, I’ve heard.  I haven’t been to a cocktail party in…..well, I actually can’t think of a time I have ever been to one, come to think of it. Or, maybe I’m not sure what one is.  But I know what bruschetta is!)

‘Bruschetta’ is an Italian word (Tuscany, to be exact), that means to ‘toast or burn’.  I prefer to toast my bruschetta.  ; )  There are many variations that can be made to this recipe, so don’t be afraid to experiment on your own!  That’s generally what I did when I made this bruschetta this evening a couple of weeks ago.Read More

A Simple Lunch Spread, for a Celebration Gathering

If I had one goal, for the entire day of {JM, O & S}’s First Holy Communion, it was to ‘keep it simple’.  I wanted it ALL simple, so that we could all focus as much as possible on the purpose of the celebration, and enjoy it. That certainly included any food prepping I had to do, to feed our guests, who came back to our home following mass.  I didn’t want anything that needed to be re-heated or kept warm, and certainly not anything messy. I was going for a light, spring lunch.  I was pretty happy with what I came up with!… Read More

Vittles: Easter Photo Series

Please visit Home page once, prior to sections of blogs, for message. : )

Superbowl Menu

We had a nice little Superbowl Sunday.  We kept it pretty low-key, for a couple of reasons:

1) Our own New England Patriot’s weren’t playing.

2) It was a school night.

Every year, I get all excited about Superbowl Sunday, no matter who is playing. And then I realize how late the game is starting!  And then I remember, that I forget that that is the case, almost every year!

Still, we can’t let the opportunity for a little private family party, pass us by.  But considering the circumstances this year, we kept the menu simple-simple.

Pastrami Sandwiches – we love them.… Read More

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites

We made these tasty little morsels for this first time,  for New Year’s Eve. My girlfriend Paula wanted the recipe, so I told her I would blog a post on it. And here it is.  Because I’m always true to my word.  And also, I wanted to make (read: eat) these again. : )

Participating Ingredients: 1 pound of bacon, 1 can of Large Chunked Pineapple (or fresh), and 1/2 cup Brown Sugar.

You’ll also need toothpicks.   The colors add to my happy, but if they do nothing for you, plain wood color is fine too.

Set your oven for 375 degrees.… Read More

Hot Cheesy Spinach Dip


Recently I made a spinach dip that was delicious, and would make a nice appetizer.  The kids enjoyed it, of course.  But my father, who was visiting at the time, also enjoyed it, and he is the family food critic.  lol.  So I thought I would share the recipe here,  since this is a nice warm dish for the cold season that is about to come stay with some of us, for awhile.


  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1/4 C. chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic; minced (1 tsp.)
  • 1 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4  C. half-and-half
  • 2 Lg. Pkgs.  fresh baby spinach
  • (or 2 9oz.
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