Lime Shrimp Skillet with Zucchini

Lime Shrimp Skillet Dinner with Zucchini

If you have been following the blog for a while, you already know that Cilantro Lime Shrimp is one of our favorites! It’s easy to prepare and cooks up very quickly. I decided to upsize it with a larger cast-iron skillet or sheet pan and add zucchini!

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Biscotti di Mama Bruno

Simple spiced biscotti with pistachios

Simple Spiced Biscotti recipe inspired by a recipe from “Mama Bruno”

I’ve never met Mama Bruno, but when “Husband” brought me one of these biscotti home from work to try, I could tell by the tone of his voice that I was going to love her recipe. I was lucky enough to get a copy of it and permission to share my version of it here! I’ve made some minor changes to her recipe, mainly just to use up some ingredients that have been hanging around the kitchen. I sent my modified biscotti with him to work and received a stamp of approval. Mama Bruno’s version is made with almonds, but I really love my modified version of this simple spiced biscotti recipe with pistachios. I’ve made it with all pistachios and with half almonds and half pistachios. Both were amazing!

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Espresso Buttercream Banana Cake

Espresso buttercream banana filled layer cake

This is a quick Espresso Buttercream Banana Cake post in response to all the requests for the recipe in the Coffee Laughs & Giggles Facebook group I belong to. I posted “Husbands” Espresso Buttercream Banana cake last night and within minutes I had recipe requests. I’ve never had so many recipe requests!

Espresso buttercream banana filled layer cake
Espresso Buttercream Banana Cake
Update: this year (2022) I decorated with drizzled white and dark chocolate!
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Fruity Cherry Chipper Cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chippers
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Ascanio’s Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cookies.

Breakfast Cookies

These Chocolate Chip & Cherry Cookies are good at any time of the day, but with added oats, breakfast cereal and, uh fruit, I think these make a marvelous breakfast cookie. AND they go great with dark roast coffee. 😉

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Who all is reading to get through this quarantine?

Reading Ilona Andrews

For those of you reading your way through quarantine, I want to share a special ebook from some of my all-time favorite authors! It’s a special edition eBook collection of three of the Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews. Instead of putting it on the book store sites for free, they have it priced at $.99 for a limited time with all proceeds going to the COVID-19 Response fund CPD Center for Disaster Philanthropy. (Link posted below) They also periodically post serials for free online, so you can read as the book is being written!

eBookFoodie reading Innkeeper by Ilona Andrews
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Cheap and Easy Meals

Sliced no knead olive skillet bread

What to Cook When the Grocery Stores are Out of… Almost Everything.

I went to the store last week for a few things. You know, the usual, peanut butter, half & half, a gallon of water (for my cubicle at work for making coffee), and quinoa. I came home from the store with ONE of those things, peanut butter! All those other aisles were pretty much empty. There was sparkling water, and some of the pricy electrolyte water in bottles. Other than that, not much there! In 2014 there was a water crisis in Toledo and I remember not being able to buy water because the shelves were empty, but I’ve never seen entire isles cleared out of food or paper products. I didn’t go down every aisle, and they weren’t wiped completely out of all food items, but it was slim pickings! We’ll need to get creative with what we have during this coronavirus crisis, so I wanted to put together a quick list of cheap and easy meals for you. Lots of these are made from leftovers, a few ingredients, or even scraps! Some are quick and easy, some will use up leftovers, but all are delicious!

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Instant Pot Spinach & Meatballs

Grandmas Spinach and meatballs

Well, actually it’s my weeknight Instant Pot version of Grandma’s Spinach & Meatballs.

Spinach and Meatballs in Pyrex fridgie

It all started several years ago, at least a decade ago, on Thanksgiving, or maybe it was Easter? Anyway, I woke up sick as a dog… fever, laying on the couch with an ice bag on my head sick. Husband called his parents to let them know we wouldn’t be going to family dinner, even though I told him to go without me. That’s true love folks! I don’t recall the conversation he had with his mom, but it required pen, paper, and prompted him to go to the store.

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