Hi and thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Tina, I am 42 years old and married to a wonderful man named Robert. I live in the Cleveland, Ohio area with my husband and our two pugs, Koko and Lucy and a special kitty, named Trixie.

I am of Italian decent and love to cook not just for my family but for everyone! I have a lot of weeknight dinner guest and try to keep it casual but delicious! My Mom passed away a few years ago and was my great teacher.

In 2012 I have changed the way I eat. A real lifestyle change to be healthier, eat a nutrient dense diet and remove all processed foods, refined flours and sugars from our diet. I do cook a lot healthier than my Mom did and do a lot more vegetarian meals, poultry and fish. I'm trying to find a way to keep the traditions of family, friends and good food in my house always.

I plan to post my weekly menus, update with new recipes, health information and articles and how to eat mostly organic in an economical way. I will also periodically post personal updates of my journey to regain health and hope.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Simple Spring Supper

This dish literally takes less than 20 minutes, is very healthy and delicious. It is an easy main dish to cook on a weeknight...and would be great as a side dish for weekend or company dinner.
Orzo, Shrimp, Spinach & Roasted Tomatoes
1 lb. orzo
1 lb. shrimp, cleaned and de-veined
1 qt. grape tomatoes, halved
1 bag of baby spinach (washed)
1-3 cloves of garlic, sliced fine
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt/pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions. In a saute pan over medium high heat saute the shrimp (seasoned with salt and peppers) in 1 Tbsp. olive oil until pink all over (about 3 minutes). Remove shrimp from pan and set aside. In the same pan with remainder of oil saute the garlic, tomatoes and spinach for a few minutes..season with salt and pepper. Add in the cooked pasta and toss. Toss all together and add shrimp. Now it is ready to eat!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I totally suck at Blogging!

I still cook daily...and I still love to share my recipes..but for some reason I have a hard time keeping up with my blogging. I will try to add some new and exciting recipes soon. I miss blogging and especially the comments. Thanks to all who have emailed me asking me to come back to blogging soon.

Is this blog worthy? This is my biggest problem. Are you interested in seeing the same foods day in and day out? Is grilled chicken salad and garlic bread blog worthy? What about when I take short cuts and buy the rotisserie chicken at the store and Sanda Lee my dinner? Do you still want to see that?

Keep an eye out for some new entries. I am not going to promise anything...but I have been missing my window to the world so I hope to make some positive contributions to the culinary masses soon!