The Comeback Kid and the Neapolitan Rose Cake

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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So, you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been around here in a while – a long while. A very long while, actually. In case you were wondering, no one died (thank God). I didn’t move to Mars or decide to kayak around the world. The thing is, that somewhere along the way I lost my groove. I spent several frustrating months trying to find it. And when that didn’t work, I realized that maybe I needed to step back for a while. Let me explain… read more >>

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What is Black and White and Red All Over?

Monday, June 11, 201217 Comments

Mini-SGCC’s Grad Bash, that’s what! 
That’s right.  On June 2, 2012, my baby girl graduated from high school.  I’m still having a hard time wrapping myself around that one!  It seems like only yesterday, I was dropping her off for her first day of kindergarten.  Where did the …

A Special Mothers Day Thank You

Saturday, May 12, 201224 Comments

Dear God,
Thank you for allowing me the privilege and responsibility of being a mother. I know that it wasn’t an easy decision for you to make. In fact, it took you eight long years to make it.  Maybe you felt that I wasn’t ready.  The waiting was hard, …

Black Forest Cake Recipe

Tuesday, January 17, 20127 Comments

On New Year’s Eve we celebrated Mini SGCC’s 18th birthday.  That’s right.  My baby is now legally an adult.

Of course, that means nothing to me. In my mind, she will always be my little curly-haired cherub.

One would think that Mr. SGCC and I can now …

Black Friday

Monday, December 5, 201146 Comments

For most people, Black Friday is that crazy day after Thanksgiving when hordes of otherwise reasonable people frantically swarm the malls looking to get something for practically nothing.    And unfortunately for me, from this year forward, Black Friday will always represent the agonizing day that I almost lost my …

La Tavola della mia Famiglia: Italian Ricotta Cheesecake Recipe

Sunday, February 20, 201170 Comments

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  Even though I grew up in an Italian family where more than half of my relatives, including my father and grandparents, were actually from Italy, I had never heard of mascarpone until I was an adult and discovered it for myself.  …

La Tavola della mia Famiglia: Pasta e Lenticchie for a Prosperous New Year

Sunday, January 2, 201126 Comments

When I was a little girl, my grandfather worked as a longshoreman for the New York Port Authority.   For most of his career, he worked the night shift.  This meant that from Monday through Friday, he was rarely ever around at dinner time.  As a result, my Nonna  usually …

Pasta con le Regaglie is Offaly Good Eats (or One Mans Trash is Another Mans Treasure)

Saturday, July 24, 201020 Comments

Pasta con le Regaglie is a classic example of Cucina Povera, or Cooking of the Poor. At first glance, it looks like a lovely bowl of pasta dressed with a rich, chunky, meaty sauce. And, that is exactly what it is. Except, that the meats in question are chicken livers, gizzards and hearts. That’s right – livers, gizzards and hearts- better known as offal and more delicately referred to as giblets. And, do you know what? They are delicious!

Chiles Rellenos for Fathers Day (and the Biggest Mess I ever Made)

Sunday, June 20, 201029 Comments

First of all, I’d like to wish all the Dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!  Then, I’d like to remind all the daughters out there who still have their Dads with them how lucky they are.  I lost my father three and a half years ago …

Lemon Linguine with Basil Pesto Shrimp (and Our New Baby)

Tuesday, April 27, 201046 Comments

Nope, I don’t have any Chocablock Cookies for you today. And, I don’t have any steamed puddings either. I’m really sorry about that, but life has kind of smacked me in the head this past week and I just never found the time to make them.  My work …

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Hello and welcome to SGCC! I’m Susan, a professional writer, food columnist, recipe developer, wife, mother, daughter and sister, who used to be a lawyer in a previous life. My love of food comes from a long line of wonderful and creative Italian home cooks who didn’t always have a lot, but knew how to make a lot out of what they had. I hope that you enjoy yourself while you’re here, and visit often! read more >>

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