Quick and Easy Broccoli Beef Stir Fry

by Anne Papina on February 1, 2014

It all started with a nagging cough. Oh, that doggone flu! Finally, we’re coming up for air. I think the highlight was going to the doctor after running a 101 fever for five days straight only to be told that the fever needs to be at least 104 to be considered the flu. If ever […]


Stuff-A-Roni (Beef and Spinach Filled Manicotti)

by Anne Papina on September 20, 2013

Comfort food comes in many forms, depending on your background. In our family, things like drunken chicken and stuffed zucchini are near the top of the list. There are a couple of dishes that are extra special, though–homemade ravioli being one of them. And if you’ve ever made ravioli, you know it can be a […]


Skinny Beef Chili #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on February 17, 2013

Sometimes nothing is more satisfying than a steaming bowl of chili. There’s something irresistible about that combination of meat, beans, and spices, simmering all day in a tangy gravy that beckons the taste buds. Whether you eat it straight, scoop it up with chips, or smother it over a hotdog or fries, it’s one dish […]


In case you haven’t heard, Frank DeCaro’s new cookbook, The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas in Tinseltown, has hit the shelves, and can I just tell you what an entertaining cookbook this is? Since I tend to collect cookbooks and love Christmas movies, this was right up my alley. More than a collection of recipes, […]


The Great American Hamburger

by Anne Papina on June 5, 2008

(ARA) – It’s that special time of year when home chefs nationwide are heating up the grill and putting their cooking skills to the test. But are they cooking burgers so they’re not only savory, but also safe to consume? Most backyard chefs don’t know the optimal temperature for a grilled or cooked burger, according […]


Tuscan Olive Burger

by Anne Papina on August 29, 2007

(ARA) – The summer grilling season is in full swing as record numbers of Americans head to the back yard for food and fun in the sun. Always a favorite, burgers remain a top pick for cookout connoisseurs, but any would-be grill guru can tell you that creating a flavorful, juicy burger isn’t always as […]


Crock Pot Coffee Beef Pot Roast

by Anne Papina on October 10, 2006

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Organic Sprouted Corn Tortilla Enchiladas

by Anne Papina on July 19, 2006

(ARA) – By now, nearly everyone has heard about the health benefits of whole grains. While more and more products labeled “whole grain” are showing up on supermarket shelves, most still take the form of breads or cereals. If you’re looking for something different – or just to reduce your wheat intake – consider corn […]


East Meets West Burgers

by Anne Papina on July 19, 2006

(ARA) – As the summer heats up, so do backyard grills. Food safety is essential all year round and only becomes more crucial as meals are moved outside to the park, the beach or the backyard. This is an important time to take a closer look at your food preparation habits to see if you […]


Steak Salad Martini

by Anne Papina on July 19, 2006

(ARA) – Once considered a summertime treat, grilling has become a year-round way to cook. It’s easy, and brings family and friends together for meals. Add a little panache and this basic cooking method turns a meal into a reason to celebrate. This stylish yet simple Steak Salad Martini is a great example of how […]