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Honeymoon Ravioli

Learn to Make Fresh Pasta (with a video!)

Easy Italian Pulled Pork

Nutella Bread for Dessert or for Breakfast!


Tips for Homemade Marinara Sauce

Breakfast Fruit Walkaway is a family favorite

I love to sew - come on over and see what I'm making!

Make Homemade Limoncello


These Aren't Pasta Noodles - They're Zucchini Noodles!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

A Delicious Vegetarian Dish: Pasta alla Norma

Love knitting? Come read my knitting blog, Italian Dish Knits.

Eating Our Way Through the Amalfi Coast

My Camera Bag that does not look like a Camera Bag!

Make Whipped Cream That Lasts

My Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Make Healthy Homemade Apple Chips

Butternut Squash Soup

Lemon Cake from Capri

Speedy Mini Lasagna Stacks


Classic Pumpkin Roll

Learn How to Make Artisan Bread with no Kneading for Pennies


 Thanks, Mom!


Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits Require No Baking

Make Pie Dough in 60 Seconds!

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract


Spicy Bucatini all'Amatriciana - a Roman Classic

My Mom's Pork Chops

Chocolate Panna Cotta


My Five Inexpensive Kitchen Essentials

Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese

Thoughts About Making Espresso

My Mom, Angela, and my brother, George, in Naples


Welcome to my blog and my kitchen! My name is Elaine Schurr McCardel and I live in Michigan.

My mother, Angela, was from Italy and I guess I just have that Italian gene in me - I love to feed people. I began this blog to teach people how to cook. It pains me that so many people do not cook for themselves and instead order carryout five nights a week. Cooking from scratch is much easier than most people think.  It's healthier and cheaper. Subscribe to this site and cook along with me - I'll show you how.  

I love photography and, in a previous life, was a painter. My food photography enables me to really show you how to create things, step by step.  Developing my own recipes is just another way to fill a canvas. I hope you enjoy what I love so much - cooking for people and the joy of the table.


In Italy, enjoying Sorrento!

Since starting this blog, I have met some amazing people,
connected with other food bloggers and received e-mails,
literally, from readers all over the world.  Thanks to all of you.

Because of the large number of e-mails I receive every day,
I cannot respond to each and every one.  I do try,
but I hope you understand. 

You can contact me at: 



  I live with Brian, my husband and we have three sons, Barry, Nick and Nathan. 



I also love to sew.  Come visit me over at my sewing blog,
Beech Tree Lane Handmade 


Or, if you're really into knitting, you can hop on
over to my knitting blog, Italian Dish Knits



Want to see some paintings? I used to paint. A lot.