Happy Almost Thanksgiving to anyone who celebrates the holiday!  I look forward to sharing all my recipes with you over the next few days.  These dishes can be made for any holiday or even as a side dish for any meal.  Look back over the next few days for new posts!

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours….






Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

Happy Monday everyone!  I spent a few days last week taking care of my niece and nephew.  We had a great time.  We drew, we played games, we hung out and we cooked.

We made Oreo Rice Krispie treats, I made some enchiladas and tacos. We had a Mexican dinner on Friday night and we made bacon squares with bagels for breakfast.  It’s really fun to cook with the kids in the kitchen.

Below are some photos from that time and and the recipe for the Oreo Rice Krispies.  Enchilada recipe coming soon.  I will be back to regular posts soon.

Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

3T- butter
5 -cups mini marshmallows
6 -cups rice cereal
8 -Oreo cookies

Directions: Add cookies to a large zip lock bag and smash with a spoon till crumbled. Melt butter either in a large microwavable bowl in microwave or in a large sauce pan.  Once butter is melted stir in the marshmallows until melted. If your doing in the microwave heat another 1-2 minutes, stirring half way through. Marshmallows should be completely melted! Add in cereal and Oreos. Press into a greased 13×9 pan. Let cool then cut into desired sizes.

Note: Add more or less Oreo cookies to your liking. Use an aluminum disposable pan for easy clean up.











Happy Saturday!  I wanted to do a quick check in! I’m sorry I’ve been M.I.A.  I’ve been so busy and I haven’t had a chance to update my blog.  I’ve done very little cooking the last week.  My big brother closed on a new house this past Wednesday.  I went there Thursday afternoon and spent the last few days helping him get things situated.  It was so exciting to see his new home and get things set up.  I can’t wait to do some cooking in his kitchen!  🙂

Things will be a little bit back to normal this week.  Stay tuned for my blog to be back to normal! See below for some awesome deer right outside my brothers house, just feet away from his driveway!


Some deer feet from my brothers driveway.  (I know they look fake, but they are real)




Where The Name Garlic & Olive Oil Veins Came From?

Happy October!!!  This post is  going to be about my Dad.  I have had a lot of people compliment the name of my blog and social media accounts.  I’ve been asked where the name came from.  It actually came from my Dad.  Here’s why….It all started back when I was in culinary school.  I was coming home from my cooking classes and I was preparing everything we had learned in school.  During that time my Dad, 58 had being diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. He was so excited for me to be taking these classes.  I remember sitting with him at his chemo and we’d just talk about all I was learning.  As difficult as it was it was quality time with him where we just talked while he ate a cheeseburger.  He always wanted a cheeseburger from the hospital cafeteria.  I always remember that.  My Dad later passed away 9 months after he was diagnosed.  I was just 21 years old.

During that time I was in school  I use to use an excessive amount of garlic and olive oil.  Don’t get me wrong I still use a lot but I know how to use it now.  When I was going to school it was way, way, way too much for any dish.  He use to say to me that I had garlic and olive oil running through my veins.  And that’s how the name came to be.

It’s definitely a homage to my Dad, who’s no longer with us.  I wish he was still here so I could be in the kitchen with him again.  He taught me so much before he passed away.  I still remember him trying to show me as much as possible the last few months of his life.  One thing I remember was he showed me how to fully clean and prepare fresh mussels.  I can still hear him in the kitchen, telling me how the mussels that are open are bad and needed to be thrown out.  It’s funny how you remember things so well when a memory is all you have.

So, that’s how it started…The name came from him and something he use to say to me.  I miss him a lot and I know he’d love to see what I was up to now.  He’d be all about this new adventure.  I know he’s for sure watching over me and my whole family.  I miss him so much.


My High School Graduation, 2002!


Today is September 11th, a day Americans reflect on with such sorrow. Today we remember all those who were affected by 9/11.

I still remember that day so vividly. Let me give you some background.  My Dad was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey about 10 miles from New York City. I lived in Bayonne, for 5 years up until I was 7.  We moved to Chicago in 1993. I spent a good amount of my summers visiting family and friends in Bayonne up until I was about 20 years old. It was my second home. I still remember the feelings I get when I’m on the NJ Turnpike when leaving the airport driving into Bayonne, I can’t even describe it.

When 9/11 happened, my Dad luckily was home in Chicago but I had family and friends who worked in Manhattan and right near where the World Trade Center was. That day I was sitting in class as the news broke about the attack and I started to panic about everyone I knew who would have been in the city that day.  Luckily, by late evening we had confirmation that everyone we knew was accounted for and physically okay. I still remember going back east later in September when my Grandfather passed away and still seeing the smoke from the World Trade, it was unbelievable.

My heart broke for everyone who was there and had to experience this horrendous act. Today we are reminded of all those lives lost, all those first responders and all those who had to endure that day.

When you think of days like today it really makes you realize that life is short and that it can change in a blink of an eye. Be happy, take that trip, buy that purse, eat the pizza and live your life to the fullest!

We’ll never forget!!
Photo courtesy of my cousin, Elisha DeMaria of New Jersey!  wp-image-1724532683