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Our World Series Chowdah

Happy World Series!!! We made our game day dinner LIVE! Since my husband is from Boston & his family is visiting we had to have New England Clam Chowder. No matter who you’re pulling for you can’t go wrong with my father in law’s classic chowdah.

Bear’s New England Clam Chowder

4slices bacon

2 tablespoons butter

2 celery stalks

1 large onion

1 clove garlic

1/2 lb Yukon gold potatoes

2 tablespoons flour or cornstarch

1 1/2 cup clam juice

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 lbs clams ( fresh or canned)

Salt & Fresh ground Pepper


Chop the bacon into small pieces. Heat a dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the butter, once it’s melted, add the bacon. Cook until the bacon is crispy. Remove bacon from pot. Chop the celery, onion and garlic and add to bacon grease. Cook until the vegetables are soft, about 2 minutes. Add flour. Stir constantly until flour smells like pie crust – about 2 minutes. Chop potatoes into bite size pieces. Add potatoes & clam juice. Bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are very tender, 10 to 15 minutes.Add the clams and cream. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add salt & pepper to taste. Garnish with bacon & chives.

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My Crazy Kitchen LIVE: Papa’s Pizza

The pizza life chose me!! My parents joined me LIVE in my crazy kitchen & it was pretty much the best thing ever. My dad made us world famous pizza & stole the show!


I learned it all from my dad & he’s sharing his tried & true recipe! It wasn’t easy to get exact measurements from him but I did it!! I hope you love it as much as we do!

Papa’s Pizza


For the sauce:

• 1 28oz can whole plum San Marzano tomatoes ( look for serial number to ensure it’s the real deal)

•. 3 oz tomato purée

• 1 teaspoons dried oregano

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1 tablespoon granulated garlic

• 1/2 teaspoon sugar

For the Pizza:

• 1 16 oz store bought pizza dough ball

• 6 ounces shredded mozzarella

• 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

• Stick of Pepperoni (skin on, found in deli area ask them to cut thin)


Dough should be covered, resting at room temp until pillow soft. You’ll have to plan ahead! Heat the oven to 475. Lightly oil your pan with a small amount of Olive Oil or Crisco. If you don’t have a round pizza pan you can use a cookie sheet.

Start your sauce. Use just the tomatoes from the can and blend in your pan with an emulsion blender. (If you don’t have one use your blender or food processor.) Side Note: if you want to skip all those steps just buy a can of good crushed tomatoes and call it a day. My dad & I disagree on this big time.) Either way- Add the dry ingredients to your sauce. Add tomato paste and simmer on stove until thick.

Our round pans are 12 inches so we don’t use the whole 16 oz dough ball. (Rule of thumb – take the diameter of your pan & add 2. So for my 12 in pan we’re using 14 oz dough . Math! Ugh. But, you get the picture! )

Dust your dough ball with a generous about of flour. Gently stretch the dough to edges of the pan. Dough can be very temperamental! Careful not to overwork it. This could take some time— be patient. It’s worth it. It should be thin but not thin enough that it’s tearing.

Spread sauce over the pizza, leaving a little border around the edges. Arrange mozzarella cheese over top, cover with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano & add the pepperoni. Use the kind from the deli that I mentioned above so it will “cup and char” a term my dad loves.

Bake on 475 until it’s done! Haha. Depends on your over but anywhere from 15 to 2O minutes, until the crust is golden brown and crisp.

Slide the pizzas onto a pizza peel or cutting board to cool. Slice and MANGIA!!!

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My Crazy Kitchen LIVE: Pasta w/ Broccoli Rabe & Italian Sausage

This is one of my favorite dishes! I never pass it up on a menu but truth be told – the one I make it home is kinda aaamazing. If I can make it LIVE, in less than 30 min, with a houseful of hungry people in my ear…you can do it too! Trust! (Thanks for tuning in by the way! ) As promised, here’s the recipe!


• 1 lb pasta (your choice) • 1 cup chicken stock • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil • 1 pound Italian Sausage (casing removed) • 2 cloves of garlic ( minced) • 1 bunch Broccoli Rabe (chopped) • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese (freshly grated) • Salt and Pepper • Butter (optional)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta about 1 minute short of the package instructions and drain. (You’ll be cooking it a bit more later)

Heat a sauté pan with (3 tablespoons) of extra virgin olive oil. Add the sausage, break it up & cook, until browned (about 8 minutes.) Add minced garlic & cook for about 1 minute. Careful not to burn! Add the broccoli rabe to the pan, season with salt and pepper & toss to coat in the pan drippings.

Toss in chicken stock & Sauté about 3 minutes or until tender making sure to scrape up brown bits from the pan.

Add the pasta and toss to coat. Cook for 1 more minute. (Optional: Add a pat or 2 of butter if you’re feeling wild!)

Add a whole bunch of freshly grated cheese and toss until creamy. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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A Celery Juice a day….

All of a sudden everyone’s talking Celery Juice!

The interwebs is buzzing about the Medical Medium  who says one glass of pure celery juice every morning can change your life! It has naturally healing powers to make you look & feel your best. BUT, you have to make it fresh EVERY morning & drink it on an empty stomach. Like..before coffee! Hmmm…I’ll try anything once…SO HERE GOES!

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My Crazy Kitchen LIVE: Grandma’s Meatloaf

“MA, THE MEATLOAF!!” Everyone needs a good ol’ meatloaf recipe in their bag of tricks.



It was a typical night in my crazy kitchen! (link in proThis recipe is tried & true AND even sneaks in some whole grain oats! I was always skeptical about a LOAF of meat BUT it’s delicious (trust) & the kids LOVE it. So, straight from my personal recipes here’s… GRANDMA’s MEATLOAF

1.5 lb ground beef

1 egg

3/4 cup whole grain oats

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 cup Milk

onion salt 


Worcestershire sauce (optional) 

Chicken bouillon  cube 

Preheat oven to 350. Mix the first for ingredients being careful not to over mix the meat. Sprinkle some Worcestershire sauce,  use a generous amount of onion salt, cover the top with black pepper. Gently mix & form into loaf. Place loaf into a baking dish with a thin layer of water. Place the bouillon cube in the dish. Cover with aluminum foil & bake in oven at 350 for about 1- 1.5 hours or until cooked through.

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Shopping for a great cause!

With 2 growing kids I’m at the grocery store ALL the time! So, I can appreciate a bargain!

I was happy to attend the 300th opening celebration of Grocery Outlets in Inglewood. Not only is the store full of fresh & healthy foods at great prices BUT they are also committed to giving back to the community.

It was my pleasure to present a check to a wonderful Inglewood organization called “All for One”. They work with children to help build character through social programs which emphasize the importance of personal growth as well as the development of the community as a whole.

You can learn more & get involved with “All for One” here…

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In Defense of Barbie



Every so often it happens..and here we go again! People gang up and blame the world’s problems on the sweet, loveable and hard working…Barbie!

Of all the babes in toyland I have no idea why poor Barbie takes so much heat!

First they say she’s too thin, too sexy, to full of make-up and now….wait for it….she will crush your children’s dreams. Yes folks,  apparently an 11.5  inch plastic doll can ruin lives.

What’s a girl to do?

The latest attack comes from a new report out of Oregon State University that says girls ages five to seven who played with barbies had suppressed career ambitions.(Granted it was a very small study with only a small group of girls. People usually leave that part out.)

Researchers in this study found the toy that encouraged individuality, confidence and equality was…MRS. POTATO HEAD. Mrs. Potato head? Really? Come ON people. No disrespect to the spud but the poor thing is so lost that half the time her nose is where her eye should be. It’s no contest.

Want to talk ambition? What other woman do you know that has over 130 careers on her resume? I dare you to name another gal who’s been a surgeon, a vet, an aerobics instructor, and run for president! She’s gone to the moon for crying out loud! She’s also mastered one of the toughest jobs of all… motherhood. She’s given birth to countless children including, Skipper. No easy task when your lady parts are made out of plastic! All this while looking great, taking care of a dream house and being a loving wife to Ken. So there.

Girl works her plastic butt off. Stop bullying Barbie!

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