Italian Hoagie Dip in a white bowl with sliced bread on the side

Italian Hoagie Dip

This easy Italian Hoagie Dip recipe is one of my family’s all-time favorite recipes. It has everything that an Italian Hoagie has on it but it’s chopped up and served as a dip.

Italian Roasted Shrimp easy shrimp recipe It's a Keeper

Roasted Italian Shrimp: An Easy Shrimp Recipe

It’s no secret that one of my favorite cooking techniques is roasting.  It’s fairly easy and really deepens the flavor of whatever you’re roasting.  I love roasting vegetables like, Parmesan Roasted Green Beans, Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Tuscan Roasted Asparagus.  And, of course there’s always roasted chicken – a classic.  But, this easy shrimp recipe has quickly become one of my favorites!

This recipe is so easy to make and it’s ready in less than 30 minutes.  It’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  You can serve it over rice or pasta.  Or, add it to a salad for a light dinner or easy lunch.  Or, you can eat it just as it is.   It would even make a nice appetizer. I love having options.  Don’t you?

Cinnamon Crusted Pecans It's a Keeper

Cinnamon Crusted Pecans

These pecans are one of my favorite recipes to make during the holidays. I can’t remember where I got the recipe from, initially. I’ve been making them for years. In fact, we included this recipe in our first cookbook, “Hitchcock Family Favorites”.

Grilled Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction

Grilled Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction

During the hot, sticky summer months, I’m always on the lookout for new salad ideas.  Maybe it’s because I’m not in the mood for heavy dishes.  Or, maybe it’s because my garden is always so plentiful during the dog-days of summer.  Whatever the reason, my recipe pile is full of contenders — everything from slaws, pasta salads and mayo-based concoctions to plates full of leafy goodness. 

Roasted shrimp cocktail

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

I thought it would be fun to host a cookbook review on It’s a Keeper (IAK).  Some of my readers and Facebook/Twitter followers who wanted to participate don’t have blogs of their own to share their recipes on, so I offered up a guest post on IAK to give all of my readers the opportunity to share their reviews.  This one is from my good friend, Jill.  She made this recipe (and two other Ina Garten recipes) for our weekly play date.  While the kids dined on mummy dogs and mac-n-cheese, we were treated with Roasted Shrimp Cocktail, Mâche with Warm Brie and Apples and Truffled Fillet of Beef Sandwiches.  Yum, right?!?  Jill’s recipe is below and my commentary is underneath.

Caramel Apple Dip

Caramel Apple Dip

Happy Easter!   Today was a whirl wind day!  We’ve been on the go since 9 am — enjoy not one, but TWO holiday dinners!  One at my parent’s house and one at my sister-in-law Cathy’s.  There were so many uber delicious things.  I love holidays!

One thing in particular that caught my eye (or should I say tickled my taste buds?) was this great caramel apple dip that Cathy made.  I’m going to apologize right now for the poor quality of the photos here….it’s the best that my cell phone could provide!

Party Cheese Bread

For my son’s birthday, we usually end up having two parties — one for his friends and one for the family. I just can rationalize dragging my 90-year old grandparents to a bowling alley with a gaggle of 5 year olds! I’ve started dubbing the family party, the “after-party”! I usually keep it pretty simple — pizza, a few appetizers and cake (of course).

Buffalo Shrimp

Buffalo Shrimp

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Tonight, we decided we would try to make some of the dishes from one of our favorite restaurants.  First up was Buffalo Shrimp.  Basically, it’s breaded shrimp with a nice coating of hot wing sauce.  The sauce I made used a base of TABASCO® Original Red.  We love using the stuff on pizza, eggs and I like a few dashes on my mac and cheese.  YUM!  It doesn’t just add heat to a dish, it unlocks the flavor.

It's a Keeper Recipes

Roasted Cinnamon Pear Bruschetta

When I came across this recipe in my in-box, I don’t know what I liked better — the “cinnamon pear” part or the “bruschetta” part!  Put both of those things together and it sounded like bliss!   The recipe came from The Pioneer Woman blog — if you’ve never checked it out, I highly recommend it!  She does a great job — great recipes (like this one!), great photos, just plain awesome! Oh, and check out her photo for this recipe…I had a camera mishap and don’t have a photo for this recipe. 

Antipasta Platter

My cousin, Donna, bring this great antipasta platter to all of our family get-togethers.  It’s one of my favorite appetizers ever!