Italian Amaretto Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake

Italian Ricotta Chocolate Cheesecake (pictured with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate shavings, a chocolate lovers delight!)

Using Chocolate Graham Crackers and butter, a perfect crust!

12 chocolate graham crackers
6 tablespoons melted butter

Exceptionally creamy with Ricotta Cheese in this one!

2 - 8oz cream cheese
1 pound of Homemade Ricotta,  or store bought Whole Milk drained
4 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream
10 oz melted semi sweet or milk chocolate (melt in microwave for one minutes stir, if still not melted do in 30 second intervals)
2 tablespoons Amaretto
1 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 1/4 cup sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees

Using a food processor, crush the crackers into fine crumbs
Slowly add the melted butter and pulse  a few more times.
Press the crumbs in the bottom of a 9 and 1/2 inch spring form pan.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees

In a large mixing bowl, blend together the cream cheese, well drained ricotta, whipping cream, melted  chocolate, Amaretto,  vanilla extract with a heavy duty beat till smooth and creamy looking, till well blended, add in the eggs then sugar, about 3 to 4 more minutes.
Pour the mixture into  a parchment lined and lightly sprayed first with cooking oil spring form pan.

Bake for around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Chill the cheesecake for at least 5 hours.
Remove from the pan. Serving suggestions: drizzle with hot fudge sauce ,chocolate shavings, a dollop of whipped cream or serve plain.

One Stop Cookie Shop Recipes

Here are 24 cookie recipes! Your one stop cookie shop!

Building traditions, bonding with family and making memories that will last through generations to come and through our lifetimes. This is what we all look forward to every year in our families by getting together to bake all our favorite cookies! My late mom, Margaret, taught us to cherish those moments through our cooking and baking as a family. No matter where we live, whether we're all separated by different states or live close by, we continue to enjoy this time of the year making cookies, sharing the fun with family and friends, making new memories, reminiscing over the past years with wonderful stories when we were younger to pass down to the our children and hopefully in times to come they will with their children too. In this segment and special edition, I will showcase 24 different cookies we traditionally make year after year together. Some vintage favorites and newer additions from the next generation of family bakers. Both families shown, are my brother's from New York and his children, friends and family and in Florida, my children, friends and family. In our annual cookie feast this year, we were lucky that all of us have SKYPE, an online video cam web service, to bake together through our cyberspace online and watch each other bake and get to converse back and forth, it's awesome! After we complete making all our cookies each year, we send out a care package to one another the week of Christmas. All cookies freeze and travel (with some good packing) very well. Mom's Italian cookie recipes have been with us year after year, generation after generation and her legacy and love continues through all of us that enjoy baking them. These are just a few of the many different varieties I hope you all enjoy them as much as we do.

                                   Italian Wedding Cookies

                                                        Raspberry Italian Filled 


                                                        Amaretto Butter Cookies

                                                             Chocolate Hazelnut balls
                                                              Coconut Bon Bon


                                                                Thin Mints

                                                                    Peanut Butter Patties


                                                                  Oatmeal Cremes

                                                                   Lemon Coolers

                                                                 Cinnamon Roll Cookies

                                                         Triple Chocolate Brownie Bites

                                                                 Milano Cookies

                                                        Best Bakery Style chocolate chips

                                                     Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Cookies

                                                                          Chocolate Cookies

                                                       Coconut Lemon Squares

                                                        Assorted Gourmet Coffees


Wishing you all a Happy Healthy Holiday from our houses to yours!
Pictured,The next Generation of little bakers our little Upstate New York Cookie Helpers ( My
"great" nieces, Samantha and Adriana!)         

  A special thanks to our late mom Margaret Ann Fanelli Colenzo, where it all began, we love and will miss you always!

Marinade for Lemon and Garlic Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Lemon Herb Pork Loin Roast  done in a slow cooker, oven or grilled this is a wonderful flavored pork tenderloin!

                                    Lemon and Herb Pork Tenderloin
1 1/2 lb pork tenderloin
2 cloves of fresh minced garlic
1 tablespoon of honey
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon each  oregano, basil, parsley
pinch of rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
Place all ingredients in a large plastic bag and marinate overnight or up to 4 hours. 

NOTE:  If using a slow cooker, sear meat in a fry pan on both sides in some olive oil and butter till brown and flip over. Place browned pork in a slow cooker with 6 to 8 hours on low.
Oven Method:
Bake in oven covered the first 20 minutes,  in roasting pan with juices. Uncover and cook another 35 minutes  until browned, and pork is cooked all the way through.
Cook pork for 20 to 30 minutes.
Alternative, you can also grill this outside when weather permits, slice the tenderloin into pork loin steaks and cook on the grill till browned and thoroughly cooked on both sides.

How to Deep Fry A Turkey with Herb Flavored Injection Recipe

Deep Fried Turkey, I have to tell you when I saw them pull this bird out of the fryer, all I can think of was the Griswald Family Christmas Turkey from Christmas Vacation movie! I was so scared with no back up plan!


Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut Milk and Happy Thanksgiving!

Retail is a tough time of year for me. I usually work 14 to 16 hours on Black Friday. Thanksgiving Day is very important in our Italian family heritage. We always make time together and share our favorite dishes we like to cook. This year I will be working on Thanksgiving and it will be a little different than usual. Everyone will pitch in, even my husband will be frying the Turkey, ( and he doesn't cook!) so I have the Turkey in a marinade right now. He will start cooking when we all get out of work around 2pm, my one son that usually guests posts is working too.

My day will start out by getting up at 4:00 am and getting to work by 5:30am. I made most everything the night before which was yesterday, last night, after work. I will be so ready to spend some time with the family today and relax before the big Black Friday, which we will be at work at 1:30am ( yes that's right 1:30 am in the morning! )

This is a comforting soup to start out with before the big dinner. I would like to take this time to wish all my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving , enjoy your families, good conversationm great food and be Thankful as we are to be together today. We all have many things to be thanksful and grateful for if you are all sharing your day with family.his. That's just one of our many blessings that I am truly grateful for, family, taste, good health and the love we all have for each other. I wish for all of you a healthy safe and loving Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks again for your continued support. Tomorrow is going to be a very long day! Claudia

 Starter for Dinner today:

Sweet Potato Soup

6 cups cubed peeled sweet potatoes (about 3 large)

3 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 tbsp minced ginger root

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk

3 tbsp fresh lime juice

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)

pinch of cinnamon

In saucepan combine potatoes, stock and ginger; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Meanwhile, toast almonds in dry skillet over medium-low heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden.

Place into a food processor or blender (or if you have an immersion blender into a medium sized sauce pan. Puree until smooth.

Return to saucepan, whisk in coconut milk, lime juice, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat until heated through.

Ladle into bowls; sprinkle with almonds and coriander, parsley for garnish.

Mom's Shrimp Cocktail

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato with Banana and Walnuts

Broccoli with Olive Oil and Garlic

Amaretto Cranberry Sauce/Relish

Fruit Kabobs
 Our Main Courses for today:
Homemade Cavatelli and Traditional Sunday Sauce (on Thursday! )

Dessert will be three pies, Nutella Chocolate Mousse, pumpkin and pictured is Banana Cream
Alot of preparation the days before Thanksgiving, starting on Tuesday marinating the  fresh Turkey, made the pies and sides Wednesday. My son Curt and I previously made Cavatelli together and froze them along with the sauce. The gang just will have to heat things up, boil some water for the pasta, and fry the Turkey!
Since the Turkey will be a new experience for us this year using a fryer, all I have is the picture of it marinating...will give you all an update after my hubby cooks this tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours~
From Claudia and Family @What's Cookin Italian Style Cuisine!

Have a Fabulous Turkey Day!!!!!


White Bean, Ham and Brussel Sprout Soup Recipe

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed par boil for 10 minutes
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 15-ounce can white beans fresh or drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup (about 4 ounces) coarsely grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese
1 cup cooked leftover Ham chunks
Heat 3 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. When just about to smoke, add half of Brussels sprouts. Cook until brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and place Brussels sprouts in a bowl.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to skillet; increase heat to high. Add garlic; sauté until brown, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add  ham, broth and Brussels sprouts. Cook until Brussels sprouts are crisp-tender, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Add beans and butter; stir until butter melts and broth is reduced to glaze, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cheese.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce Amaretto Recipe

Cranberry Sauce for your Turkey! Do you like Amaretto?

If not use Bourbon or even apple juice at the end...but if you're an Amaretto fan, cranberry sauce will never be the same without it!

Fresh Cranberry Sauce/Relish with Amaretto Recipe