One Pan Easy Beef Stew with White Wine Recipe


Nothing is more satisfying than a big pot of beef stew in the winter months but the end of summer we are lucky to have an abundance of fresh produce available. This is a the easy quick version I make and never fails me. Sop up the sauce with a good piece of crusty Italian bread and this meal calls my name everytime! I love zucchini season and the freshness of end of summer garden vegetables. You just can't get enough of this flavorful sauce the taste is etched in my childhood memory and love that I can remember how wonderful mom and grandma would make this every year and a hearty meal that we always remember!

One Pan Easy Beef Stew with White Wine Recipe 

2 cups each fresh, frozen or canned green cut beans, mushrooms, cubed zucchini, carrots, peas
1 or 2 lbs whole baby potatoes or cubed fresh potatoes
1 - 28 oz can crushed tomatoes or 2 pounds fresh plum tomatoes pureed
1 teaspoon each fresh or dried oregano, basil, rosemary and parsley
pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt, pepper to taste
1/2 cup white wine (I used Chablis)
1/2 cup or more of water
2 lb London Broil cut in cubes
4 cloves minced garlic
3 tablespoon olive oil
2 bell peppers chopped

In a large dutch oven, saute beef in oil add the peppers. Saute until all the pink is gone (around 10 minutes), adding the garlic 2 minutes before done.. Add all the rest of the vegetables, drained if canned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, wine and seasonings. Simmer on low for around two hours, add basil around 1/2 before cooking is finished. Serve with crusty Italian bread to dip in the sauce.
+claudia lamascolo  Author

Mom's Grilled Sausage Patties Potatoes and Peppers Recipe


You may remember Mom's Sausage Recipe?  Well this is the same recipe just made into patties. The addition of the peppers, mushrooms and potatoes make this a fantastic throw together meal. It's a perfect throw together meal when you just want something different. We always love Italian sausage patties grilled as an alternative to hamburgers.

Mom's Sausage Recipe  < click the link
4 Potatoes Microwave until soft
2 Bell Peppers cleaned and sliced
8 oz baby bella mushrooms sliced and washed
1/2 teaspoon each oregano, parsley, salt, pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
cayenne pepper to taste if you like more heat

Make the sausage into patties, place on an aluminum grill pan sprayed with cooking oil. Sliced the microwave potatoes into 2 inch slices, add to the pan. Randomly place sliced mushrooms and peppers on the pan.  Sprinkle with all the spices and herbs. Drizzle all over the top with olive oil.  Grill until the sausage is crispy and no longer pink. You can also bake this inside on 400 degrees for around 35 minutes.  Serve on rolls.

For other pork recipes try these links below:

Baked Sausage, Zucchini, Vegetables in Cabernet
Pork Chop Apple Stuffing Casserole
Peach Bourbon Ham Steaks
Pork Loin Stuffed Pistachio and Apples
Sausage Peppers Spinach and Potato Pan Casserole
Baby Back Spare Ribs in Bourbon
Mom Sausage Patties Potato, Peppers, Mushrooms
Homemade Sausage Skewers
Pork Chops with Apple Stuffing
Baked Pork Chops with Orange
Rib Roast with Jack Daniels
Crockpot Pulled Pork
Crockpot Pork Marsala
Best Boston Butt in a Crockpot
Mom's Homemade Sausage
Pork and Pineapple in the Crockpot
Honey Glazed Spiral Ham
Bourbon Marinade for Ham
Mom's Homemade Sausage
Feast Upstate NY Style Sausage and Peppers Sandwich


+claudia lamascolo  Author

Cheesy Potato Croquette Recipe

Here is one of the best sides dishes for any meal. Whether it's seafood, meat, grilled foods, these croquettes are always asked for. The hint of garlic and cheese makes them even better and you can adapt them to whatever you like and add other delectable flavors to these. See suggestions below.


Cheesy Potato Croquette Recipe


3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
1 egg
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons fresh chopped or dried parsley 
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder granulated more for the tops
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
salt to taste
Italian flavored Panko bread crumbs or seasoned Italian style bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

olive oil for drizzling over the tops before baking

Optional suggestions to add: ( 1 tablespoon additions) Chopped onions, peppers, mushrooms, jalapeno's, shredded mozzarella, shredded cheddar. Also to make these even more spicy add 1 tablespoon hot sauce to the potatoes when mixing. A more savory taste? Add 1 tablespoon ranch dressing, sour cream or cream cheese instead.

Mix the leftover potatoes with the egg, garlic, pepper, parsley you can add more salt to taste if they weren't seasoned enough also add any of the the additions at this point. Using an ice cream scooper, take one scoop of the mashed potatoes and place into the panko bread crumbs that have been spread out on a plate. Coat both sides using your fingers to keep crumbs patted down on the sides and tops and place on a silpat mat or parchment paper using a spatula. When your done forming the croquettes drizzle with olive oil on top and more garlic powder lightly then bake at 350 degree hot oven until browned. 
+claudia lamascolo  Author

Easy Apple Filled Breakfast Roll Recipe



Funny how history repeats itself, my son Chad loves my cinnamon buns and so did my dad (R.I.P.). I had to make these in his memory today since it's his birthday today. No, these are not as good as yeast risen rolls but certainly better than refrigerated dough rolls from your dairy case at the supermarket. My son really loved these fresh apple baked breakfast rolls.


  My father would have loved them too. It would have been his 102nd  birthday today had he still been alive, miss him so much, R.I.P. daddy, he passed on in 1995.

 The apples makes these just delicious, the aroma in the kitchen is fantastic and the frosting adds the perfect addition to the sweetness of these. I don't know what they taste like the next day because there were none left.


Hope you like them as much as we did.


Soft Dough Recipe for Rolls:

2 cups flour more for rolling the dough
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt 
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup applesauce
1 egg

See filling and frosting recipes below

Using an electric mixer mix the the dough with a flat beater. Place on a floured surface and roll out the size of a brownie pan 12x9.  Brush dough with melted butter and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture (below)  on the dough lightly.
Place the apple filling (below)  onto the dough and roll up like a jelly roll pinching the seam together on top.



 Slice rolls and place on a parchment lined brownie or jelly roll pan.  For a shine on the dough, brush with beaten egg over the tops of the rolls before baking(I skipped that step).  Bake at 350 degree preheated oven around 25 minutes or until browned. 




Drizzle frosting over the rolls 10 minutes after they are out of the oven cooling. Serve warm.

Apple filling:

2 medium apples chopped in small pieces
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
Mix all together in a bowl and set aside

Cinnamon and Sugar:

Cinnamon and sugar mixed together 3 tablespoons to 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Melted butter (around 2 tablespoons)  to brush on the dough.

Frosting:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons warm water 
1 tablespoon butter softened

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Peach Pear Galette Recipe


A favorite with fresh fruit served with ice cream or whipped cream you have the perfect beginning or end of summer dessert. These flavors just work perfect together. During the winter months feel free to use drained canned fruits or frozen. 





3 or 4 sliced peaches skin removed
2 fresh red or any other pears sliced and skins removed
peach, pear or apricot jam
2 crusts or pie dough homemade or store bought
pie crust cutters for leaves ( purchased at a specialty baking store)
granulated sugar

Roll out pie crusts one large round saving some for the leaf edges or other cookie cutter you like.
In a medium bowl mix the fruit together. 
Add to the center of the pie dough and pour warm jam over the top.  Bring the edges up crimping all towards the center. Place the leaves along the crimped edges and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake at 400 degrees until browned for around 35 to 45 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.
+claudia lamascolo  Author

Baby Food Sweet Potato Mash Recipe



Antonio our precious grandson (see photo below),  absolutely loves sweet potatoes, just like his own daddy did when he was a baby. With the prices of baby food today, you can make your own in such little time with little money and much healthier knowing what's in it. Freeze leftovers, or place in jars for 2 or 3 days at the most. Remember do not use your spoon into the jar while feeding the baby, always pour into a dish. 
The saliva can cause bacteria to the food. 
This sweet potato mash is for 4-6 month old babies.





Baby Food Sweet Potato Mash Recipe 


Sweet potatoes as many as you want to make these can be baked piercing with holes then removing the skins after baking for 45 minutes. You can also cube and boil them or steam them with skins off.
All methods work fine.




After they are cooked to your desired method, place in a food processor and add water a little at a time, ( I use bottled water or some of the boiled water if you have cooked on the stove top ) until you reach the consistency you like pulsed until smooth.

Place in little jars is recommended for refrigerator use.

Place in small plastic zip lock freezer bags and freeze any leftovers.

You can keep in the refrigerator 2 to 3 days. Freeze the rest for future use up to 3 months.


+claudia lamascolo  Proud Grandma and Author


Cake Mix Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake Recipe




Maybe you remember Texas sheet cakes brought to picnics? I have always had white or chocolate, you may have seen my post of those in the past. Since our family is a huge peanut butter lover, I decided to attempt this one I found in our Blessed Sacrament Church cookbook from the 1970's.  It was pretty darn tasty, can't believe I never tried it before.  Peanut butter cake tends to be a little dry, so be sure and watch you don't over bake this one and follow the package instructions.
 (psst no one will know you used a cake mix, I just love easy recipes.)

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup water
2 eggs
1/2 evaporated milk or buttermilk





Mix to the package directions with adding only the ingredients above and bake as directed on box using a brownie pan instead of 13x9.
Completely cool.

Peanut Butter Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk or more(I like to use heavy cream instead) add slowly until still flowing but somewhat thick consistency.

Beat until smooth and creamy. Spread over cooled sheet cake.

If you still prefer the chocolate or vanilla ones click here
+claudia lamascolo  Author

Chocolate Banana Rum Upside Down Cake Recipe




Here is a cake I experimented with for my future daughter in law Jennifer Carmen's birthday today. This chocolate cake is infused with a banana caramelized topping that just melts in your mouth and has a hint of rum flavor. I hope she likes it, I wanted to share her special day with all of you.

We have been so blessed this year with the birth of our grandson Antonio who is 6 months old right now and whose 
dad is  ( my son ) +Curt Iffert you may know from
  Curt's Delectables Blog 



 

Jennifer got a beautiful special present this week, her mom flew in from Kentucky to visit for her birthday week and to see Antonio for the first time. These were such precious moments between mother and daughter, it brought tears to my eyes.  So we have a double celebration going on here and the bigger party with whole family coming up this Sunday. Antonio is getting lots of love from his reunion with his grandmother Sandy Carmen. We are all so thrilled to have them all together.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNI!!!

Chocolate Banana Rum Upside Down Cake Recipe

1 chocolate  cake mix with pudding inside made per package instructions plus 2 tablespoons dark rum added to the batter (the rum is optional, if you don't want to use it try some banana extract)

1 stick butter melted

3/4 cup brown sugar

4 bananas sliced


This is also an absolutely delicious way to use your bananas up!

Directions:
In a 13 x 9 pan melt the butter and make sure the sides are greased with cooking oil or shortening. Place the brown sugar on top of the butter, then add evenly around all the sliced bananas. Pour the batter over the bananas and bake for 40 to 45 minutes at 350 degree preheated oven.
Invert onto a large cookie sheet. Cool serve with whipped cream. Keep refrigerated.

Antonio Valentino Iffert,  he is getting so big already 6 months old!  We love you baby boy!
My favorite photo of Jenni and Antonio... 
Happy Birthday  mommy!!

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Homemade Manicotti Updated Recipe


One of our very favorite pasta to make home made are manicotti. They really aren't hard to do. The biggest thing is you need a non stick pan that is either 6 inch or 8 inch. Anything else is too big.  Invest in that first before attempting to make them. Hope you will give this Italian specialty a try. We usually have them at Holiday time, they always have been saved to make for special occasions.  Treat yourself. Either way don't miss trying these yourself the links below will give you everything you need for the perfect homemade Italian dinner!


See recipe links below on how to make them



Recipe for Traditional Sunday Sauce


Recipe for Homemade Manicotti Shells


Recipe for Home Made Meatballs


Recipe for Home Made Sausage Skewers
+claudia lamascolo  Author

Italian Potato Salad Recipe


Here is the perfect cold salad that you don't have to worry about in warmer weather.  It has a delicious homemade dressing over the freshest vegetables and every one will love this side dish with confidence no matter how long it's been out it won't go bad out in the heat! Here is a great alternative to American style potato salad that has mayo in it. 

Italian Potato Salad Recipe

6 to 8  cubed boiled potatoes with no skins
1 can of pitted large black olive or kalamata olives
3 chopped plum tomatoes
1 can chick peas drained
1 bell pepper finely chopped
1 cucumber chopped seeds removed

Optional: chopped celery, finely chopped onions,  sliced radishes, fresh spinach, cabbage slaw, fresh peas, cubed avocado, corn cut off the cob, chopped fresh broccoli, julienne carrots.



Dressing:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano, parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1/4  teaspoon cayenne pepper

In a large enough bowl to accommodate all the vegetables you have chosen for your salad, toss with the dressing and refrigerate at least 1/2 hour before serving.


Scratch Butter Pound Cake Recipe

The perfect cake to use when having coffee, tea or you can dress it up with fresh fruits and whipped cream. Either way you will love this versatile cake that I make often with many different toppings. I will leave you some combination suggestions we just love!

 Scratch Pound Cake Recipe


2 sticks butter
1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups flour 

With an electric mixer cream the butter and shortening together. Add the sugar a little at a time beating for at least two minutes. Now add the eggs one at a time beating until combined. Mix in the dry ingredients alternating with milk and flour, adding the zest then vanilla. Heavilly grease a bundt or tube pan with butter, sprinkle the bottom with flour or use lots of cooking oil or shortening to grease. Pour batter into pan.  Bake in a preheated at 350 degrees around 1 and 1/2 hours or until middle comes out clean using a toothpick. Cool 2 minutes then flip onto a board lined with wax paper to cool.

Suggestions for toppings ingredients are in order to be place on cake slices:

Banana slices, caramel ice cream topping, whipped cream
Raspberries whole, nutella and whipped cream
Strawberries sliced, warmed strawberry jam, whipped cream
Blueberries whole, warmed blueberry jam, vanilla ice cream
Apple Pie filling, crumbles of shortbread cookies, whipped cream
Chocolate pudding, crushed candy bars of choice, whipped cream
Any pudding, chocolate chips, whipped cream

Or just dust with powdered sugar and enjoy! 
+claudia lamascolo   Author


No Bake Peach Cheese Pie Recipe


Either using fresh peaches or canned pie filling for your topping,  this is a refreshing and quick pie to make for any gathering or family function. This brings the beginning or end of summer a big feeling of warm sunshine. The filling is perfect, still light enough with that cool smooth creamy taste but not to heavy after a big meal. This is sure to hit the spot for all our peach lovers. If you prefer a different topping and just want fresh fruit all the better too!
 Blueberries, cherries,  strawberries and raspberries are all fabulous toppings. If you really in a hurry use pie filling!
I just love NO BAKE PIE Recipes!!


No Bake Cheesecake Peach Fruit Pie

1- 8 ounce container of whipped cream topping non dairy thawed
4 ounces mascarpone cheese and 4 ounces cream cheese (or use 8 ounces of one or the other)
1/2 cup powdered sugar (up to 1 cup if you like sweeter)
1 teaspoon peach schnapps or almond extract if using another fruit for your topping
1 pre made graham cracker pie shell (extra large one if you can find them it has more room for the topping)

For Topping:
peach topping recipe below, fresh fruits sliced, pie filling 

Directions for pie:

Beat the cheeses and almond extract until softened. Slowly add the powdered sugar and blend together. Taste for desired sweetness.  Fold in the whipped cream, blend until light and fluffy. 

Using a spatula spoon, add this to the pre made graham cracker crust and refrigerate around 30 minutes. Add any topping you like. 

Peach Topping homemade ( you can use pie filling if your in a hurry)

2 cups sliced and skin peeled fresh peaches (or use fruit of choice.) Note: You can also use canned peaches drained and use that juice instead of apple juice below)
1/2 cup apple juice or water
1/3 cup sugar
2 - 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Combine the sugar, juice and cornstarch in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until thickens. Add the peaches, set aside to cool while making the pie.

Orange Almond Coffee Cake Recipe


I have the hardest time making time to do anything these days. Between work which consumes usually with my drive time a 12 hour day, I am exhausted when I get home. I actually relax and unwind when I blog and this is still my biggest hobby since 2009.
Being a wife, mother of two grown sons and now have a new grandson, I look for quick and simple ways to make tasty foods than ever before.  I guess I am slowing down. Even with the kids grown I find less and less time to do what I use to or the motivation to keep going.  Here is a simple coffee cake using refrigerator roll dough to make this delicious coffee cake bursting with orange and almond flavor.


Orange Almond Coffee Cake Recipe

1 can refrigerator brand orange sweet rolls (found in the dairy area along with cookie section of your supermarket)
8 teaspoons orange marmalade warmed in microwave 30 seconds
1/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup almond paste
3 tablespoon chopped butter
whole toasted and sliced almonds toasted around 1 cup
1 can cream cheese frosting
Optional: If you love more orange flavor sprinkle zest over the marmalade stage!
1  9 inch round or square baking pan sprayed with cooking oil
Preheat oven to 350.  Place the dough rolls in the greased pan and drizzle warmed marmalade over the tops.
In a small bowl add the flour and sugar. Using a fork add in the butter, almond paste and mix until crumbling. Sprinkle over dough.

Bake on 350 degree hot oven until browned around 25 minutes.
While warm spread with cream cheese canned frosting  note: (the packet that comes with it is not enough frosting). Sprinkle with sliced and toasted almonds. Cool 20 minutes before serving.

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Quick Easy Blueberry Turnover Recipe



Actually this isn't a recipe more how to get a great dessert on the table in less than 25 minutes counting baking time! Of course if you prefer to make everything from scratch these will take longer. All I can say is with a few ingredients your going to love these fresh blueberry turnovers and so will any other blueberry lover. Are you ready lets get started with this easy to make dessert!


Quick Easy Blueberry Turnover Recipe


Here's all you need:

1 cup fresh blueberries per turnover

 or 1 cup other kind of fruit you like just coordinate the jam flavor with the fruit you choose

2 or 3 tablespoon blueberry jelly, jam or preserves
 (you also can use whatever else you have on hand)

store bought pre made pie crust dough  (you will need a 9 inch pie round)
(or use homemade see below links with recipes.)

1 can vanilla frosting for garnishing

1 fork

granulated sugar




Take the pie crust and unroll the circle. Place the berries in the middle add the jam, fold over and crimp the edges.  Sprinkle the top with sugar.
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven on greased cookie sheet. For easier clean up use foil sprayed with cooking oil, parchment paper or a silpat mat.  They all work except don't use wax paper it sticks and smokes in the oven causing a bad taste and odor.

Now after the 25 to 35 minutes are done check to see if the top is browned nicely. Remove from the oven and while still warm drizzle some vanilla frosting over the top.

That's it. Good luck trying to keep these around they were gone and I made six of them the first night!

If you prefer to make your own pie crust see the link below for recipes.

Apple Raspberry Pie (recipe for pie crust)
Upstate New York Style Apple Pie
Homemade dough for Quiche and tarts

+claudia lamascolo   Author

Palm Beach Espresso Brownies (From that Skinny Chick)


I have been wanting to make a brownie with espresso powder in it, then I kept searching for a great recipe and my favorite baker +Liz Berg  from That Skinny Chick Can Bake  came up on the net first and I was thrilled to try it knowing they had to be awesome! Well they didn't fail me at all, actually they were fabulous and I want to thank Liz for this awesome recipe from 2010 when she first posted it! Go check her site out your going to love everything she makes!  I just adapted it a tiny bit.

Palm Beach Espresso Brownies (From that Skinny Chick)



8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate
2 - sticks of butter cut into pieces
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon strong coffee preferably espresso
1 teaspoon coconut extract
2  tablespoons instant espresso powder
3 1/2 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 2/3 cups flour

Foil
Optional Note below



Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with parchment paper or heavy spray with cooking oil.  Melt the butter and the chocolate in the microwave stirring every 30 seconds until smooth around 2 minutes. 

In a large bowl beat the eggs, sugars, extract, coffee and espresso powder and using an electric mixer place on high for 10 minutes. Add the chocolate mixture to combine. Stir in the flour and salt (using  a spatula )only until blended.

Pour into a prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes. Lightly cover with foil and bake another 15 minutes.

Cool completely before cutting. Store in a tight covered container. 
Note: I drizzled melted german chocolate over the tops of these.


Thanks +Liz Berg these were great!






Salmon Florentine Artichoke Pasta






It doesn't get much better than any kind of fresh fish that you like with pasta, I am using salmon and a delicious pesto over rigatoni for a change of pace, then combined with some spinach and a little heat of red pepper flakes. A terrific blend of flavors for all the fish lovers out there.





Salmon Florentine Artichoke Pasta



3/4 pound salmon fillet or your favorite fish fillet
2 tablespoons prepared bottled or homemade pesto sauce
2 cups rigatoni pasta cooked to package instructions (we like al dente) 
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (14 ounce) bag fresh baby spinach
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped red, green or yellow bell peppers
2 tablespoons prepared pesto or more
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees 

Coat salmon fillet with 2 tablespoons pesto. Place in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Bake in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and flake salmon into chunks, set salmon aside.

Cook rigatoni in boiling water to package instructions, stirring occasionally, still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain in a colander.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add artichokes, mushrooms, spinach, peppers, garlic, cook until spinach is wilted, 3 to 4 minutes.  Pour in white wine and simmer until slightly reduced, 5 to 10 minutes.



Combine 2 tablespoons pesto, cooked vegetables and salmon add Parmesan cheese, and cooked pasta in the skillet and lightly toss until mixed, 1 to 2 minutes.  Serve with garlic knots, garlic bread or garlic pizza.

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Amaretto Raspberry Scone Recipe



Here are two of my favorite flavors Amaretto and breakfast fruit combined, Amaretto and Raspberries! With them combined I just had the best of both worlds! You will be in heaven too if you love these two flavors. Fresh raspberries in a delicious scone almost cookie like in flavor with this buttery tasting frosting. These are the perfect treat when you have the need for a sugar fix!
Amaretto Raspberry Scone Recipe

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon Amaretto liqueur
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup roasted sliced almonds
1 cup raspberries

Mix all dry ingredients together with softened butter till crumbly. Add the cream, almonds,  Amaretto and extract.Mix together until well mixed. Fold in the berries.



  They will be squished a little but you can't help it, I know how beautiful these berries look and they are!  Make a round dough and cut like a pie.  Place on parchment paper or a silpat mat.  Bake at 350 degree hot preheated oven until browned around 25 minutes. Drizzle with frosting below.



Amaretto Frosting:

1 cup powdered sugar
Heavy cream around 2 or 3 tablespoons or more as needed
1 teaspoon Amaretto plus 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Garnish sliced toasted almonds
Mix sugar and heavy cream and extract a little at at a time making a thin frosting. Add almonds. 

Drizzle over warm scones.



+claudia lamascolo  author

Amaretto Fudge Ripple Ice Cream Recipe

One of my favorite flavors is Amaretto. The chocolate fudge along with the Amaretto flavors are just perfect together! There isn't many ice creams I don't like, this one really is one your going to make again and again if you love fudge and almond!


Amaretto Fudge Ripple Ice Cream:

1 cup chilled whole milk
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons Amaretto Liqueur
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups chilled heavy cream
1 jar of hot fudge ice cream topping warmed


Beat the milk, sugar, heavy cream and Amaretto in a large mixing bowl for two minutes using a whisk.
Chill for at least 1/2 hour in the freezer.
Pour into your ice cream make and churn to unit directions, mine was around 25 minutes.
In your ice cream container, add half the ice cream, spoon the fudge over the top, add more ice cream then fudge topping then using a knife swirl in a S formation.  Freeze for several hours or until set.

Garnish with toasted slivered almonds.





Fresh Raspberry Galette Recipe


Summer is a favorite time for me making fresh fruit desserts and raspberry was my Dad's favorite pie ,  a dessert I can only give him every tribute to.  Here  it is Dad,  this one's for you where ever you are. Missing you everyday and I always cook with you in mind R.I.P. until we meet again I know you would have flipped for this one. One of my best memories with dad was when he would work day shift at Ma Bell (aka ATT) he would walk to work and back(we only had one car and mom would work take it to her work) on the way home he would pick up a pie from a local store across the street from St. Louis Church to bring home a Freihofer's raspberry pie once a week. We would both sit down and eat the whole thing together, many years ago and I love that tradition he set with me and it became my favorite pie too!

My dad Carmen Louis Colenzo
1912-1995  R.I.P.  xo  <3

Fresh Raspberry Galette Recipe

2 pie crusts store bought or homemade
2 containers or fresh raspberries or blackberries
1 jar seedless raspberry or blackberry jam
granulated sugar
heavy cream or beaten egg white



Roll out the dough and place the fresh berries in the center. Top with warmed jam (not hot) just to cover the berries of choice. Fold the edges to the center crimping to keep the middle open. Brush with cream or beaten egg whites then sprinkle generously with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees preheated oven until browned around 40 minutes.

Raspberry Pie lovers click here 

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Italian Style Chocolate Dream Cannoli Cake Recipe




Here is a cake that wowed everyone at our dinner party recently. Not only did they  all love this cake, I was told if they knew how amazing this dessert was they would have ate less dinner  and more cake (smile).  That statement actually came from my son +Curt Iffert  from  Curt's Delectables Blog, he usually isn't the big dessert lover in the family but he was impressed  by this cake in not just the way it layers when it cooked but just the all around Italian flavor it had, creamy and so delicious. Totally not a traditional cake we have made in the past but a new found favorite that we will make again. 

We usually make regular Upstate N.Y. style cannoli or Cannoli stuffed french toast or even Cannoli filled cupcake (you may remember the YOUTUBE video we made) but never tried making this dreamy creamy chocolate lovers cake like. It really is a keeper. Simple and easy to whip up in no time!
So give a try and tell us what you think!

 Italian Style Chocolate Dream Cannoli Cake Recipe

Filling:
1 - 15 ounce container Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
4 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a bowl mix together everything but the chocolate chips and set aside

Continue to spread out to the edges, I just took the photo before spreading it out so you can see the layering.

Cake:
1 chocolate cake mix any kind.

In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer make the chocolate cake mix according to directions.  Pour into a 13x9 deep cake pan greased.  Pour the filling layer over the top and smooth out with a spoon or knife to the edges. Sprinkle with the mini chips evenly use more if you like. Bake at 350 until set in the middle around 40 minutes. 

Set the cake aside to cool completely. In the meantime make the frosting.

Frosting:
1 cup whole milk
1 package instant pudding
8 ounces of  real whipped cream or non dairy topping

Garnish:  Chopped Pistachio nuts

Whisk in a medium size bowl the milk and pudding together. Fold in the whipped cream. Spread over the top of cooled cake.  Sprinkle with pistachios.

Keep Refrigerated.

+claudia lamascolo author

Mom's Homemade Italian Sausage Skewer Recipe




Grilled or baked these are perfect to bring to any picnic!  My mom always made her own sausage from scratch. She would make it in links. I just  mixed and made the sausage mixture to put on skewers then baked them. Everyone went crazy over these and told me to never buy sausage in the store again! The easiest thing I ever made and go figure it's a huge hit. I have made the sausage many times but always took hours of stuffing it into casings not anymore this is a simple alternative and delicious!




My mom's sausage recipe:

2 to 3 lbs. of ground pork
1 tablespoon fennel seed
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon or more of salt and pepper
2 tablespoons white wine

For sweet sausage use the above recipe and omit the cayenne pepper

For hot sausage add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper per pound.

Mix the ground pork in a bowl with all ingredients shape into loaves or egg shaped and stick a wooden skewer in the middle. Bake on 400 degree hot oven until browned on parchment paper or greased pan for around 30 minutes or until browned and starts too look crispy on the outside or cook outside by placing on a heated grill lined with tin foil that is oil sprayed and cook until crispy on the outside.




+claudia lamascolo   Author