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Best Ever Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe




This is my brother Lukes favorite pie so when he visited I made it for him. We all have our favorite flavored pies. My son Chad loves apple, my son Curt loves pumpkin my brother John loves raspberry and hubby loves banana cream. I usually try to make smaller pies to please everyone. This pie is just perfect for the lemon lover!



Best Ever Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups water
2 medium sized lemons juiced and zested
2 tablespoons butter 
4 eggs yolks ( separated save whites for topping)

Meringue Topping:

4 large egg whites
5 1/2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of cream of tartar

1 - 9 inch pie crust baked and cooled ( I use deep dish style homemade or store bought)

In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat add everything but the egg yolks and butter, in the pan. Keep stirring until well blended and mixture start to thicken add the butter. Add two of the  egg yolks beating into this sugar mixture until well blended then the other two until lemony looking and thick.
I then pour this into the baked pie shell and cover with wax paper place in the refrigerator until cooled completed.

In a large industrial mixer using the beater whisk, set on high speed adding the egg whites. Add the tartar and sugar until stiff peaks form around 5 to 8 minutes.

Pile onto the pie and bake on 420 degrees until slightly starts to brown then put the broiler on low and finish browning the top until light brown.

Slow Cooker Easy Chicken and Rice Recipe



I love  coming home to the smell of a slow cooked meal like this one. The chicken is so tender it melts in your mouth and fork tender. Over rice or any pasta or even slices of bread, the gravy it makes is out of this world delicious



Slow Cooker Easy Chicken and Rice Recipe

whole boneless chicken breasts raw and not frozen
1 12 ounce can sliced mushrooms or fresh 
3 tablespoons butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
salt pepper to taste
1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
1 tablespoon Italian herb seasoning

Place everything in the slow cooker and mix together. Put the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or high for 4.

Serving suggestions:  Cooked rice, cooked pasta to package directions, mashed potatoes or on top of sliced bread. 

Garlic Cheesy Sticks Recipe



Pull apart bread sticks are a favorite, the more cheese the better. If you are a cheese lover read on. This is a simple recipe everyone loves and I have to make more than 5 of these at a time! Serve with marinara to dip them in.






Provolone slices
Mozzarella slices
Granulated Garlic
Butter Melted
Fresh Basil
Oregano
Salt. pepper to taste
Shredded Cheddar
Shredded Mozzarella
Grated Romano Cheese
1 lb of dough per cheese stick recipe If you would like to make homemade pizza dough click here for my recipe



Roll out dough to a round 1/2 thick.  Place 2 slices of cheese folded in half in the middle of the dough.  Sprinkle evenly with granulated garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, fresh basil pieces on top of cheese. Fold over the dough and crimp dough sealing like a turnover half moon shaped. Melt around 1 tablespoon butter and brush the top. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar, mozzarella shredded,  then more granulated garlic, pepper, oregano and grated cheese.
Bake in a 400 degree hot oven for around 30 minutes until cheese is browned and dough is browned on top.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Wraps Recipe



There are times we have leftover wings or even rotisserie chicken and I am always eager to use it up in a new recipe. These were over the top great and I would make buffalo boneless chicken now just to make these wraps!



There are times we have leftover wings or even rotisserie chicken and I am always eager to use it up in a new recipe. These were over the top great and I would make buffalo boneless chicken now just to make these wraps!



Baked Buffalo Chicken Wraps Recipe

Flour Tortilla Wraps any flavor or plain
Leftover boneless buffalo chicken (from wings or any chicken with hot sauce on it )
Blue cheese dressing
Whipped cream cheese
Freshly cracked black pepper
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Place one wrap on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Add sliced boneless buffalo chicken on it in the center. Add a dollop of cream cheese, drizzle with blue cheese dressing then sprinkle with shredded cheese. Fold them into squares, placing seam side down. Spray with butter flavored oil spray and bake on 400 degrees until browned and crispy. 

Slow Cooker Venison Mushroom Cacciatore Recipe


Venison cooked right will taste exactly like beef, at least it does to me. My husband Nemo,  bagged this deer in the New York woods in Rome New York in the fall of 2015.

I have had a ball making my venison Italian style all winter long all different ways.

Here is just one more that will be a keeper for us. This cacciatore came out delicious. The meat so tender it didn't need to hardly be chewed. These are the kinds of meals I love to come home to after a long hard day at work. Comfort food at it finest right here.






Slow Cooker Venison Mushroom Cacciatore Recipe

1 lb sliced mushrooms (I used more like 2 lbs we love mushrooms)
2 lbs Venison Stew Meat
Whole Canned Plum Tomatoes 1 28 ounce can
1 small 12 ounce can diced tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
salt pepper
4 sliced and cleaned Italian peppers or bell peppers
cayenne pepper optional to taste
1/2 cup Cabernet wine or more if you like


Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker. Place on high for 8 hours if placing on low around 12 hours. The venison will melt in your mouth tender. The longer you cook it the better.
We serve this over rice or pasta of course it awesome just plain with hot crusty bread and butter but for a large amount of people I always serve it with a side dish of rice or pasta.

Spinach and Ricotta Dumpling with Marinara Recipe

Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings with Marinara sauce tasted as good as it sounded! This is the perfect solution to meatless meals!


Be sure to use all fresh ingredients if you really want to get the full benefit of these amazing dumplings. Fresh marinara sauce recipe in the link below is key, fresh basil in the sauce really makes a difference. I even made my own Ricotta cheese but of course as long as you buy fresh ingredients you're in for a treat! These are over the top fabulous!


Spinach and Ricotta Dumpling with Marinara Recipe

1 - 1/2 cups Ricotta (make your own for the recipe click here)
1 bag around 10 ounces of (fresh spinach I recommend)  or use frozen chopped with all water squeezed out and patted dry 
1 cup blend of romano and parmesan cheese grated
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic
6 tablespoons flour and more for rolling
2 eggs
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste
pinch of cayenne pepper
around 3 cups homemade marinara sauce or store bought
2 1/2 tablespoons butter



Chop the spinach into small pieces with a sharp knife. 
In a medium size bowl add the spinach, garlic, ricotta, eggs flour, 3/4 cup of the cheese, granulated garlic,  salt, pepper and cayenne to taste then with a pinch of nutmeg. Mix until dough forms. 




With ice cream scooper, form into balls. Set balls on floured wax paper.

Heat  marinara on low adding butter in a large saucepan. 

In the meantime bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
Drop dumplings into boiling water until they float to the surface. 



Remove with slotted spoon and place into the pan of sauce.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese ( the more cheese the better!).


Stuffed Italian Style Chicken Recipe



There are so many ways to make a great stuffing for chicken this is one of my favorites. Creamy, spicy and a great way to impress your guests! Biggest bonus is how easy it is to make and it taste great plus so impressive. The filling is a fabulous combination of flavors and then a little added heat to give it character. 




Stuffed Italian Style Chicken Recipe

4 Chicken breasts boneless sliced with pocket
3 Garlic cloves minced or use granulated garlic
1/2 cup whipped any kind of Cream cheese (mascarpone, regular or any spreadable kind)
4 Pepperoncini
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
salt, pepper to taste
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 cup Arugula
Italian flavored bread crumbs
olive oil
Prosciutto thinly sliced for each piece of chicken

Optional idea:  add grated cheese and or shredded mozzarella cheese on top or mix pesto in with the cream cheese before stuffing chicken



Split open the chicken breasts to make a pocket.  In a bowl mix 3 cloves of minced garlic into cream cheese. Add parsley, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and (pesto around 3 teaspoons) if using. Spread in the center of the chicken. Add prosciutto then arugula on top. Place each one with a pepperoncini. Place each one in a greased pan.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with bread crumbs. I sprinkle with grating cheese or shredded mozzarella. Bake on 350 degree preheated oven until the juices run clear around 35 to 40 minutes. 

Baked Apple Panettone Toast Recipe



I love the use of leftover breads from Christmas. Whether you use Panettone, Day old Italian bread,  Challah or any kind you like that gets stale don't waste it! Bake it in this rich apple cinnamon plate of heaven!


 Baked Apple Panettone Toast Recipe


3 or 4 baking apples sliced ( I  used macintosh apples, also blueberries, bananas and blackberries all work great!)
cinnamon
light brown sugar
whole milk
3 eggs
butter or margarine 
oil spray
9 to 12 slices leftover bread of choice I used Panettone enough to fill your pan with broken up into pieces
1 - 13x9 baking deep pan  or I use disposable for easy clean up 

Spray a casserole pan with oil spray or  2 tablespoons melted butter and preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with brown sugar evenly around 2/3 cup. Sprinkle around 1 tablespoon cinnamon on top of the sugar and blend together. Place apple slices on top of the cinnamon sugar mixture toss. 

Drizzle around 2 tablespoon butter of the apples.

In a small bowl beat the eggs with 2 cups milk. Break up the bread in small pieces and add on top of the apples. Pour the egg mixture on top of the bread. Slowly pour more plain whole milk to cover the bread around another cup  till soaked.

Sprinkle the tops of the bread with more brown sugar evenly ( w to 3 tablespoons more), cinnamon evenly and drizzle butter over the top just a few more teaspoons. Bake for 45 minutes on 375 degree hot oven or until the top is browned and crispy looking.

Note: For use in a slow cooker increase eggs to 6 total and 2 cups of milk all the same directions and ingredients add to the slow cooker for 4 hours on low heavy greased.

Sausage and Meatball Minestrone Soup Recipe



I love minestrone soup but the family loves meat. So a different version to the classic Italian Soup. It's loaded with meatballs and Italian sausage. Of course you can make it all vegetarian but this is a hearty soup with ditalini in it. Sure to warm you up on an blustery day!  Great coming home from work and using your slow cooker. Just brown the sausage the night before and put everything in the slow cooker for an easy one pot meal!


4 links of  Italian Sweet or Hot Sausage sliced  browned in olive oil
2 zucchini squash cubed
1 can light red kidney beans rinsed
1 can cannellini beans rinsed
1 cup cut green beans
1 cup shredded curly cabbage
1 28 ounce can of whole tomatoes cut up
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 cup carrots sliced
1 tablespoon or more to taste of granulated garlic powder, parsley, Italian seasoning
salt, pepper to taste
1/4 cup barley
6 cups chicken broth
water 
1 1/2 cups cooked ditalini (tube macaroni)
1/4 cup romano cheese more for garnish
Olive oil

Tiny meatballs Recipe:  In a small bowl add  1 cup ground hamburger seasoned with 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or fresh if you have it, salt, pepper,  fresh if you have it parsley, 3 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs, 1 egg and 1 tablespoon grated parmesan. Mix all together. Drop in hot boiling soup to cook.

Brown the sausage in 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 5 quart saucepan. 
Add the chicken broth into the large 5 quart sauce pan.
Add the chopped whole tomatoes, zucchini, celery, carrots, cabbage, all the beans and seasonings. When it comes to a boil add the barley. Drop tiny 1 inch meatballs into the soup and let them cook. Simmer around 2 hours adding water to the pan around 3 cups. Stir in the cheese.
Stir in cooked macaroni.
Serve with additional grated cheese.
Note:For slow cooker just add the browned sausage and all ingredients right into the slow cooker. Cook till the vegetables are soft and cooked through 4 t0 6 hours on low.

Leftover Pork Sandwich Recipe


One thing I have learned is my family doesn't like to eat the same thing over and over again heated up when there is lots of the same meat leftover. Chicken especially has a funny taste day old. Pork is one of those kinds of meat that can be a great addition to many meals. This semi Cubano sandwich is one of our favorite, no where near authentic by all means but a great substitution using up those leftovers. I have to say,  this was a hit in our home!One thing I have learned is my family doesn't like to eat the same thing over and over again heated up when there is lots of the same meat leftover. Chicken especially has a funny taste day old. Pork is one of those kinds of meat that can be a great addition to many meals. This semi Cubano sandwich is one of our favorite, no where near authentic by all means but a great substitution using up those leftovers. I have to say,  this was a hit in our home!


Leftover Pork Sandwich Recipe
leftover shredded pork ( I used a picnic pork slow baked and shredded off the bone)
Havarti cheese
 thinly sliced dill pickles
crispy crumbled bacon
honey mustard or with horseradish mustard
black forest ham
hard rolls spread with butter and garlic powder then broiled


Broil the split rolls that have been spread with garlic powder and butter.  Add  a generous amount of shredded pork, sliced pickles, black forest ham and bacon. Spread the top of the bun with mustard of choice. Add the cheese on top of the bacon. Wrap in foil and bake until cheese melts.

Baked Eggs Souffle Recipe



I love making something elegant that is so simple but makes everyone think I spent all day on cooking something as gourmet as souffle. If you missed this one in the past I decided to update my photo from that post. This recipe never fails me and once again made a WOW factor for that special breakfast with friends and family. You will be amazed by this too.
Enjoy!  Just click that link below for the recipe!
Baked Eggs Souffle Recipe


Chocolate Chip Quick Bread Recipe


I just love a nice piece of quick bread with my tea or coffee but even better with a little bit a butter on it while still warm in addition. Here is a nice treat to start any day with!

Chocolate Chip Quick Bread Recipe

1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
2 cups flour
 pinch salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chunks

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a bread style pan.

In a medium size bowl using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar together until light.  Stir in the vanilla, egg, milk and  then add all dry ingredients until well blended. Fold in the chocolate.
Bake in the 350 degree hot oven for around 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean in the middle.

Flip onto wax paper after cooling 4 minutes let cool completely before cutting.

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Breakfast Casserole Recipe



I love all in one casserole dishes and this breakfast one feeds many people and so good! You can make it the way your family likes it just using your favorites cheese, meats of vegetables. 

What better way than to make something special for whatever occasion it is?



Breakfast Casserole Recipe


1 package of 10 or 7.5 oz can biscuits or refrigerator crescent rolls 13x9 pan and double recipe

Egg Mixture:
 4 eggs or eggbeater equivalent measure
1 cup heavy cream or whole milk

Mix together above ingredients set aside.

Cheese Suggestions:

Parmesan cheese for the top
1 1/2 cups Sharp Cheddar, Provolone, Swiss, Parmesan, Monterey Jack, Colby, Mozzarella or a medley of all them.

Meat Filling Suggestions:
Use 1/2 cup of any of these chopped meats or in combination. Italian sausage,  hot capicola ham, fried bacon, Canadian bacon, country style sausage, or pepperoni.


Vegetable Suggestions:

For those that like vegetable quiche add 1/2 cup of any of these chopped vegetable in combination. Eggplant, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, roasted peppers, grated hash browns potatoes, escarole, jalapenos, or olives. Any other favorites can be added to this basic recipe.


Any combo's go together well, however, (using all vegetables you will need to squeeze out the juice of several of them before adding as this will make it too runny ) pick your choice. Add to egg mixture.


Spread dough to fit thinly in a greased assorted style pans, such as a glass medium square 9x9 or rectangle pan , individual greased Quiche' pans with removable bottoms, or you can also use individual cupcake pans, even a flan pan works well. Stretch dough out into your preferred pan and  pre- bake dough for 5 minutes on 350 degree until set not browned.


Take out and pour your quiche' mixture over the top of the dough, then add whatever ingredients, (meat or vegetables) you like topping with shredded cheese of choice. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake on 400 degrees till brown...let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Note: This one in the photo has hash browns on the bottom of the lined dough pan, then shredded cheddar and provolone. Added next is hot capicola.
Bacon and Sausages were cooked separately and served on the side.

Author +claudia lamascolo