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Utica Style Breakfast Recipe

Amazing what you can do with leftovers. Buttered potatoes, spinach or escarole, ham, peppers and eggs make this the most delicious combinations of flavors and really can be a great breakfast, lunch or dinner. Check out this meat packed meal that everyone in the house will love. Oh and you can add whatever you like I have some other suggestions below. 

So don't throw out those leftovers let's get creative!

Utica Style Breakfast Recipe

Cut and peel 2 small potatoes into 1 inch chunks and fry until golden brown and crisp, set aside (or use leftover boiled potatoes in butter)
1  link Italian sausage cut in small slices and fried, set aside.
3 slices of prosciutto, ham or capicola (  I used Italian hot capicola) .
2 cups fresh spinach or use leftover boiled escarole
2 eggs ( these will be fried but you can make them any way you like)

In a large frying pan add:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil add spinach

2 to 3 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon of  granulated garlic powder
1 sweet or hot long Italian or even cherry peppers – sliced in strips 

optional : chopped tomatoes,  slices of zucchini, mushrooms, cooked bacon, leftover roast beef, leftover pork chops cut up, chopped eggplant, kale, swiss chard, onion, any kind of cheeses like provolone, mozzarella, havarti, swiss, jack.

In a large frying pan add oil saute; sausage, peppers and ham, add all spices. Add potatoes, greens cook until potatoes are golden and sausage is cooked, spinach is wilted. Scoop all to the side and if necessary add a little more oil, fry the eggs to your likeness serve on top of the greens mixture. You can also add any kind of shredded cheese on top and let it sit on top of the meat mixture so it will melt while cooking eggs.

salt and pepper to taste don't forget the Italian bread toasted!

Strawberry Breakfast Cake Recipe

This is a delicate cake like pancake recipe that is buttery and soft. Amazing for breakfast brunch or a dessert

Strawberry Breakfast Cake Recipe

1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick butter 
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
3 or 4 whole strawberries sliced
strawberry jam warmed

Preheat oven to 350 degree

Cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.  I beat this for at least 4 minutes using a heavy duty mixer, one of the most important steps (she did this by hand for at least 7 to 8 minutes. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Mix 2 more minute until well blended on medium speed. Carefully and slowly beat in the flour and baking powder mixing until will blended and smooth. Around 1 minute. Pour into heavy buttered greased 8 or 9 inch square or round pan also floured pan. Bake at 350 degree until middle comes out clean with a toothpick around 25 to 35 minutes. Top with sliced strawberries and warmed jam.

Best Pepperoni Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

If you want a special dinner that will really impress your guests and the entire family that's easy, you just found the most delicious stuffed pork recipe on the planet. This pork tenderloin is fork tender and melts in your mouth.

Pork Tenderloin stuffed makes a very impressive meal for any dinner party. Come see how easy it is to make.

All ready for the oven

Don't forget to trim the fat off first
Pepperoni Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

pepperoni slices
1 lb fresh mushrooms cleaned and rinsed
1 can beef mushroom gravy or mushroom gravy
pork tenderloin sliced in half not all the way through and pounded with meat mallet 
cream cheese spread
Italian seasoning ( fresh rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil) use fresh herbs if you can
salt, pepper
cayenne pepper
fresh spinach leaves, broccoli rabe or escarole
granulated garlic
garlic cloves halves
grated cheese 
olive oil extra virgin
lemon juice 
white wine
bread crumbs Italian flavored

Lay the sliced and pounded pork tenderloin flat on a cutting board. Spread a thin layer in the center with cream cheese. Season with granulated garlic, salt, pepper and a little Italian seasoning. Drizzle the loin with extra virgin olive oil using around 2 tablespoons. Keeping everything in the center,  place prosciutto in a single layer, then pepperoni and provolone. Top with spinach, sprinkle with more garlic, a little of cayenne pepper to taste, salt and pepper to taste then add mozzarella on top. Roll as tight as you can and secure with toothpicks. Place in a 13 x 9 deep roasting pan. I line mine with parchment paper. Drizzle more olive oil on top, lemon juice a few teaspoons over the top. Pour around 1/4 cup white wine in the bottom with halves of garlic cloves. Season with more Italian seasoning on top.
I now put this in the refrigerator covered for up to 3 hours or overnight. When ready to cook, pour gravy over the top with mushrooms then sprinkle with Italian flavored bread crumbs. Drizzle a little more olive oil on the bread crumbs.
Bake on 350 degrees hot oven for around 1 hour or until fork tender.

Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe

If you are a Jalapeno Popper lover, this is one easy way out.  This delicious dip was inspired by a good friend  Shelby who posted her recipe here from Grumpy's Honey Bunch . She has awesome recipes so check out her blog! 
Thanks Shelby we love your version!

Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe 1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 ounces cream cheese
1 can drained green chilies
1/4 cup jalapeno peppers chopped or more if you like hot
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar 
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
freshly grated pepper to taste

Optional: 1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon

Mix evenly in a bowl, pour into a oven safe casserole dish.
Spread with topping below. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or microwave for 5 minutes until cheese melts.

1/2 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan

Banana Spice Cake Mix Recipe

I always thought bananas need to be utilized more often with yummy cake desserts. If you need to get rid of those ripe bananas you just found the best tasting cake around. Doesn't need a thing other than a dusting of powdered sugar or better yet cinnamon sugar. This is the best cake for tea, coffee or just because you need a sweet pick me up.

Banana Spice Cake Mix Recipe

1 cake mix spice cake flavored (18.25 size)
1 box instant vanilla pudding
3 mashed very ripe bananas
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/4 cup oil

Place in a large mixing bowl and beat around 4 minutes with electric beater. Pour into 13x9 greased pan or bundt pan. Bake in preheated oven at 350 hot oven until middle comes out clean with toothpick around 50 to 55 minutes.

Cool completely unless making the rum glazed cake then proceed with optional rum glaze. Top with real whipped cream and cinnamon sugar if you like or just powdered sugar. Store leftover cake in the refrigerator.

Optional  Rum Glaze Adult Topping: 

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup dark or light rum
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
Boil all ingredients together for 5 minutes. After cake is cooked, poke holes evenly all over the cooked cake while warm and pour this mixture over the cake. Note:  The longer this cake stay in the refrigerator the better it gets.

Pork Chop and Sausage Bake Recipe

I don't know about you but pork chops done right are wonderful. With sausage flavor since it's all pork is another bonus. This baked Italian speciality is going to wow your family or guests I promise and it is so easy to make!

Pork Chop and Sausage Bake Recipe

Italian Sausage at least 4 large links
Boneless Thick Cut Pork Chops (center cut) 3 or 4 thick cut
Cubed Potatoes 3 or 4 
Spring of Rosemary,  fresh parsley, basil, oregano to taste
Bells Peppers sliced around 4
Salt Pepper to taste
Italian Style bread crumbs
Romano Cheese
Olive Oil
Pinot Grigio white wine

Prepare your pan with oil spray. Place the potatoes and some peppers on the bottom drizzling with olive oil.
Add salt and pepper just a little.  Top with sausage and pork chops and more peppers. Sprinkle with Italian flavored bread crumbs and cheese. More salt and pepper with fresh herbs on top. Drizzle the top with more olive oil. Slowly pour 1 cup of wine not touching meat in a corner of the prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degree hot oven until the potatoes are soft and the rest is browned around 1 1/2 hours depending on your oven.

Pasta Alfredo Casserole Recipe

A very cheesy Alfredo recipe!  Ricotta, Sour cream, Parmesan and Mozzarella!  Not for anyone on a diet that's for sure but indulge in this wonderful comfort food once in awhile won't hurt. It really is delicious! 

You can make your own alfredo sauce, recipe included below
 or use store bought sauce in a hurry.

Pasta Alfredo Casserole Recipe

1 pound of spiral macaroni cooked to package instructions drained
2 -  10 ounce jars store bought of Alfredo sauce or use recipe below
8 ounces of sour cream
1- 8 ounce container of whole milk Ricotta
2 eggs beaten
1/4 cup blended parmesan and romano cheeses
1 1/2 cups shredded whole milk mozzarella
1 teaspoon granulated garlic, parsley, oregano 
salt, pepper to taste

In a greased 13x9 pan, add half the pasta and toss with alfredo, sour cream. Stir in the eggs, parmesan romano cheese, half the mozzarella, spices and Ricotta. Stir all together. Add the rest of the mozzarella on top. Bake at 350 until browned and bubbly.

Alfredo Sauce Homemade

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup butter 
1 cup parmesan cheese
salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, granulated garlic, Italian seasoning to taste
4 oz cream cheese

Place this all in a medium size saucepan bring to a boil. Use for this recipe or on your favorite pasta.

Bing Cherry Loaf Recipe

You might remember recently I made a Blueberry Lemon Loaf recipe? Well if  not you can check that recipe out here by clicking this link. I decided since it was such a big hit to try it with Bing Dark Cherries. I had recently had a huge bag of them I could easily eat without even thinking about baking with them. I had to put some aside just to try making a cherry loaf since I am such a big fan of Bing Cherries. I promise you this won't disappoint all the cherry lovers out there, What a delicious cake this made, The loaf is dense like a quick bread but delicious and perfect with tea or coffee.

Bing Cherry Loaf Recipe

1 cup pitted bing fresh cherries sliced

1/3 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange or lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze after Baking:
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice 
Mix together set aside

Heavily grease a loaf pan and I would also use non stick cooking spray and flour. 

Heat oven to 350 degrees
In large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter together for a few minutes. Add the milk, eggs, lemon juice till blended.
At a little at a time, add the flour, salt, baking powder and peel to this wet mixture until blended. Fold in the cherries.

Bake for 1 hour or until middle is firm using toothpick method.
Cool 3 or 4 minutes and invert onto cooling rack or wax paper before adding the lemon sugar glaze topping.

Italian Style Pasta Sausage Helper Recipe

This is what I do to make and Italian style sausage helper. I have never made anything from a box before. This is a simple pasta dish that I usually make the sauce, freeze it then all I have to do is make the pasta and top with cheese when I get home from work. Easy and looks like I cooked all day

Italian Style Pasta Sausage Helper Recipe

Recipe For Sausage Sauce
(note you can substitute hamburger, chicken or beef chunks instead of sausage in the sauce recipe above)
Favorite Pasta Cooked To Package instructions
Shredded Mozzarella
Grated Cheese

Make the sauce with the above link instructions. Boil the pasta to package instructions. Drain, add to the sausage sauce, top with shredded cheese, grated cheese (I use a blend of Romano and Parmesan) serve with garlic bread and a side salad.

Sausage Pepper Mushrooms in Tomato Sauce Recipe

  Italian Specialty sandwich. This filling is so versatile. Perfect for calzone fillings, topping for pizza's, mixed with your favorite pastas or even this fabulous sandwich. You can make this and freeze it also for future dishes. 
You can come up with so many uses! This reminds me of home in Sylvan Beach,  Upstate New York area. You can find this sandwich on many menu's and if you never tried it, well now it's time!

Sausage Mushroom and Peppers in Cabernet Sauce Recipe

Bell peppers 3 or 4 sliced and cleaned and seeded
2 lb of Italian hot or sweet homemade or store bought sausage cut in bite size pieces or leave in larger links for sandwiches or loose if you prefer
2 pounds pureed plum tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes pureed

1 pound baby bella mushrooms or whatever kind you like

olive oil
1/2 cup Cabernet wine or water
4 whole cleaned garlic cloves
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
Fresh basil leaves 2 or 3
Optional: sliced raw onions
red pepper flakes optional

Optional toppings: grating cheese, chopped parsley, chopped Kalamata olives, minced prosciutto, mozzarella, chopped pepperoni, shredded provolone

Optional meats to use instead of sausage:  meatballs, steak cut up or ground sirloin cooked

Serving suggestions: Cooked pasta to package instructions, cooked rice to package instructions, sub or hard rolls adding melted cheese. Cooked potatoes added to this pot.

In a large saucepan 5 quart, saute the sausage in 3 tablespoon olive oil until browned on both sides around 10 minutes.  Add the garlic, peppers and mushrooms ( also onions if using).

Saute for around 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, wine , herbs, spices salt pepper to taste. Simmer on low for around an hour. Add water if needed.

Baked Banana Chocolate Chip Donut Recipe

I love these baked versions of donuts. This one is a banana and chocolate chip baked donut with powdered sugar. Perfect end to any meal for dessert. Great with tea or coffee at breakfast. They also are perfect to send in packages as they travel well!

 Baked Banana Chocolate Chip Donut Recipe

Mix together:

2 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
In another bowl beat well:
1 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cup mashed bananas
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
optional: 1 cup walnuts or pecans

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mix till all are incorporated. Scoop into two donut pans well greased and 1 loaf pan or 2 loaf pans or you can make muffins. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes  for donuts or 45 minutes for loaves until brown and middle is dry when tested with a toothpick.

More Recipes:

Best Banana bread ever!
Cranberry  Banana Orange Bread
Apple Fritter Fried Cakes
Zucchini Coconut Bread
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Cranberry Orange Scones
Blueberry Strawberry Scones
Blueberry Cornbread

Baked Vanilla Donuts with White Chocolate Ganache Glaze

Dark Chocolate Baked Donuts with Dark Chocolate Ganache Glaze

Baked Blueberry upsidedown donuts

Watermelon Bombe Recipe

I am sure you will enjoy this one... 
To celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3rd 

I decided to make this Watermelon Bombe' again

 Happy National Watermelon Day!

Coconut Caramel Flan Recipe

A easy treat that everyone loves. Flan is so easy and coconut is my favorite.  It's so easy to throw together and actually amazes me when you flip this onto a pie plate how the caramel glaze is perfect and makes such an elegant dessert to serve.
Coconut Caramel Flan

1 cup sugar
5 eggs
1 cup cream of coconut 
1 cup condensed milk
1 can coconut milk 13.5 ounce
1 teaspoon pure vanilla

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Place a 13 x 9 pan of in the oven on the bottom rack, half filled with water. (the water will have the pan you choose to set into this and needs to be around an 1 inch deep)
In a medium saucepan pan place 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in it and bring to a boil stirring until sugar dissolves and then let boil until turns a light golden brown color around 10 minutes.  Pour caramel into either 8 - 4 ounce ramekins individuals or use 1 - 9 inch round cake pan.

Note: I use a 9 inch Wiltons cake round pan (that is around 2 inches or so deep) to bake the flan in and is non greased.
Set aside to cool.

Blend together the rest of the ingredients whisking together until evenly mixed. This now gets poured over the caramel in the pan.

Set the round 9 inch filled pan of flan into the 13x9 baking pan that is in the oven already. Cover with aluminum foil.

Place now in the middle rack and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the flan is not wiggling in the center.

Refrigerate until completely cooled. 

Score edges with a butter knife before flipping onto a plate.

Note: if using the 8 ramekins place them in a large baking pan with water and proceed like I did above baking instructions. 

Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli and Rice Recipe

Extremely happy how delicious this came out. You can use chicken, beef, pork whatever  your family likes! Slow cooked to perfection. Then with the addition of rice and steamed broccoli this will be your go to recipe for  a quick Asian delight. So versatile to change it up with your families favorite vegetables, you can make several different dishes with this meat as the base of the recipe.

Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli and Rice Recipe

2 pounds thin sliced top round steaks 
2 cups beef broth
1 cup soy sauce
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes 
dash cayenne pepper
freshly cracked black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons minced garlic or 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 tablespoons sesame oil
4 cups steamed broccoli florets
White Rice cooked

Add into a bowl and mix (then into the slow cooker) broth, sesame oil, garlic, flakes, soy sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch.

Cover and cook on high 3 to 4 hours or low 5 to 6 hours.  Add the steamed broccoli and serve over cooked rice.