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Thanksgiving Shortbread Turkey Cutout Cookie Recipe

Thanksgiving shortbread Turkey Cutout Cookies are perfect for your Holiday tables!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers!






I love to make festive ideas around any of the Holidays this is the perfect cut out cookie for any of your Holiday baking needs. They are delicate shortbread pastry style cookies that everyone will love. The best part is they are filled with any of your favorite jams!



1/2 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 egg yolks
3 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 cup seedless jam like raspberry preserves or your favorite!

Turkey cookie cutters or other holiday cutter
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until it forms a soft dough except for the jam.

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Chill dough 1 hour

Roll into an 1/8 inch thickness and cut into cookie cutter shapes of your Holiday theme.



You will need two pieces of dough to make a sandwich, for each cookies.
Fill with jam in center, top with another cookie. Place on greased cookie sheet or parchment paper. Bake in a pre heated oven at 350 degrees until light brown around 8 to 10 minutes.

Optional:
Cool and dust with powdered sugar.

+claudia lamascolo  Author 

Sweet Potato Gnocchi Recipe

 I had always wanted to try making these with sweet potato gnocchi instead of regular potatoes. This was the first year for making them. Then off to see Santa. Check out my beautiful grandchildren at the end.



Truly not my favorite over regular potato and sauce, but still a nice change. 



My 3 year old grandson and son Curt from +Curts Delectables  helping me
make the gnocchi. That was the fun part, making great memories together.

My latest chef in the family Antonio!


Sweet Potato Gnocchi Recipe

2 large sweet potatoes cooked (I microwaved them, peeled and whipped them till smooth with an electric beater)
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoon butter
2 1/2 cups regular all purpose flour
1 egg

I placed all ingredients in a large bowl using an industrial mixer until the soft dough formed around 40 seconds
Roll into ropes, cut 1 inch pieces using a floured board. Using two fingers, press into the cut gnocchi and roll towards you. Place on a large cookie sheet. When all the gnocchi are cut and rolled, place the whole tray in the freezer. Once they are frozen, you can cook them in salted boiling water or place in a freezer bag until ready to cook.

The sauce I prefer to make is simply an herb butter. There are several online with cream, sage, rosemary and nutmeg. I used melted butter with basil, oregano, pinch of rosemary, salt, pepper to taste and a pinch of cinnamon. Toss the boiled pasta into this mixture.

Note: You can double this recipe for larger family gatherings


Antonio Valentino is patiently waiting to go see Santa tonight with his sister, mom, dad, grandma, grandma and uncle.

Talia Ciarra


My hearts <3

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from our house to yours! Many Blessings to all!
(photo Chad, Talia, Jenni, Curt, Nemo, Claudia and Antonio)

Jam Filled Bow Tie Cookies


Jam filled bow tie cookies are addicting!

Jam Filled  Bow Tie  Cookies


These traditionally are made with cream cheese. Our family makes the using butter, flour and egg. They taste more like a delicate tart dough. Similar to a shortbread texture. Our bow tie cookie can be filled with anything from jelly to dates and figs and nutella! You decide what you love. I have even filled them with cinnamon, sugar and walnuts.

Jam Filled  Bow Tie  Cookies


Jam Filled  Bow Tie  Cookies


Jam Filled  Bow Tie  Cookies


1 cup butter 
2 1/2 cups flour
1 egg
Note: If you love the traditional style dough, omit the egg above and add  one 8 ounce package of cream cheese to this recipe that is the biggest difference. 

Assorted jams and fillings, pineapple, raspberry, apricot, blueberry, nutella,  almond paste ( whatever you like)

Garnish: powdered sugar

Mix butter, flour and egg to form soft dough in a heavy mixer. This is easier to use if you refrigerate it for 20 minutes.

Flour a board. Roll dough out. Cut with fluted edge circle cookie cutter. Fill with a little bit of the jam. Fold circle toward the center and pinch to form bows.

Bake at 400 hot preheated oven until set. Around 10 to 15 minutes until slightly golden brown. 

Cool completely on wax paper or parchment paper.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Giving Thanks Recipe Roundup

Each day is a gift we receive.Appreciate everyday we have. Here is my Giving Thanks Recipe Roundup from my beautiful family and I. 
Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers!




                            Zucchini Fritter



Brussels Sprout Cranberry Roasted and Side Dish Roundup











                                  



                                                               
                    Balsamic Green Bean and Pistachios




FRESH PUMPKIN PIE RECIPE


                                                    APPLE PIE 

                 How To Deep Fry Turkey



More Holiday Recipe Ideas :

Mom's Italian Style Roasted Potatoes
Potatoes and Sour Cream
Bowties with Creamy Garlic
Baby Shells with Meatsauce
Roasted Potatoes with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Amaretto Sweet Potato Casserole
Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
Upstate Utica New York Greens Baked, Fried
Eggplant and Cheesy Casserole
Amaretto Cranberry Sauce
Best Pies
Christmas Roundup of Best Recipes

More Pumpkin recipe links to try!


Roasted Pumpkin Puree
Slow cooker Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin Pistachio Biscotti
Pumpkin Whip Dip Recipe
Glazed Pumpkin Spiced Breakfast Scones
Pumpkin Spice  Rum Cookies
Pumpkin Mini Turnovers
Baked Mini Pumpkin Donuts
French Pumpkin Mini Muffin Puffs
 Italian Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Smoothie
Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies
Pumpkin Soup
Tex Mex Pumpkin Corn Muffins
Pumpkin  and Sausage Bow Tie Pasta
Pumpkin Rum Shortcake with Caramel
Pumpkin Drop Cookies
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Crockpot Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Roasted Pumpkin Puree
Savory Pumpkin Cheddar Scones
Pumpkin Pie
Easy Pumpkin Cheese Pie
Best Ever Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream
Pumpkin Fritters
Baked Pumpkin Pecan Donuts


Stove Top Sirloin Steak Marsala Recipe

Stove Top Sirloin Steak Marsala  is one of my favorite comfort foods. Come see how easy this is to make a tough steak into a delicious meal!


A one pan meal so hearty and fit for a king. Anyone that loves steak will enjoy this with any sides dishes to complete it. We like boiled potatoes with butter and corn on the cob. You can make mashed potatoes if you like. Just remember this is slow cook on low and takes time to get the meat tender. Sometimes simmered for two hours. Can also be done in a slow cooker but you must fry it first to brown the meat on both sides.


Stove Top Sirloin Steak Marsala Recipe

1 Boneless Sirloin Steak around 1 1/2 pounds
1 can Beef broth 
Flour
1/2 teaspoon each salt, pepper
dash cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Worcestershire Sauce
1 lb mushrooms sliced
1 bell pepper sliced thin
butter
olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
granulated garlic
1/2 cup marsala wine
1 cup carrots






In a deep large fry pan melt around 3 tablespoons butter and add 2 tablespoons olive oil on low heat.
In a large plastic bag, add 1/4 cup flour, seasoning, salt, pepper, dash or cayenne, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic. Shake the steak until evenly coated.
Place in melted butter and olive oil fry pan. Sear on both sides until browned. Add minced garlic.
Pour in the broth, Worcestershire sauce, add the mushrooms, peppers, carrots and simmer on low for an hour and half to two hours depending on thickness. Check to make sure steak is fork tender and test it. If needed as it may start to evaporate the liquid, add some water and continue cooking until meat is tender. This can take up to two hours depending on how thick the meat is. This also can be in a slow cooker on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.
Serve with buttered boiled potatoes and corn on the cob.  

Bow Tie Mock Lasagna Recipe

Bow Tie Lasagna is the perfect easy solution to 
your favorite lasagna recipe fast and easy!

 Bow Tie Mock Lasagna Recipe

It wouldn't be Sunday without eating some kind of macaroni, meatballs and sausage. This comes together quick and easy and leftovers are fabulous too! I like to made this often at Thanksgiving as a side dish, everyone always loves a side of pasta!

Bow Tie Mock Lasagna Recipe


Traditional Sunday Sauce or store bought around 3 jars of your favorite
1 pound cooked loose Sausage and Meatballs mashed together (if you don't have meatballs, use seasoned fried hamburger around 1 pound after it's cooked pour around 1/2 cup tomato sauce in it)
2 cups Mozzarella Shredded
Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
Fresh Parsley for garnish

Ricotta filling:

 1 lb Ricotta Cheese mixed with 2 eggs beaten, 1/4 cup grating cheese, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or use  granulated garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and a handful chopped fresh Italian parsley. Mix all together set aside.

 Bow Tie Mock Lasagna Recipe


1 pound Bow Tie  Macaroni  (homemade )  or store bought cooked  in salted water and drained to package instructions we like Al dente.

Cook pasta, drain. In a large baking dish start to layer with  sauce first, pasta, add dollops of ricotta on top, more pasta then sauce, crushed meat mixture, some mozzarella, some grating cheese, more sauce. Continue layering with pasta, ricotta, meats, sauce and cheeses until all used up with pasta on top then ending with mozzarella cheese, more grating cheese and garnish with fresh parsley. Bake at 350 degrees until the  cheese is bubbling and melted.

Cheese, Meat and Fruit Tray Appetizers

When we have the family over we like to start with Cheese, Meat and Fruit Tray Appetizer. Paired off with a good bottle of your favorite wine.





It's not an Italian household without meatballs for breakfast so those are frying getting ready for a plate! 

                                         

Maybe you remember my Antipasto tray?

I'm always looking for healthier appetizing looking trays around the Holiday. We tend to eat a lot of food appetizers before the big meal and end up with no room for dinner. Here is a pretty extensive list in my appetizer tray ideas that can keep down the calories, delicious appetizers using fruits, nuts, cheeses, meats and vegetables. My family loves the assortment and they always have room for the big meal ahead. Happy entertaining!




These are many suggestions for building your wood serving boards:

Cheeses: mozzarella balls, extra sharp provolone, brie, extra sharp cheddar, Parmesan coated with black pepper or espresso coated parmesan (in the photo), Swiss, Gouda or any kinds that are easily cut into slices and cubes for your boards.

Olives: black, crinkled black Italian olives, green pitted, Kalamata, pimento stuffed, garlic stuffed, cream cheese stuffed, almond stuffed

Fruits and Jams: Rainier or Bing cherries, grapes, sliced melon cubes, cubed pineapple, sliced kiwi, figs, dates, orange sections, mango cubed, papaya, apple slices,pears, pomegranate, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, any flavored jams to spread

Vegetables: sliced or stuffed celery, carrots sticks, cauliflower or broccoli florets, pickled artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, grilled eggplant cubes, grape tomatoes, asparagus, string beans, sliced plum tomatoes, pepperoncini, long hots, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts stuffed,  lettuce leaves to line the board with

Meats: dried oil sausage sliced, soppressata, salami, mortadella, pepperoni, prosciutto, hot capicola, miniature fried Italian meatballs

 Beans and Nuts: chickpeas, lupine beans, black beans, cannellini beans or any kind you like, pistachios, hazelnuts, roasted almonds, pecans

Breads and crackers: any kind of crackers, garlic bread rounds, rustic Italian bread, bread sticks, garlic knots, bruschetta, arancini rice balls, 3 bean salad

Seafood: clams casino, shrimp and fried scallops, crab legs, lobster meat, calamari fried, oysters, escargot, tuna in olive oil, fried haddock bites, and other shell fish

Note Misc Specialty suggestions:  stuffed mushrooms or pickled vegetables, deviled eggs, clams casino, stuffed long hots, loaded potato skins Italian style, fried mozzarella, fried zucchini blossoms or sticks, fried cauliflower, fried meatballs, mini calzones, mini pizza slices, caponata, mini quiche baked




Make your trays based on what your family loves! Hope you got some great ideas!

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Baking Mix Cinnamon Sugar Banana Muffin Recipe

I love these combination of flavors. 
 Baking Mix Cinnamon Sugar Banana Muffins are sure to be a hit for all banana bread fans out there!



What better way than to be able to mix up a quick batch of banana muffins in no time? Seriously check out these easy recipe! Even the kids can make it with supervision!
This recipe is the perfect for those who are
 non bakers or in a hurry! 


I love the smell of banana bread baking, these cinnamon sugared topped muffins bring it to the next level!



Baking Mix Cinnamon Sugar Banana Muffin Recipe

1 /1/3 cups very ripe bananas
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
2  1/2 cups baking mix

Topping: mixture of cinnamon and sugar( I use 1 teaspoon to 1/3 cup sugar and put in an old spice container with lid)

Optional : 1/2 mini chocolate chips or chopped walnuts

Line your cupcake tin with paper liners. Preheat oven to 350 degree. 
Place everything in a bowl except the baking mix. Blend together until well combined. Add the baking mix and any optional items you like. Sprinkle each muffin with cinnamon and sugar. Bake until slightly browned on top and middles spring back around 35 minutes.

Note: If using a loaf pan heavily grease and bake 1 hour.

These freeze great so they are perfect for on the go. Individually wrap them and off to work you go or in a school lunch!






Yield: 14

Baking Mix Cinnamon Sugar Banana Muffin Recipe

prep time: cook time: total time:
These are a semi homemade banana muffin made with a baking mix! Perfect for the hurried cook or non baker!

ingredients:


  • 1 /1/3 cups very ripe bananas, 2/3 cup sugar, 3 tablespoon canola oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 eggs, 2 1/2 cups baking mix

instructions:


  1. Topping: mixture of cinnamon and sugar( I use 1 teaspoon to 1/3 cup sugar and put in an old spice container with lid)

    Optional : 1/2 mini chocolate chips or chopped walnuts

    Line your cupcake tin with paper liners. Preheat oven to 350 degree.
    Place everything in a bowl except the baking mix. Blend together until well combined. Add the baking mix and any optional items you like. Sprinkle each muffin with cinnamon and sugar. Bake until slightly browned on top and middles spring back around 35 minutes.

    Note: If using a loaf pan heavily grease and bake 1 hour.

notes

These freeze great so they are perfect for on the go. Individually wrap them and off to work you go or in a school lunch!
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Mushroom Zucchini Quiche Recipe

Mushroom Zucchini Quiche is a delicious cheesy savory filling in a pie crust. This is perfect for breakfast or brunch!

crust filled with cream and cheeses

This one is loaded with swiss and provolone. There is never too much cheese!


crust filled with cream and cheeses

Mushrooms and zucchini were the perfect pair for our brunch!


Quiche is a savory open pastry crust with a filling made with eggs milk or cream with more than one cheese usually. You can add meat, vegetables or seafood. Serve hot or cold.


Mushroom Zucchini Quiche Recipe


1 pie crust to fit 9 inch deep dish quiche pan. Homemade or store bought crust. (You can also use phyllo dough which is a buttery flaky crust.)

Quiche Basic Filling: 

4 eggs
1 - 1/2 cups shredded  Swiss (preferred cheese), Parmesan, Monterrey Jack,  Mozzarella. provolone or a medley of all them. More for the top if you love cheese!
1 cup heavy cream (or in a pinch half and half)

Mix together above ingredients.

Suggestions for meat lovers if using:

Use 1/2 cup of any of these chopped meats or in combination. Italian cooked loose sausage drained, ham, crumbled fried bacon, Canadian bacon, country style sausage, pepperoni, capicola, prosciutto . Quiche however is usually meatless.



For those that like vegetable quiche:

Suggestions: 1/2 cup of any of these chopped vegetable in combination. In this recipe I used shredded zucchini and mushrooms. Other suggestions: finely chopped eggplant, spinach, broccoli, broccoli rabe cooked, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, onions,  roasted peppers, grated hash browns potatoes, chopped escarole or any greens, 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 ) Fold into egg mixture.


Spread dough to fit thinly in a greased assorted style pans,  IE: greased Quiche' pans with removable bottoms, or you can also use cupcake pans, or pie plate. 

Roll out dough to fit into your preferred pan and  pre- bake dough for 5 minutes on 350 degrees till set not browned. Note: I like to brush my dough with an egg wash also before baking.


Take out slightly baked shell and pour your quiche' mixture over the dough. Sprinkle with more shredded cheese or Parmesan cheese and bake on 400 degrees until brown. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.




Mushroom Zucchini Quiche

Mushroom Zucchini Quiche is a delicious crust filled with rich cream and vegetables

INGREDIENTS:


  • 4 eggs 1 - 1/2 cups shredded Swiss (preferred cheese), Parmesan, Monterrey Jack, Mozzarella. provolone or a medley of all them. More for the top if you love cheese! 1 cup heavy cream (or in a pinch half and half)
  • 1 pastry crust pre baked for 5 minutes

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Spread dough to fit thinly in a greased assorted style pans, IE: greased Quiche' pans with removable bottoms, or you can also use cupcake pans, or pie plate.

    Roll out dough to fit into your preferred pan and pre- bake dough for 5 minutes on 350 degrees till set not browned. Note: I like to brush my dough with an egg wash also before baking.

    Take out slightly baked shell and pour your quiche' mixture over the dough. Sprinkle with more shredded cheese or Parmesan cheese and bake on 400 degrees until brown. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

notes

Suggestions for meat lovers if using:

Use 1/2 cup of any of these chopped meats or in combination. Italian cooked loose sausage drained, ham, crumbled fried bacon, Canadian bacon, country style sausage, pepperoni, capicola, prosciutto . Quiche however is usually meatless.


For those that like vegetable quiche:

Suggestions: 1/2 cup of any of these chopped vegetable in combination. In this recipe I used shredded zucchini and mushrooms. Other suggestions: finely chopped eggplant, spinach, broccoli, broccoli rabe cooked, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, onions,  roasted peppers, grated hash browns potatoes, chopped escarole or any greens, jalapenos, or olives. Any other favorites can be added to this basic recipe.
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Baked Artichoke Hearts Recipe

I love old fashioned stuffed artichokes and the heart is the best part! These baked artichoke hearts are the perfect solution in a pinch as they take hardly any time to prepare check it out! 

artichokes with crumb topping


I almost couldn't share this side dish with anyone else at the table, I couldn't stop eating these baked artichoke hearts, they are so delicious!
 I absolutely love these.
Guess what? There are never any leftovers with this side dish if you're an artichoke lover.

artichokes with crumb topping

Baked in the oven and done in 20 minutes!


The stuffing is delicious rich with Romano and Parmesan cheese, olive oil and garlic!


Baked Artichoke Hearts Recipe

2 cans drained artichoke hearts
1 1/2 cups Italian flavored bread crumbs
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plus two tablespoons Romano and Parmesan blends of grated cheese 
1/4 cup chicken broth or white wine
2 tablespoons melted butter
4 to 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Optional: Shredded mozzarella for the top

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Oil spray a 9 x 9 baking dish. Place the hearts on the bottom. Pour chicken broth of the top.
In a bowl mix the bread crumbs, cheese, minced garlic, pepper, salt until blended. Pour over the top of the artichokes pat down. Drizzle the butter over the top. Sprinkle with more cheese, and granulated garlic evenly over the top. Bake at 400 degrees until the top is brown and a little crispy. Around 20 minutes.


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Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Baked Artichoke Hearts

These are artichokes hearts baked with a crispy Italian bread crumb topping, a quicker way to make artichokes.
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ingredients

Baked Artichoke Hearts
  • 2 cans drained artichoke hearts 1 1/2 cups Italian flavored bread crumbs 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons Romano and Parmesan blends of grated cheese 1/4 cup chicken broth or white wine 2 tablespoons melted butter 4 to 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Optional: Shredded mozzarella for the top

instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    Oil spray a 9 x 9 baking dish. Place the hearts on the bottom. Pour chicken broth of the top.
    In a bowl mix the bread crumbs, cheese, minced garlic, pepper, salt until blended. Pour over the top of the artichokes pat down. Drizzle the butter over the top. Sprinkle with more cheese, and granulated garlic evenly over the top. Bake at 400 degrees until the top is brown and a little crispy. Around 20 minutes.
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