Appetizer Meatballs and Homemade Sausage Skewer Recipe

If you have picky eaters and  have to feed a crowd that are meat lovers, here are two great appetizers to make. I bake mine but you can fry them if you wish. I prefer not standing over a hot stove and take the easy way out.  Parchment paper and a large cookie sheet rules! Mom made the best sausage homemade. I always loved her meatballs, no matter how many recipes are written some things can never be replaced in taste not even the exact recipes. Love lasts forever in the kitchen no matter how you make it, if it's made with love.

If you would like a copy of an Authentic Italian Cookbook see below for our families recipes that I adapted through the years.

First make a batch of each below:

1 meatball recipe
1 mom's homemade sausage recipe

Toothpicks or short skewers
Marinara dipping sauce click here for homemade

Roll meatballs into 2 inch size balls. Shape the sausage into a torpedo shape. Bake at 375 degrees until browned and crispy or fry them.
Spear them with toothpicks or use short skewers.
Place on a large platter and serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.


Grandma's Tuscan Garlic Bread

In our family we are bread lovers. This is Grandma's Tuscan Garlic Bread (Fettunta) Recipe. Throughout the years, we make a simple garlic bread that was the traditional style my grandmother made while I was growing up.

As a child I still can remember the aroma of her homemade round and dense thick bread baking. the next day or so she would make this mouth watering garlic bread. If that was leftover, she would make homemade croutons!  that was perfect with any stew or sauce based meal. Actually I can eat a whole plate of garlic bread and make a meal out of just bread. That's a real bread lover!


Italian Bake Fried Lemon Chicken Cutlet

This is a classic easy to make fried lemon chicken. A very delicious dish to serve family and guests.


Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine Cookbook

During the last 8 years of blogging
I am proud to offer you a chance to purchase
my family's recipe cookbook. The recipes are all inspired by the late: Mom, Margaret Fanelli Colenzo, Dad, Carmen Colenzo and Grandma Victoria Ferraro Colenzo all who inspired me to cook and this book. They all taught me a little of everything I know about authentic cooking from the Regions their parents came
from. Bari and Rome Italy.

cookbook collage photo

When they resided in Utica, New York, the years of living in what was referred to as "little Italy" became one of the best areas to eat Italian food. The Utica area is also noted for fabulous bakeries that make tomato pie, pastaciotti, fried dough, lemon ice, Italian pastries and cookies that are the area's specialties. There is a special section just for the Utica ,New York Specialties that mom made and handed down.

The meaning of true Italian cooking and traditions, great food and great conversation.

Their memory lives on everyday in our kitchens. It brings me great joy to dedicate this book in memory of all of them for the joy their foods have brought to all of us in our families. The traditions will live on with my children, their future children and all my loving family members.

I want to thank all my readers who have also inspired me to finally do this. I am grateful to all of your support through the years.

I hope you enjoy this book and new venture with me. A softcover cookbook with 150 recipes. Think of my mom, dad and grandmother during the journey of cooking in your own kitchens as they live on in spirit.

If you would like to purchase a copy, I thank you in advance you will see the buy it now button on this posted on this website below.

Regular Price $19.99


Strawberry No Bake Cream Pie

This is my go to recipe when strawberries are in season. I love the freshness of this pie and the creamy texture. It's a true sign of spring and summer that brings a smile to every picnic and family gathering especially during the cooler times of the year. It always warms me up to think of the summer days ahead. This one is sure to cheer you up and it's no bake !!


Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Bourbon Wing Sauce Recipe

One of the easiest sandwich recipe for pulled chicken. The ingredients are usually always on hand in our home and after you make this they will be for you too. This recipe can feed a lot of people and great for family gatherings, picnics and game day! You will be asked for this recipe over and over again, it's very tasty!


Mom's East End Sausage Pasta Sauce Recipe

Well this has a little story behind the recipe. Back in my hometown, Utica New York and often called little Italy, my family made a special sauce with meat and fresh tomatoes. After simmering slow either on the stove top or using a slow cooker, you get this special over the top flavored bolognese style sauce. Of course she made her own homemade sausage, meatballs and sauce from scratch. You can adapt anyway you like it.
Served over linguine it's absolutely delicious.


Seafood Medley Linguine With White Clam Sauce

This seafood medley linguine with white clam sauce is bursting with flavors. This dish is adorned by my family and seafood lovers everywhere!


Slow Cooker Italian Bottom Round Roast Recipe

If you have never tried cooking in a slow cooker, you are missing out on a easy delicious meal. This roast beef cut with a fork. Nothing else to do other than add some herbs, spices and some liquid and you will come home to a fabulous meal. They will think you cooked all day and made gourmet style beef.
We don't have to tell them the truth! You can make any sides your family loves but this goes great with mashed potatoes and corn.


Orange Cherry Chocolate Loaf

Classic flavors in this quick bread that never get old. Perfect with tea of coffee. Fresh orange, cherry and chocolate quick bread.'