Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Pizza

One of our favorite pizza's is made with fresh sauteed broccoli rabe and sausage with thinly sliced tomato.

Pizza dough is freshly made with a light marinara sauce. Topped with whole milk mozzarella cheese and only the finest ingredients. Check out all the highlighted links below to get the recipes for dough, sauce and broccoli rabe. The pizza has been a traditional favorite in our family for years.

Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Pizza

(click on the highlighted links below for the recipes)

1 lb of fresh pizza dough or buy some store bought
1 bunch of fresh broccoli rabe sauteed with garlic and olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms 
2 cups marinara sauce or your favorite pizza sauce
1 thinly slice plum tomato
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 pound sliced homemade hot Italian sausage cooked or store bought
olive oil
mozzarella shredded cheese
grated Romano cheese
fresh basil leaves

Make dough or use store bought.
Cook broccoli rabe to instructions from link above.

Stretch dough on a greased pizza pan. Let rise around 1/2 hour.

In a large fry pan, saute, 2 tablespoons olive oil with garlic for two minutes, do not brown. Add sausage, mushrooms, till all pink is gone in the sausage.

Spread sauce over dough, top with sauteed broccoli rabe, sausage, mushrooms, thinly sliced tomato. Add mozzarella and grated cheese on top. Bake till brown and crispy. sprinkle with oregano, fresh basil and more grated cheese if you like.

Grandma's Bread Pudding Recipe

Delicious old fashioned bread pudding. Easy to make and the most comforting way to serve a dessert when you feel nostalgic!
 Grandma always made this to get rid of old bread.

  Grandma's Old Fashioned 
    Bread Pudding Recipe

One of the fondest memories growing up as a child is the smell of cinnamon and pure vanilla. Whenever I smell them I think of grandma making this special treat. We usually had this on a cold day in Utica,  Upstate New York area. I could eat that whole bowl of pudding topping which is the best part to me!  

Here's her recipe:

4 cups bread cut into small cubed pieces day old preferred
1/2 cup raisins soaked in bourbon or rum overnight and drained (you can use vanilla instead if you wish)
2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Pudding Sauce for the top 

1 /2 cup butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract or bourbon

Grease a deep casserole dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add cubed bread.

Melt the butter with milk in a small saucepan.
Place all remaining ingredients into the milk then pour over bread cubes that have been placed into the greased casserole dish.

Bake 50 to 60 minutes on 350 degree hot oven.

In the meantime,  place the pudding sauce ingredients into a small saucepan and cook until mixture is boiling and thickens.

 Serve this  dessert warm. Spoon the pudding sauce over the top of baked warm bread that has been added into individual serving bowls. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.


Garlic Parmesan Bow Tie Recipe

This really is the perfect side dish for any meat you cook. Actually my grandson Antonio loves his pasta anyway we make it. Everyone likes an occasional  tomato sauce less pasta and this one plain is easy to make, fun shape to eat and even great heated up the next day. I like to keep this on hand for leftover chili to pour over too! Think about the possibilities with any kinds of gravy and meat leftovers on top of this pasta, it's the perfect second meal!

Garlic Parmesan Bow Tie Recipe

1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
salt, pepper
parsley, basil, oregano 2 tablespoons each fresh or dried
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Pasta of choice cooked to package instructions, reserving 1 cup pasta water here is my homemade bow tie recipe click here
2 tablespoons fresh chopped garlic
red pepper flakes optional

In a large deep fry pan, saute garlic in oil for two minutes or until fragrant not browned. Add all the fresh herbs. Add the pasta water. Simmer for the flavors to blend around 3 minutes.
Add the drained pasta of choice  (cooked to package instructions)
Toss with cheese, salt, pepper to taste and red pepper flakes.

Suggestions for leftover pasta:
Top with leftover chili, tomato sauce, ground hamburger seasoned, sauteed chicken breast cubed, shrimp kabobs, steak kabobs, seasoned grilled lamb, bread chicken, lemon chicken or gravy with turkey.

Our Antonio loves any kind of pasta with cheese, sauce or plain butter!

Easy Leftover Pork Covered Sandwich Recipe

Sometimes leftovers are much better than the original meal! Here is one of them! The easiest and tastiest dish you will ever make!

Leftover pork tenderloin
homemade or store bought beef, Guinness gravy or chicken gravy 
salt pepper to taste
Italian sliced bread toasted

Toast the the Italian sliced bread. Top each piece with leftover pork, gravy and have mashed potatoes as a side dish.

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Chicken soaked in a delicious
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Bacon Double Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

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Rich creamy and everything you love in a burger except lettuce, tomato and the bun of course you can even add chopped tomatoes in this delicious with some buttery garlic bread. We love this cheesy comforting soup just the way it is! The bacon really compliments the soup's flavor and the thickness is great for dipping the bread into it's very hearty.


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Sauteed Chicken with Yellow Squash Recipe

This is a very delicious chicken, squash and rice dish. Everything in this is so flavorful and fresh. The chicken is very juicy and tender. I am sure you will see that this one is a big hit with your family.

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  • Chicken with Yellow Squash Recipe

    4 boneless chicken breasts into long tenderloin pieces
    2 cups boiled rice
    1/2 cup mixed peas and carrots fresh or frozen 
    1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
    1 cup white wine
    1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
    salt, pepper to taste
    3 yellow squash sliced lengthwise and seeds scooped out
    4 tablespoons butter
    1 cup Flour seasoned with 1 teaspoon granulated garlic and Italian seasoning , salt, pepper
    Oil for frying


  1. In a casserole dish, place the yellow squash hollowed out in the greased pan.
    In a small bowl mix rice with vegetables, teriyaki sauce, salt, pepper and garlic.
    Fill each squash with rice mixture. Set aside.
    Place the flour mixture in a zip lock bag. Shake chicken in it.
    Heat oil and fry chicken on both sides until browned.
    Place on top of the yellow squash filled with rice.
    Add 1 cup white wine on the bottom of the casserole dish. Cover with foil.
    Bake at 350 degrees for around 35 minutes or until squash is fork tender.
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Ever over cook rice? Well I did and I am very glad I did. I got a new rice cooker and hit cook button twice instead of warm after it was cooked and it turned into mush. No problem.  Make delicious meatless rice balls baked, easy and delicious!

Baked Rice Balls


Mom's Homemade Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Today would have been moms 96th birthday. I miss her everyday. In her memory I made her blueberry muffins. Happy Birthday Mom in heaven, miss and love you everyday!

I actually always double this recipe as it will never make enough for my crew eating these. They will fly off the table. Pass the butter and eat them warm around 5 minutes out of the oven. Always a comfort for breakfast when there's a chill in the air. When the kids were little I made them often and made sure I had an abundance of blueberries in the freezer during the winter months. These sure do bring back memories and good ones of my own childhood when my mom made them for me.
I love making memories with great food stories don't you?

Mom's Homemade Blueberry Muffin Recipe
In a large bowl mix:
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of shortening till resembles coarse looking sugar

Beat in :
1 egg

1- 3/4 cup cake flour (regular flour will make them heavier) 
3 teaspoons of baking powder
a pinch of salt

1 cup of milk to wet the dry ingredients.
Fold in one cup of fresh blueberries, red raspberries, strawberries or blackberries ( I have even used chopped apples with sugar cinnamon in this recipe

Line muffin cup pan with paper liners, fill to 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. 


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