Chocolate Skillet Cookie

Sunday, September 15, 2019
I just love using a cast iron skillet and this chocolate skillet cookie is an all-time favorite vintage recipe!


The memories flood back to the days where I was a little girl and always licking the batter off the spatula.


Mom loved baking and this cookie always seemed to have my heart when it came chocolate cookies recipes.


I guess because it was such a great dessert and had different topping all the time and made it so special.


As a kid, I was so impressed and not knowing it was the same cookie that mom topped with bananas and ice cream to make a cookie banana split or different flavored ice cream with sprinkles.


Dad's favorite was always the banana split version and mom liked hers with shredded coconut and Hershey chocolate syrup in a can drizzled over the top!


Whatever your favorite way to serve a cookie with ice cream, this is the perfect recipe.


You may remember my summer favorite strawberry buttermilk skillet shortcake and grandma always made everything in cast iron like her  Italian skillet hamburgers were always on the table once a week and mom loved deep dish skillet pizza on our charcoal grill!


If you love a plain chocolate buttery flavored cookies, this will be your new favorite dessert and there is also a Keto version written for those who are diabetic or on a low carb diet.


Scroll down for this printable easy recipe and enjoy a vintage treat!






Fried Provolone or Mozzarella Sticks

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Fried Provolone is my favorite Italian appetizer of all time.

These cheese sticks are delicious before dinner snack, party food and one of the requests for me too make during gameday gatherings.

Everyone raves about using this cheese and being so tasty with provolone instead of mozzarella.

You may be more familiar with fried cheese sticks being made with mozzarella only?

Well, I am here to tell you both are fabulous, and it's a hard decision to choose which is better since we are talking about crunchy melted fried cheese right?!

I happened to be introduced to the provolone version long-ago at a favorite restaurant in Utica NY.

Back in the 1980s, there was a little place in Charlestown Mall that had a restaurant that had them on their menu.

When I saw them I was a little skeptical since they were always made with mozzarella, at least that's what I thought back then.

The soft provolone melty cheese was superb and better than anything I ever had, I decided to venture out and make a copycat of them and the first bite gave me a flood of wonderful memories because this was perfect as I remembered them!

The marinara is freshly made and I also use my recipe for fried cauliflower, fried zucchini and of course another family favorite, panzarotti.

Scroll down and follow my easy copycat printable recipe for Fried Provolone Cheese Sticks.





Eggplant Parmesan

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
This Eggplant Parmesan takes a little work but 100% worth it.

The crispy fried vegetable slices are delicious and smothered with meaty flavored tomato sauce and mozzarella melted cheese.

Great in a casserole as a whole meal and leftovers are over the top delicious in a sandwich.

Grandma made the best-fried eggplant parmesan and always cooked hers in a cast-iron skillet.

I loved the eggplant fried plain also, it's like eating popcorn and addicting.

My other favorite eggplant casseroles are done with ricotta cheese and also love it stuffed and baked.

Dad always used eggplant in a caponata with fried bologna, so we have grown up with freshly grown eggplants in our garden.

Fresh is best, so if you get a chance to get them at a farmers market I highly recommend them over grocery stores.


Scroll down and print grandma's over 100-year-old recipe, it's a fabulous addition to any eggplant recipe!





This is an Italian baked casserole with tomato sauce, Parmesan Cheese and shredded layers of Mozzarella and eggplant called Eggplant Parmesan