Fried Cauliflower

Monday, October 15, 2018

This fried cauliflower, and a huge favorite appetizer in our Italian family. The herbs, spices in this batter compliments the cauliflower perfectly.

It has a nice crisp crunch on the outside and soft fried cauliflower inside. These appetizers taste great plain or dipped in your favorite sauces.

Growing up in East Utica, New York, my mom made these often for an appetizer before a big Holiday Italian meal.

Now, I carry on that same tradition with my family.

I think of my mom and dad often in the kitchen and the foods we grew up on and keeps them alive in the kitchen. This is a favorite appetizer of mine now but not so much as a kid.

This little appetizer is just perfect for the Holiday season, I always make them on Thanksgiving and  around Christmas time. That's when most of the family gets together for a big meal.

If you want an appetizer that will fly off the plates, this is it!

Scroll down to see this easy cauliflower recipe, it's perfect with any meal.



This is how to make a crispy coated batter fried cauliflower with herbs and spices as an appetizer. The cauliflower is cut up into small bite size pieces and then coated with a tempura batter and pan fried



Apple Cake Cups

Monday, October 8, 2018
These apple cake cups are a great little dessert made in cupcake tins. The cake batter is all homemade from scratch and the apple topping can be made fresh or using pie filling. The cake is much like a homemade pound cake and delicious in texture and flavor. These little gems are the perfect fall treat when your an apple lover. It was mom's favorite "go to" recipe, in apple season.

This apple cake cup recipe is over 100 years old and been in our family a very long time. We grew up with orchards in Upstate New York and apples were plentiful. I love this recipe and wanted to share mom's recipe with my readers and hope you enjoy it as much as we have through the years.

They are perfect for one person, parties, a family get together or when unexpected arrive and you need a quick delicious and decadent apple dessert. I love these little apple cups because they are individual treats that can be frozen and thawed in no time. With a pretty garnish or whipped cream or ice cream they turn into pretty ending to your fine meal. Check out all my tips before you scroll down to the recipe.


these apple cake cups are made from a homemade from scratch batter . This is how to make the homemade cake batter and the topping is made with apples and there is a buttery cinnamon sugar topping on the cake. This homemade cake cup is made in a cupcake tin and on a plate with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar with a fork ready to eat





Baked Cod with Roasted Vegetables

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Baked Cod has always been a favorite fish of ours. We prepare it so many ways but this one is the one we make most often. This baked cod fish is topped with a Parmesan crust and a delicious mound of roasted vegetables with toasted bread crumbs on a bed of sauteed spinach. It truly is a delightful recipe, scroll down and see why, it's tops in our home.



This is a baked cod fish on a white plate with a fall orange leaf basket in the background, a blue water glass and fork with napkin. The plate has a bed of spinach topped with baked cod fish with roasted vegetables on top along with bread crumbs toasted with Parmesan cheese and sliced tomatoes.



Best Ever Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monday, October 1, 2018

Well of course you already know these two are a perfect combination of flavors for these Best Ever Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. These buttery cookies are so addicting. They have a delicious peanut butter buttery crunch to them and better than any kind of cookie I have ever made. The texture is just perfect. When warm, biting into those gooey melted chocolate chips are fabulous. Come see why these Best Ever Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best! Try this recipe you will love it!



these are a buttery peanut butter homemade from scratch cookie with chocolate chips in them. These are how to make the best ever peanut butter chocolate chips cookies. These cookies are on a cookie sheet with parchment paper on them so they wont stick and are easy to remove after cooling.



Biscuit Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Cinnamon Rolls are the best smell baking in the morning. I am not one to take all day baking, this is a great alternative for a quick cinnamon roll fix if you
re a fan of them. These are semi home made using a mix and done in around 20 minutes!


I love biscuit cinnamon rolls with or without cream cheese frosting and the smell of them cooking just makes me think of fall and cooler weather. These a a quick alternative to cinnamon rolls in a biscuit. You can make them in a short time with a great old fashioned flavor. We love these rolls with coffee or tea.



these are biscuit cinnamon rolls made in a cupcake tin. These biscuit cinnamon rolls are a semi homemade roll using a mix. The muffins are topped with cinnamon sugar, a glaze and pecans



Potato and Ham Soup

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
If you love potato soup, you will love this easy, quick potato and ham soup! Using leftover ham or even a ham bone, is a great flavor enhancer.

I love repurposing leftovers and this ham made the tastiest potato soup I ever had. The creaminess and rich thick broth is super easy to accomplish without all the added calories.

Scroll down to see this fabulous recipe you can eat guilt free all year long. A simple soup anyone can make.


This is the easiest way to make potato soup. This soup is a potato soup with ham, it's a no fuss soup with vegetables ham and very low in calories. This potato soup has carrots, celery, ham all in a rich creamy broth made all in one pan. This is in a soup cup with vegetable design on it.


Italian Style Goulash

Sunday, August 19, 2018

This is an Italian Style Goulash made with fresh plum tomatoes, beans, pasta and peppers. The Traditional American Goulash has many other spices including paprika in it, no beans and a classic dish using elbow macaroni.
Our Italian Style Goulash is seasoned with fennel and fresh herbs with lean ground beef. It's a hearty stew like soup perfect for a chilly evening. It's almost like a pasta fazool except it has peppers and beans in it. The Cabernet wine gives this sauce it's character.
Scroll down to get this delicious recipe Grandma use to make back in the 1970's.


Italian style goulash is a classic American dish changed into an Italian American sauce. This goulash is filled with the freshest ingredients and easy to make. This goulash Italian style has fresh tomatoes, peppers and garlic in it with hamburger and using ditalini pasta in place of the elbow macaroni. The peppers in this dish are long red peppers sauteed in this pan with hamburger meat . There are also added cannelini beans in this photo



Baked Pancake

Thursday, August 9, 2018
I just love the ease of these baked pancake squares recipe. No more standing at the stove top flipping pancakes. These baked blueberry apple pancakes are a delicious version!
A perfect quick all in one pan breakfast!



this is breakfast all in one pan. The pancake is baked all in one pan with fruits. This is a baked apple and blueberry combination of fruits. It has syrup on top on a white plate ready to eat with a fork.