New York Style Cheesecake Recipe

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Updated photo 8/24/2014 Very Berry Cheesecake
Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries

This is actually an updated photo, every time I make this, I try a new topping so this is the latest Triple Berry. Just add crushed  raspberries to the recipe below for the glaze instead of the strawberry glaze  (or raspberry pie filling will do fine!). You can buy  a glaze to dip the strawberries in, and set the blackberries on the sides around the cake, such a festive looking cheesecake for any occassion, this one happened to be my Hubby's birthday!

I have to tell you about this is a "NEW YORK STYLE" Cheesecake. It's absolutely fabulous, easy and your going to love it!    Taste great with strawberries whole with a glaze or plain. Simply delicious...

4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
5 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 package of Lorna Doone cookies crushed fine or use graham crackers if you want to
1 stick butter or margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all together

Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray bottom of 9-inch spring form pan with 2 1/2-inch-high sides with nonstick spray. Stir ground cookies, butter, and sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl until moist clumps form. Press cookie mixture firmly onto bottom of prepared pan. Wrap outside of pan with 3 layers of heavy-duty foil.

For cheesecake
Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until smooth around 25 minutes till it has a smooth and creamy no lumps consistency, use an industrial size mixer on low, be patient, this needs to be silky smooth. Beat in butter, then eggs, 1 at a time, until well blended, around 8 to10 minutes. Be patient. Beat in vanilla. Pour batter over crust in pan. Place spring form pan, I spray with non stick spray first, then put in large turkey size roasting pan. Add enough hot water to come halfway up sides of spring form pan. Reduce heat to 350 and place cheesecake with water bath in the oven.

 ( If you have bubbles on top swirl a knife around the batter to burst before cooking. ) Bake cake uncovered until filling is puffed around edges and moves slightly in center when pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Remove pan from water; remove foil. Cool completely, in the refrigerator, remove ring only after this is completely cooled. Slide onto your favorite plate. Top with favorite toppings some suggestions below.

Chill overnight or at least four hours before serving.

For will need one quart of fresh strawberries removing stems.
1 batch of glaze
In a saucepan add
3/4 cup water
3 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon red food coloring
Simmer till clear in pan. Add one teaspoon of vanilla. Cool pour some of the glaze on cheesecake reserving enough to dip strawberries in the glaze, place on top of cheesecake.

For Macadamia, Caramel and Toffee Cheesecake:
1 jar caramel ice cream topping pour on top around 1/2 cup
add 1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
2 to 3 heath bars crushed on top.....

Macadamia and Toffee


Sweet and Sour Franks

Sweet-Sour Franks (crock pot)
1cup chili sauce
1 cup grape jelly
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon mustard
-- prepared
2 pounds hot dogs -- or cocktail franks
2 cans pineapple chunks -- 27 ozs.
Combine first four ingredients in removable liner; mix well to break up jelly chunks. Place liner in base. Cover and cook on high 15 to 20 minutes to soften jelly and blend sauce ingredients. Cut hot dogs in bite-size pieces and add. Add pineapple. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours; or low for 4 hours. Set control to low to maintain temperature while serving.

Dipping oil with herbs mix for Italian bread

There is nothing like a fresh loaf of Italian bread dipped in herbs and extra virgin olive oil. This is served often in an Italian American household on a Sunday with a big macaroni dinner. We love this kind of appetizer with a little wine, vino and this dipping oil is a delicious starter to a main course. You will also find it in many Italian restaurants in New York.


Margaret Ann Fanelli Colenzo's Cream Puffs Vintage Recipe

Margaret Ann Fanelli Colenzo and Carmen...her famous recipe.

This one's for you mom, thanks for leaving yet another wonderful memory and recipe to share.....

Mom had a business at one time in the early 1950's, this was a favorite by all who patronized back then. I thank her for the memories and being able to share her wonderful recipes.....this one's for you mom....hope your watching out there....Here, forever in our hearts!

cream puffs are a puffed pastry dessert filled with cream


Grandma Fanelli's Boiled Frosted Cookies

These cookies have a lemon flavor and a boiled frosting that glazes them, a barese cookie...favorite

Italian Cookies

6 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 teas lemon extract
6 teaspoons baking powder
4 to 5 cups all purpose flour

Beat until fluffy. Let rest. Roll out a small rope and tie in knots.
Bake at 350 oven till brown.

Boiled frosting for Cookies:

2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
In large saucepan boil three ingredients together until foamy, this takes awhile. Add cookies stir very gently with wooden spoon and until sugar starts to coat the cookies. Take off the heat, put cookies on wire racks with wax paper under the racks for cookies to dry.


Traditional Italian Sunday Sauce Recipe

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Mom always had a pot of Sunday Sauce cooking on the stove. Along with fried meatballs in our Italian family!

A tradition in our house was pasta every Sunday, thats where Sunday Sauce came is our version handed down from generation to generation. Any pasta will be enhanced by the fresh herbs and spices along with fresh whole plum tomatoes...simply the best smell cooking in your kitchen in the world on Sunday enjoy


Italian Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwich in the Crockpot with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Friday, June 26, 2009

Italian Style Roasted Pulled Pork

2 to 3 pound pork tenderloin
1 cup of white wine
1/4 teas salt and pepper
1/4 teas garlic powder

Pour wine over pork in a crockpot or (roasting pan for oven cook on 300 for 1/2 hour per pound) and cover on low for 6 to 8 hours. Pull apart with two fork. Make sauce below or put your favorite barbecue sauce over pork, serve with French rolls.

Sauce for topping the pork:
1/2 teas garlic powder
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups ketchup
1/3 cup vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed firmly
3/4 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (or to taste) or 1/4 teas of cayenne pepper
1/2 cup Bourbon  of choice

Combine the garlics with the whiskey (start with a small amount... you can always add more to taste) in a large saucepan; cook until translucent. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.
Simmer for 20 minutes. Pour over pork. Serve on French rolls......

Mediterranean Chicken with Wine Recipe

Here is a great sauce that goes well with chicken. This is bursting with freshness. Mushrooms, peppers, capers, celery, olives and a little white wine.  All will compliment kind of pasta or rice you serve this with. We love to serve this over a penne pasta tossed with garlic and olive oil. Sprinkled heavy with grating cheese.

Mediterranean Chicken with Wine

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil first cold pressed
8 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 1/2 pounds of baby bella mushrooms some whole some sliced
2 bell peppers sliced and 1 stalk celery cut up
1 1/2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cups Kalamata olives
4 ripe plum tomatoes cut up
1 1/2 cups canned whole tomatoes pulsed still chunky
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 fresh basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 tablespoons of capers optional
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
grated cheese, crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoon of butter
1/2 cup white wine

Preheat oven to 270 degrees. In a large skillet on high, heat 3 tablespoons oil with chopped garlic . Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper add chicken to skillet cook till brown around 4 minutes each side. Put into ovenproof baking dish and put in oven to keep warm. Remove oil from pan.

Add the remaining oil to same skillet on high add mushrooms all veggies, cayenne pepper and garlic powder and saute till brown 3 minutes. Add broth boil 5 minutes, add olives, tomatoes, wine, capers and paste . Boil till liquid is reduced around 7 minutes. Add butter, salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mushroom mixture over chicken sprinkle with pine nuts return to oven around 1/2 hour, sprinkle with grated cheese and feta and serve.
Goes well with plain with some crusty bread,  over rice, egg noodles, also a great side is penne with garlic, oil and grating cheese.


Vegetable Quiche Low Fat

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

*1 package of refrigerated crescent roll

1 cup egg beaters or 4 eggs
1/4 cup frozen chopped spinach drained and squeezed
1/4 cup of canned artichoke hearts chopped rinsed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or black pepper
1/2 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup fat free half and half or fat free evaporated milk
1 cup of 2% grated Swiss, Monterrey or mozzarella cheese
In a greased 9x9 pan spread crescent rolls on bottom of pan. Bake for 7 minutes in over 400.
In the meantime, pour in a bowl the egg beaters, all spices, half an half, cheeses. Add vegetables at the end. Pour over crescent rolls and bake in over at 400 till browned. Serve warm.
*Optional you can use pre made frozen crust, or phyllo dough. Also, you can make individual ones in cupcake tins and freeze.
Suggestions of vegetables in combination chopped: Mushrooms, shredded zucchini, roasted peppers, chopped tomato,green peppers, jalapenos, chopped fine broccoli...
For Meat lovers :

If you want to add chopped ham, turkey bacon or Italian or breakfast sausage, regular eggs and cheeses, all can be substituted instead of low fat recipe.

Grandma's Soft Italian Wedding Cookies

Grandma's Soft Italian Wedding Cookies also called genetti, are a soft cookie made in a drop form all shaped.

 Mom's and Grandma's special recipe handed down from generation to generation. You will often find these soft frosted cookies on large trays at Italian weddings and other Italian functions.

This is a very versatile dough. You can flavor them with whatever you like. I love to tint them at Christmas in green or pink for the holiday.


Grandma Victoria Ferraro Colenzo's (heavy scratch cake)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

This is a heavy almost pound cake texture. Growing up our Grandma used ingredients that were always around....the sweet smell of the the citrus peels left to dry out on top of the gas stove all day in the winter time....was absolutely wonderful......

Serve with fresh fruit, whipped cream, pudding, drizzle with powdered sugar and water frosting, or just powdered sugar.

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
Beat till light around 15 minutes
Add 1 teaspoons of vanilla, fresh lemon, fresh orange and grated peels from both.
Add 2 eggs beating after each addtion
Add 2 1/4 cups sifted flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Beat together into creamed mixture alternately with 1 cup milk plus 2 tab milk.

Bake into a bundt pan or  2 greased and floured 9 inch pans at 375 for 20 minutes.


Grandma's Italian Orange Pastry Cream

This is a cream pudding with orange flavor. Grandma's use to call it crem. The recipe is served every Easter for dessert. Grandma was 92 when she passed away and I still carry on her traditional pastry cream for dessert on Easter. This Italian Orange Pastry Cream has a distinctive taste, that is nothing like I ever had served before. It's a rich decadent kind creamy pudding, the texture is silky. For all you chocolate lovers, I also have the alternative recipe at the bottom.


Italian Sambuca or Rum Cake

Sambuca in coffee and cake. A great dessert to the
ending of any Italian meal. Growing up this was a quick and easy dessert to serve and the coffee was the perfect pairing. This is an was a quick and easy version. Mom usually made from scratch and later adapted with using a mix.

Italian Black coffee and Anisette every Sunday was a tradition in our house.

1 18 oz box yellow cake mix with pudding in mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup evaporated milk, regular milk or water
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup of Sambuca or Dark Rum.
******Make glaze when cake is almost done below:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Sambuca or Dark Rum simmer 5 minutes
Mix all ingredients in a bowl till thick and well blended. Pour into greased bundt pan. Bake at 325 until brown. About an hour, turn onto a deep pan 13x9x2 inch, lined with wax paper and poke holes in cake. Pour glaze over cake and cool, transfer to plate. Serve with freshly whipped heavy cream sweetened, or just plain.
Cake keeps well for days.


Breakfast Baked Pancake!

Friday, June 19, 2009

2 cups all purpose biscuit baking mix

1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoons nutmeg

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1 cup chopped apples

fully cooked breakfast sausages

Mix all ingredients in a bowl except sausages, spread batter in a 13 x 9 pan and add sausage to the top of batter.  Bake at 400 for 30 to 35 minutes or till brown


Fresh blueberries can be used instead of apples or if preferred can do both, one of each over half the batter.

Serve while warm, top with syrup and butter.

Corn Fritter Doughnuts

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Simple and delicious you will get addicted to these delicate little fritters....hard to resist!

Corn Fritter Doughnuts

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup canned corn
powdered sugar to sprinkle on these:

Mix everything in a bowl except for corn fold in last...
Drop by tablespoons in a deep fryer for at least 5 minutes or till browned.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar serve warm....

Biscotti Anisette Italian Cookie Recipe

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Grandma was 94 when she passed away. A real old fashioned almost bread like Italian hard dunkin cookie. These are so good. We have them always ready for company. It makes a good amount to freeze in loaves and have in a quick instant when company arrives. Don't forget to serve that demitasse black Italian coffee, that was her favorite along with a shot of anisette liqueur and actual sugar cubes... wow do I miss her!


Blueberry Crumb Muffins

Monday, June 15, 2009

Another one of those breakfast foods great for anytime. Blueberries are in abundance right now and in June, I have to make good use of them while they are fresh. These blueberries were so sweet and delicious, they never needed any sugar and I can never eat enough while in season. Of course I freeze them for fall. They grew everywhere wild and over a very large fields when I lived in Upstate NY, and we would pick them, very seldom anything left by the time I got back. We would try and find as many as we could but instead of filling my bowl, I filled my tummy.....good times back then. Fond memories.
The fresh blueberries make fabulous, pies, cakes and muffins. So as I grew up, anything but fresh was not an option.

These are one of my favorites, quick and easy, with a crumb topping.

The batter very thick, you don't want to over mix as these are really a light muffin, and the texture will be thick and chewy if you over stir the mixture. So remember to just fold in the blueberries at the end for a tender muffin.

In a large bowl mix:

1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of shortening
beat in :
1 egg
1 3/4 cup cake flour
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
Line muffin cup pan with paper liners, fill to 3/4 full. Add crumb topping (below) on top, bake at 350 around 20 minutes.

Crumb Topping:
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/4 flour
mix together till well blended.

Seafood Nacho's

Sunday, June 14, 2009
Fish Fish

Seafood Nacho's

1 large (16-ounce) bag corn tortilla chips

2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar

2 cups shredded Monteray Jack Pepper Cheese

1 tablespoon butter

1 /2 teas garlic powder ,

1/2 pound lump crabmeat or imitation

1/2 pound shrimp chopped up,

1/2 pound scallops,

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 cups grated Parmesan

Salt ,ground black pepper.

1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce, for topping 1 cup salsa, jalapeno slices, for topping Sour cream, for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large baking pan or cast iron pan place a layer of the tortilla chips and cover with the shredded Cheddar and Pepper Jack cheeses. Bake the chips for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheeses are melted. Remove the dish from the oven and set aside.
In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter and saute with garlic powder until soft. Add the crabmeat, shrimp, and scallops and saute for 3 minutes.
Add the cream, garlic powder, Parmesan, salt and pepper, to taste, to the seafood and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
Remove the seafood mixture from the heat and pour over the tortilla chips. Top the nachos with shredded lettuce, salsa, jalapenos, and sour cream. Serve immediately.


Italian Style Beer Batter Fish

Saturday, June 13, 2009
 Italian Style Beer Batter Fish. easy and perfect everytime! My mom was a big fan of Arthur treachers. This is the closest copycat I could ever ask for!

Italian herbs, spices and beer make this the best batter on this fried fish. It reminds me of a copycat version of Arthur Treachers fish


Eggplant Hummus with Roasted Garlic

  A healthy appetizer that taste great with no matter what you dip in it vegetables, crackers or pita bread this has an amazing taste. See the special ingredients that makes this so delicious!Eggplant Hummus with Roasted Garlic is an easy dip that is a healthy choice for snacking.

a bowl Eggplant Hummus with Roasted Garlic


Movie theater glazed nuts!

Easy version and spicy
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
4 1/2 teaspoons water
2 1/2 cups mixed nuts

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Stir in the water. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 minute; stir. Add nuts and stir until well-coated.
***Cook, uncovered, on high for 4-5 minutes or until syrup begins to harden, stirring after each minute. Immediately pour onto a greased foil-lined baking sheet and separate nuts. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

You will see the
coating start to bubble and thicken slightly, then it's time to spread them on the cookie sheet.

Longer version less spicy:

Glazed Nuts
1 large pkg of walnut, almond or pecan halves about 2 cups
1 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
5 Tablespoons Water
Place walnuts on cookie tray in over at 350F degrees for 8 minutes. Meanwhile combine sugar, cinnamon, salt & the water in a large saucepan. Boil to soft ball stage, use a candy thermometer. Remove nuts from oven. Working QUICKLY, remove the saucepan from the heat. Add vanilla & the nuts. Stir to coat evenly & quickly turn out onto a sheet of tin foil. Try to seperate the nuts as quickly as you can without burning yourself. Keep in jar with tight lid after they have cooled.


My Ultimate Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

For Coconut and Chocolate lovers! (Shown has coconut, chocolate and white chunks, and pecans.
Hard to stop eating these cookies once you taste just one...... :)

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 plus 2 tablespoons cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons of coconut extract
1 cup total, mixed of milk, semi sweet and white chocolate chunk style pieces or chips
1 cup flaked coconut put in food processer to be shredded fine
1 cup chopped pecans or hazelnuts optional

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat in the egg then stir in the vanilla. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Mix in the all chocolate , coconut and pecans. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place the cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen

Amaretto Sweet Potato Casserole

Friday, June 12, 2009
Amaretto Sweet Potatoes can we the sweetest surprise on you Holiday tables!

Amaretto Sweet Potatoes can be done with a crunchy praline topping, marshmallow or leave plain....a wonderful side dish for your holiday table

The great taste of Amaretto, will make everyone at the table say wow!....Has always been a huge hit, we alternate Holidays with Amaretto and Frangelico in this one....Either way its delicious.....The even with my son that always hated sweet potatoes but this crunchy topping makes this more like dessert . Sweet potato lovers will ask for this over and over again! 

Amaretto Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups sweet potatoes pureed or mashed in food processor
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup evaporated milk or regular whole milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup Amaretto or Frangelico
1 teas. vanilla
1/3 cup butter softened
2 eggs
1 cup shredded coconut optional

Mix all together baked for 20 min 350 ....

Praline Topping:

Remove from oven add topping recipe below and broil on lowest rack just till set....about 3 to 4 minutes on high heat.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup pecans
3/4 cup brown sugar mix all together , add on top of potatoes.

Alternative instead of pecan topping:

Top with with mini marshmallows or just leave the top plain, its up to you. then broil for 3 minutes or till marshmallows are brown and topping is need to watch this one.

Italian Garlic Knots Recipe

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Garlic Knots are perfect for any Italian Pasta Meal or as an Appetizer! They are bread dough, tied into knots and brushed with an olive oil and garlic coating. These are addicting I must warn you! Dipped in marinara sauce a bonus treat!


Island Rum Pecan Bars

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Island Rum Pecan Bars

Crust Ingredients
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Filling Ingredients:
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
6 tablespoons dark rum
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine 1 1/4 cups flour, butter and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/4 cup pecans.
Press crust mixture evenly onto bottom of ungreased 8 or 9-inch square baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until very light golden brown on edges. Combine all filling ingredients except pecans in small bowl; mix well. Stir in pecans. Spread evenly over hot, partially baked crust. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until filling appears set and knife inserted 1-inch from edge comes out clean. Cool completely; cut into bars. Tropical Island


Pizza Dough Recipes

Pizza one of my favorite foods. There are so many versions and ways to prepare it.  With tomato sauce, a rich garlic sauce white pizza, margarita style pizza. Just to name a few and so many toppings to choose from. Also you can make pizza fritte ( fried dough), calzones, stromboli.  This versatile dough will get you making all of those and more so read on!


Margarita Pizza (shown in pictures above) Fresh Tomato and mozzarella, slices of fresh garlic, sprinkle with oregano and top with fresh basil drizzled with olive oil. You can add anything you like in spices, this is the traditional way I like spinach or escarole on mine.

 Pizza Dough (use for pizza, calzones, pizza fritte, garlic knots, sausage rolls.)

Pizza Dough
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
1 pk dry yeast dissolved in 2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

4 tablespoons olive oil

Mix until forms a ball, knead until smooth and elastic, add more flour if dough is sticky , this should not be dry but firm until a ball forms. Rise in a bowl covered with a wet towel, until doubled in size in warm spot, away from draft.... stretch out on a large cookie sheet. Brush top with olive oil, top with tomato sauce, cheese and any other meat toppings of choice suggestions:  sausage, peperoni, mushroom, peppers, olives, (ham, pineapple),( spinach, broccoli, ricotta, garlic ), sliced tomatoes and feta cheese, or any combo of your choice .... Bake until crisp and brown on 430 degrees,  keep checking for desired crispiness......

 Other toppings can include, peppers ,eggplant, mushrooms, meatballs, olives, anchovies, zucchini, chicken, shrimp, feta, cheddar, fontina or mozzarella cheeses combined.

Video Of Pizza Fritte (Fritta) Italian Fried Dough :

Pizza Fritte

Variations: Take 2 to 3 tablespoons of dough depending how big you want these, and make doughnut shaped rings, or solid shape depending on what you like.  Place on waxed paper let rest about 15 minutes. Fry in deep, hot oil. While warm, traditional Italian Zeppole, fried dough and what we bought at the feast in Upstate N.Y. you would shake or sprinkle with powdered sugar, regular sugar or cinnamon sugar... taste the best eating while still hot.....see video.  My kids loved to spread peanut butter and cinnamon sugar on them not the traditional way to eat them!

             My mom's recipe for Dirty Sausage rolls
                late Margaret Ann Fanelli Colenzo


Garlic White Pizza
Make a round pizza pan stretched out thinly in a pizza pan greased with olive oil and floured hands. Rise till double or line with parchment paper so it won't stick. Note for a very thick pizza use a greased deep cake pan.

Garlic Pizza sauce:

1 pound of pizza dough
2 tablespoons melted butter, 2 tablespoon olive oil.
2 cloves finely minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil

Sprinkles evenly with oregano, basil, parsley, salt and pepper if you love garlic add some garlic powder too.

Sprinkle evenly with Romano grating cheese

Top generously with mozzarella shredded cheese and bake in a hot oven of 430 degree preheated hot oven and bake until browned.

Optional: 1/2 cup of whole milk ricotta cheese mixed with 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, place random spoonfuls over the pizza before topping with mozzarella cheese

If you would like to make focaccia bread dough click here

Pizza Dough and Recipes

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 1 hour and 15 MINStotal time: 1 hours and 30 mins


Pizza Dough (use for pizza, calzones, pizza fritte, garlic knots, sausage rolls.)

Pizza Dough
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
1 pk dry yeast dissolved in 2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons olive oil


Mix until forms a ball, knead until smooth and elastic, add more flour if dough is sticky , this should not be dry but firm until a ball forms. Rise in a bowl covered with a wet towel, until doubled in size in warm spot, away from draft.... stretch out on a large cookie sheet. Brush top with olive oil, top with tomato sauce, cheese and any other meat toppings of choice suggestions:  sausage, peperoni, mushroom, peppers, olives, (ham, pineapple),( spinach, broccoli, ricotta, garlic ), sliced tomatoes and feta cheese, or any combo of your choice .... Bake until crisp and brown on 430 degrees,  keep checking for desired crispiness

 Other toppings can include, peppers ,eggplant, mushrooms, meatballs, olives, anchovies, zucchini, chicken, shrimp, feta, cheddar, fontina or mozzarella cheeses combined.


Sausage roll or loaded with options below

1 lb of fresh pizza/ bread dough
1 1/2 lbs of Italian sausage cooked and casing off cooled
4 eggs
2 cups of mozzarella
4 tablespoons of grated cheese or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Mix sausage ,eggs, spices and cheeses in a bowl set in refrigerator.Roll out dough about 1/4 inch thickness into approximately 12 x 12 rectangular. Spread mixture over the dough, roll up and place seam down on cookie sheet, place in a warm area, to rise around an hour. Brush tops with egg whites. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes and lower to 375 degrees for the remaining time. Sausage roll is done when crispy and brown. Slice and enjoy. You can make individual mini ones as well using a handful of dough for each one.

Variations:Add to sausage omit the eggs, add mozzarella cheese, grated cheese and spices along with any combo below. These are called adding the ricotta cheese in the pocket. Calzones. Stomboli is with meats, peppers, mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, black or green olives, onions, mortadella, salami prosciutto .... If using vegetables saute' vegetables with sausage and drain (always cook raw meats). You can also add Ricotta cheese, fresh chopped parsley, basil, chopped tomato, fresh garlic chopped, greens like spinach or escarole. You can also add ham and mozzarella, ricotta with grated cheese into the dough to make a cheese and meat Calzone. You can also substitute Pepperoni for Sausage.
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Easy Chocolate Whiskey Cake

Friday, June 5, 2009

Usually made from scratch but here is an easy recipe if your in a hurry that's just as good!....For that homemade cake you will have visit this Whiskey Cake recipe.

cake mix with whiskey for st patricks day

1 Chocolate cake mix ( you can use yellow if you prefer)recommended Dark Fudge Chocolate Cake
1 pk instant vanilla or french vanilla or chocolate pudding and pie-filling mix
1/2 cup Irish whiskey or Bourbon,
1/2 cup canola oil
4 jumbo or extra large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup Irish whiskey stir in last so please read directions
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice and a pinch of cinnamon
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, 1/2 cup Irish Whiskey, and oil, add eggs and beat at medium speed of an electric mixer for 4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Spoon into a greased and floured 10-inch Bundt or tube pan. Bake in a preheated moderate oven (350 degrees F) for 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the cake comes out clean. When cake is almost done, prepare syrup.
Combine sugar, butter, water, and lemon juice, spice in a small heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil slowly, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1/4 cup Irish whiskey or bourbon.Turn cake out onto two large sheets of aluminum foil placed together to form the shape of a cross. Let cake cool for 10 minutes, top side up for tube cake and upside down for Bundt cake. Using a skewer or long bamboo pick, make holes all over top and sides of hot cake. Drizzle syrup very slowly over cake, being careful that too much does not run into any cracks on top of cake. Bring foil up around cake and wrap securely. Cake may be served when completely cool, or store in an airtight container overnight. Cake may be wrapped securely in foil and stored in the refrigerator for several weeks or in a freezer for up to six months.


Homemade Ricotta Cheese

2 quarts whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 fine mesh cheesecloth
Place a layer over a sieve with fine holes with the heavy-duty (fine-mesh) cheesecloth and then place it over a large bowl.
Slowly bring milk, cream, and salt to a rolling boil in a 6-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. Add lemon juice, then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture curdles, about 2 minutes.
Pour the mixture into the lined sieve and let it drain 1 hour. After discarding the liquid, chill the ricotta, covered; it will keep in the refrigerator 2 days.


Refried bean dip

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

This bean dip can be so versatile, add whatever you like, just cheddar, or dress it up, you can use shredded lettuce, black olive, peppers and tomato off to the side and add after you heat this....great with chips, flour tortilla's or use as a filling for burritos with taco sauce over them......


In a large frying pan add ingredients below and brown.
1 pound of hamburger fried or ground turkey...after cooked drain on paper towel.
Add 1 package of taco or chili seasoning mix to the hamburger /turkey that is cooked (optional add some cayenne pepper for more heat!).
Add 1 can refried beans and mix with hamburger and taco seasoning.
Pour in an oven proof baking pan or microwaveable dish .
Spread over the top:
1- 16 oz ( a large container )of sour cream spread over the top, sprinkle one package 2 cups or more of shredded sharp cheddar or Mexican blend cheese over top...microwave till hot and cheese is melted, pass the tortilla chips.


shredded lettuce and tomatoes can be added along with chopped black olives and jalapenos for a layer bean dip.


Easy Italian Baked Chicken and Stuffing

Ingredients 4 sheets of heavy aluminum foil

4 pieces of chicken ( chicken breasts, thighs, boneless or bone in )
 1 can Cream of chicken or mushroom soup
1/2 cup white wine
1 (12 ounce) box Stove Top stuffing mix
1 cup water
 four ham slices
1 package 8 oz fresh mushrooms
Mix stuffing with water set aside. Mix wine and soup set aside.
1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs add extra 1/4 teaspoon of each, garlic powder, parsley and black pepper, oregano, thyme, sage mix together this is for topping, done last.


Starting with one piece of foil:.
spray with non stick oil .
Stack stuffing first on foil top with the ham.
Add mushrooms.
Place the chicken with a little salt on top of the stacked mixture.
Spoon soup mixture on top of each stacked chicken package.
Sprinkle with seasoned bread crumbs.
Bring sides together and fold to tighten around chicken. Put all four wrapped pieces of foil with chicken in it,  on a large cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes or longer depending on chicken size on a 350 degree hot oven.