White Bean and Chicken Marsala Soup

Sunday, February 27, 2011
White Bean and Chicken Marsala Soup is a comforting delicious Italian soup. It has white beans and lots of herbs with a bit of tomato and broth along with chicken.


Irish Creme Pie

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Irish Creme Pie


Creamy Orzo Herb and Parmesan

Monday, February 21, 2011

I double this recipe......

Creamy Orzo Herb and Parmesan

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup orzo
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic or powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper,( cayenne optional)
4 teaspoons pine nuts, toasted (I melt a teaspoon of butter in a small glass bowl and add the pine nuts for around two minutes till browned)

Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add orzo, and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and orzo is done (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in cheese, basil, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with the pine nuts. Serve immediately

How To Roast a Perfect Italian Style Chicken with Tips

Sunday, February 20, 2011
Here are some great instructions on how to roast a chicken perfectly and some tips!

delicious juicy roasted chicken on a broiler pan perfectly cooked


Mom's Veal Parmigiana

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2 cups Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup Romano grating cheese
1 cup flour add 1/2 teaspoon each to the flour, oregano, parsley, basil, garlic powder, pepper
4 eggs
1 pound of Veal pound 1/8 inch thick
1/4 cup oil
Marinara Sauce
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Romano grating cheese

Combine bread crumbs, cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt,  some freshly ground pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Put flour, breadcrumbs, and eggs in three separate dishes.

Dredge cutlets in flour, dip in egg, then breadcrumbs to coat.

Let sit for around 1/2 hour.

Heat oil in large skillet and fry cutlets until golden.

Drain on paper towels.
Preheat oven to 375.
Spread marinara sauce in a 13x9 pan. Place a single layer of cutlets on top.

Top with sauce, sprinkle with mozzarella, and grating cheese. Cover with foil. Bake until the cheese melts then becomes browned.

Valentine's Day Heart Easy Dessert

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Here is an easy treat!

Bake a cake in a heart shaped pan. Cool.
Heat some strawberry jam enough to cover the top of the cake and
Dip strawberries in.

 warm strawberry jam in the microwave around 10 seconds

Arrange on cake. Serve with whipped cream


Valentine's Day Raspberry Coconut Cake

Friday, February 11, 2011
In Honor of my Late Dad Carmen Colenzo, his favorite cake was always Coconut Jam Filled Scratch Cake, so this one's for you daddy! I use to make these all the time for him. My mom, my Margaret use to make the cake from scratch, fill this cake with whatever jam she had in the house, add the coconut on top and this became his all-time favorite, try it you'll soon see why!

this is a homemade heart shaped cake filled with Red Raspberry Jam and coconut then sprinkled with powdered sugar for Valentines Day


Fried Calamari, Fresh Marinara and Pasta

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A very nice meal for the Calamari lover...fresh fried Calamari with Marinara fresh sauce over pasta,  a great combination sure to please!

You will need to make the above highlighted recipes:
 1 batch of  Fried Calamari click on Calamari for recipe
 1 batch of Fresh Marinara click on Marinara for recipe
Your favorite pasta boiled in salted water, we just love Angel Hair or Linguine

Place cooked pasta on a plate, top with fresh marinara sauce, surrounded by freshly fried Calamari, top with lots of freshly grated Romano cheese.
Serve with garlic knots and  hearts of romaine salad.

Grilled Lemon Chicken and Almondine Rice Marsala

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

1‑1/2 pounds cubed Chicken breasts
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Optional Vegetables:
1 red or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces,1 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces ,1 yellow squash, cut into 1-inch pieces,8 ounces large fresh whole mushrooms, wiped clean and stems trimmed

Place Chicken in large resealable food storage bag. Combine oil, juice, garlic, chopped oregano, salt and black pepper in glass measuring cup; pour over chicken in bag. Close bag securely; turn to coat. Marinate in refrigerator 4 hours, turning once or overnight.

Drain Chicken, reserving marinade. Alternately thread chicken, and whatever vegetables you like
IE bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, onion and mushrooms onto 12 (10-inch) metal skewers;  brush both sides with reserved marinade.

Using wooden skewers, soak in cold water 30 minutes to prevent burning.
Place kabobs on grid. Grill, on covered grill, over medium-hot coals 6 minutes. Turn; continue to grill, covered, 5 to 7 minutes for medium or until desired doneness is reached. Serve with rice (see below). Garnish with lemon, if desired. Serve hot.

Rice Almondine Marsala

Panko Crusted Italian Baked Fish with Marinara Sauce and Angel Hair

Monday, February 7, 2011


Curry Chicken Wings

Sunday, February 6, 2011

 12 wings baked, grilled or fried

Salt, pepper, cayenne, curry powder
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, or about 1 tablespoon dried
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, or to taste
3/4 cup heavy cream
Salt, to taste


Dredge  wings salt,  pinch of cayenne, pinch of curry powder and pepper mixed in flour to coat both sides. Fry till crisp. In a saucepan, add the chicken broth, wine, parsley , garlic, and curry powder. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes longer. Stir in cream and add salt, to taste. Heat through. Dip wings in  the sauce.

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Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

A great appetizer for any party! An easy side dish for any meal...

Sour Cream
Crumbled Bacon
Shredded REAL Cheddar Cheese
Whipped Cream Cheese
Garlic powder

Microwave the amount of potatoes you need for your party, I microwave 5 potatoes cutting them into 10 halves. After the potatoes are cooked, cut length wise in half and scoop out the centers of each half and place in a large bowl. Brush all potato jackets with olive oil, place on a cookie sheet lined with  parchment paper.  With a hand masher or electric hand blender, blend 1 tablespoon of sour cream per potato and 1 teaspoon per potato of cream cheese adding 1/4 cup milk and whip till creamy leaving a few chunks. Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, sprinkle with parsley flakes, mix. Fill each potato jacket and sprinkle tops with shredded  cheddar top with bacon. Bake in the oven till the potato jackets are crispy.
Makes a great side dish when making your favorites wings!
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World Nutella Day with Nutella Melting Moments Gem Cookies

Saturday, February 5, 2011
February 5th is World Nutella Day, brought to you from Ms. Adventures of Italy and Bleeding Expresso . Another favorite of ours made with Nutella, if your a Nut for Nutella, this is a perfect cookie for you. Very delicate flavored cookie, with rich chocolate Nutella and hazelnuts on top.

Very hard to resist not eating the whole batch in one sitting.

Almond and Frangelico give this cookie a perfect flavoring for the batter.

Make sure you use a floured finger to make the well to fill after they're cooled thoroughly.

Wrap in wax paper for around and hour for easier handling of the dough.

1 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon Frangelico

chopped hazelnuts for decorating

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Sift in flour and cornstarch, mix well. Add flavorings, blending well. Chill 1 hours.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 3" apart making a well in the center of each cookie with your index finger, to fill when cooled. Bake at 350 till set not brown.
Cool completely cookies are very fragile, spread with Nutella gently onto cookies, add chopped hazelnuts.
World Nutella Day
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Ricotta Frangelico Nutella Cake
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Nutella Mousse Tart
Nutella Ferrero Rocher Hot Cocoa
Nutella Milano Cookies
Nutella Chocolate Banana Crepes
Nutella No Name Cupcakes
Raspberry Nutella Crepe
Nutella Chocolate Chip Bars

Baked Greek Style Chicken Wings

Friday, February 4, 2011

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 pounds fresh or frozen chicken wingettes, thawed


1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/2 cup chopped peeled cucumber

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dill weed

1 garlic clove, peeled

Dash salt

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the lemon juice, oil, honey, oregano, garlic and salt. Add chicken wings; seal bag and toss to coat. Refrigerate overnight.

In a blender, combine the sauce ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until serving.

Drain and discard marinade. Place wings on a rack in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 35-40 minutes or until juices run clear, turning once. Serve with cucumber sauce. Yield: about 3 dozen (1 cup sauce).
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Game Day Wing Spectacular!

Old Fashioned Italian Style Bread Crumbs

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Don't throw out that leftover stale bread, keep saving it till you have enough to make these delicious Italian Flavored Bread Crumbs. I can remember as a kid, I would open the bread box and a ton of old bread would fall out. Couldn't figure out back then why she saved it all. Then as I got older, I was the one who had to grate it with that old fashioned cheese grater! Took forever....thanks to modern technology we can use the food processor to do this job in no time flat, and make the tastiest bread crumbs for any coated dish..of course you can add more or less to taste. But this is our basic recipe for most any Italian recipe on my site. Enjoy!~

The food processor takes no time at all, finely grind the crumbs or if you like chunkier don]t process as long, and its time to add all the spices.

If you keep saving the ends, you will eventually have enough stale bread to make your own. We just keep putting on a cookie sheet leave out for at least a week, it will be very hard. Mom only had a hand grater and still made her own.

Old Fashioned Italian Style Bread Crumbs

Hard Stale leftover bread 1 full loaf of saved Italian bread
cooking spray oil
1 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)
2 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried basil
1/4 cup grating cheese (optional)

Directions Fast version if you need them quick:
Cut bread into slices or cubes, place on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking oil,put oven on low over 175 degrees until the bread is dry and hard slightly browned.
You can also leave this out for days until the bread is rock hard and stale uncovered or it will get moldy. Keep in a dry place.
Place the hard bread into a food processor and finely grind the bread.
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, tossing to blend thoroughly.
Store in an airtight container, I use glass mason jars and you can use in any recipe calling for Italian breadcrumbs.
Depending on what you are cooking you can additional spices, rosemary, thyme, sage.

Strawberry, Blueberry, Banana Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

1 ripe bananas, finely sliced
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries washed
1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
7 slices Italian day old bread
2 cups evaporated milk
4 eggs beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Bake at 350 till browned and crisp looking. Serve with whipped cream and Strawberry Rum Sauce below.

Strawberry Sauce
2 cups of fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons white rum
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon lime juice

Add everything to a foodprocessor and blend till  chunky but mostly smooth. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.