Chicken and Rice with Mushroom Marsala Casserole

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

1 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced fine
16 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup marsala wine (or white wine)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups chicken stock or water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon each black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, parsley and garlic powder
1 cup long-grain rice, uncooked
2 cups of cooked chicken breasts chopped in chunks
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese mixed with 2 tablespoons of Italian flavored bread crumbs or butter crushed cracker crumbs

Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium-high heat until just melted. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 - 7 minutes. Add the seasonings with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour on top and stir in for 1 minute. Stir in the marsala and cream, heat on low,  stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in 2 cups of stock with tomato paste. In a greased deep dish casserole, add rice in the bottom,  top with the chicken. Pour the mushroom gravy on top. Cover tightly with foil and bake until bubbly, about 35 minutes. Add parmesan and bread crumbs mixed together on top bake 5 more minutes.

Fresh Peach Turnovers (handpies)

Monday, July 25, 2011
We called them turnovers, mom use to add glaze to some of them, dad liked them plain just as shown. I now read that these are called handpies these days or maybe always were for some of you. Whatever their name the pastry is soft, sweet and delicious. They last longer refrigerated if you have leftovers.. Any kind of fruit will do, but peaches are my favorite and taste great warm or cold! Enjoy!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons butter, or margarine softened
3/4 cups half and half
Two or three fresh peaches chopped in small chunks
peach or apricot preserves

Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using a pastry blender,or heavy duty mixer cut in the butter and mix till crumbly. Add rest of ingredients and stir by hand to moisten the dough. .

Press the dough out on floured board and with a floured palm of your hand press the dough to form a circle. Add chopped fruit, add a tablespoon of preserves on top.
Fold over and press firmly with the tines of a floured fork seal them tightly. Brush with beaten egg yolk.. Place on parchment paper and bake at 400 till brown. . Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.    Let the turnovers cool slightly. Serve with french vanilla ice cream or plain... They are great lunch box treats!

Malted Milk Brownies

Monday, July 18, 2011

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Carnation malted milk powder
1 stick plus 6 tablespoons butter softened
1 3/4 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup malted milk balls (like Whoppers ) coarsely chopped in a food processor
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and Carnation malted milk powder together.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until completely combined. Scrape down the bowl, add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until combined.
Add the flour mixture in two batches until just combined. Add the malted milk balls, chocolate chips and walnuts and beat until just combined, about 10 seconds. The mixture will be thick. Turn the mixture out into the prepared pan and use an offset spatula to spread it evenly.
Bake in the center of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the blondie comes out clean.
Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes.
Cut into bars, serve with hot fudge sauce or plain.

Grilled Blackened Seasoning for Pompano or White Fish Recipe

Blacked Grouper is another favorite here in Florida, we just love this in a sandwich, on top of lettuce greens or by itself!
The grilled Pompano is just bursting with flavor!

Homemade seasoning blackened for fresh fish


Tropical White Peach Sangria Recipe

Sunday, July 17, 2011
I really know nothing more refreshing than this wonderful drink!
Treat yourself to this, try it at a party or just because your worth it! A delicious fruit adult beverage for the stress in your life or just because it so delicious! Enjoy!

1  bottle dry white wine around 5 cups
3/4 cup peach flavored vodka (or use regular a good brand )
6 tablespoons frozen limeade or lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup white sugar
1 pound fresh white peaches, pitted and sliced (canned work OK, but not my first choice)
3/4 cup sliced strawberries
3/4 cup chunk pineapple
sliced limes
sliced lemons
optional green grapes and maraschino cherries
assorted umbrella toothpicks for fruit kabobs garnish


In a large pitcher, combine dry white wine, peach vodka, lime or lemonade concentrate and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add sliced fresh white pitted peaches, assorted fruits and citrus reserving some for garnish.

Refrigerate sangria until well chilled, at least 2 hours, or overnight to blend flavors. Serve over ice, and use a slotted spoon to include sliced peaches and grapes with each serving.

Blackberry Cobbler Shortcake Recipe

Saturday, July 16, 2011
Tender cake with berries and cream...a quick perfect summer dessert. Since its a short season for berries, take advantage of these beautiful berries when they are in abundance and make a delicious cobbler, don't miss out on this one!

Adding some whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream while still warm is a perfect addition. Line the bottom of you baking dish with batter, top with berries and more batter. Bake and that's it!

2 cups flour
4 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoon melted butter
1 cup blackberries
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon flour
cinnamon sugar optional

In a small bowl toss berries with water, cinnamon, flour and sugar. Set aside.

In another bowl add flour, milk, butter, baking powder and salt, mix all together.

In a small rectangular pan or pie plate, add 1/2 the batter on the bottom of the greased pan. Add berry mixture on the dough batter and top with remaining scattering the batter top with cinnamon sugar. Bake at 400 till golden brown check after 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

+claudia lamascolo author

Baked One Pot Stew London Broil Recipe

Thursday, July 14, 2011
A perfect one pot meal when your in a hurry~
1 (2 pound) top round London broil
 1 (28 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
4 whole cleaned garlic cloves
 2 green bell peppers cut in cubes
1 cup burgundy wine
1 cup chicken broth (keep extra on hand)
2 tablespoons flour
2 potatoes cut in cubes
1/2 cup or more of finger carrots ( my family loves potatoes more so I add just a few go ahead and load up if you like!)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, parsley, basil, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper
4 plum tomatoes cut up
1 pound of cleaned sliced mushrooms (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the roast in a dutch oven or  roasting pan, pour stewed tomatoes over it, add all other vegetables sprinkles with all spices, flour and herbs.  Pour liquids on the bottom of the pot. Cover.
Roast for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until fork tender (checking half way through to see if you need to add more broth if it's dry, depending on how many potatoes you added, you may need more broth). Let stand for about 10 minutes at room temperature before carving and serving.

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Recipe On A Stick

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
You simply cannot go to Greece without experiencing souvlaki.

It’s major Greek street food and happens to be one of my favorites.

Check out the cucumber delicious sauce to dip it in and the homemade pita bread link.

Print the recipe below in the recipe card

this is a grilled chicken boneless breast on a stick called souvlaki and it is served with cucumber sauce a greek dish


Adult Italian Nutella Party Pudding Shots Recipe

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Triple Berry Iced Muffins Recipe

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Having so many berries in house this time of year, I had to experiment on using more than one kind in a muffin. I was extremely excited when my son who loves my blueberry crumb muffins said, wow these are awesome!~ He loves the combination of flavors.

I did several kinds of berries and made two batches. These were blueberry, blackberry and red raspberry.

These were strawberry, blueberry and blackberry.

This batter isn't very sweet. So then he suggested we ice these babies! I thought why not! Either way they were wonderful!

In a large bowl mix:
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of shortening till resembles course looking sugar

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 mixed of fresh blueberries, red raspberries or strawberries and blackberries
Line muffin cup pan with paper liners, fill to 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

In a separate bowl add 1 cup of confectionery sugar and water to make a thin icing. Drizzle over the tops of muffins while warm.

Upstate NY Feast Sausage and Peppers

Friday, July 8, 2011

My favorite time of the year in Upstate NY is when the Italian Feasts would start, usually July -September. They have them at Mt. Carmel in Utica, St. Anthony's in Utica, Sons of Italy just to name of few of my childhood home town favorites as a child. We use to be able to walk to St Agnes Church feast, long since gone now.

This is homemade sausage grilled and fried peppers in a homemade hoagie roll


Ocean Fresh Wahoo Fish Kebobs Recipe

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 what a great saltwater fish and delicious kind of seafood. Amazing texture, firm, white, mild-tasting wonderful fish. If you see this on a menu, try it if you like a firm white fish... it's one not to be missed!

                                 The marinade is lemon, lime with wonderful spices to accent its flavor.

                                                                  Grilled to perfection!

Fish is the main staple in our household, since we've moved to Florida, we have had Redfish, Spanish Mackeral, Mahi, Grouper, Flounder, Snapper, Sea Bass, Snook, Bluefish, Trout, Whitefish, Shark, just to name a few. We used  Haddock, Cod Salmon, Walleye, Perch, and Rainbow Trout in Upstate NY. So this was all new for me to cook. Now a friend of mine, Jim, that had given me Mahi, has now given me some Wahoo. So experimenting again with this firm fish, here is the marinade I used to make these kabobs.. this fish turned out fabulous!

1 lb of Wahoo Fish Cut into chunks or steaks
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and 1 fresh lemon sliced
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoons finely ground fresh pepper
Cooking :
Whisk together olive oil, lime and lemon juice, paprika, and red pepper in a small bowl. Place wahoo in a dish. Pour the marinade mix over the fish, place in the refrigerator, and let stand for half an hour add sliced lemons on top. Remove wahoo from refrigerator, place fish on skewers or steaks directly on the grill and grill for 15 minutes on medium turning once at about 8 minutes. Use the leftover marinade mix to baste the fish while it is grilling. Serving suggestions on plain white rice or rice almondine marsala.


Halfmoon Cupcakes

Friday, July 1, 2011
In Upstate New York Half moon cookies are very popular. I fooled everyone one day and brought some delicious homemade cupcakes over and frosted them with chocolate and vanilla frosting. Everyone thought they were half moon cookies instead of cookies! They all loved them. Moving to Florida I miss my hometown Utica, New York where these are popular cookies. In a pitch these bring back the hometown memories!

cupcakes with chocolate and white frosting called half moon cupcake made popular in Utica New York