Grilled Chicken with Whiskey Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Everyone raves at every picnic how delicious this chicken is. I have made it with pork ribs, chicken and salmon this is the best barbecue sauce!






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Grilled Rosemary Lamb Kabobs Marinade

Saturday, July 28, 2012







Marinade for cubed lamb:



Cubed leg of lamb or other parts that you can cut up boneless, around 3 lbs

1/4 olive oil

juice of 1 or 2 fresh lemons or more to coat evenly

fresh rosemary, chopped parsley, dried oregano, pinch of basil (around 1 teaspoon each)

3 garlic cloves finely minced

salt, pepper and dash cayenne to taste



Marinate lamb for 3 hours or overnight. Place on skewers with mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, cherry tomatoes and anything else you like. Grill turning once leaving some pink in the middle of the lamb.



You can use any kind meats such as beef, lamb or pork here is another great marinade for the grill!
Also pictured is Curt's Barbecued Chicken with Jack Daniels  (you can visit his blog  called Curt's Delectable Food Vlog)
marinaded chicken skewers
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Almond Mascarpone Custard Fruit Tart Recipe

Friday, July 27, 2012
A fresh fruit custard dessert that sure to please your family and guests,
It's easy to put together and you'll love the light texture!

Crust:
1/3 cup almonds
1 1/4 cup flour
3 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons butter softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon very cold ice water
9 inch removable bottom tart pan

Using a food processor, pulse almonds to a fine grind. Add the flour, salt, butter, sugar and pulse. Add the water and pulse until a soft ball forms.
Refrigerate wrapped in plastic at least two hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degree hot oven.

Roll out the dough to around 1/4 inch thickness. Fit in a 9 inch pan. Poke holes on the bottom and bake for ten minutes. Pour the filling into the crust and finish cooking until custard is set around 15 more minutes and crust looks golden on the edges. Place a metal pan of water inside the oven, (something like a pie plate with around 1/2 water in it while baking) When cool, place fresh fruits on top such as peaches, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries etc on top arranging in a pretty fashion. Melt around 1/2 cup strawberry jam in the microwave for around 10 seconds, brush the tops of the fruit with the melted jam.


Custard filling:
8 oz mascarpone cheese
1/2  cup sour cream
1 egg
3 tablespoons sugar
Beat together till smooth, pour into crust.
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Watermelon Limoncello Cocktail

Sunday, July 22, 2012
An idea my son had while he was visiting. His thoughts were since I love watermelon to make a Watermelon Limoncello Cocktail. This is a refreshing drink and since I was ailing with a backache the alcohol sounded too good to pass up. He went out bought all the ingredients and we made this one together. The best of both worlds, it taste great with or without alcohol so you can make it either way! Just substitute lemonade for the alcohol!

Chad had a great idea, this was so refreshing it was hard to stop at one!  Of course my backache felt a little better after the drink too!



watermelon and limoncello in a mason jar with strawberries and watermelon on a toothpick cocktail with mint


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Baked Buffalo Chicken Mashed Potato Croquettes Appetizers

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Here's one of those recipes you may say to yourself, why didn't I think of this before?

Leftover chicken, leftover mashed potatoes, a match made in heaven. Add some hot sauce, spices and roll into bread crumbs, drizzle some olive oil over the top bake until browned, can't get much easier.





Mashed potatoes molded into this chicken and potato buffalo hot sauce croquette and baked


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Years of Dedication and Passion for Blogging, Recipes and Stolen Photos

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Watermark everything or someone will steal your photo's and recipes!

It has come to my attention that there are many sites that just try to make a living off of other peoples blogs. It brings a whole new realization on how far we are from being united or having any respect for one another in the blogging world. Your not safe, not at all.
Asking permission, giving a heads up, finding someone online that will promote you,  first would be the logical approach. The unfortunate reality is that when you go to google images and type in your blog or name it will show you just how many people have taken your hard work, recipes and call it their own. In my case I even found my son and cat!
There are some way to protect yourself, naive as I was I didn't watermark my photo's.
However I have a friend that watermarked her photo and they erased it and wrote Mama Mia in it's place! So there are even worse offenders than what I have encountered.

So this has been a turmoil of a week. Wondering if I should continue blogging. Being violated by 14 different webpages, some I couldn't read in different languages, taking my photo's, reposting my cat, son and recipes as their own entries is just ridiculous.  Again try these simple steps:
1. go to google chrome
2. click images
3. click on your photo
4. off to the side it will say search images click that, once that comes up all the websites that took the photo will show your photo a either stolen recipe or a new one and they just stold the photo.
5. Go into filters where it allows you to put the copy right and year.

You can see this on my timeline on what this week was like on FACEBOOK.

Google has a web form to fill out to turn them in.
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice?pli=1
Fill out each post they have taken from you individually.
My other suggestion is to invest into a photoshop.
If you have photoshop just hit the letter T on the keyboard where you want to place your name, logo etc and add your watermark, it will let you start to type your name sake to protect that photo by adding whatever typing phrase you like.
I have spent endless hours to find many of my photo's on other websites claiming their own.
If you would like to see if any of your photo's are being compromised download google chrome, go to images, type in you website name and images... When you click on your image it will show off to the right some image search, click on more images and it will show you who else have stolen you images.
Scary for sure, insulting and down right ridiculous!

I am not the first or last to go through this, however it is quite alarming to see when they claim your own family as their own as I have. Be sure to use the web page, contact your server and certainly do what you can to the owner to show them copy right laws.

This is from the WEBTOOL:
Report alleged copyright infringement: Web Search
It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the text of which can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web Site, http://www.copyright.gov/) and other applicable intellectual property laws. Our response may include removing or disabling access to material claimed to be the subject of infringing activity and/or terminating subscribers. If we remove or disable access in response to such a notice, we may notify the owner or administrator of the affected site or content so that he or she can make a counter notification. It is also our policy to document all notices of alleged infringement on which we act, including by sending a copy of the notice to one or more third parties or making it available to the public. You can see an example of such a publication at http://www.chillingeffects.org/dmca512/notice.cgi?NoticeID=861.
Infringement Notification
To file a notice of infringement with us, you may use the form provided below (you may also use fax or mail, although processing will be slower).

Report alleged copyright infringement: Web Search

It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the text of which can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web Site, http://www.copyright.gov/) and other applicable intellectual property laws. Our response may include removing or disabling access to material claimed to be the subject of infringing activity and/or terminating subscribers. If we remove or disable access in response to such a notice, we may notify the owner or administrator of the affected site or content so that he or she can make a counter notification. It is also our policy to document all notices of alleged infringement on which we act, including by sending a copy of the notice to one or more third parties or making it available to the public. You can see an example of such a publication at http://www.chillingeffects.org/dmca512/notice.cgi?NoticeID=861.
Infringement Notification
To file a notice of infringement with us, you may use the form provided below (you may also use fax or mail, although processing will be slower).
IMPORTANT: Misrepresentations made in your notice regarding whether material or activity is infringing may expose you to liability for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees). Courts have found that you must consider copyright defenses, limitations or exceptions before sending a notice. In one case involving online content, a company paid more than $100,000 in costs and attorneys fees after targeting content protected by the U.S. fair use doctrine. Accordingly, if you are not sure whether material available online infringes your copyright, we suggest that you first contact an attorney.
I have had many friends go through this and never caught anyone until now doing this to me. If you need any advice or want more information, email me. I will be happy to help you.
Protect yourself, I wish I did....
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Organic Balsamic Chicken Roaster with Fresh Herbs and Lemon Recipe

Monday, July 16, 2012
I just love fresh herbs and this year I planted everything we love. What a great crop so far. Fresh rosemary, Italian basil, parsley, mint, dill, and oregano. We also planted a fig, lemon, key lime tree. Then we have a crop of tomatoes, corn, peppers, and cucumbers. Every summer my dad use to have a huge garden, the fresh tomatoes were like eating candy so sweet! I just love making everything with the freshest ingredients whenever possible, even the chicken is organic! I freeze all the herbs in ice cube trays and just drop them into stews in the winter months. You can also wash and freeze them in freezer bags for your favorite sauces and a fresher taste well after the summer is over.



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Watermelon Bombe Molded Sherbet Recipe

Sunday, July 15, 2012
Such a fun dessert to make and serve... everyone will love how refreshing and easy this is to assemble. You will want to make it again and again for all your party and picnic outings!

I love food art!


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Nutella Baked Banana Handpie Recipe

Saturday, July 14, 2012
I love these little handpies. They are so delicious with coffee flavored ice cream!

1 cup Nutella hazelnut spread
1 banana cut into chunks
1 batch homemade pie crust, tart dough or handpie dough of store bought that equals 2-9 inch pastry crusts
sugar for the tops
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water to brush the tops with
1 egg white beaten with 1 tablespoon water to seal with

In a small bowl mix banana and Nutella together until combined
Roll dough out 1/4 inch thick. I use a ravioli dough cutter (round one) with fluted edges. Place a a heaping teaspoon in the center. Place egg white wash all around the inside edge then fold over to seal. Place each one on parchment lined cookies sheet and crimp with a fork. Brush with egg yolk was and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 degree oven until golden brown, around 30 minutes.

 Other Pie Crust Recipes:
Tartlets
Peach Crostata
Fruit Galette
Fruit Turnovers
Pineapple Turnover
Pumpkin  Mini Turnover
Raspberry Pie
Upstate NY Apple Pie
Apple Pie Squares
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Baked Italian Style Vegetable Tian Recipe

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fresh vegetables are in abundance in the summer. Fresh is best. I love making this as a side dish. Parmesan crusted with bread crumbs, just perfect at the end.  The ingredients are all fresh, a great way to get the kids to eat vegetables as it looks great even cooked...
  It doesn't look as pretty cooked but taste fantastic!


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
optional (1 large sweet yellow onion cut in half and sliced)
2 cloves of garlic, minced fine
1 or 2 yellow potatoes, unpeeled
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
grape tomatoes sliced or use any style tomato sliced
pink salt, sea salt or kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
fresh rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano and basil to taste
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Italian Bread Crumbs

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. On low heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is heated add garlic (onions if using cook these 6 minutes then add the garlic for 30 seconds)  garlic for around 30 seconds. With  cooking spray, lightly coat the bottom of a round pie plate (9 inch)
Slice the potatoes, zucchini, squash and tomatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices. Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the onions, fitting them tightly into a spiral, making only one layer. Season with sea salt, black pepper and dried thyme, to taste. Drizzle the last tablespoon of olive oil over the top.
Bake for 35 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft using a fork to pierce. Evenly sprinkle the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese on top and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until browned.
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Baked or Grilled Fish with Lime Dill Butter Sauce

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

This is a delicious sauce to top any seafood. We love this lime dill butter sauce on salmon especially, but it goes great on freshly caught red fish as well.






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Grilled Chili Lime Wrapped Corn on the Cob

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

8 ears of shucked cleaned fresh corn
1/2 cup (1 stick butter)
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
black pepper and seasalt to taste
1 teaspoon Chile Pepper, Chipotle
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Aluminum foil
Cooking oil spray

Spray each piece of foil with cooking oil spray. Place two ears of corn on the foil at a time.
Mix butter, lime juice and seasonings until well blended. Spread 1/2 of the butter mixture lightly over corn. Wrap tight. Reserve remaining flavored butter.
Grill over medium heat 6 to 7 minutes or until corn is tender, turning frequently. Serve corn with remaining flavored butter.

Here are some other flavored butters click here 

Tip:  place in a slow cooker on warm until ready to eat!

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Blackberry Freezer Jam Recipe

Saturday, July 7, 2012
Here's an easy recipe using freshly picked blackberries, I am so happy I have two types growing this year red and black. What a difference! They hardly make the pot to make the jam they are so sweet! Unfortunately, I didn't get a huge crop this year but still enough to make one batch. The birds love to eat berries too




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Triple Berry Pudding Recipe

Thursday, July 5, 2012


1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons raspberry extract or chambord liqueur 
1 beaten egg yolk
2 cups fresh berries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or a combo
raspberry jelly heated or other jelly of choice

In saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Blend in milk, cook stirring constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and bubbles. Spoon a few spoonsful of hot mixture into the yolk remaining and return this mixture to the saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract. Pour into small dishes or one large one. Cover with plastic wrap; chill 2 hours. Top with assorted berries that have been dipped in heated melted jelly of choice. This is a great filling for tarts too!
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Southwest Potato Salad for 4th of July

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


When the summer heat kicks up this is perfect to serve. Healthier and no mayonnaise to worry about. Lime juice and olive oil are the healthy version to this great Southwest style salad and you won't have to worry about making everything separately!


this is a 4th of July salad with red white and blue potatoes southwest style potato salad . This is made with corn, beans, tomatoes and avocado


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Grandma' Italian Orange Juice Cookies Patriot Style

Monday, July 2, 2012

Freshly grated orange and the juice is in this soft Italian cookie. Then lightly iced and dressed up. Remembering to support our troops everyday and the great USA..

God Bless America!  Happy July 4th!


3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened and cut into pieces
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
zest of half an orange (about 1/2 cup)
juice of half an orange
extra flour for rolling
Directions
Mix all ingredients together to form a ball. Roll into round balls or drop on a parchment lined cookie sheet. If dough is too sticky add a little flour. If you do the drop method they will flatten as they cook if the dough is sticky and you haven't added more flour to round them.  Bake at 350 till brown on the bottoms. After the cool, frost with a thin frosting made with confectionery sugar and water, sprinkle with non parels (tiny colored candies) and let dry.
This cookie is normally found on Italian Wedding cookie trays! 


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Raspberry and Blueberry Galette Recipe

Sunday, July 1, 2012

1 cup of blueberries
1 1/2 cups red raspberries
2 tablespoon wondra flour or cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup red raspberry seedless jam
Mix berries with the above ingredients and set aside.
1 beaten egg yolk
granulated sugar for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out puff pastry to a 11" x 11" square. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.

Place the combined berry mixture on the centerof the puff pastry.Curl up the sides to make a bowl looking
effect.

Brush dough with beaten egg yolk, sprinkle with sugar and  bake at 400 degrees until browned.

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