Football Recipe Roundup

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crostini with delicious topping idea's
I am sure there are more than sports you will find these great finger foods handy for. All the fall new series starts now, something here for everyone. Have a great gathering and enjoy some of these appetizers!

Just click on the names under the photo for the recipes on any of these below.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Pepperoni Rolls
Meatball Crockpot Appetizers
Chicken Parm Poppers
Pizza Tortilla

Watch them disappear!  Deviled Eggs


Grandma's Authentic Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Saturday, September 29, 2012
This is an original recipe from my grandmother who lived to be 94 years old and from Rome, Italy. This is how they made it from her Region.


Baked White Fish with Lime Butter Breading Recipe

Friday, September 28, 2012

Healthier than fried? Yes it is. The taste is amazing though you just have to try it this way! I know fried is always the first choice. I just love the buttery taste of this one with lime and Italian seasonings. Give a try, it's less calories and still delicious baked!

1 lb filet white fish (haddock, flounder, cod, whiting)
1/2 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
1 teaspoon each garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup grating cheese
2 beaten egg whites
1 freshly squeezed lime
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
parchment paper
cookie sheet

Place butter on a parchment lined cookie sheet, stick this in the oven on 400 degrees and melt the butter. In the mean time mix the bread crumbs, seasonings and cheese all together in a pie plate.
Beat the egg white in another pie plate with 3 tablespoons of water then dip the filet in egg whites then bread crumbs and lay it down into the buttered cookie sheet.  Sprinkle the top of the fish with remaining bread crumbs. Drizzle with olive oil. Put the juice of lime lime around it into the butter on the cookie sheeet. Bake on 400 degree hot oven till browned and fish flakes easily around 25 minutes.

Crockpot Simple Minestrone Soup Recipe

Thursday, September 27, 2012

2 lbs chopped fresh or canned Italian plum tomatoes
3 stalks celery cleaned and cut into cube
4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 stalk fresh fennel cut into cubes
3 carrots cleaned and sliced
2 large zucchini cut into cut wedges
1 cup shredded curly cabbage
1 smal onion chopped fine
1 teaspoon each, rosemary, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper,  dried basil or fresh chopped
1/2 cup quick cooking barley
3 fresh garlic cloves minced fine
1 cups canned  red kidneys beans
1 can cannellini or white kidney beans
1 cup green beans

Options: you can add meat, cubed chicken, Italian sliced sausage, and sliced mushrooms for make a heartier soup but not a minestrone.

In a 5 to 7 quart crockpot, combine everything except beans and barley. Cook barley after soup has cooked around 7 hours to package directions. Drain and add beans and barley. Heat for 10 minutes. Serve.

Lemon Pasta with Fresh Tomato Basil Mozzarella Pasta

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I always love a light blend of pasta for either a whole meal or side dish.
Here is one of my very favorites with lots of topping suggestions!

1 pound of your favorite pasta boiled in salt water drained and tossed with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1/4 cup freshly grated Romano Cheese. Set aside.

1 freshly squeezed lemon no pits!
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, oregano, parsley and basil dried
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon finely minced fresh garlic
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grating cheese

Mix all together in a pan or microwave safe bowl, warm it up in the microwave or stove top till everything is blended together.

Pour over pasta. Garnish with suggestions below.

Garnish for photo above:
chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese
grape tomatoes cleaned and cut in half
long shredded Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil leaves

Other suggestions for topping this pasta:

Black Olives
Roasted Peppers and Artichoke Hearts


Easy in a hurry dessert recipes

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Easy in a hurry desserts! When surprise company comes over,
you can never go wrong with these quick and easy pie desserts! If you like quick and easy desserts, also check out 5 minute trifle desserts by clicking here.
12 Store bought mini graham cracker crusts
individual 4  premade packs of snack pack puddings (suggestions : 2 chocolate,  2 lemon,  2 vanilla or butterscotch )
flaked coconut and extra for garnishing
(There are many more to choose from use your favorites and imagination to create some delicious pies!)
2 sliced bananas for filling and more for garnish
1 small carton of egg whites
3 tablespoons sugar
whipped cream or whipped topping
chocolate syrup
chocolate curls
candy bars crushed

Mix 2 containers in a small bowl of  the vanilla individual snack pack puddings with 1/4 cup coconut set aside. Mix 2 more vanilla containers with 1 sliced banana, set aside.  Fill individual crusts with coconut cream, then another one with banana cream, top them with whipped cream and garnish with what the theme is, more coconut on top of the cream or bananas for the banana cream.
Take some of the other crusts and add chocolate pudding to them and top with whipped cream, garnish with chocolate curls or chocolate syrup.
Beat 1/2 cup of the eggs whites with  3 tablespoons sugar electric mixer until stiff.
In the other graham cracker crusts add the lemon pudding and top with meringue. Broil meringue until light brown on 400 degree hot oven.


Quick Pavlova Raspberry Chambord Recipe

Monday, September 24, 2012
I know it doesn't look like the normal puffy style pavlova but it sure tasted good. It was my first time believe or not making them and they didn't look right from all the  photo's and images I saw. I realized too late, I had it upside down and the crinkled cracked sides were underneath and then I also  put way too much whipped cream on it! I looked at other photo's and thought oh boy better try making another batch but they tasted so good, I decided to post it anyway. Lesson learned, read everything first then make sure you have the indented side up to fill (smile) mine were so puffy on the other side the indent was gone so I couldn't tell the difference.  See the links at the end for other recipes for Pavlova and photo's from some other awesome blogger friends that really aced the look and captured a great photo!
Hey if I missed a great recipe and post of this fine dessert feel free to leave your link!
Quick Pavlova

1 1/4 cup sugar
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons corn starch

Beat egg whites until stiff not dry. Add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until thick and glossy. Gently fold in the lemon juice, almond and cornstarch. Spread mixture evenly onto the circle, leaving a depression in the middle. Bake on 300 degrees for 1 hour. Cool completely on wire rack.

1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups fresh raspberries and more for garnish
1/4 cup Chambord Liqueur or in a pinch use another favorite flavor or you have on hand
1/4 cups water
1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

In a medium size saucepan add the sugar and cornstarch, stir in the raspberries, Chambord and water. Cook until it boils then for another minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes then add the remaining raspberries. Cool.

Beat heavy cream and powdered sugar with a heavy duty electric wire beater, 1 minute or until soft peaks form.

There is no such thing as a bad Pavlova to me,
 even if you don't make it perfect to look at,  it
will still be delicious! This is no where near what I have seen other's make but oh well!
 Don't miss trying this delicious dessert!

Some other great Pavlova Recipes I was inspired by:

That Skinny Chick Can Bake Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova
No Recipes Perfect Pavlova
Joy of Baking Chocolate Pavlova


Pumpkin Coffee Frappe Recipe

Sunday, September 23, 2012
 This year I decided since we are outside most of the time and it's still just gorgeous out here, I would make a pumpkin drink that will sure to please anyone in warmer climates, so this one's for you wherever you are.


Angel Food Tiramisu Tunnel Cake Recipe

Friday, September 21, 2012
1 Angel food cake store bought
1/4 cup coffee
1 tablespoon Kaluha or more if you like
In a small bowl combine coffee and 1 tablespoon liqueur set aside.

1 8 oz. container mascarpone or you can use cream cheese in a pinch
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Kahlua

2 cups heavy cream or if you want to substitute use whipped non dairy topping
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Kahlua

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 bar of good grade chocolate made into curls for the top
Ice cream hot fudge topping sauce mixed with 1 teaspoon Kahlua

Beat mascarpone with 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons liqueur until smooth. Cover and refrigerate.
In another  bowl using an industrial mixed or hand mixer beat the heavy creame with 1/4 cup powdered sugar adding 2 tablespoons of liqueur, beat until thick. Fold 1/2 cup of the heavy cream mixture into the filling in the refrigerator.
Carve out the center leaving the outer wall of the angel food tube cake to make a tunnel. Pour the reserved coffee mixture all over the hollowed out cake evenly. Carefully add the filling with a tablespoon to fill the tunnel with the cheese mixture. Spread the entire cake with frosting. Garnish with cocoa, hot fudge sauce. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

Baked Crunchy Hash Brown Potato Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A very easy side dish any potato and cheese lover will love!

 Baked Crunchy Potato Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe

1 package 32 ounce size frozen hash browns
1 - 16 ounce container sour cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup frozen chopped broccoli
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can cheddar cheese soup (Campbells makes it)

2 cups cornflakes crushed ( Add the corn flakes in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix the crushed cornflakes and garlic powder together.

Combine potatoes, broccoli, sour cream, cheese, garlic powder, soup and pepper. Scoop into several buttered individual ramkins dishes or a buttered 13x9 pan. Sprinkle with corn flakes and drizzle butter over the top of the casserole.  Bake at 325 degree oven until browned.  For the ramkins 35 to 40 minutes, place them on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with cornflake mixture and butter.  For the 13x9 pan, evenly sprinkle with the cornflakes and butter then bake around 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Italian Baked White Fish Recipe

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
One of my favorite ways to make fish is Italian baked white fish with vegetables on top!

This is a great dish to serve especially if you're watching calories. It's much less calories than fried fish and packs a great bunch of delicious flavors!

Italian Baked White Fish Recipe

1 bell pepper cleaned and sliced
4 pieces of white fish around 1 pound photo is grouper
4 cloves of fresh garlic slices
2 plum tomatoes sliced
Italian flavored bread crumbs
1/2 cup white wine (Chablis)
2 tablespoon melted butter
olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh or dried oregano, basil, parsley
salt, pepper to taste
optional a dash cayenne pepper and grating cheese

Spray a pie plate with cooking spray. Place filets in the plate.  Drizzle generously with olive oil, around 1/4 cup. Place the slices of tomatoes and bell pepper next on top.   Sprinkle with bread crumbs and evenly spread the herbs over the top along with garlic slices.  Mix the butter with the wine and carefully pour into the plate not to touch the toppings and pour under the fish. Sprinkle with some cayenne pepper and grating cheese now if preferred.  Bake uncovered on 400 degrees until browned and fish flakes easily with a fork.

Mom's Fresh Homemade Ricotta Cheese Recipe

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
So many versions, this is how Mom made it..             make it once you'll never buy it again! The cheese is smooth and the best part so easy!

Mom's Fresh Homemade Ricotta Cheese Recipe

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.

If you want a low fat Ricotta here is what I do:
4 cups whole milk
4 cups reduced fat milk 2%
3 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

Follow same directions.


Garlic Roasted Peppers, Tomatoes and Zucchini Bake Recipe

Monday, September 17, 2012
One of the many things I pride myself on is having and eating all freshly grown vegetables, it's a bonus when you can have them fresh for sure!
Here is fresh tomatoes and freshly grown peppers... and a wonderful baked medley in this recipe~

My babies (smile) I just love growing my own vegetables and have been so lucky to get
these beautiful red bell peppers I used in this recipe! 

Reggiano Romano Cheese Grated
Dried Oregano
Fresh Parsley
Fresh sliced Plum Tomatoes
Fresh Sliced Zucchini
Fresh Red and Green Bell Peppers Chopped in Cubes
Olive Oil
3 Cloves Fresh Garlic Slices
Salt, Pepper To Taste
Garlic Powder
Italian Flavored Bread Crumbs

On a oil sprayed cookie sheet or parchment paper lined, add the sliced vegetables to the cookie sheet.
Sprinkle evenly with grating cheese, parsley, oregano, slices of garlic and salt, pepper. Generously drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with Italian flavored bread crumbs, sprinkle with garlic powder. Bake at 400 degrees until browned and vegetables are soft when pierced with a fork around 35 minutes.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cola Cake with Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

Sunday, September 16, 2012

After all these years, I finally tried this cake. I had it written down since the early 80's and never tried it. Moist, easy and will definitely recommend to those who like and easier way to bake. You can opt to buying a store bought jar of hot fudge for the topping!  A great cake to bring to any event too.

1 package 18 ounce devils food cake mix
4 eggs
1 package chocolate instant pudding or (vanilla pudding with the addition of
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder)
1 1/4 cups cola soda
1/2 cup canola oil

Mix all ingredients together until all the lumps are gone around 4 minutes with an electric mixer.
Pour into a prepared 13x9 sheet greased cake pan, cupcake or tube pan.
Bake at 350 until middle is set and when using a tooth pick in the center it is clean. Around 35 to 45 minutes.  Cool around 15 minutes and serve warm with warm homemade or store bought hot fudge sauce.

Hot Fudge Sauce:

2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup light brown sugar
unsweetened cocoa powder
6 oz chocolate semi sweet and a good quality chocolate chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla or add 1 teaspoon of your favorite liqueur (Amaretto, Kahlua, Frangelico just to name a few)
pinch of salt
Add everything to a medium size sauce pan and heat till boiling, lower simmering for 5 minutes.  Add the vanilla and butter.

Crockpot Italian Style Jambalaya

Saturday, September 15, 2012

You know I am a huge crockpot fan and love seafood! This was a recipe I decided to try and adapt and make Italian Style! Living in the South coming from Upstate N.Y.,

I certainly can't totally reform to eating the Southern way of cooking so here is my Italian version.


Grandma's Marinara, Spaghetti and Meatballs

Friday, September 14, 2012

What's not to love end of summer, fresh garden plum tomatoes and angel hair pasta or spaghetti any style. Fresh herbs from the garden, basil, parsley, oregano, fresh grown bulb garlic, the only thing missing now, Grandma, her memory of food lives on forever..... This is a meatless sauce, if you want to serve meat.

Fry the meatballs or sausage, pour some sauce over them. Do not add meat to the sauce that is the authentic way.

this is a dish a macaroni made with plum fresh tomatoes with loads of grated  cheese, Italian meatballs and spaghetti with fresh sauce on top


Broccoli, Artichoke Cornbread Recipe

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Very simple recipe, semi homemade. Broccoli artichoke cornbread is the perfect compliment to any meal especially a robust hot bowl of chili


Lemon Garlic Chicken Wing Recipe

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Lemon Garlic Chicken Wings are a favorite wing sauce we use often. We love lemon garlic on our chicken wings. These are a hit at every party

Lemon Garlic Chicken Wing Recipe

24 Drumettes (Chicken Wings)
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
Dried Parsley
Salt, Pepper
Garlic Powder
Cayenne Pepper
White Wine
Zip Lock Bag
Canola oil for frying

In a zip lock bag add 1 cup flour seasoned with a teaspoon of salt, pepper, garlic powder, pinch of cayenne pepper.  Rinse wings under cold water. Drain. Shake in the season flour. 
Heat canola oil on medium heat. Fry seasoned wings in heated oil 5 minutes on each side.
Remove from oil, place on foil lined and oil sprayed cookie sheet. Brush each wing with melted butter and bake for on 400 degrees for around 45 minutes or until browned and crispy.
In a medium size bowl add 4 tablespoons melted butter, 1/4 cup olive oil,  3 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 tablespoons white wine (Chablis) or more to taste, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon dried parsley, 1/4 teaspoon each salt, pepper and cayenne pepper mix all together.

Pour over crispy hot wings and serve.

Here are more wing recipes:


A Candle To Pass Along Yearly Vigual For All Bloggers United

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
We shall never forget

We shall keep this day,

We shall keep the events and the tears

In our minds, our memory and our hearts

and take them with us as we carry on.
Everyone join me tonight and  light a red candle today at 6 pm with a moment of silence vigual

September 11, 2001 was a life-altering event for not just Americans, but for the entire world.  Prayers to all the families and victims of 911 today, now many years later, it still seems so impossible that we endured such disaster and pain . A moment of silence for all bloggers of the world to unit who read this, may God be with all who lost their lives and their families.

We are keeping this candle burning for all the people

& their families who were in the planes, buildings and

anywhere near the explosions today. May God be with them now and

always to  help them through each day and their tomorrows

God Bless

Keep The Candle Going

I asked God for water, he gave me an ocean.

I asked God for a flower, he gave me a garden.

I asked God for a tree, he gave me a forest.

I asked God for a friend, he gave me YOU.

"There is not enough darkness in the world to put

out the light of one candle."

The Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship

Patriotic Cake  
(Bloggers every year bake something patriotic to respect and remember everyone who lost their lives) 

 September 11th,  2011 at 3:00 pm, my sons Chad and Curt lost their father to Cancer. A day no one could ever forget in our family. My heart goes out to all the family that lost a loved one on this day.
R.I.P. You will be their Guardian Angel now

Italian Fig and Cheese Filled Galette Recipe

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Almond Cheese Filling:
3 1/2 ounces of almond paste
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup raspberry seedless jam or other seedless jam of choice
6 large fresh brown figs sliced stems removed or (around 20 dried that have been simmered in water for 5 minutes then drained)

1 egg white
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 tart dough recipe or use  (to make a11 inch round circle) of pastry dough,  store bought pie dough or use puff pastry dough found in frozen foods section of your local supermarkets.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a food processor add the paste, cheese, honey, vanilla. Blend until smooth. Roll out pastry and place on a heavy duty parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Pour the cheese on top of the dough almost to the edges all around. Place the sliced figs on top of the cheese mixture, (microwave jam 10 seconds) and  spoon or pour on top of the figs. Fold the edges all around the exposing the center.

 Brush with some  beaten egg white wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 40 minutes or until browned at 400 degrees.
Serve with ice cream or plain.

Wagon Wheels Chickpea and Broccoli Rabe Soup Recipe

Saturday, September 8, 2012

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained or other white beans
cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 ounces broccoli rabe (rapini), chopped into 1-inch pieces rinsed and boiled till tender, then drain
3 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 cups hot, cooked wagon wheels
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
2 tablespoon tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon each garlic powder, dried oregano
1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil and fresh parsley
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Long shreds of grating cheese for garnish

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, saute add chickpeas, with garlic powder and  tomato paste, sauté 2 minutes. Add fresh garlic, cayenne pepper and sauté 2 minutes.
Add the cooked broccoli rabe and chicken broth to pan,  bring to a simmer and cook 3 minutes. Add the  chopped fresh tomatoes and herbs. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Stir in hot pasta and salt, cook 2 minutes or until heated throughout. Stir in 1/4 cup of grating cheese stir to blend evenly.  Add more water if too thick.
Add long shreds of Parmesan cheese to the top of your soup.

Mom's Old Fashioned Apple Biscuit Dessert with Caramel Sauce Recipe

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mom made the simplest dessert, always from scratch. This is one we made often come fall, we always had an abundance of New York State apples for Twin Orchards in New Hartford N.Y. She made the best pies, cakes and dessert with those. Fond memories, hope you enjoy her recipe~! We never really had a name for this one. Can you name it? Maybe you remember a recipe like this one growing up.

a biscuit with apples and a caramel sauce on top with whipped cream


Crockpot Red Chicken Chili Recipe

Thursday, September 6, 2012
 Chili season is almost here again! I just love the smell cooking, makes me want to have the gang over to watch football or watch a movie together. A comfort food great anytime of the year but some of the seasons trigger it for most frequent cooking.


Melted Provolone, Roasted Peppers and Meatball Sandwich Recipe

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A gourmet style Italian meatball sandwich. Growing up in East Utica N.Y., this one was a family favorite. Very special to us back then when money was tight we would make this one from Sunday leftovers. Now in 2012, a sandwich you will pay plenty for and considered gourmet. Simple, delicious and Mom always put this together with love... give this one a try, the combination of flavors is one to remember.

Meatballs in Sauce (click here for homemade meatball recipe) or use store bought
Provolone Cheese slices
Garlic powder (or used fresh minced garlic pieces rubbed on the hard rolls)
Olive oil
Hard Rolls
Roasted Peppers (click here for directions on making homemade roasted peppers)
Grating cheese
Optional: oregano

Split the hard roll in half. Brush both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder lightly, add a pinch or oregano and grating cheese. Add two crushed meatballs to one side, top with a slice of provolone cheese and a large portion of roasted peppers on top. Broil until the bun toasts and the cheese is melted. Drizzle some more olive oil over the top or add more Traditional Sunday Sauce if you like this covered in tomato sauce.

Happy Labor Day Recipes

Monday, September 3, 2012