4th of July Fun Foods

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Coconut Cream Raspberry Filled Cupcakes

Saturday, June 29, 2013

All through my childhood I grew up with jam coconut cake and that was Dad's favorite cake.
Simple but really delicious when combined with a golden yellow or white cake, spread with jam topped with coconut.
We all loved coconut cream pie also, so I thought lets put all these flavors together! Coconut filling, golden cake, raspberry jam and shredded coconut!
Are you with me? Well here it is!

delicious golden cupcakes filled with coconut cream and raspberry


Mock Brownie Tiramisu and The Balancing Act Tv Segment Experience

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kraft Foods-Bakers Chocolate Blogger Recipe... by THEBALANCINGACT

Recently, I was thrilled to find out my video won the grand prize in a contest! I won television appearance on "The Balancing Act on Lifetime TV. The prize was also money and lots of Baker's Chocolate from Kraft! These were some photo's below while we practiced! A real exciting day for me. I was also so happy to have my family share this day with me, my Husband Nemo, son Curt Iffert and my brother John Colenzo were all in the audience. This was such a fun experience. I started out just thinking I would never win when I entered and then when I got the email that said I was the winner, I was shocked, I couldn't believe it! I always wanted to make my mom proud by cooking with her teachings and being this blog is dedicated to her memory and recipes ( R.I.P. Margaret Ann Fanelli Colenzo) this was a great tribute to her. She would have been so proud of this accomplishment because she has always been first and foremost my inspiration, teacher and continued motivation to do this blog, I only wish she was still here to see her cooking lives on in me. Working full time, blogging and then having won this certainly makes it all worth while! I am truly grateful to the fans and readers that made this possible by their votes.
Thank you all so much!

This is Joyce, she is the representative for Kraft Foods and bakers Chocolate. Great talking with her and sharing Baker's Chocolate history together.

                                                           Jill Balancing Acts Hair Stylist


My son Curt Iffert, Joyce, myself, my husband Nemo and my brother John Colenzo
Thank you Kristy for being such a gracious host and to Baker's Chocolate and Kraft Company, The Balancing Act, my family supporting me and especially my voters,
 readers that made this possible,
 I really enjoyed this opportunity!

Here's the winning recipe CLICK LINK BELOW:

Mock Brownie Tiramisu


Dad's Favorite Raspberry Pancakes with Chocolate Chips Recipe

Sunday, June 23, 2013
I just love the combinations of Raspberries and Chocolate. My

Dad's all-time favorite pie was Raspberry Pie he loved raspberry anything and he would have loved these pancakes.

I really think he would have enjoyed these.

I would have made them for him for Father's Day if he were still alive.

Even though he has been gone now since 1995 I still think of him and the foods he enjoyed over the years.

I can't cook anything that mom or dad loved without wishing they could be here to taste the new recipes. Time may go on but the memory of family favorites live on forever in our hearts and mind.

Dad was easy to please, fresh berries, mini chocolate chips with fluffy buttermilk pancakes!

Recipe For Buttermilk Pancakes


Italian Seasoned Grilled Ribeye Steaks

Saturday, June 22, 2013

When we were growing up we never had ribeye steaks they were too expensive. Mom would always split a sirloin steak up for 5 of us. My favorite steak is Italian seasoned grilled ribeye now. The seasoned ribeye is full of flavor and as they say fat is flavor and this is grilled to perfection. We love them seasoned and grilled with mom's seasoning mix. I always love the taste of grilled steak. Mom's Italian style flavors really makes it special!


Spinach, Peppers and Plum Tomato Saute Recipe and My Courageous Niece Pamela

Friday, June 21, 2013
The first time I made this was a few years ago when I couldn't get escarole all year round (which is my first love and favorite to use) I then started using spinach as a substitute and loved it.

Recently I visited my niece in Upstate N.Y. and she invited me to lunch.

I couldn't believe it when I got there and she had made something so similar I posted a while back it was mind-boggling how much we cook alike, her peppers and spinach dish was fantastic!

We never knew that each other made this type of dish before. Since I live in Florida and her in New York, we see each other maybe once a year.

I want to repost and dedicate this blog post to her, as she is battling breast cancer.


Mason Jar Pies

Sunday, June 16, 2013
I love pie of any kind but not necessarily the mess that comes with making them especially if baked in these jars. Sure it's mouth watering to see the oozing berries or other fillings over flowing off the sides of the glass but do you really want to soak and clean them later with all that baked on mess? I don't!

these are mason jars filled with pie crust broken up and how to make mason jar pies. The jars are filled with key lime pudding, banana cream pudding and strawberries, cream and pudding, and peaches and whipped cream.  All no bake pies in a glass mason jar.


How To Make Perfect Iced Coffee At Home Recipes

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Brewed coffee poured over ice and adding your favorite flavorings is hardly a recipe. Whether it be served black, flavored or with a touch of cream you will have the perfect iced coffee treat that is alot less expensive than going to the pricey coffee establishments. Really the best coffees are made from being fresh perked over ice however in your busy schedule feel free to make it however you like from your fast coffee makers it just won't be as special.

Amazing what they charge for such an easy drink.

Here's all you do. See the tip at the end for your ice cubes!

Be sure to brew a good grade coffee and if all possible DONT USE A COFFEE MAKER.... I love my old fashioned perked coffee and fresh ground beans. Something you will still enjoy as it sits overnight in the refrigerator as it strengthens in flavor. Brew and store away till the next day.

In the morning add the ice in your cup or glass first. Pour the chilled coffee over the ice
 (see tip below).
Add  any flavoring of choice or plain with cream, sugar or black.

During the day:

For those who enjoy your coffee with alcohol add a shot of Amaretto, Frangelico, Godiva or the many other choices of sweet liqueurs out there but wait until brunch at least!

If you like cream top it off with a little cream. Add whipped cream on top or keep it skinny with none!

That's it enjoy!

Here some suggestions to try that are easy to have ready:

Vanilla Iced Coffee:

1 cup strong vanilla flavored black coffee brewed cooled
1 can evaporated milk room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
Place in a blender until smooth. Chill.  Pour over ice (see tip below) in a glass or cup.

Tip: Fill ice cube trays with brewed coffee or a mixture of cream and coffee (or liqueur if you prefer) and freeze. Take them out of the trays when frozen and add to freezer bags to use them in your coffee drinks anytime!

Coconut Iced Coffee Recipe

1 can condensed milk chilled (13 oz can)
1 can coconut milk chilled (14 oz can)
2 tablespoons instant coffee
ice cubes
Place the coffee and coconut milk in a blender until dissolved. Add condensed milk and pulse for 2 minutes. Pour over ice.

Coconut Cream Pustie Pastaciotti

Sunday, June 9, 2013

While visiting in my home town I had the pleasure of eating a Pastaciotti, ( pustie) that was full of vanilla cream and coconut. I decided to adapt it to my favorite using chocolate pudding and toasted coconut. Absolutely now my favorite way to eat these. Whether you love coconut cream using the vanilla or chocolate pudding, adding toasted coconut makes these over the top! I just love my Italian Upstate Utica, New York heritage, here is another reason why the food there is the best in the world...

love you Utica ,New York!

these are an Italian pastry filled with coconut cream. These are made from scratch and an Italian speciality copycat recipe from bakeries in Upstate Utica New York the name is pastaciotti in Italian and a famous dessert in local pastry shops


Baked Garlic Cajun Spiced Sea Bass

Friday, June 7, 2013
Here is a wonderful Sea bass dish with lots of flavors and a little kick.

Some great Cajun seasonings,

Moscato, butter, and garlic bring this to the next level of creamy flaky fish! The aroma alone will make your mouth water!

Sea Bass ( allow as much needed for your size family)

2 fresh lemons

1/2 stick or 4 tablespoons butter

fresh minced garlic

1/4 cup Moscato or any white wine

1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

chopped fresh parsley

salt and pepper to taste

cayenne pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375-degree oven.

Oil spray an ovenproof baking dish.

Melt the butter add to the dish.

Pour 1/2 cup lemon juice in the dish.

Set the Sea Bass in the dish.

Sprinkle each piece with salt, pepper, Cajun spice, fresh garlic, a pinch of cayenne.

Pour wine in.

Bake uncovered until fish flakes easily around 35 minutes depending on the thickness