Fresh Pizza Margherita Basil and Tomato

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Fresh pizza dough, fresh herbs and slices of tomato make this basil and tomato pizza simply the best Italian homemade pizza!

Fresh Pizza Margherita Basil and Tomato


Fresh Pizza Margherita Basil and Tomato


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Homemade Grandma's Pasta

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Grandma would dry the pasta on the back of a chair on dish towels. She would cut it by hand, no pasta machines back then in the 1800s. I have my Aunt's machine who was Grandma's daughter, Aunt Mary Colenzo DiOrio. She told me this was the best machine to make spaghetti or fettuccine. We made the grandma's recipe today. My son said, never make that boxed stuff again, he said it was just a totally different texture, flavor and loved it! He forgot when he was little we always had what we called homemade for special occasions only! Now it seems we need to make these no matter what my son now said it's the only way to eat pasta and has to be fresh! Healthy, tasty homemade pasta. Really the best choice, it didn't take that long to make at all and the best part was we all did it together and it was a family fun treat! Even if you don't have a machine, make this fresh pasta, cut it by hand. You will enjoy it immensely!



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Blueberry Zucchini Coconut Bread

This is one of my go to recipes when I make stuffed zucchini  for dinner and save the middles. Check out my link at the end of my recipe for the stuffed zucchini recipe . This baked Blueberry Zucchini Bread is moist and perfect with that first cup of coffee in the morning!


Blueberry Zucchini Coconut Bread

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Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Video Recipe

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Here is a great recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream. Easy, quick with pure ingredients. I guess that's the best part of making it yourself knowing exactly what's in it! So besides this being fun, you can adapt this to anything you really love to add or make any kind of ice cream you like. I love the creamy smooth confection and with the addition of one of our favorite candy, the peanut butter cup, it's the perfect treat for any occasion or peanut butter lovers craving at al! I don't know what took me so long to make homemade ice cream. My infinitive creations awaits me. I am now additive to homemade ice cream, you will be too after you try this one!





Here's the recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream:

1 cup smooth peanut butter
2/3 cup sugar
Beat these together with an electric hand mixer until well blended.
Then add and beat in 1 cup whole milk.
Stir in 2 cups heavy cream by hand with a spoon or spatula.
Add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.

Place mixture in your ice cream maker tub according to the instructions in your units manual.  Mine takes approximately 25 minutes. Five minutes before it's done, fold into this mixture around 1 cup chopped peanut butter cuts.  Pour into a freezer container and store for around 3 weeks if it lasts that long.

+claudia lamascolo Author
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Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken Recipe

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Spatchcocking  ( this means to butterfly the whole chicken)
 will enable you to grill the whole chicken evenly.........  The chicken turns out moist and delicious. The rub really enhances the flavors when grilling. I highly recommend this method.



Prepare chicken to marinade 8 hours or overnight.

Here's the rub I used:

1/2 lemon zest or at least 2 tablespoons
4 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup mixed herbs sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, parsley (fresh when possible)
salt, pepper to taste
dash cayenne pepper
1 sliced lemon
Aluminum foil

Mix all ingredient into a puree and rub under the skin and throughout the chicken internally. Refrigerate at least 6 to 8 hours.

Heat grill to medium high heat. Using indirect heat. Place the chicken breast side down placing foil over the top and vent it. Grill until charred on one side (placing lemon slices on top or in the flap of the skin) around 15 to 20 minutes on one side. Flip and cook 30 minutes more adding more lemon slices. Flip again and using a meat thermometer checking until the internal heat is 165 degrees in the thickest part.

NOTE:
To spatchcock the chicken cut along each side of the backbone with shears. Remove the backbone (you can use that to make chicken stock another time and freeze it) Turn the breast side up and flatten it with the palm of your hand

+claudia lamascolo  Author

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Fresh Peach Berry Cobbler with a Butter Pecan Cake Mix Recipe

Sunday, July 21, 2013
Sometimes great desserts take hours of your time or seem complicated, not this one. This is a summer time fast, easy and as some call this semi homemade dessert that everyone will want the recipe for and it's great. Fresh peaches and the combination of fresh blueberries or whatever kind of berry you like,  make this a special dessert that you will  be asked to make again and again. The addition of cinnamon brings that homemade flavor out and compliments the fruits.  The topping is bursting with a pecan butter crunchy crust that will wow everyone you make this for.  It's our secret, just don't tell them it's a cake mix topping.
They will never know!


1 package 15.25 oz box butter pecan cake mix or yellow cake mix (betty crocker is the only brand I can find in that flavor)
1 cup butter melted or margarine (I used all butter)
4 extra large peaches sliced or 6 small with skins removed (you can also used 1 large can of peaches instead of making your own  from scratch, (which I highly recommend fresh) then  just add the cinnamon to the canned with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch when you heat it)
1 cup fresh blueberries or any fresh or frozen berries of your choice (I used fresh blueberries)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Optional 1/2 cup additional pecans chopped

In a small sauce pan, add the peaches, cornstarch, cinnamon and sugar. Bring to a boil for 1 minute. I do not add the berries to this while cooking just add after the mixture is done fold in the berries.



Pour peaches and berries into an oil sprayed greased pan 13x9 inch.

Sprinkle cake mix on top and pecans if using. We use to call this a dump cake in the 1970's.





Add the melted butter drizzling evenly over the cake mix top.




 Bake 1 hour or  until browned and crisp on top. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

+claudia lamascolo  Author
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Bruschetta Basil Insalata Caprese Style Recipe Video

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Italian Antipasto on garlic bread, all fresh herbs, spices and you will be loving the taste here. Using all fresh ingredients is key to making this appetizer outstanding. Actually orgin is from the 15th century in Italy. Grilled bread with garlic rubbed on the top drizzled with olive oil. There are numerous variations that you can top this with as suggested on the video. Mix and create new bruschetta by adding your favorite chopped vegetables, a variety of meats such as salami, pepperoni, capicola, prosciutto, sausage steak, chicken, seasfoods like shrimp, crab or lobster chunks, assorted kinds of cheeses and fresh herbs such as oregano, basil parsley, rosemary and dill. Always use the freshest ingredients. This style is what Italians call Insalata Caprese". The balsamic vinegar I used is 18 years aged and also used was a good grade olive oil. Both compliments this Bruschetta.
Enjoy and thanks for watching.


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Stuffed Pizza Dough Video

Friday, July 19, 2013
One of our favorite meals has always been having a stuffed bread dough dipped in sauce. There are so many combinations and ways you can make these.

Stuffed Pizza Dough Video


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Sour Cream Blueberry Bread

Sunday, July 14, 2013
Sour Cream Blueberry Bread is a delight for breakfast, tea or just the ending of a meal with a little piece of a perfect dessert.

Sour Cream Blueberry Bread


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Best Zucchini Parmesan Marinara

Saturday, July 13, 2013
Zucchini will be in abundance in the summer at a great price. There are so many uses for these wonderful Italian green squash, from sweet to savory. 




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Best Ever Ricotta Blueberry Pancake Recipe

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Although it takes some extra work, it's worth the effort. These Ricotta pancakes are light and very delicious. Only use pure ingredients for the best results. Make a fresh blueberry sauce by using the recipe at the end, or use pure maple syrup. If you don't have the time to make these from scratch, save the recipe for that special occasion you won't be sorry. These are by far the #best pancakes ever! Oh and if you prefer another fruit like apples, raspberries, peaches, sliced cherries or bananas, go for it, they all worked great!




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Patriotic Red White And Blue Cupcake

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Here is a fun and easy cupcake when entertaining guests or bringing something to a Patriotic party that's festive!


red white and blue cupcakes decorated for 4th of july or memorial day


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