Hershey's Halloween Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Here is a really classic chocolate cupcake recipe with buttercream milk chocolate frosting, seriously a perfect combination by itself. A little boo with candy corn is added to make a festive

Happy Halloween to get you in the Spirit!

Nothing too complicated and the kids will love making them too!

These are an easy homemade from scratch Halloween Cupcake decorate with candy corn and chocolate frosting


Stove Top Cinnamon Sugar Almond Recipe

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Simple recipe for coated almonds. Here is one recipe that will be perfect anytime for any reason to snack on!

1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
2 cups almonds whole and unsalted
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla or a drop of cinnamon oil
mixture of cinnamon and sugar for garnishing.

Generously oil a cookie sheet or use parchment paper.
Heat the sugar and water in a heavy duty pan until it reaches 234 degrees using a candy thermometer. Around 4-5 minutes.
Add 2 cups whole unsalted almonds. Mix until well coated stirring on high heat until it reaches light brown stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add 3 tablespoons butter and vanilla.  Mix all together. Spread on a prepared parchment lined pan and sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar while still hot. Cool and enjoy!

Pumpkin Custard Pudding Video and More Pumpkin Recipes

Monday, October 28, 2013
Here is the best of the best recipe collection I use throughout the fall Pumpkin season. My favorite time to roast pie pumpkin and then get creative. Making fresh pumpkin just make the whole experience special and the recipe. The family always enjoys the smell of fresh roasted pumpkin along with baked pumpkin favorites.


Dutch Apple Blueberry Pie Recipe

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Here is a great combination of flavors to keep your summer alive and begin the fall. There is nothing like the smell of homemade apple pie and the blueberries still give you the taste of summer. The best of both worlds in one crust! The topping is a mixture of cinnamon, flour, butter and brown sugar. The Dutch Crumb topping for me is the best part to save for last!

4 apples pared and sliced
1 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 uncooked prepared pie shell deep dish

Clean, pare and slice apples. In a medium size bowl add the apples, blueberries, corn starch,  sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Mix together until well blended.

Dutch Apple Crumb topping:
In another bowl add :
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons butter softened
Mix until crumbly.

Place the apple/blueberry mixture in prepared pie crust dish, sprinkle with Dutch crumb topping. Bake on 350 until browned and bubbling around 45 minutes.


Impossible French Fruit Pie Recipe

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Chicken Proscuitto Mozzarella Slider Recipe

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Sliders have been a big crowd pleasers in the last few months. Of course you can make just about anything you want in this neat little bundle. The ideal sandwich is so versatile. Here is an Italian style slider you can surely impress them with! Great addition to your game days and little get together brunch idea.

2 thinly sliced boneless chicken breast
12 slider buns
12 slices of proscuitto or fried bacon
12 slices of mozzarella slices
Italian homemade dressing
Garlic minced in olive oil
1 egg white beaten
Italian flavored bread crumbs
1/4 cup grating cheese
canola oil or frying

In a large zip lock bag, add 2 cups of bread crumbs and 1/4 grating cheese.  Dip the chicken breasts into egg whites then into bread crumbs. Fry in heated oil in a large pan of canola oil till browned on both side. Drain on paper towels. Note:  For less calories, place on a baking sheet and bake until browned around 25 minutes on 400 degree oven. Drizzle with olive oil.

Toast the slider buns brushed with the olive oil and topped with minced garlic until browned.
Place the chicken on the bun topped with mozzarella and proscuitto or bacon. Drizzle with Italian dressing to the top and serve.

Italian Dressing:
1/2 teaspoon each parsley, oregano, basil and garlic powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Blend all together.
+claudia lamascolo  Author

Mom's Applesauce Raisin Nut Muffins or Loaves Recipe

Saturday, October 12, 2013

When I was growing up we used a lot of ingredients that were leftover in baked goods. Mom used to always serve applesauce with our pork chops and we would always have a lot leftover. I can remember her saying well before this sours we got to use it up. I would help get all the ingredients together and it always amazed me how she could whip up a batch of muffins, quick bread or even pancakes from using sour cream, applesauce or whatever else might be just on the edge of a throw away. Always a basic recipe turned into something wonderful! Here was her leftover muffin recipe for (what to do with applesauce and sour cream recipe) muffins and loaves. We love this one!  Perfect for gift giving as it holds up very well even traveling or sending in the mail!

Mom's Applesauce Raisin Nut Muffins or Loaves Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 36 muffin tins with liners or 2 large loaves or other pan of choice. Grease well. I usually do 12 muffins and 1 large loaf.

In a large bowl beat together:
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
Beat together until well blended.

2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup sour cream

Beat in:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Optional :
1 cup raisins, craisins, chopped figs or dates
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or other nut you prefer

Bake in preheated oven at 350 around 55 minutes or until the center comes out clean with toothpick.
I usually bake the muffins around 40 minutes as they cook a lot quicker.

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread or Muffins

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Fresh Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Fresh Pumpkin Puree  if your looking for a great way to use your pumpkin here it is, delicious for any time of day, full of rich chocolate and spices, give this one a try you won't be sorry!

Loaf Style Bread

This makes 3 loaves for bread  and 24 mini muffins

Pumpkin  Chocolate Chip Bread
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups granulated sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 cup canola oil
2/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

 Pumpkin Chip Muffins (a smaller recipe)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice or 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ginger)
1 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup of fresh or canned pumpkin
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup semisweet  mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup of milk chocolate chunks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees grease muffin tins or use and line papers in cupcake muffin pans for around 24 mini or 12 large muffins.
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, spices, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, canola oil, water, vanilla, and eggs. Mix until smooth. Add flour mix together and then add chocolate chips last.
 Bake until browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Immediately remove onto wax paper covered wire rack and cool.

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Slice and Bake Holiday Cookie Recipe

Sunday, October 6, 2013
The best thing about slice and bake cookies is you can color them to any theme Holiday you want! These are lemon flavored butter cookie tinted with orange, yellow and left the third section white. I dont think you'll find a more buttery tasting cookie than these. Almost like shortbread but better and perfect for the Holiday. A versatile cookie for whatever event or Holiday theme you have in mind, make the color to match or leave them plain, as as simple elegance. Simple dough. They can be frosted, dusted with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. They freeze well and perfect for any holiday!