Italian Amaretto Iced Coffee Recipe

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Amaretto Iced Coffee is one of the most refreshing brunch drinks I have ever had.

Even if you just love just black coffee with no sugar, try adding just a little bit of Amaretto to it to enhance this delicious beverage.

Of course, if you would prefer no alcohol, just add a few drops of flavored syrup to the brew.


Spicy Shrimp Topped Cod Recipe

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Are you getting ready to eat some lighter foods? Here is a healthier version than fried. I know that fried fish is always no comparison when it comes to anything breaded but if you are trying to still get some great flavor with your seafood try this baked Italian Style cod topped with rosa plum sliced tomatoes and baby shrimps. You will need to adapt the amount of ingredients by the amount of fish you will be using. This is wonderful over rice or boil some of your favorite macaroni. The juice it makes is fabulous!

Spicy Shrimp Topped Cod Recipe

2 sliced rosa plum tomatoes

1 cup or more baby shrimp

Italian flavored bread crumbs with parmesan cheese added (or add your own to them)

4 pieces of cod cleaned rinsed

cayenne pepper to taste I used around 1/4 teaspoon

1 teaspoon minced garlic

garlic powder

dried oregano

4 tablespoons or more of olive oil

1/4 cup either chicken stock or white wine

2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley

freshly cracked black pepper

salt to taste

Spray a deep baking dish with oil. Place fish flat in the bottom of the baking dish, 13x9 or depending how much you cook. Place sliced tomatoes on each piece of fish. Add the shrimp evenly Mix the garlic, herbs, salt, pepper to taste in with the bread crumbs. Place on each piece of fish and tomatoes, using around 1 cup or more. Sprinkle the top with garlic powder. Carefully pour the wine or chicken stock around the bottom of the fish not to touch the topping. Drizzle olive oil over each piece. Add more spices to taste if you wish. Bake on 350 until the fish flakes easily around 35 minutes and the bread crumbs look toasted. Serve with any boiled pasta or rice. The juice is wonderful.


Mason Jar Chocolate Chip Biscotti Trifle Recipe

Sunday, May 18, 2014

If you love a cheese no bake filling or even any style pudding flavor that's layered with crumbled chocolate chip biscotti and some fresh fruits, creamy filling, well then, your in for a real treat Patriotic Style dessert.

These layered desserts are easy to make and quick to put together for a bunch of guests. Whether you make everything homemade or store bought, they will love this creamy festive dessert to end your any gathering. Everyone will ask you for the recipe!


Grilled Bacon wrapped Scallop Recipe

Friday, May 16, 2014
Actually, you only need a few ingredients to make these delicious grilled scallops, however, I have a little secret sauce to pour over them after they are done.

Not a dieter's dream but hey you have to indulge just once in a blue moon. Save these for a special occasion, they taste gourmet in the end! The taste if your a scallop lover is divine. They are one of my favorites the bacon and the sauce recipe are perfect together! I hope you enjoy them too!

Extra-large Scallops

Maple Flavored Smoked Bacon

Garlic powder

Cayenne pepper

Juice of a half a lemon no seeds

Chili Powder


Aluminum Foil

Cooking Spray

Partially cook the bacon until starting to brown in a fry pan or microwave.

Layout the tin foil and spray it with cooking spray.

Place a few scallops on the foil and wrap them with bacon or just add it in small pieces.

Sprinkle with garlic powder, cayenne if you like a little heat Squeeze the lemon of the top.

You can now bake these or throw them package on the grill.

Baking at 425 for around 15 minutes, then if the bacon isn't crisp enough broil for a few minutes until bacon crisps up. On the grill for around 20 minutes on high and check at 15 minutes.

Butter Sauce:

In the meantime melt 1 stick of butter with 1teaspoon of chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.

After the scallops are cooked brush with butter sauce or dip them in the sauce.

Quick Mother's Day Roundup of Brunch Ideas

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Quick Blueberry Semi Homemade Crepe Recipe

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Seriously the easiest recipe I ever threw together. Semi homemade. The batter is easy! Just mix it all together and using a non stick pan it's a snap! The filling is quick and easy too. Just wait until you see how easy this is to impress your family. These even can be made ahead of time and frozen for later stacked between wax paper. Thaw and fill! That's it. Just remember once the crepes are made the skies the limit with your creativeness. Make a lot of them and fill with what you like I have some more tips below!


Boozy Adult Popsicle Recipes

Sunday, May 4, 2014

I loved Popsicle's as a little girl and now as an Adult. I love to make all kinds of flavors, adding some alcohol makes these for Adults only. You can always substitute juice like pineapple, orange, apple or grape to make them a non alcohol Popsicle. After all these years I finally invested in a Popsicle mold ( I would use ice cube trays and toothpicks) and boy do I ever love my new toy.  It's just the beginning of a wonderful summer of fun and experimenting to keep cool!   Here are some suggestions below on flavor combinations and check out the video for more instructions.

Basic Recipe:
3 cups Strawberries (fruit must be cut up) pureed in a food processor (other suggestions would be pineapple, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, bananas or kiwi)
1/2 cup coconut rum
1/2 cup pina colada mix or cream of coconut (use all pineapple juice for non alcohol.)
8 cup Popsicle molds with sticks

Blend the fruit of choice in a food processor or high powered blender add the rum and colada mix, you can substitute apple juice, grape juice or anything else you like in it place. Strain in a fine mesh sieve. 

Other sugggestion combinations:

Add  any two kinds of fruits together, bananas, strawberries, berries, kiwi, pineapple, etc.
1/2 cup apple juice, grape juice, pineapple juice or orange juice
1/2 cup of liqueur of choice, Vodka, Rum, Flavored Vodka's or flavored Rum. Proceed with above instructions.

Peach Bellini:
3 cups sliced peaches 
1/2 cup peach schnapps or orange juice
1/2 cup white wine preferably Pino Grigio

Berry Cabernet:
3 cups berries raspberry, blackberry or blueberry
1/2 cup Cabernet
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup juice like grape or apple

Margarita Pops:
1/2 cup fine sugar
zest of 1 lime
6 chopped passion fruit or kiwi, mango, papaya, pineapple
1/3 cup lime juice
1 cup water
3 tablespoons Tequila
1 tablespoons Cointreau

In a saucepan bring sugar, water and lime zest to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes to dissolve sugar. Stir in remaining ingredients. Add to pop molds, if using passion fruit when it's half way frozen stir to mix the seeds evenly.

Chocolate Rum Popsicle
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups milk
1/2 cup white rum
2 egg yolks
1 cup chocolate chopped (good grade like Lindt)
1/4 cup fine sugar

Bring the milk and heavy cream to a boil. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes.
Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and pour the milk over the top. Stir until melted. Add the rum. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a bowl and then blend with chocolate mixture.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for around 2 hours. Place in an ice cream maker. Churn around 20 minutes. Pour into the pop molds and insert sticks. Freeze for around 24 hours before removing.

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Smore's Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe Video

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Well one of the greatest thing about making ice cream is your imagination. This one just hit me one day when I had so much leftover candy. I looked at those kit kats and thought, cookies, chocolate, marshmallows and this ice cream was created! A keeper for us and hope you love it too!

Smore's Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe Video

1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon I like it a little sweeter
8 oz. good grade bittersweet chocolate broken up fine
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla or more to taste

6 mini kit kat bars broken up or more if you like (use any kind of candy you like)
1 cup mini marshmallows
2 teaspoons mini chocolate chips

Heat the milk until the edges start to bubble. In the meantime put the broken up chocolate in a food processor until almost powdered fine.

 Add the hot milk to the food processor and pulse till smooth. Cool completely and refrigerate for 2 hours.

 Add the heavy cream and vanilla until all blended together. Place into your ice cream maker and churn for 20 minutes to the manufacturer suggestions.

 Add the mini marshmallows, kit kat bars that have been broken up in bits and mini chips.

Place in a freezer container. Freeze for 2 hours before serving.

+claudia lamascolo  author