Blueberry Drop Cookies

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A childhood cookie made after we use to go wild blueberry picking in Upstate New York. We have so many recipes when it comes to fresh berries of all kinds, here is one of our favorites I am sharing and hope you and your families love it too!

blueberry cookies with frosting and red and blue sugar on top for a festive look on the 4th of July


Peanut Butter Graham Brownie Recipe

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Easy as can be, you will love this recipe if you love peanut butter and graham crackers! Here is the snack that the kids will be asking for over and over and the big adult size kids too!

When I first tried these I thought cinnamon graham crackers would be fabulous but I didn't have any (sigh) so the next time guess what I am trying this with? Oh yes, cinnamon and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations.

Now on to the simple recipe everyone will be raving about!

Peanut Butter Graham Brownie Recipe

graham crackers either honey or cinnamon even the chocolate ones work well!

peanut butter, creamy or chunky

1 brownie mix any kind mixed to the package instructions family size that would be for a full size brownie pan

1 cup chocolate chips

1 can of chocolate frosting any kind

Mix the brownie mix to the package instructions add 1 cup chocolate chip and stir. Pour into a prepared brownie pan that has been greased.

Break the graham crackers in half and spread with peanut butter making sandwiches of them.

Place on top of the brownie prepared batter as shown above more if you like to fit. I used 6 sandwiches that seemed to be perfect.

Bake at 350 until set around 25 to 30 minutes. The batter won't totally cover the crackers that's normal.

While still a little warm frost with canned frosting. Sprinkle the top with crushed graham crackers.

Special Day Menu Recipes

Monday, June 16, 2014

We love either Cavatelli or Gnocchi homemade. They are both equally asked for any of the Holiday menu's or birthday dinners. The roundup this time was for Father's day and after posting the photo's I had many requested recipes. Here is what we had! Take a look at the photo's and underneath each is the link to my recipes, thank you for all the emails and kind comments. Hope you enjoy this roundup of recipes.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Parmigano

If we are lucky to start the day off all together now that everyone lives in their own homes and grown,  we first have traditional Italian fried meatballs of course for breakfast  and then a baked  apple French toast see below:


Chicken Tortellini Primavera Recipe

Sunday, June 15, 2014

If you love tortellini, your in for a special treat. This is a chicken dish with vegetables totally cooked Italian style over this pasta. The sauce is amazing, the flavors all come together perfectly. Serve this with some garlic bread and salad and you will have everyone asking for it again! If your lucky enough to use all fresh vegetables this will be the best dish of the summer!

Chicken Tortellini Primavera

2 pound frozen tortellini cooked to package instructions

8 oz of either fresh mushrooms or sliced zucchini (or use both)

4 boneless chicken breasts cut into small chunks

2 tablespoon olive oil

2 fresh basil leaves chopped

1 lb green beans cut of using fresh boil first until tender

1 large can whole tomatoes or 1 lb fresh plum tomatoes (That's what I used) put through food processor to leave some medium size chunks

1/2 cup red wine (I used Burgundy)

1 cup fresh or canned peas

3 cloves minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon each oregano, parsley, basil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Prepare pasta to cooking instructions, reduce the cooking time 3 minutes.

In a large fry pan, add olive oil, brown chicken on both side, add squash, beans, peas and garlic. Saute' for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add tomatoes, wine, herbs all rest of seasonings. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no pink remains. Place the drained cooked tortellini in the chicken mixture and serve with a generous amount of grating cheese on top.

+claudia lamascolo Author

Baked Italian Butter and Garlic Herb Wings and Sauces

Friday, June 13, 2014

Some of the best wings I have ever had have been baked and not fried, well at least I convinced my waist line of it (smile). I am a big fan of wings that have been marinated and fall off the bone. I often see folks suck the meat clean off the bone and can't ever seem to see how they do that. These fall apart tender wings will do that on their own. They are crispy but still moist, not at all stringy or dried out and these really burst with flavor. Italian herbs with butter make them one of my very favorites!

Italian Butter and Garlic Herb Wings Baked

1 bag of frozen wings thawed or fresh around 4 pounds

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

3 tablespoons lemon juice

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Mix everything together except the wings in a large bowl. Add the wings to coat evenly. Place in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight.

Bake at 400 degree hot oven on greased foil or parchment paper until crispy around 1 hour or more. When crispy and browned, coat with 1/2 the butter and herb sauce. Bake for around 10 minutes pour the rest of the sauce over the wings to soak in the butter and garlic herb sauce (see recipe below) and serve.

Sauce for Cooked Wings:

1 stick butter (1/2 cup butter)

3 teaspoons minced garlic in olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon assorted chopped fresh herbs, parsley, basil, rosemary, oregano

salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter, then mix the seasonings with herbs, set aside.

More Wings flavors?

Parmesan Garlic

1/2 cup butter melted

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground

1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated

Spicy Garlic

1 cup Frank's wing sauce

1/3 cup oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Hot Wing Sauce

1 cup Frank's wing sauce

1/3 cup oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon or more to taste cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoon water

2 teaspoons cornstarch

Heat in a small saucepan. Pour over wings.

Italian Salsa Roasted Eggplant Recipe

Saturday, June 7, 2014
This is a delicious healthy recipe that's easy to make and easy on the hips! If your trying to get your skinny on for after the holiday or the up coming summer beach body, this is the perfect light meal! This is just the right combinations of flavors to keep you in shape. Take a look at this eggplant bursting with great flavors.


Garlic Butter Recipe For Seafood

Thursday, June 5, 2014

One of the easiest seafood's to cook and a favorite of mine is any shell fish, preferably crab but any kind will do.  I  never buy enough as with this butter it's so addicting. But with the additions of some sides like corn on the cob, boiled red potatoes there is usually enough crab for two making around 4 pounds. When dipped in garlic butter it surely becomes a banquet on the palette we enjoy every time. Of course we can't splurge like that all the time so you can even use this butter to dip any white fish even tilapia which just pan seared is perfect.  This is a special occasion treat.  Seafood is less expensive making it at home and easier than you think to cook. 
Whether you want lobster, crab or any kind of seafood, this butter is the perfect dip for any seafood lover!
 Read on for easy instructions.

If you would like more flavored butter recipes click here

Snow Crab Legs :
4 lbs snow crabs or your favorite seafood, shrimp, scallops, lobsters
salted boiling water
In a large high 5 quart saucepan fill with water two inches before the top of the pot, add all the crab, bring water to a boil on high then lower heat to low and simmer around 5 minutes or until heated. 

Crack shells to release meat and then dip in melted butter recipe below. Have a large bowl on the table to throw the shells in. 

Tip: place the empty shells in a bag after eating and bring outside as they will smell up the house!

Garlic Butter Recipe:

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
4 cloves of fresh cleaned garlic
freshly cracked black pepper to taste
Seasalt to taste

In a food processor pulse the garlic until fine, add the butter, salt and pepper and pulse until evenly mixed and smooth.

Melt a small amount of this butter (to give to each person in a small dish later for dipping when the crab is done) in a small saucepan to serve with crab.

+claudia lamascolo author

Oreo Stuffed Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe

Sunday, June 1, 2014
There are so many flavor stuffed oreo cookies now. I almost couldn't choose one and I didn't. I used chocolate cream, peanut butter cream filled and made two pans! Here is a simple treat the kids are going to love or the kid in you too! There brownies are packed with the chocolate lovers palette in mind. They are a definite overload of a chocolate dream brownie