Blueberry Drop Cookies

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Blueberry Drop Cookies is a huge childhood favorite cookie made after we use to go wild blueberry picking in Upstate New York back in the 1960s.

This recipe was the first one we looked forward too during the blueberry season.

I remember going and eating them right off the bushes and the sweet fresh taste will always be a fond memory.

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 lovers, this is a tried and true not too sweet cookie, the frosting makes it just a bit sweeter but if you're not a big sweet fan, then just don't frost them.

I started making them for the kids every year with colored sugar because of the red white and blue theme for the 4th of July, so they became a tradition to make every year.

Of course, you can make them anytime, they sure are great with a cup of coffee, tea or a big glass of milk.

Scroll down to print off the recipe and keep it for later when the height of the season is plentiful with blueberries.

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


Traditional Italian Sunday Sauce Recipe

Friday, June 27, 2014
Mom always had a pot of Sunday Sauce cooking on the stove.

Along with fried meatballs in our Italian family!

A tradition in our house was pasta every Sunday.

That's where Sunday Sauce came from.

Here is our version handed down from generation to generation.

Any pasta, especially homemade, will be enhanced by fresh herbs and spices along with fresh whole plum tomatoes.

Simply the best smell in all of cooking for me is on Sunday with a pot of good old-fashioned Italian sauce simmering.

This is an easy recipe passed down for many many years and over 100 years old.

If you love Italian food, this is a Rome, Italy-style sauce that Grandma and Mom made that we love.

Sunday morning was always a joy with New York's finest tomato pie, fried meatballs, and on to this delicious Sunday sauce over our favorite pasta!

Scroll down for the recipe and it's printable!.

Italian tomato sauce in a big pot filled with crushed tomatoes, topped with basil, fresh garlic cloves, fresh oregano, meatballs and sausage is in the pot simmering to make this traditional Sunday sauce


Father's Day and My Dad's Favorite Recipes

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
This is a great roundup of my dear dad favorite recipes.

He passed away in 1995, but his memory will always be with me in the kitchen.

These were recipes I made with my mom for years on Father's Day.

Dad will always be in my heart, my teacher, best friend and I miss him dearly.

It's always hard to write about people you miss on a daily basis but my tribute is to him will always be, it was an honor to be his daughter.

I was very lucky growing up with such a great dad.

Hope you enjoy some of his favorites as you stroll through my roundup of memories.

Dad is will me always in spirit, and I continue to make his favorites every year for my family in his memory.

My Dad has had a love for mom's cooking, one of his favorites was her lasagna.

Raspberry was his favorite pie and he loved having his steak on Saturday nights.

Being Italian Dad was a big fan of all kinds of pasta.

Stroll through and click on the highlighted links to get all the recipes.

Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there.

this is a collage of Father's Day and my Dad's favorite recipes


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 shellfish, 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.


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