Mini Coconut Almond Joy Biscotti Recipe

Sunday, November 30, 2014

I love coconut almonds and chocolate. Well here is my Grandmother's biscotti recipe that usually calls for just anisette but these have gone to a gourmet version. I put those ingredients into her basic recipe and got another fantastic cookie recipe. Hope if you like the combinations you will love these too!


Italian Turkey Covered Sandwich Recipe

Friday, November 28, 2014
For those of you that have to work a job that is open on any Holiday like Thanksgiving for instance, here was my alternative for Thanksgiving Day dinner with no time to cook! Guess what ? If you didn't have to work you have leftover turkey maybe? Ok then you can do this with your leftover Turkey ( if you were fortunate to have a big turkey dinner with leftovers!)


Fresh Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My future daughter in law Jenni brought our grandson Antonio over today and we decided to make something with fresh cranberries to kick off the cookie baking season. Antonio is now 9 months old today as we approach Thanksgiving, we are very grateful to have him in our lives! How fast the time goes by!


Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread Recipe

Sunday, November 23, 2014

What a great combination of flavors, bananas, chocolate and peanut butter. Best banana bread I have ever had. Love the idea using peanut butter cups as it add just the right balance without having to figure a thing out! When I was growing up I loved chocolate covered bananas. I still do. I also loved bananas in my peanut butter sandwich, what a perfect treat this is!


Southern Cracker Stuffing Recipe

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A different kind of dressing that goes well with any meal. I like the sweet and savory flavors, this has it all!

 Southern Cracker Stuffing Recipe

7 cups coarsely crushed butter flavored crackers (around 5 sleeves)  reserving 1/2 cup
5 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled reserving 3 tablespoons of bacon fat
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 finely chopped celery
1/2 cup dried cranberries or chopped dates
2 cups chicken broth
2 eggs beaten
optional: pinch of cayenne pepper or use 1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 tablespoons minced garlic in olive oil
2 cups shredded cheddar

Butter a 2 to 3 quart baking dish. Cook bacon setting aside 3 tablespoon fat. In that pan add the garlic cook for 45 seconds.  Add the bacon and garlic to the pan.  Add the rest of the ingredients except broth and eggs and toss together. Whisk in eggs and broth. Add that mixture to the butter baking dish. Sprinkle top with cheddar and additional cracker crumbs  Cover with oil sprayed foil and bake for 40 minutes until its hot in the center and crisp on top.

Baked Potatoes and Cheese Mash Recipe

Friday, November 21, 2014
If you're a macaroni and cheese lover and love potatoes then this one's for you! Here is the easiest side dish that goes with everything it's a potato and cheese casserole that taste like mac and cheese! It is the best side dish to go with everything and so fast and easy it will be your go to recipe often. The family will love this one I promise!

4 potatoes microwaved
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup heavy cream or use whole milk
4 ounces extra sharp cheddar cut int small slices
salt pepper to taste
sprinkle with dried parsley

Microwave the potatoes until soft. It's up to you if you like the skins left on,  I remove them.  Add the rest of the ingredients except the cheese and smash with a fork. Add the cheese, microwave again until the cheese is melts and just stir keeping the potatoes lumpy.
Sprinkle with dried parsley.


Slow Cooker Cranberry Spiced Glazed Meatball Appetizers

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Here is the perfect appetizer with a little sweetness to kick off the holiday tables. This is an appetizer everyone loves, it's bursting with fall and has a little kick to it too! Hope you enjoy them. Keep them on warm in the slow cooker for all day appetizers especially on game day. Check out the recipe below!


Plum Tomato Garlic Pizza Recipe

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Here is my favorite way to make pizza with many fresh ingredients. Homemade pizza dough, whole milk mozzarella, freshly slice plum tomatoes and a load of herbs and spices.


Chicken Chili Cannellini Bean Soup

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Chicken Chili Cannellini Bean Soup really hits the spot on a cold day and a favorite in cooler weather.

 Here is a fast easy, inexpensive way to feed many people in a group or family. 


Pumpkin Tart with Pecan Crust Video Recipe

Sunday, November 16, 2014
I love easy recipes and here is another one I just had to share with you guys! Three main ingredients in this filling. The crust has just a few ingredients too! I try to keep everything on hand. You can throw this together in no time and if your pumpkin lovers like us your going keep this one on the top of your list to make.

The only thing I recommend you using is a removable bottom tart pan, this makes it easy to serve!


Almond Coconut Chip Cookie Recipe

Friday, November 14, 2014
I think two of the best combinations are coconut and chocolate. These cookies are rich with flavor of both and the bonus is they are rolled in sliced almonds before baking with that toasted coating to finish them off to be the best cookie that bursts with all the perfect flavors that I love.

Hope you like this one. Perfect for a cookie tray! Come check out the recipe below.


How to Cook Raw Shrimp and Recipes

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Calling all shrimp lovers. This is how to make the perfect cooked shrimp. Once you've cleaned and boiled raw shrimp it's ready for your favorite dish and it doesn't have to be a chore. Shrimp can be turned into so many wonderful dishes too. Fried, with cocktail sauce cold or any other style you have in mind. Here is the first steps to take to make sure they are the perfect shrimp
for your recipe.


Tuscan Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Monday, November 10, 2014
A great side dish with any meal! Tuscan Roasted Brussels Sprouts are so buttery and soft!   

Tuscan Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

2 pounds Brussels Sprouts cleaned and washed or use assorted vegetables of your choice ( eggplant, carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower and slices of zucchini green or yellow, peppers)

sea salt and pepper to taste

3 tablespoons butter 

juice of 1 fresh lemon

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 

1 or 2 sprig of fresh rosemary

Optional: add a little cayenne pepper if you like a little heat and sprinkle with granulated garlic for more garlicky flavor.


Toss the Brussels sprouts in a medium size bowl with butter to coat evenly add minced garlic, rosemary, lemon juice and sea salt. Spread on a parchment or silpat mat lined cookie sheet.

Roast in a preheated oven at 400 degrees until soft when pierced with a fork around 35 minutes or browned.
Salt and pepper to taste.


Antipasto Submarine Salad Sandwich Recipe

Sunday, November 9, 2014
My son Chad said to me this past week, no one except you and I eat the antipasto salad, maybe if you make it into a sandwich the family will eat everything in it.

We love a great salad and in a this huge submarine garlic toasted bread antipasto style, all I can say it wow he was right, they all loved it. As packed as this was with meat, lettuce and cheeses, it went in a New York second! I had to make a second one! So not only was it a great idea, it worked like a charm and everything in our normal salad is in this wonderful sangwich(that's how we say it in New York)! Thanks Chad!


London Broil and Meatball Barley Soup Recipe

Saturday, November 8, 2014
One of my favorite soups has always been beef barley. I don't make it often enough. This week I had such a craving for beef soup instead of the traditional chicken soup so I went out and got lucky enough to find this london broil on sale and was perfect for my soup. Not greasy like some of the lower cuts of meat, full of flavor and perfectly tender beef in my soup after simmering. I grew up using beef soup bones, using beef ribs or shanks most of the time leftover from whatever was in Sunday's sauce that was simmered for macaroni. We would use the bone in the sauce pot to make a beef soup. Sometimes that bone would be used more than once. Those were the depression days when grandma and mom knew how to stretch a meal. The beef bone sure would make a rich tasty soup but not much meat in it. This soup is packed with tender london broil and was very lean and flavorful. I am so glad I made this beef soup as it brought back many fond memories of childhood when we had this often.


Chicken, Chickpeas in Tomato Burgundy Sauce Over Pasta Recipe

Thursday, November 6, 2014
A great blend of Italian flavors. Fresh plum tomatoes, garlic, olive oil in a chicken with chickpea sauce over your favorite pasta. Sound good? It's not to be missed. If you love these little Italian chick peas this is a dish worth making right now as you're reading. You won't be sorry. The wine compliments the fresh tomato flavors. Love wine, add more. There is no right or wrong way just your personal taste. Adapt with any kind of pasta you like. We love the shells. The peas seem to fit perfectly inside them. A pearl of treasures. Ditalini will work fine along with bow ties I make what I have. Remember wagon wheel pasta another great choice! Enjoy


My Best Crockpot Recipes

Monday, November 3, 2014


Dad's Recipe Picks Past and Present

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Over the years we have made many spectacular Father's Day Menus. These are the favorites asked for year after year now by my son, husband and in the memory of my late dad. Links to all recipes at the end of this post

New York Manny's Style Cheesecake 
Homemade Cavatelli 
Loaded Buffalo Baked Potato Dip
Chicken Avocado Bruschetta
Zucchini Appetizer Pizza Bites 
Meatloaf Mini's 
Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Corn Fritters
Fried Chicken Wings or Baked 
Eggplant Topped Pizza
 Lemon Chicken


Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

A vintage recipe been all over the internet. Here is that easy to make recipe peanut butter lovers never get sick of. I changed a few things around, less sugar and lots of hot fudge sauce.


Condensed Milk Almond Pound Cake

Saturday, November 1, 2014

No matter what your preference is, plain pound cake, a slice topped with fruit or just dusted with powdered sugar, this is a delightful easy pound cake that will make the entire house smell amazing while cooking and delicious when eaten! Enjoy this with friends, family or gift giving throughout the holiday season