No Bake Sweetened Condensed Milk Cheesecake Pie

Monday, December 29, 2014
This is a 1970s style no-bake cheesecake made with sweetened condensed milk, at least that's when I was introduced to this delicious creamy pie.

Apparently sweetened condensed milk was invented in the early 1800s according to many historian sites.

The cream cheese together with the milk is a match made in creamy heaven, and super simple to make this.

The pie won't set right until it's completely chilled so don't get impatient!

Check out this vintage easy recipe not only simple to make but it's a no-bake delicious cheese pie!


Cupcake Quiche Recipe

Saturday, December 27, 2014

My husband's favorite breakfast is chicken fried chicken in a skillet style breakfast that includes eggs, bacon, sausage then covered with white sausage gravy over the top of biscuits. This gives him just about everything he needs except I didn't add the cubed fried potatoes inside. Just add them as a side dish using either hash browns, cottage fried potatoes or home fries you'll end up with a banquet for breakfast!

For special occasions or when company comes I love to make these little individual quiches to everyone liking. I personalize them. I get all the ingredients and add whatever my family or guests likes and these are sure to please everyone. Whether they're vegetarian, meat lovers or just plain cheese you got it made making these little quiches.


Christmas Tree Recipe Ideas

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Every year I try something new and creative with my Christmas Tree Pan here are just a few suggestions this year.

I used it for my Krispie treats tinted with green food coloring, always a favorite at any function.

This pan can be purchased at any dollar store or you can find one online. You can make some very festive treats with this shaped pan.

I left mine plain for a good visual but just think how festive you can dress this up. Use some color sprinkles, sugar decorations, maraschino cherries, cut out mini star cookies etc.

Use some creative imagination and this is perfect for school parties, events and more, anything disposable works great to and the perfect shaped mold for the holidays!!


Coconut Funfetti Sugar Cookie Recipe

Monday, December 22, 2014

A fun to make and eat cookie (looks like a rainbow) looks perfect  on a cookie tray, such a great colorful cookie.
The kids love them too.
Sugar cookies with a rich buttery coconut  funfetti flair! 

Coconut Funfetti Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 stick softened butter
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
1/2 cup colorful sprinkles

Beat and cream the sugar and butter together. Add all the rest of the ingredients except for sprinkles and coconut. Fold them in the end.
Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll into balls, place on a parchment paper and bake for around 8 minutes until set. Cool before removing from pan.

Want an easier recipe?  Try using a funfetti cake mix get the recipe here!

Hot Cocoa Pudding Cake Recipe

Sunday, December 21, 2014
No matter what kind of design I put on this cake underneath better be chocolate. That's what is expected every time I make a cake. I use a cookie cutter to design whatever theme is going on. This time is a Holiday Christmas cake. Just think of all the possibilities you can do to design your cake to whatever theme is going on. A delicious cake you will make time and time again. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!


Nutella Coconut Filled Cookie Recipe

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Just when you think you got all the cookies made for the holiday you remember another you love and forgot to make. Well this is one I made last year and skipped over by accident until last night. I was looking through my photos and saw my favorite cookie sitting on the tray last year and forgot to make these. I immediately got to them!


Cornflake Wreaths Recipe

Friday, December 19, 2014

These really makes your cookie tray festive. I am really not a big fan of them but they sure know how to dress up the cookie tray. The kids just love them. Corn flakes never looks so good!

If you love rice krispie treats you will be a big fan of these too! A simple confection to shout the festive occasion! No bake so another bonus! Quick and easy!

Cornflake Wreaths Recipe

4 cups corn flakes or more
1 bag mini marshmallows ( 10 ounce of marshmallows) or around 30 large 
1 stick of butter
green food coloring
red hots cinnamon candy for decoration

Melt the marshmallows in a heavy duty saucepan with butter.
Add three drops of green food coloring to the pot and stir until all blended and melted together. Add the cornflakes.
I use an ice cream scooper to make the rounds and place immediately on parchment paper to harden then add cinnamon red hots for decoration. 

TIP: Parchment paper is so much better than wax paper they won't stick at all!


Baked Pumpkin Spiced Rice Pudding

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Just when you think you have had everything pumpkin imaginable comes along another great idea. This shouts fall and Holiday dessert all over the place. Love the ease of this recipe as it is baked in the oven. Delicious and a nice change of pace. Scroll down to see this is a smash hit this fall season using pumpkin!

this is a rice pudding with pumpkin and spices cooking on the stove top then baked then garnished with whipped cream and cinnamon sticks and a dash or cinnamon and sugar on top


Sausage Eggs Potatoes Giambotta

Monday, December 15, 2014
In every Italian household we would have leftovers, and make it for breakfast or another meal for Sunday dinner called Giambotta.

Whisk up some eggs and just about anything you have in the refrigerator goes into the pan.

Meats, potatoes, cheeses, onions and just about anything else your little heart desires.

The sausage peppers and potatoes were our classic favorites.

Remember to use only Authentic Italian crusty bread when making a giambotta sandwich never American bread.


Rugelach Recipe

Friday, December 12, 2014
A must make every year for the cookie tray! We love the nuts, cinnamon and raspberry filling in these flaky little cookies. They are truly delightful and everyone asks me to make them. I have used this dough to fill them with Nutella and Hazelnuts as well very versatile dough for all the baking needs, it works well with jams or all kinds, almond paste filled so maybe you can think of a few more combination you like to fill these with, these are our traditional favorite.

Roll dough out into rounds. Spread with jam, then filling below.

Rugelach Recipe

1 batch of dough click here for the recipe

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup chopped coarsely of walnuts
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 jar seedless raspberry jam

Cut into triangles, like a pie and roll up to the tips. Bend like ends like moon shaped and place on parchment paper or silpat mat. You can brush with egg and sprinkle with coarse or granulated sugar before baking. I didn't add the egg wash to mine just sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees until browned on top around 11 minutes.

Not what you were looking for see if you like any of these?

Make Your Own Homemade Colored Sugars

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
This is the perfect win-win during the Holiday, they always seem to be out of colored sugars I need. These colored sugars are quick and easy. The first thing you need to do is start saving your glass jars. Don't throw away those small jars. Save them for your sugars they are perfect for shaking this mixture in and storing and you can make every color of the rainbow for all your baking needs

This is a jar filled with homemade colored sugar. This colored sugar is blue. The jar is a mason jar imported from Italy with a cover on top to keep the colored sugar fresh and not in clumps or hard.


Santa Nutter Butter Hat Recipe Video

Sunday, December 7, 2014

If your in a hurry kind of cook and work all crazy hours like I do this is for you! I want to give the kids a fun project to do and this is it. I just love creative foods. This was a huge hits for kids of all ages and the young at heart adults! It really puts a smile on everyones face who loves nutter butters and they really do taste great and look festive don't they?


Savory Filled Tarlet Dough Recipes

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
So versatile, making these open faced tartlet shells for savory appetizers. Bake and fill with whatever you want. Here will be the dough recipe and many filling suggestions to get that party started! Perfect for weddings, showers or elegant get together. These are a great appetizer for your
Holiday get togethers or game day fun!

You will need:
mini tartlet pans
spray oil to grease the tartlet pans

Recipe for Dough:

2 1/2 cups flour
2 sticks cold unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
5 to 8 tablespoons of ice cold water

Place the flour and butter into a food processor pulse to blend looking like coarse meal. Add one tablespoon of water at a time until dough forms. Do not overwork or will result in a tough dough. Squeeze the dough in your hand to see if it holds together if not add more water. Refrigerator for an hour.
Roll out dough into small squares to fit tartlet pans that have been sprayed with cooking oil.

Bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned. Cool completed and fill with suggestions below. 

Savory Avocado Feta and Tomato Recipe:

1 avocado cleaned then diced
1/4 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped black olives
1/2 cup chopped grape tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
splash of balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all together and fill cooled open faced pastry shells.

Crab Meat and Herb Filling Recipe:

2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon white wine
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup toasted cubes garlic bread
1/2 cup jumbo crabmeat
1 1/2 ounce Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt pepper to taste

Sauté garlic for 1 minutes in 1 tablespoon olive oil Add 1 tablespoons white wine and crab. Saute 1 more minute. Combine all the rest of the ingredients and mix together. Fill tartlets.

Chicken Waldorf Salad:

1 Chicken breast boneless cubed, boiled and drained
1 small gala apple
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup cup golden raisins, craisins or other dried fruit
3 tablespoons or more peppercorn ranch dressing

Mix all together in a bowl and refrigerate over night for the best results. Add more dressing if  this seems a little dry for you.

Mexican Filled:

1 can Refried beans
1/2 cup Salsa
Mix together
Shredded Sharp Cheddar for garnish

Other fillings: egg salad, tuna salad, ham salad,  chopped turkey and mayo, chicken salad, bacon, lettuce and tomato.

For those who also would like to make dessert with these tartlets. Using your favorite pudding recipe or store bought. Fill cooled tartlets with pudding top with fruit of choice and a dollop of
whipped cream on top.

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Cookie Cutter Sandwich Idea Recipe Video

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hoping to impress the kids or guests with some creative food art that's easy? How about bringing them to work, school or any party.  Here is a great selection to match the theme of your event. Anyone can get creative and make these with little fuss and the whole family can enjoy the fun of eating them. These finger sandwiches are festive on any table no matter what the occasion or Holiday is everyone will love them!

Filling suggestions:

Turkey breast chopped fine to add some mayo or ranch dressing to moisten
Chicken chopped adding peppercorn ranch dressing, raisins, diced apples
Peanut butter and jelly
Egg Salad using chopped boiled eggs and mayo
Tuna Salad using canned tuna, mayo and some chopped black olives
Ham Salad using chopped ham, chopped pineapple, and mayo
Pepperoni, Capicola, Mortadella all chopped together in small pieces add some Italian dressing and shredded lettuce
Cream cheese spread on the bread and add canned drained crab meat or baby shrimp

Use any metal cookie cutter you like to the theme of the holiday or event. See examples below:

Valentines Day: Heart shaped Cookie Cutter
St. Patricks Day: Shamrock Cookie Cutter
Halloween: Pumpkin Cookie Cutter
Birthday: Use a favorite Character Cookie Cutter 
Christmas: Use a tree, star, snowman etc.