Italian Pork Tenderloin Stir Fry Recipe

Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Here is the best pork tenderloin stir fry you will ever eat in my opinion. Slow cooked on top of the stove it's just a perfect mouth watering meal. I like to serve mine with jasmine rice but you can serve this over pasta, rice or even mashed potatoes!
Anyway you decide to serve this you're in for a treat!


Baked Acorn Squash Recipe

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Acorn squash taste similar to butternut squash or even sweet potato in flavor. These are made baked with a cinnamon sweetness.


Italian Crab Fritter Appetizer Recipe

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Probably one of my favorite appetizers ever! These are so easy and just a little more elegant than the normal fritter. If you love seafood then start off the New Year with a great little orderve that everyone will rave about! It's a definite keeper and special occasion type of treat!

Italian Style Crab Fritters

1 egg
3 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 cup seasoned flour ( 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste)
1 can fancy white crab meat 8 ounces
oil for frying

In a medium size bowl add the mayo, seasoned flour and egg beating together. Fold in drained crab meat. Drop into hot oil in a heated fry pan. Fry on both side. Drain on paper towels. 
Serve with hot sauce or great with scampi sauce using the crab cakes instead of shrimp drizzled of the tops or alfredo sauce.

For alfredo sauce click here
For scampi sauce click here
Dipping sauces you will find 18 kinds click here

Baked Nutella Popcorn Recipe

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Calling all popcorn and Nutella lovers here is the perfect snack for you and you will love it! A simple confection you will make time and time again!

10 quarts of popcorn popped 
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
3/4 cup Nutella
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

optional: add 1 cup hazelnuts before baking or pistachios

Heat oven to 250 degrees. Spread your popcorn out on two parchment paper lined deep cookie sheets.
In a large microwavable bowl, add the sugar, syrup, butter, heat 30 seconds on high. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine, then microwave for 2 more minutes. Now add the Nutella to this mixture, stir until blended and microwave for 2 -1/2 minutes until it looks like it boiling and double in quantity. 
Remove from the microwave add your baking soda and vanilla stir.

Pour evenly over popcorn and spread out on two cookie sheets lined with parchment.

Bake in heated oven of 250 degrees stirring every 10 minutes and baking for 30 minutes or more until popcorn looks crunchy.

Polenta Pizzette Appetizer Recipe

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
A great appetizer or quick pizza. Polenta is a staple in Italy. If really has a great taste when fried or baked. These are baked just like pizza. You can make your own rounds or buy them in any specialty Italian section of the supermarket. We really like these with fresh ingredients using freshly pureed plum tomatoes. See the recipe suggestions below for toppings. We are lucky to have a produce place here and I bought 8 lbs of fresh plum tomatoes at 88 cents a pound can you believe that? Shocking great price!


Banana Cake Mix Cake Recipe

Monday, December 21, 2015

If you need a quick semi homemade dessert this is perfect. The cake is moist and even better served with some whipped cream or just some powdered sugar.


Homemade Mommy Fish Nugget Recipe

Sunday, December 20, 2015
A simple crunchy recipe that can be baked or fried. A combination of bread crumbs and pancake mix make this coating special. Give it a try you won't be sorry! I used scallops but you can use any cut of seafood you love!

Fish Nuggets:

1 cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs mixed with 1 cup of buttermilk pancake mix place in a zip lock bag.

Add  1/4 cup Romano cheese or Parmesan, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, pinch of salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
 Add all this to the zip lock plastic bag

In a bowl add:

2 eggs beaten in the bowl adding
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 pound haddock, cod or other white fish cut up in small pieces (you can also use scallops, shrimp or lobster pieces)
Canola or other oil

Heat 1/2 inch deep oil in a fry pan.  Place the cut up fish of choice in egg.  Shake bite size pieces of fish in the dry mixture in the zip lock bag.  Deep fry the fish until golden brown around 6 to 7 minutes. Turning once.

You can also bake these on a cookie sheet on 400 degrees and a drizzle of olive oil over the top. Bake till golden brown around 25 minutes.

Seafood and Crab Lemon Scampi Recipe

Saturday, December 19, 2015
One the easiest pasta seafood dishes I make. When I am in the mood for fish this is my go to recipe. I just love the simplicity and it's full of flavor and delicious seafood!


Italian Butter Cookie Recipe

Friday, December 18, 2015

A pretty one for the tray around the holiday. These are simple and everyone always loves them. Little wreaths with tinted sliced almonds. All I do is add some green food coloring to the water, set the sliced almonds into the colored water until they turn green blot dry with a paper towel.

Italian Butter Cookie Recipe

1 cup butter
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups flour

Beat the butter and sugar together till light and fluffy.
Add all remaining ingredients.
Roll into balls and flatten with a floured glass
Add a piece of cherry in the middle and green tinted sliced almond for the leaves.
Bake in a preheated oven of 350 until set around 8 to  10 minutes.

Smoked Pork Chop and Bean Soup Recipe

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Probably the tastiest soup I ever made. This soup bursts with flavors of smoked pork chops and hearty beans. This one will make you go for seconds for sure!

Smoky flavored soup pork bacon and beans... a total comfort food

TIP: Make your beans in the slow cooker overnight 

Smoked Pork Chop and Bean Soup Recipe

1 lb navy beans cooked (did mine in the slow cooker click here)
1 carrot 3 cloves garlic cleaned and 2 stalks celery put through food processor
1 12 ounce can diced tomatoes
3 or 4 smoked pork chops
1/4 cup chopped cooked bacon
olive oil
granulated garlic
salt pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne pepper

In a medium size fry pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil Add the pork chopped and processed vegetables into the pan saute around 3 minutes. 
Add 1/2 cup water to the pan and let simmer for 5 minutes.

In a large sauce pot add 4 tablespoon olive oil, granulated garlic and cooked beans. Saute for around 3 minutes. Pour the pork chop mixture into the pot, add the tomatoes and around 3 quarts of water.
Stir in bacon and salt pepper to taste. 
Simmer for around 1 1/2 hours on low heat. Before serving remove smoked pork chops out of the soup cut off the bone and put back into the soup.
You can also make some pasta separately boiled like tubertini and add to this soup.

Pandoro Recipe

Monday, December 14, 2015

One of my favorite risen cakes at Christmas time. This year my son ordered me a pan instead of me using my traditional metal coffee cans. I love the way this baked it's so festive and looked so professional! It was such a fun day as we got to take my grandson to see Santa too. See more photo's below. I bought him a Santa suit and he looked so adorable you don't want to miss his photo's. Pandoro recipe link is at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by!

This is a sweet cake made in Italy called Pandoro at Christmas Time


Cake Mix Funfetti Chocolate Chip Crinkle Recipe

Sunday, December 13, 2015

I don't think I ever made an easier cookie than these. The versatility of this recipe is endless. Use whatever kind of mix you like with a few more ingredients and you have a full proof perfect cookie. I love this recipe!

1 funfetti cake mix (I used holiday funfetti cake mix)or any flavored cake mix you like, any brand
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chocolate chips and at Christmas mint chocolate chips (or use whatever you like ,chocolate and peanut butter chips are a great combination also)

powdered sugar for rolling them in

Mix the cake mix, eggs, oil, mint chips and vanilla in a bowl, mix until a ball forms. Refrigerate for around 25 minutes.

I use a meatball or melon ball scooper to form balls of dough. Roll into powdered sugar and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet or silpat mat.

Bake at 350 hot oven until the cookies are set around 10 minutes. Cool completely store in air tight container. These also freeze well.

Amaretto Panettone Recipe

Saturday, December 12, 2015
My son Chad brought me home a Panettone pan he ordered online and here is the finished product. I am thrilled on how this came out we make it every year in a metal coffee can but I finally got a pan from Italy to make it in and it looks nothing like the tall coffee can. It came out more like a big loaf of round thick bread and we loved it! The orange zest and almond went together perfectly!

 Amaretto Panettone Recipe
1 stick butter softened
1/2 cup milk warmed
zest of 2 oranges
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup soaked raisins dark and golden
4 cups flour or more
3 egg yolks + 1 whole egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1 package yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
1 egg yolk beaten with 2 tablespoons water to brush the top
1/4 cup Amaretto
Panettone pan or use an metal coffee can lined with parchment paper

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare Panettone pan, greased or using parchment paper lined pan.
Soak the raisins in the Amaretto for 1 hour. Drain reserving 1 tablespoon.
Add the yeast in a larger mixer bowl with 1/4 cup warm water to dissolve.

In another large bowl using an electric beater cream the butter and sugar together.
Add the the buttered mixture, the egg yolks, zest,  whole egg, salt vanilla and liqueur you're using into the the yeast and water blending well.
Add the flour a little at a time until a soft dough forms around 4 minutes with flat beater. Kneading around 10 minutes by hand adding the raisins.
Place in a draft free area and let rise 1 hour. 

Punch down and put into the panettone pan.
Let rise again.
Brush with egg yolk. Bake on 350 until golden brown.

Grandma's Banana Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe and Antonio

Friday, December 11, 2015


Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
If you are looking for the perfect chocolate cookie this year look no more! Every year we have this tradition to bake cookies around Christmas and usually around 14 to 18 kinds. This one is a long time favorite and for all those Chocoholics out this this one's for you wherever you are!


Cinnabon Roll Muffin Cup

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Festive for a Holiday treat or anytime of the year, these Cinnabon Roll Muffin are delightful and smell great while baking!

Cinnabon Roll Muffin Cup


Old Fashion Venison Stew Recipe

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Living in Upstate New York my brother Luke used to go deer hunting all the time when I was little and we would have Venison all different ways usually in stews all winter long. My husband also a hunter got lucky this season brought me home a whole freezer full of deer to cook from what he bagged from his Upstate New York trip this year in Rome New York.

The stew came out better than I expected for my first try at it !

I couldn't tell if it was deer or beef the meat was so tender.

Here's what I did see below


Christmas Pandoro (Golden Cake) Recipe

A yeast egg cake as they refer to it, I think it's a cross between a rich egg bread and kind of cake. This is very traditional among the Venetians and Italians. It's a tall cake you can buy a mold for or use a extra large coffee can to make it. After it cooled it's covered in a sifted powdered sugar or a thick frosting depending on the Region in Italy. They are sold commercially almost everywhere, especially around the holidays as Christmas, New Years and Befana. Not to be confused with Panettone which is an rich egg bread with raisins.

Pandoro is a golden cake made at christmas in Italy dusted with powdered sugar on a plate under the Christmas Tree with poinsettia on the plate


Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

I just love using all the leftovers from our Turkey dinner for a pot pie. Check it out how easy this is and everyone goes nuts over it. It is so darn easy! You can feed many with this over sized Pot Pie!


No Bake Coconut Oatmeal Balls Recipe

Monday, November 30, 2015
These no bake cookies are perfect for a holiday tray or cookie swap. If you are a coconut lover these will be your new favorite go to cookie recipe!


Pumpkin Pistachio Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Sometimes you just need to have those fall flavors all in one cookie. This pumpkin chocolate chip biscotti just shouts fall and gives you that warm feeling inside. Perfect with that espresso!


Poached Cabernet Red Pears Recipe

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Always an elegant way to serve these delicious pears. Anyone that loves pears will enjoy this recipe. It has all the fall flavors and a Holiday treat here


Roasted Tomato Brussels

Monday, November 23, 2015
A quick and festive side dish for the Holiday or anytime because they are so delicious!

 Roasted Tomato Brussels

Brussels Sprouts
Grape Tomatoes
Dried or Fresh Cranberries
Parmesan Romano Cheese
Italian Flavored Bread Crumbs
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Granulated Garlic
Salt Pepper to taste

Place brussels in a baking pan sprayed with cooking oil. Scatter as many grape tomatoes on top as you like.
Sprinkle evenly with cranberries, cheese, bread crumbs, garlic and salt pepper to taste.
Drizzle olive oil on top and bake at 400 degrees until brussels are soft around 35 to 40 minutes.


Cranberry Brownie Recipe

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Such a colorful full of flavor versatile cake recipe. Great for holidays too. Add more color with blueberries or add some pineapple and coconut to give this a more tropical fruit cake taste. Either way this is a basic recipe that by adding fruit you love that can include apples, peaches, pears will change this adaptable recipe to your families taste!


Beer Can Turkey Recipe

Saturday, November 21, 2015

I know you heard of beer can chicken check out this beer can Turkey!


Pepperoni Provolone Marinara Cupcake Recipe

Friday, November 20, 2015
I know there are so many appetizers to choose from. These by far will be the easiest ones you will ever dream about making These are so quick and easy plus sure to please everyone. Whether for game day, holiday appetizers, picnics, or an anytime snack, these will be that perfect. Serve with freshly heated marinara dipping sauce. These are always asked for and finally the recipe will now be posted so I don't have to write it down for them (smile). The easiest recipes are the best aren't they?


Cranberry Pear Pie Recipe

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Here is a great combination of flavors for the upcoming holiday! Festive and the perfect dessert for your table.

Cranberry Pear Pie Recipe

You will need for this pie:

Double crust either homemade or store bought 


3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4 very ripe pears peeled, cored and thinly sliced
2 cups fresh cranberries

 2 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and coarse sugar for topping crust before baking is optional

In a large bowl combine sugars, flour, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Add pears and cranberries and toss together. Spoon mixture into crust lined pie plate. Top with cut into strips of other crust and shape weaving into lattice topper.
Crimp and seal edges with a fork. Cover edges of pie with foil. Brush lattice with milk, butter and sprinkle with sugar if using.
Bake in hot preheated oven on 350 for 30 to 40 minutes or till browned.

Remove the foil and bake until edges are golden.

Zucchini Salsa Shrimp Stuffed Flounder Recipe

Friday, November 13, 2015

Calling all Seafood lovers! This one will make you swoon for sure. Healthier baked fish that is bursting with flavors you will love! This smells divine while it's baking! Plus I have a great giveaway with an amazing cookbook on slow cooking from Judy Hannemann and you know I love slow cooker recipes. 

She has perfected slow cooking recipes! I just love the slow cooking recipes she has on her blog and the cookbook is sensational!  I just don't know what to make first they are all so yummy!  Healthier versions with familiar recipes the whole family will love  making with the ease of a slow cooker!

 I was lucky enough and honored to receive a free copy of her scrumptious cookbook to review and one  to giveaway to one lucky entry . Do not miss a chance to be eligible to receive this fabulous copy. You will love this cookbook and the recipes are all familiar to what we grew up on, Thank you so much to Judy Hanneman

The garlic, Italian flavored breadcrumbs and Parmesan make this over the top flavorful! This is one of those recipes where you just sprinkle to taste easy and delicious!

Zucchini Salsa Shrimp Stuffed Flounder Recipe

Flounder Filets
Cubed Zucchini
Sliced Green Yellow or Red Peppers
Medium Sized Shrimp Cleaned and Deveined
Olive Oil
Plum Tomatoes Sliced
White Wine
Parmesan Cheese
Minced Garlic
Granulated Garlic
Salt Pepper To Taste
Italian Flavored Bread Crumbs Regular or Panko Style

In a 13x9 baking pan, lay the Flounder on the bottom. Top with shrimp over each piece you have. Sprinkle the top of the fish with minced garlic ( around 1/2 teaspoon minced) and granulated garlic evenly over the fish. Mix around 3 tablespoon melted butter and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a small dish. Set aside. Add on the top the sliced tomatoes, cubed zucchini, sliced peppers to the top of the fish. Drizzle with the butter and olive oil mixture. Add the salt pepper to taste along with grating cheese on top. Sprinkle the entire top with Italian flavored bread crumbs. Pour 2/3 cup of the wine around the bottom pan edge of the pan without touching the fish carefully.
Bake in a hot preheated oven at 400 degrees until the fish flakes with a fork easily around 25 minutes.


Cabernet Lamb Chops Recipe

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

One of my favorite ways to eat lamb is fried on top of stove. Amazing how delicious the lamb is with such few ingredients always look for fresh cuts, I use organic. This is an easy quick way to prepare lamb but the taste of gourmet. I usually serve this with mixed steamed vegetables and rice pilaf. 

Cabernet Lamb Chops Recipe

2 or 3 Lamb Steaks Organic (Blade, Leg or Shoulder)  
1/2 cup Cabernet Wine
3 cloves minced garlic
Sprinkle a little granulated garlic over each chop
Oregano to taste
Fresh mint optional garnish
Salt , Pepper to taste
Olive oil

Optional: 1 lb sliced fresh mushrooms

Saute the lamb on medium heat with 3 tablespoons olive oil. Fry on one side until dark crispy brown in color then turn. Add the salt, pepper to taste. Then continue to brown the flipped side. When lamb is seared add the garlic saute a few minutes then slowly pour in the wine and keep frying until the wine is reduced in half. Continue sauteing for desired doneness. Serve immediately. Garnish with mint if using.
Use the leftover oils to fry the sliced mushrooms in add more Cabernet and saute until crispy.


Best Sweet Yeast Roll Recipe

Sunday, November 8, 2015
I took the easy way out for baking and used a muffin tin. These could have been spectacular looking had I brushed them with butter. I just have to say, they needed nothing else. The aroma was fabulous, the texture perfect and these are sweet and light, what more could you ask for! A mixture of butter, cinnamon and sugar to spread on. We ate them before that even happened. This recipe is a keeper.