Italian Tuna Skillet Recipe

Friday, February 27, 2015
Dressed up a little, this classic dish is no where near what you would expect in a tuna casserole it's better than ever Italian style. The flavors are rich and delicious almost Alfredo style but even creamier. I love the Italian twist we put int this one and the addition of the tuna, peas adds an abundance of flavors.
Quick and easy to make in a matter of minutes!

Italian Tuna Skillet Recipe

1 pound fettuccine
3 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
4 garlic cloves minced fine
2 cans of Italian tuna packed in olive oil drained or Smoked Salmon works great!
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes or fresh diced plum tomatoes (optional)
1/2 cup Pinot Grigio white wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup fresh peas or frozen
1/2 cup Romano/Parmesano cheese grated
salt, pepper and red pepper to taste
1 cup chopped fresh basil for garnish

Cook the pasta in boiling salt water until al dente.
In a deep non stick skilled saute the garlic for 3 minutes with the extra virgin olive oil. Add the tuna and tomatoes stir to heat them through. Add the wine and cook one minute then add the cream. When bubbles start to form, stir in the cheese, add all seasonings to taste. Fold in the peas and then toss the drained hot pasta with the sauce. Sprinkle with more grating cheese and garnish with chopped basil. 

Spinach Vegetable Soup Recipe

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I don't make many all vegetable soups recipes with the meat lovers in my home but this is one we love because of it's hearty bold flavor. It you love beans this one is for you!  It's also much lower in fat and will be favorable on your waistline!

Spinach Vegetable Soup Recipe

1 cup finger carrots
1 can drained corn
4 cups fresh spinach
1 small can tomato sauce 4 ounces
1 lb diced fresh tomatoes or use a 28 ounce can
3 tablespoons chopped celery
1 can kidney beans or black beans
1 can great white northern beans
1 can drained peas
1 can chick peas drained and rinsed
1 cleaned and cubed potato
1- 8 ounce package fresh mushrooms
1 medium zucchini chopped in chunks
Optional: 2 cups finely sliced cabbage and 1 minced onion

8 quarts of water or more if needed while cooking and evaporates
2 teaspoons granulated garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper or more to taste

In a 5 quart of larger saucepan, saute garlic in 4 tablespoons oil then add all ingredients. Simmer on low for at least 3 hours until all vegetables are soft and cooked.

You can boil and cook your favorite noodles in a pan and add the drained pasta to this pot after this soup is cooked,  if desired.

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Greek Roasted Eggplant Recipe

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Full of flavor and not the fat! Eggplant roasted with herbs, spices and topped with feta cheese. Here is one dish I make often and even great in a sandwich with pita bread! 

Here is all you need:

Eggplant sliced thick lengthwise
Sliced plum tomatoes
Sliced bell peppers
Feta Cheese
Granulated garlic
Oregano dried
Salt, Pepper to taste
Olive oil
Lemon slices

Of course you can add what you like in spices. I usually add a little cayenne pepper for some heat.

Lay the eggplant on a prepared cookie sheet lined with foil, parchment or silpat mat.
Place sliced tomatoes, peppers and feta on top of the eggplant. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings to taste. Roast at 375  degree hot oven until the vegetables get soft around 20 minutes. Drizzle with freshly squeezed lemon.

Serve warm. This also taste great in pita bread.


Peanut Butter Chip Brownie Recipe

Thursday, February 19, 2015
I found that these are just the perfect sweetness when your sweet tooth calls. Just a small wedge will satisfy you. For the peanut butter and chocolate lovers, this is a nice treat to indulge with that ice cold glass of milk or even some hot cocoa.


Italian Amaretto Hot Toddy Recipe

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Well here is Claudia's answer and remedy to a cold blustery winter's day to warm you up and great stress reliever. I am all souped out! Stress has taken over between work, weather and winter blues. Here is a comforting drink to warm you from your head to your toes and takes you to a cozier state of mind! It's been a tough winter here in 2015 for most of the country. With the flu season upon us this makes a great Italian hot toddy so whose in? If you want to warm your soul this one's for you where ever you are!


 Italian Amaretto Hot Toddy Recipe

1- 1/2 ounces Amaretto or Frangelico Liqueur
1 oz white rum
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 oz boiling water

Pour everything into a mug and stir until sugar is dissolved. 
Garnish with a wedge of lemon.

Japanese Steakhouse Mushroom Soup Recipe

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Often referred to as clear Japanese soup in restaurants. I just love the taste of this. Mine has a little more flavor of soy, ginger and garlic. A great tasting soup with lots of mushrooms in it. If you like this soup it isn't exactly the same as those steakhouses but sure to satisfy in a pinch. Very easy to make and takes no time.


Nutella Heart Brownie with Frangelico Hot Fudge Sauce

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Maybe you've heard of this 2 ingredient Nutella Brownie?


Slow Cooker Asian Style Beef Recipe

Thursday, February 12, 2015
First thing that you need to buy is your favorite meat. Whether it is a melt in your mouth beef, pork or chicken this recipe will make you and your family and friends the perfect sandwich. This recipe will be the best way you'll ever cook meat and to perfection every time. I use either a 5 to 7 quart crock pot, some great seasoning ingredients and then this special Asian sauce that makes a perfect blend of flavors so let's get started.

Slow Cooker Asian Style Beef Recipe
You will need your choice of:
4 pound boneless roast rump or eye of round or 4 pounds boneless chicken breast or 4 pounds pork tenderloin
1/2 cup bourbon
1/2 cup beef broth or chicken broth
4 cloves finely minced garlic

Toasted Hard Rolls
Note: you can use all beef broth, chicken broth instead of bourbon

In a 5 or 7 quart crock pot place the meat of choice, garlic, bourbon and broth in the pot and cook until tender around 4 or 5 hours on high or 6 to 8 on high. Shred with two forks. Use a slotted spoon to drain the juice then add to a toasted hard roll. Add the sauce over the top and serve.

In the mean time get the sauce recipe below ready.

Asian Sauce:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup
4 tablespoon hot chili sauce or chili sauce mild
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons grated and peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice powder
2 teaspoons sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
In a small saucepan combine all ingredients, simmer around 10 minutes.
Place the shredded beef, chicken or pork on the bun, add the sauce and serve.


Cutting and Roasting Butternut Squash Tips

Monday, February 9, 2015
One the the easiest vegetables I ever made. This roasted squash is delicious plain. The whole squash is only around 60 calories to eat.

I love that it's healthier to roast and a better alternative than boiling and cutting it up in little pieces to get a great side dish! See my video below that made these so easy to cut through and then how quick it roasted. You can then make soups, freeze it or just enjoy it as is.

Cutting and Roasting Butternut Squash Tips


Cheesy Frankfurters Potatoes and Peppers Recipe

Saturday, February 7, 2015

We use to go nuts for potatoes and hot dogs when I was a kid. My dad would always make them for us. Then when I had kids and we were on a strict budget I would make them. The kids went nuts when I added the blends of cheddar over the top. Easy throw together meal and they were over the moon for this one!

Small cubes of potatoes 
Hotdogs cut up you decide how many per family
Cheddar shredded cheese to cover the top
Bell pepper slices 
Olive oil for drizzling
Garlic powder
Cayenne pepper
Chili powder
 Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional:  Add  1 cup of sauerkraut on top with 4 tablespoons of Thousand Island dressing for a Reuben style casserole. Substitute swiss cheese instead of cheddar.

In a bowl add the cubed potatoes, cut up hot dogs, slices of bell pepper, salt, pepper and cayenne to taste.
Arrange in your greased baking pan to fit. Drizzle the top with olive oil and sprinkle with chili powder.
Bake on 400 degrees until the potatoes are browned on top and hot dogs begin to brown. Top with shredded cheese and bake till melted. ( add the sauerkraut before the cheese and dressing if using and  top with  swiss cheese last.)


Everything But The Kitchen Sink Soup Recipe

Friday, February 6, 2015

This soup gets it's name for various reasons. Number one, usually throughout the winter months a collections of frozen vegetables are in desperate need to cook up. Then I usually buy fresh vegetables and can't use them up fast enough. This is a soup that everything goes into the pot! We throw in whatever we have. You can choose what your family likes but in this case I have mixed vegetables, green beans, cannellini beans and the list goes on and on as you can see. Two kinds of pasta and rice. Now I probably just made the heartiest soup you may ever heat! Enjoy!

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Soup Recipe

4 chicken thighs or breast preferably boneless
1 cup instant rice
1 cup pasta for soup of choice cooked and drained (you can use broken up spaghetti if you have some laying around, I usually have a half a box in the cupboard)
2 cups tortellini cooked separate and drained
2 cups mixed vegetables
1 cup cut frozen green beans
1 10 ounce frozen package chopped spinach
1 cubed potato
1 cubed zucchini
1 can of cannellini beans
1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 stalks diced celery with leaves
1 fresh basil leaf
salt, pepper, cayenne, basil, parsley and granulated garlic to taste
1 diced onion
4 quarts water
grating cheese

Optional suggestions:  finger carrots, sliced mushrooms, chopped fennel, kidney beans, shredded cabbage, sliced sausage, cubed ham, leftover steak pieces, mini meatballs, chopped escarole, kale or swiss chard.

In a large deep saucepan add the chicken and water. Simmer for around half hour skimming off the top as it cooks. After the broth is clear put everything in the soup pot except pasta, you can add the rice around 1/2 hour before it's completed. Simmer around 2 hours on low.
Add to your taste,  salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, granulated garlic and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese to the soup.

Add the cooked pasta of choice when soup is completely cooked. 

Take the whole chicken pieces out of the pot and when slightly cooled cube the chicken up and place back in the pot. Ladle into bowls, serve with more grating cheese 

Raspberry 5 minute Heart Trifle Recipe

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Here is a great way to use up leftover pound cake or regular cake, with some other simple ingredients you will have the perfect dessert for Valentines Day or "just because" for your significant other. Of course you can choose to make this for yourself too,
I won't tell anyone!

Raspberry 5 minute Heart Trifle Recipe

Here's all you need for a quick dessert:

(Make 1 individual serving below)

Store bought pound cake or your own leftover cake

1 small heart shape cookie cutter

1 container snack pack size of vanilla pudding

Raspberry syrup, preserves or canned pie filling (or use any flavor you like strawberry, blueberry or use hot fudge, caramel and marshmallow toppings)

canned whipped cream

miniature chocolate candy bars cut into pieces

clear trifle mini cups or use shot glasses

On a cutting board cut cake into 1 inch high slices of pound cake or other cake your using. Using the cookie cutter, cut out heart shaped pieces of cake as many as you need for the bottom and top. Set aside.

Add raspberry syrup, preserves or pie filling, a teaspoon at a time stirring into your vanilla pudding cup and still until pink ( I used around 1 tablespoon).

Layer starting with the cake, then raspberry flavored pudding, more cake. Top with more pudding, whipped cream. Arrange heart shaped cake along the top. Drizzle with a small teaspoon of raspberry syrup and garnish with chocolate pieces.

Very simple dessert. Of course you can adapt to any flavors using strawberries, blueberries or other syrup and preserve flavors mixed in the pudding.

This was a quick pink heart Valentines Day dessert I threw together in 5 minutes. You don't have to be a baker to impress someone with this delightful dessert!

No Bake Chocolate Chip Mascarpone Cheesecake Recipe

Sunday, February 1, 2015

If you love easy desserts here is one you're going to love. It's a rich delicious dessert that comes together in minutes!
Anytime I am in a hurry this is my go to dessert. Oh course if you don't want to add the chocolate try it with sliced
fresh strawberries or other fruit you love!
  This is a versatile recipe you will make again!

No Bake Chocolate Chip Mascarpone Cheesecake Recipe

1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese room temperature
1 - 8 ounce container of mascarpone cheese
1/3 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon
1 1/4 cups heavy cream whipped and chilled
1 teaspoon marsala wine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips more for garnish
6 to 8 pie mini crust shells or use 1 - 9 inch pie shell cooked (graham cracker or regular pie dough)

In a medium bowl whip the room temperature cheeses together and set aside. Whip the heavy cream with the sugar. Blend the cheese and whipped heavy cream together then gently fold in the the  mini chips, vanilla and marsala wine.  Spoon into your favorite prepared crust or homemade pie crusts shells. Garnish with mini chips.