Homemade Sausage and Mushroom Slider Recipe

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
I just love making homemade sausage and these sliders with sauteed mushrooms are just over the top great! I will give you even more suggestions for toppings at the end. The sausage alone is amazing in flavor and you will never buy store made sausage again. Check out my mom's recipe!


Best Easter Recipe Roundup

Sunday, March 29, 2015
collage of cookbook recipes
                                  Cooking with Mom's Recipes  Order cookbook Here   

  homemade pasta called cavatelli which is made from flour and ricotta with sauce and meatballs

Grandma's anisette flavored Easter Bread with boiled eggs in the center

                                                          Grandma's Easter Bread

Honey glazed ham for Easter and it's spiral ham glazed with honey ham is sweet

                                                            Honey Ham

roundup of recipes for Easter these are deviled eggs

                                                                 Deviled Eggs

Easter Eggs naturally dyed natural dye is healthier for kids and adults here are some tips to make them dyed with all natural ingredients
                                                                Natural Egg Art

Roasted vegetables in part of my Easter roundup these are a medley of all kinds of vegetables roasted with herbs spices and cheese

                                                              Roasted Vegetables

Baked zucchini sticks are a delicious vegetables baked with panko bread crumbs and dipped in marinara sauce in my Easter Roundup

                                                         Baked Zucchini Fries

Ricotta cheesecake this is an old Italian recipes for Cassata

                                                        Italian Cassata and more desserts

Easter Mini Cassata Cheesecakes and ROUNDUP POST PIN FOR LATER


Microwaved Smashed Potato Recipe

Friday, March 27, 2015

Looking for a delicious side dish in 15 minutes? Microwave these potatoes and check out how yummy they are below in this recipe!

Microwaved Smashed Potato Recipe

Enough potatoes for your family (2 potatoes feeds 2 people and this recipe is for 2)

Add 2 tablespoons for each:

Add to taste:
Salt, pepper

Granulated garlic (around 1/2 teaspoon)

Add 1 tablespoon each:
Grating cheese 
Chopped parsley for garnish

Optional: add 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese or any good melting cheese.

Microwave your potatoes until cooked with peels on them. Cool until easy to remove peels. Place the whole potatoes in your baking dish, add milk, butter, salt, pepper, granulated garlic and grating cheese. Using a fork mash them down leaving chunks. Serve hot.

Grilled Cheese and Capicola Roasted Pepper Sandwich

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Melted provolone cheese or mozzarella with hot capicola and peppers. I love roasted peppers on this sandwich. Amazing how the easiest things taste so good! Not hardly a recipe but more than satisfying any day of the week!

Here is all you need:

Hot Capicola 
Italian sliced bread
1 jar of roasted pepper or homemade
Provolone slices or mozzarella
olive oil
granulated garlic

Heat a griddle or panini pan on medium heat. Brush both sides of your Italian bread with olive oil.
Place 1 slice of bread on the grill with 2 pieces of cheese of choice on that slice then add 3 slices of hot capicola on the bread. Add the peppers. Top with another slice of bread that has been brushed with olive oil. Sprinkle with granulated garlic on both side and then grill until cheese is melted flipping once.

Roasted Vegetable Medley Vinaigrette

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hot or Cold this vegetable salad is bursting with garlic, oil herbs and spices. I personally could eat this everyday. Everything about roasted vegetables with this homemade vinaigrette dressing makes me crave this again and again.

Roasted Vegetable Medley Vinaigrette

1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 3 lemons (1/2 cup total juice)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon honey
Few dashes Tabasco sauce  
Pulse in blender  making a smooth vinaigrette,  garlic, zest and juice of lemons, salt, honey and Tabasco. Turn blender on low and slowly drizzle in oil until well blended. 
Set aside. 

Roasting Vegetables below

Assorted roasted vegetable suggestions:  ( click here to get recipe for roasting and see how) 2 10-inch zucchinis or 2 10-inch yellow squash, brussels sprouts, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers are a few suggestions  we use a medley. Cook using the instructions link above. 

Serve by tossing the cooled roasted vegetable in the vinaigrette dressing. Top with options below. Serve hot or cold

Optional Additions:

1/3 cup toasted pine nuts, pecans, walnuts or  blanched slivered almonds, toasted and cooled
1/3 cup diced fresh basil
 Homemade croutons (click here for the recipe)
1 cup assorted small chunks of fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, garbanzo beans, avocado chunks, added to the  cooled roasted vegetables.


Nutter Butter Stuffed Brownie Recipe Video

Sunday, March 22, 2015
This is such a decadent brownie. Rich with a favorite cookie inside them and are tops in our household. The cookie inside is what makes these brownies over the top! Bursting with chocolate and peanut butter is the perfect combination and makes them a wow factor. The chocolate frosting just puts them over the top indulgent!


Shrimp Scampi with Pasta and Spinach Recipe

Saturday, March 21, 2015
I love shrimp and everything in this dish. It fast and easy and if you're a seafood lover, you just hit the jackpot! We love this one especially when you're in hurry and want to throw a great meal together quickly. For those of you that aren't seafood lovers substitute boneless cubed chicken breast it's terrific with chicken too! Also add a little heat to it with a few tablespoon of hot sauce!


Italian Sausage Chili Recipe

Friday, March 20, 2015

I love a hearty dish of Italian Sausage Chili and this is one comforting dish to make for your family. This Italian Sausage Chili, is loaded with crushed meatballs and Italian sausage. The sauce is slow cooked. Pasta is cooked separately and mixed in this delightful dish after that slow simmered sauce  with beans, then it's completed!

this is a pasta dish in a pretty yellow leaf style dish with baby shell pasta crushed meatballs, sausage and beans in a delicious tomato sauce


Italian Baked Chicken

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Delicious oven fried chicken with all the right spices that make that crispy skin so perfectly seasoned. This is one of those quick and easy recipes that we make often because after you eat it this way the family will ask for it again and again! It's healthier version and I promise it really taste fried!

Healthier baked chicken pieces baked in the oven crispy that taste fried baked to perfection


Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
If you have loads of time and not working, everything can go into a huge dutch oven on the stove top. However I don't have that luxury of staying at home. I love this dish but not crazy about chicken looking like it's boiled after it cooks in a slow cooker. Here is the remedy for the best slow cooked cacciatore I have ever had. Just make sure you but a great loaf of Italian hard crusty bread to sop up this delicious sauce!

chicken in a crockpot slow cooked with peppers, tomatoes and spices making a rich finger licking good tomato sauce this is a classic Italian dish


Italian Cannoli Recipe Upstate NY Style

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Here's everyone's favorite in our house, Italian Cannoli. Years ago, my mom use to use wooden molds, wrap the dough around them and fry them in a deep sauce pot! I use metal ones, then deep fry in a deep fryer. Love the deep fryer because once they turn brown, you just raise the basket out and the oil drips off them, perfectly browned to perfection


Guinness Beer Sauce For Grilled Ribeye Steaks

Here is one that you will make over and over again. Guinness Beer Sauce For Grilled Ribeye Steaks. These flavors are wonderful in this recipe. The sauce makes the steak tender and still juicy even when it's over cooked. Give it a try.


Italian Roasted Potato Recipe

Friday, March 13, 2015
Italian Roasted Potatoes are the most asked for potato recipe in many Italian homes. These are served at  just about every Italian wedding in Upstate N. Y. It's a must have on the buffets!

these are potatoes roasted in the oven with Italian seasoning in a glass dish baked


Baked Herb Asian Chicken

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Baked Herb Asian Chicken

Asian style chicken will be the hit on your tables.Here is a easy flavorful chicken perfect for baking or on the grill. Marinate for tenderness and this will be a delicious chicken baked or grilled. Using stir fry sauce or oyster sauce makes this very tasty!


Baked Herb Asian Chicken Recipe

4 tablespoons Lime Juice

3 tablespoons Olive oil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 cup oyster sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon Parsley and 1 tablespoon Oregano

Legs and Thighs, wings or breasts

Optional: Before cooking top with sliced mushrooms, pineapple rings and slices of bell peppers.

Mix the parsley, oregano, lime juice, garlic powder, soy sauce, brown sugar and olive oil in a large freezer bag and add the chicken pieces around 7 to 8 pieces.

Marinade for 3 hours or overnight. Before cooking, baste with oyster sauce and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper to taste. Place on a greased cookie sheet or aluminum pan. You can also grill during grilling season. Bake at 400 degrees until juices run clear around 35 minutes. Serve with jasmine rice or any kind of rice you like.


Roasted Peppers Pepperoni and Egg Recipe

Monday, March 9, 2015
Roasted peppers, pepperoni, eggs and provolone is a great combination for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's even great in a sandwich. I love the flavors melded together. Anyone who loves Italian food will appreciate this one. When we were growing up this was a treat for us and made on someones birthday or special times.


Sweet Potato Roll Recipe

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Here in the south we make potato rolls with sweet potatoes, I use to make this dough with regular white potatoes, either way its a great recipe and addition to any holiday meal! Enjoy these Sweet Potato Rolls on your holiday tables

Sweet Potato Roll Recipe


Chicken Caprese Recipe

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Chicken Caprese is a fresh salad on top of deliciously grilled or baked chicken. This is great whenever you make a huge pot of chicken soup with lots more chicken than needed for the soup pot? Seems I always have alot of chicken left over.  Here is a great way to make a second meal with all that chicken when that happens. It's economical, easy and everyone will love it! Make a big pot of chicken soup boiling boneless thighs or breasts boneless and use the some of the boiled pieces for a second meal!

Quick and delicious! Read on.

 Chicken Caprese Recipe


Mommy McNugget Bites Recipe

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What's better than homemade mommy mcnuggets?  I just love these little gems, you can decide what to dip them in. I will provide a link with 18 different dipping sauces that actually is my most viewed post of all time with this blog so thank you!
These are so easy and the kids will love them! Yes their fried! You can bake them if you like!

Mommy McNugget Bites Recipe

1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper or more to taste
2 boneless chicken breasts cubed (sliced lengthwise then in bite sized pieces)
1 plastic freezer size bag
Vegetable or Canola oil 

Optional : grating parmesan cheese

In a large fry pan heat the oil on medium heat until it starts to sizzle.

Add the flour and spices in the bag. 
Shake the chicken in the flour mixture and fry till golden brown in vegetable or canola oil.
Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

 Shown Dipping Sauces some are :  Bourbon,  Salsa Cheese,  Asian Peanut Butter Click here for the recipes

Breakfast Bagel Bread Pudding Recipe

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Apples Bananas and Blueberries what an a  great combination of flavors, served with warm caramel over the top 

and whipped cream! The best fruit bread pudding I ever had using these delicious bagels instead of bread.
What an amazing dessert this turned out to be!

A perfect dessert when you want comfort foods. This baked bread pudding is a real treat anytime.

Breakfast Bagel Bread Pudding Recipe

2 bananas mashed
1 cup blueberries
1 apple peeled and chopped
3 eggs
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 quart size container of half and half 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 raisin cinnamon bagels cut into cubes

In a large bowl beat the eggs with 2 cups half and half, add the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla until blended. 

Place the bagel cubes in a heavy butter greased baking dish around 3 quart size.

Fold in the fruits to the liquid mixture just to stir.  Pour over the bagels cubes and let sit for around 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Press down any cubes not soaked with mixture. Add more half in half if it's not covered.  Bake on 400 degree hot oven until browned and bubbly. Around 40 minutes.

Serve with caramel ice cream topping and whipped cream.

Try some of my other breakfast treats:

Apple cinnamon baked french toast
Cake mix blueberry muffins
Blueberry crumb muffins
Strawberry Cheesecake muffins
Baked Pancake
Cinnamon mini muffins
Potato Fritata
Chocolate Chip Raspberry Pancakes
Breakfast Sandwich Ham and Eggs
Breakfast at Christmas Homemade Sausage and Eggs
Porterhourse Steak Egg Omelet and Marsala
Chicken Omelet Marsala
Tropical Pineapple Pancake with Coconut Syrup
Curt's Breakfast Burrito
 Berry Cherry Pancakes

Check out my video on Banana Bread Pudding


Sweet Potato Rice Pudding Recipe

Monday, March 2, 2015

 Sweet Potato Rice Pudding Recipe
2 cups water ( I use coconut water)
1 cup arborio rice
3 cups milk
3/4 cup freshly made mashed sweet potato around 1 lb. roast it or microwave until soft.
3/4 cup honey (see substitutions below)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
dash salt


1/4 cup heavy cream whipped with a tablespoon sugar added
cinnamon sugar mixture (1 teaspoon cinnamon to 3 tablespoons sugar mixed together)
crushed graham crackers
cinnamon stick (optional)

Simmer rice and water for around 20 minutes until soft in a  medium sized saucepan that is suitable for the oven as well.
In a large bowl whisk together milk,  pumpkin, honey, vanilla, salt and spices. While the rice is still hot, add the pumpkin mixture, stirring until well blended.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Bake until the liquid is reduced about 1/3 and is foamy looking around 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. 
Taste this first, if you feel you would like this sweeter, add 1 tablespoon at a time of powdered sugar and stir this in. I do not prefer this overly sweet. 

Transfer to a bowl and refrigerator overnight.

Serve with whipped cream and sprinkle it with cinnamon.


Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Sweet roll recipe with the best creamy icing. The perfect comfort food in the cooler weather. We just love the smell, it's hard to wait until they are cooled off to eat them and we always end up burning the roof of our mouth because we just can't wait!

Basic Sweet Roll Recipe

1 package of dry yeast placed in a 1/4 cup warm water

1 cup milk heated to just warm to the touch
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups flour
1 egg

Combine the milk, sugar, shortening and salt let cool with the milk to slightly warm. Add 1 1/2 cups of flour, beat in the yeast and egg. Add the remaining flour beating until it forms a soft dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

Cinnamon filling:

1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoon butter melted
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Combine all together.

Roll dough out into two rectangles on a floured board. Spread with half cinnamon filling mixture on each dough and roll up like a jelly roll sealing the edges.

Cut into 2 or 3 inch thick rounds and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet to rise for another 30 minutes.

Bake at 375 in a hot preheated oven for around 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Frost while warm with cream cheese frosting below.

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 3 oz. package of cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat together and spread on warm rolls.

+claudia lamascolo author