Fresh Raspberry Frappe Recipe

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Raspberry Frappe is a refreshing fresh fruit drink and perfect to quench that summer thirst. It's a fun drink and taste delicious!


Churro French Toast With Caramel Rum Sauce For Cinco De Mayo Recipe

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Here is a fun treat for breakfast or anytime snack. You can make them ahead of time then serve them warm or cold for the kids after school. Dip them in a caramel rum sauce for the adults (see recipe below for kids version also) or just with a sprinkle of powdered sugar they even taste great as a dessert! I have also baked them in the oven for less calories! After you try these you decide which way you love them more! Check out the recipe for the Caramel Rum Sauce at the end!


Cheesy Loaded Garlic Knot Recipe

Here is a quick version of garlic knots loaded with cheese made with refrigerator dough. A great appetizer or snack these buttery little pull aparts are so addicting you will be asked to make these time and time again! This is like monkey bread it pulls apart in little pieces loaded with mozzarella!


Angel Food Strawberry Cheesecake Video Recipe

Saturday, April 25, 2015
I love recipes that I can whip together quickly that taste great and everyone raves about. This is one of them. The ease of this one after working all day is the perfect solution for that busy housewife or career woman. This filling is rich and creamy, the strawberries accent the flavors and the whipped cream homemade or store bought just makes the perfect combination of flavors. When I get home after a long day this dessert is often made and everyone always wonder how I find the time. Guess what it takes 5 minutes to whip up. Sometimes store bought has to work, plus it's my birthday and my favorite!


Homemade Cavatelli Rewind Recipe

Monday, April 20, 2015

This has been often asked for by my readers for the recipe which is in the archives from 2009. It seems to get buried in search engines because of I have posted over 2000 recipes since then. So here you go a fresh link! Thank you for the many letters on this one very glad everyone who tried this loved them! I appreciate all the fan mail and just wanted to let you know it means alot to me!
Our Italian style dinner coming right up see the links below!

Homemade Cavatelli
Traditional Sunday Sauce
Homemade Sausage

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Fresh Pineapple Pie Recipe

Sunday, April 19, 2015

There are two favorite pies I made for my dad often years ago, Red Raspberry and Pineapple. The memories I have of him always bring me to wonderful and cherished moments in my life when baking and this is one he would rave to his friends about.
He would share this pie with a very close friend that also was his neighbor, his name was Cosmo. They loved playing cards together and enjoyed each others company. Both have long since passed. He was very good to the family, my kids when the were younger and very generous friend to all of us. Cosmo would call me and offer to pay me for this pie he liked it so much and I told him I would be happy to make this for him anytime he wanted, of course out of the close friendship he had with dad and all he did for us, I would never have accepted payment. The praise from them both was enough for me! The look on both his and Dad's face eating it always brings a smile to my face and so worth the memories I cherish those memories and finally glad I made this again after all these years. I haven't made it since they both passed. Today I needed to remember them and smiling with those memories of both and sharing this pie with my family and the great memories of those days.

This one's for you daddy and Cosmo! R. I. P.


Semi Homemade Blueberry Cinnamon Bar Recipe

Saturday, April 18, 2015
This is the easiest recipe in a hurry and it's semi homemade. Adding fresh blueberries will make all the difference.

 Semi Homemade Blueberry Cinnamon Bar Recipe

Here is all you need:

1 box blueberry muffin mix made to package instructions
1 cup fresh blueberries
cinnamon and sugar mixture for topping
Mix the blueberry muffin mix to package instructions and fold in 
1 cup fresh blueberries.
Grease a brownie sized pan 12 x 9 and pour the mixture into the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Bake at 350 preheated oven until middle is set around 25 to 30.
Cool and cut into squares.

Note: for cinnamon sugar add 2  tablespoons cinnamon to 1/2 cup sugar and place in a plastic zip lock bag and shake until blended.


Taco Salad Bowls Recipe

Friday, April 17, 2015
I love creative and pretty foods. This was so easy I just couldn't believe how perfect, fast and fun to make and ea


Chicken Mushroom Baked Pasta Casserole Recipe

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A perfect and easy casserole to make for a crowd or just make this pan full and freeze for later. The leftovers are fabulous reheated and freeze well! These combination of flavors are sure to wow your family and guests! I have taken this one to many functions always a big hit! Check out how easy and oh so flavorful!

Chicken and Pasta Casserole Recipe

3 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 cups shredded jack cheese or cheddar cheese I like some of both
1 clove garlic minced
1 lb package small or medium shells cooked al dente
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 stick butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup sherry
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
1 package butter crackers crushed
more butter for the top
Optional 8 ounces or mushrooms

In a large saucepan add 1 tablespoon butter and then garlic saute for 1 minutes. Add the flour and fry 1 minute add the chicken broth, milk 2 tablespoon butter garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, Sherry and simmer to make the medium thick sauce.
In the meantime cook the pasta al dente. Add the rest of the butter in a 13 x 9 pan and put in the oven to melt the butter swirling around. Add the drained unrinsed pasta to the butter dish. Toss in the cooked chicken. Pour the sauce over the top. Sprinkle with cheddar, parmesan cheese. Top with butter crackers drizzle some butter on top and bake at 350 for 1/2 hour or until heated through.


Homemade Italian Bread Stick Recipe

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
You can never go wrong making bread sticks.
The herbs and cheese brings a perfect balance to any dinner table and if you really want to get creative, serve them with your favorite marinara or alfredo sauce to dip them in.


No Bake Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake Recipe

Sunday, April 12, 2015
I am always looking for quick and easy ways to make a dessert my family will love. I just knew these combinations of flavors would be a big hit and blended perfectly together. Check out the easiest way to whip up an incredible tasting dessert in no time! The freshness of the strawberries just puts this one over the top!

Check out this quick teaser video:

No Bake Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake Recipe

4 small snack pack instant pudding individual containers or make 1 package vanilla instant pudding to package instructions
1/2 cup softened whipped cream cheese
1 - 8 ounce container non dairy whipped topping thawed
1 pint or more of fresh strawberries hulled and sliced
2 or more packages of cinnamon graham crackers leave some crushed for the top for garnish (you can also use vanilla wafers if you don't have graham crackers)

In a medium size bowl add the vanilla pudding with whipped cream cheese and blend together until smooth. Fold in the thawed whipped topping.  Set aside.

Line a deep dish around 8x8 inch square pan with graham crackers for the first layer. Add a layer of sliced strawberries, then the whipped filling mixture, more strawberries, top with graham crackers and repeat ending with whipped topping. Save some strawberries to top for garnish. Best refrigerated for at least 3 hours before serving but who could wait? Not us!  Enjoy!

Fresh Rosemary Topped Baked Potato Recipe

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Boiled first then baked... infused with delicious herbs. Here is the perfect side for any meat meal you have.

Fresh rosemary
granulated garlic 
fresh or dried parsley
butter melted
white wine
olive oil
salt pepper to taste

Boil as many potatoes for your family for around 25 minutes in salted water. Drain. Place potatoes in an oven proof baking dish. Drizzle butter,  olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and a little white wine over each potato. Bake at 400 degrees until skins begin to crisp and basted each one with the mixture. Around 5 minutes before serving add all the herbs to the tops of each potato spooning the butter from the dish over the tops and herbs, continue baking 5 more more minutes. Serve hot.

Italian Stew Recipe

Thursday, April 9, 2015
This is a basic stew you can add what ever you like to. This is my version. This one has lamb in it but you can use any kind of meat you like or none at all. Sop up the juices with some great crusty Italian bread and you will have the perfect meal! What really happened was I bought some awesome lamb steaks, they were cut from the leg. Well after marinating them they still weren't tender so the meat went into this stew. Don't ever throw out tough meat this is what should have next after a disappointing meal, stew!


Grandma's Italian Easter Cookie Recipe

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Just a basic Italian cookie dough then twisted into a birds nest shape to celebrate Buona Pasqua. Hope you have a wonderful Easter with love, laughter, good health and of course great food.

I will share the link for this basic cookie dough Italian wedding cookies!

Roll into rope and criss cross at the bottoms, they will bake into little nests.

Use this basic recipe click here
Frost with tinted green icing or use store bought
Add nonpareils on top
Add jelly beans in the center more if you like!



Italian Red Cabbage Recipe

Friday, April 3, 2015

Very colorful sauteed cabbage makes the perfect side dish for the Easter Holiday tables. Of course it's delicious anytime but especially festive this time of the year. The garlic and spices makes this one a delight to anyone who loves cabbage. Don't miss this one if its perfect for any meats you serve! It's so pretty!

 Italian Sauteed Red Cabbage 

2 cloves minced garlic
1 medium head red cabbage
2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
dried oregano
olive oil

Boil the head of cabbage cut into quarters until tender. Drain. Rinse.

In a large fry pan add 3 tablespoons olive oil and add garlic. Saute 1 minute add the drained cut up cabbage. I sliced it while soft even smaller with a cooking scissors to make it into strips.

Continue to saute adding granulated garlic, salt, pepper to taste for around 10 minutes turning often using medium heat.
Add the balsamic vinegar at the end and toss.
Served as a side dish with any kinds of meat.

Ricotta Mozzarella Twice Baked Potato Recipe

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Here is a simple twice baked potato made in the microwave. You won't believe how easy these are and very packed with flavor. Everyone loves these. The best side dish for any meal!
The cheese blends make them smooth and fluffy.

Ricotta Mozzarella Twice Baked Potato Recipe

4 potatoes microwaved, cut in half and scooped into a bowl (saving the jackets later to fill). I use yellow potatoes.
3 tablespoons cream cheese
1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
salt and pepper to taste
grating cheese Parmesan and Romano blends
1/2 teaspoon granulated or more for to taste
paprika and dried parsley for garnish on top

Using an electric mixer beat the potatoes and all ingredients adding a little milk if it's looking dry.
Spoon into the jackets,  Top with some grating cheese. Sprinkle with paprika and dried parsley.
Heat in the microwave when ready to serve or in the oven. These are great made ahead of time.