Old Fashioned Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Sunday, May 31, 2015
This is my summer go to recipe. Everyone loves short cake but biscuit style. This is a biscuit recipe made in a 9 inch cake pan instead of individual biscuits. Piled high with berries and cream! Being I work so many hours I don't have time to primp and fluff my foods and desserts, especially since it's gone faster than it takes to make. If you want to take the time to make it perfect then I commend you for your efforts! Oh and if you really want to cut time use biscuit mix , 4 cups worth of mix will make
two large ones follow the package instructions!


Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Friday, May 29, 2015
Black beans, jasmine rice, spiced up boneless chicken breasts all rolled up into this heavenly enchilada with melted cheese. We just love this one!

Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Filling: 1/2 can chilies peppers or 1/2 bell pepper diced 
1 cup cooked jasmine rice ( I used the boil in bag rice)
1 can drained black beans
3 cloves minced garlic
1 small fresh finely chopped plum tomato
olive oil
3 chicken breast cut into small cubes
fajitas seasoning, chili powder, cumin 
salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
1 double recipe of enchiladas sauce see below or use 2 can enchiladas sauce
extra sharp cheddar cheese
optional sour cream, jalapeno peppers, black olives
14 to 16 flour tortillas

In a large fry pan, heat oil 2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil and saute the chicken sprinkling the top evenly over the top (around 1 teaspoon of each) with all seasonings around 3 to 4 minutes stirring on both sides. Add the garlic and peppers. Saute until the chicken is done another minute or so,  then fold in the tomatoes.
Add the cooked rice and drained black beans. Stir all together until combined, remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. I also add a pinch of cayenne pepper. Set aside and make the sauce:

Enchilada Sauce
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 clove minced garlic
salt pepper, cayenne
1/2 can finely chopped chilies (I put them in the food processor with the tomatoes)
2 tablespoons self rising flour
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 or 3 pureed beefsteak tomatoes in the food processor ( you can also add the onion, garlic and chilies)

Note: I doubled this recipe for 16 enchiladas

In a small saucepan add flour, oil and chili powder. Stir constantly until lightly browned.  Add the tomatoes pureed, onion, garlic and  peppers.  Add salt and pepper to taste and cook for 10 minutes.

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Antipasto Calzone Recipe

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Our favorite meat calzone all wrapped up in one lovely homemade dough!


Avocado Southwest Shrimp Salad Recipe Video

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Here is a fresh taste of spring and summer all year round! This salad always puts a smile on my face, it's easy and oh so yummy! The healthy alternative for all my readers who wish to shed some weight before the summer hits! This is the one for you, always a hit no matter when I make this you will love the taste I promise! Of course you can add boiled chicken or shrimp to eat and make it a heartier meal but it's great without it!


Grilled Balsamic Chicken Caprese Salad Recipe

Friday, May 22, 2015
Here is the perfect light dinner with herb crusted balsamic chicken and a delicious on a bed of caprese salad. I made this special celebrate a successful diet loss program I was on plus the start of summer with my goal achieved. Eating healthy never tasted so good! Happy summer to all and eat healthy!


Peach Pancake Recipe

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Diced peaches are a perfect addition to these pancakes. I like them so much I didn't even need syrup on them but they taste great with whipped cream more peaches and a dash of cinnamon!


Moroccan Lamb Steaks and Book Review

Sunday, May 17, 2015
It is so exciting and I am honored to be part of this book tour to have experienced and recreate a fabulous recipe from a boholicious cook, friend, author, school psychologist, wife, mother, grandmother, business woman and chef who has debuted her first exotic world travel cookbook +ally phillips from Ally's Kitchen. I have this great opportunity to have been sent a copy of this wonderful cookbook and review it. She makes all these recipes in her book from her experiences traveling all over the world and it is over the top fabulous you will treasure this one and a must have. I would love all my readers to check out all the great recipes from her culinary journey to recreate the authentic foods in her new book which includes this one for Moroccan leg of lamb. Lamb is a favorite of mine and this marinade is over the top fabulous and I know you will love the flavors! She will make her passion contagious to want to cook from the heart as she has and with ease from her exotic travels as she makes you feel all her love for cooking in this fabulous book!

 Ally's Kitchen

Moroccan Lamb Steaks ( slightly adapted from Ally's Kitchen Cookbook pg. 127) 

Moroccan Lamb Steaks and Book Review

6 to 8 leg of lamb steaks ( have the butcher slice them for you)
1 tablespoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon mint
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup olive oil 
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon prepared mustard stone ground
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup pepper jelly
1 zest and juice of 1 lemon

Place all ingredients in a large bowl (except lamb) and whisk together. Add the lamb piercing it with a fork to soak in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. These can be baked with marinade in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for around 35 to 40  minutes or grilled outdoors until the desired doneness. 

Outstanding recipe a keeper for sure!  Enjoy! 

Don't forget to visit her blog for many other great recipes. 

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Ally's Kitchen website: http://www.allyskitchen.com/


Garden Relish Burgers

Friday, May 15, 2015
What makes this Italian? You will have to read the ingredients!

Italian Burger with Garden Relish Recipe

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound loose Italian sausage
1/2 cup chopped pancetta easier to freeze first and then chop or put in a food processor
1- 4 ounce can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
1/4 cup red wine
1 tablespoon steak sauce
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste

Mix all together and shape into patties. I like to lay it out onto wax paper and use a round glass to cut them out.
Heat the grill and cook on medium heat until all the pink is gone. Serve on toasted Italian rolls and garden relish on top recipe below.

Garden Relish:

1 bell pepper chopped fine
2 medium size beefsteak or plum tomato chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 tablespoon bleu cheese crumbled or cubed mozzarella
2 tablespoons chopped black or green olives
2 tablespoons finely chopped cucumbers
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon vinegar

Mix everything together.

Optional: 1 small finely chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped fresh mushrooms, avocado slices

Mix everything together.

Top your burger with relish.


Italian Chickpea Tomato Salad Recipe

Monday, May 11, 2015

A fresh assortment of vegetables, mozzarella, olives with a great homemade dressing that makes this so special!

Here is all you need:

Cubed Tomatoes
Cubed Cucumbers
Cubed Whole Milk Mozzarella
Assorted Olives

Italian Dressing:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano, parsley, sprigs of fresh rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
1/4  teaspoon cayenne pepper

In a large enough bowl to accommodate all the vegetables you have chosen for your salad, toss with the dressing and refrigerate at least 1/2 hour before serving.


5 Minute Apple Tortilla Recipe

Sunday, May 10, 2015
This is the quickest dessert I ever made! Perfect for everyone who doesn't like to bake or cook because it's so easy! You can use any fruit and the same method for the recipe directions that you like. I was just sitting here one day thinking how easy it is to make a quesadilla with cheese so why not a dessert one? Well here is my idea for the quickest dessert I have ever made and everyone actually raved about them, go figure! Mom, dad , your friends and family will love these!


Corn Fritter Recipe

Friday, May 8, 2015
Here is a great little fried corn fritter perfect for a snack anytime!


Roasted Herb Breaded Vegetable Recipe

Thursday, May 7, 2015
When it comes to getting the family to eat vegetables it's like pulling teeth! This is one sure way to get them to eat them. They love this medley with the garlic and herbs and buttery coating, they actually ask for this one over any others now!

 Baked  Herb Roasted Vegetable Recipe

Sliced potatoes
Sliced zucchini
Sliced peppers
Broccoli and cauliflower florets
Julienne style carrots
Green beans or snow peas
Sliced in half plum tomatoes
other suggestions: brussels sprouts, yellow squash, butternut squash cubed, eggplant cubes
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup Reggiano Romano cheese
salt and pepper to taste
sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 or 3 fresh basil leaves chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
3 tablespoons melt butter 
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs or more

Note: for dieters spray all vegetables with cooking spray oil and season

In a large bowl put the amount for your family in a bowl around 4 to 5 cups of assorted vegetables. Add the vinegar, oil, butter and seasonings with fresh herbs. Toss to evenly coat.
Spread out on parchment paper and sprinkle with cheese and top generously with bread crumbs.  Bake( roast) at 400 degree hot oven for around 35 to 45 minutes until they start to brown and potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork.


Chocolate Chip Blonde Brownies

Monday, May 4, 2015
I love easy desserts and something that will let you have more time than standing there baking all day. This is my go to recipe when that chocolate craving strikes! The chocoholics in my family love this too. The ease of this recipe is fabulous! The results even better. You can't go wrong with chocolate chip cookies in a pan made into a brownie form. Thick chewy, soft, melted gooey chocolate?Chocolate Chip Blonde Brownies are the perfect change of pace! What more can you ask for other than "pass the milk please"! I make an easy frosting and drizzle over them while still warm. Delicious!

chocolate chip cookie flavor in a brownie and all in one pan for easy baking

Happy Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Saturday, May 2, 2015
The staples of Mexican cuisine are typically corn and beans. Corn, traditionally Mexico's staple grain, is eaten fresh, on the cob, and as a component of a number of dishes. Most corn, however, is used to make masa, a dough for tamales , tortillas , and many other corn-based foods. Squash and peppers also play important roles in Mexican cuisine. Here are some great Cinco De Mayo Recipes I cooked up for you to share to celebrate.


Grilled Asian Chicken Thighs

Friday, May 1, 2015
If you're looking for a great change in flavors for chicken you just hit the jackpot. These Asian grilled chicken thighs are tender, moist meat that is bursting with all the Asian flavors that makes them so special. The thick rich sauce is the perfect change of pace to ordinary grilled chicken. Everyone raves about the grilled flavors. The best part of this recipe, it's super easy to make!

grilled Asian chicken thighs with a rich thick sauce using hoisien and soy sauce