Spaghetti Pie

Thursday, July 30, 2015
This is a totally delicious Spaghetti Pie casserole that the kids and adults just loved who cares what shape you make it in.

Personally a pie plate isn't deep enough to get the full experience of Spaghetti Pie so I use a casserole dish and savor the deep dish flavors of this great all in one meal!

It's an American version sometimes referred to as poor man's lasagna.

All in all, it's one of the tastiest and tallest casseroles I have ever made and usually done in a springform pan, but since I didn't have one, my casserole vessel did the trick.

I love the fact that it's packed with delicious cheeses and amazing Italian sauce.

Just be sure to make two because this spin on the classic spaghetti taste more like lasagna and a fun spin on spaghetti plus it can be any shape and cut like a pie!

Homemade Marinara or store-bought sauce will be a compliment in flavor to this casserole on your tables.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card to print off this kid-approved recipe!

this is a casserole of spaghetti pie with sauce, ground beef topped with lots of melted cheese


Zucchini Spaghetti Recipe

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A light olive oil white sauce with delicious grated cheese makes this the perfect alternative for pasta lovers. If you are watching your calorie intake this one is 60 calories for 2 small grated zucchini and the taste is just perfect! This is an easy meal or side dish to make when you are in a hurry. 

Zucchini Spaghetti Recipe

2 zucchini peeled and shredded in long strands (I used a long hand held grater to make it. I actually tried the plastic one that is used to make zucchini spaghetti and it was more work!)
2 cloves minced fresh garlic
salt, pepper to taste
cayenne pepper just a dash
2 to 3 tablespoon wide shredded Parmesan grated cheese 
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 chopped fresh basil leaf
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
optional: 2 tablespoon white wine

Place the zucchini shreds in a microwave bowl with water to cover or use a small saucepan for top of stove. Bring to boil.  Cook around 10 to 12 minutes adding a pinch of salt to the water. Check for softness.  Drain.
Saute garlic in oil for 2 minutes in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add all the spices, herbs (and wine if using) then the zucchini until blended. Mix in the cheese as much as you like. Add one or two more tablespoon of olive oil, stir.  Serve immediately.

Option: You can add fresh tomato sauce on top of the zucchini then top with more cheese,  this was a white sauce version.

Another option is to add boiled cooked shrimps on top.


Make Your Own Brown Sugar Recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

How many times you want to make that recipe and out of brown sugar? Well here is the simple solution. You just need two ingredients. Mix in a bowl, store in an airtight container!

To keep it soft add an apple slice or piece of bread to the container, it's amazing that neither gets moldy! If you prefer to use a terra cotta clay disk, its around $7.00 at a baking shop. That will do the trick on preserving the brown sugar from getting hard as a rock just add it to the container.

Make Your Own Brown Sugar Recipe

Light Brown
2 tablespoons molasses
1 cup white sugar

Dark Brown
3 tablespoons molasses
1 cup white sugar


Butterscotch Pudding Cake Recipe

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
A delicious confection with a buttery flavor so easy to make and a great dessert.


Self Rising Flour Recipe

Monday, July 20, 2015

Don't go out an buy something you already can make in seconds! Spend less by doing this!

When A Recipe Calls For Self Rising Flour Recipe

1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix together, use as needed!

Cake Flour Recipe Do It Yourself

Saturday, July 18, 2015

After researching what was in cake flour and finding out it's a cinch to do, I decided to let you in on this little secret. Why pay more money for something that takes no time to do? Check it out!

How many recipes call for Cake Flour? Then you go out and buy this expensive addition for your pantry for nothing. Why?  Because you didn't know how easy it is was to make it yourself. Let's get started shall we?

Recipe for Cake Flour

1 cup all purpose flour minus 2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Now put through a sifter and you got it! 

To make a great tasting cake check out this recipe below!

Cake Recipe:

2 1/2 cups cake flour see above for recipe
1 cup sour cream
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup finely ground almonds
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons orange, lemon or lime peel zest
1 cup unsalted butter softened

Process zest, almonds and sugar in food processor set aside.
Mix egg, vanilla and sour cream stir together set aside.
Cream butter and sugar, zest mixture together in a large mixing bowl around 2 minutes. Slowly add the sour cream and eggs one at a time then stirring in with all the dry ingredients left.
Bake in two greased 9 inch or bundt pan on 350 degrees for around 30 to 55 minutes depending on the pans you are using.


Homemade Italian Almond Paste Recipe

Friday, July 17, 2015
Almond paste is easier than you think to make.

It's so expensive to buy and we usually wait until the Christmas and Easter holidays to even bake with almond paste.

Now making it at home all homemade, it's so economical, we can make our favorite pastries all year long.

If you haven't tried making it before you will just need a few things before we get started.

A candy thermometer is a must-have to make it right.

Remember to use whole blanched almonds as the skins will make it bitter.

Nothing but the best ingredients.

This recipe makes 3 pounds and well worth the time it takes and if you can't use it all at once, don't worry, it freezes well for 1 year tightly wrapped!

Makes sure you have airtight containers available for storing.

If you need some ideas for using Almond paste, you can mold it into shapes for decorating cakes, it's great in cookies, pies, pastries and perfect for that holiday baking.

Scroll down to print off this easy recipe.

this is a delicious homemade almond paste using freshly ground almond for cookies, pastries and all Italian style recipes using almond paste. It is stored in a mason jar.


Homemade Lemon Extract Recipe

Thursday, July 16, 2015

You may remember my vanilla extract recipe homemade? Well this is one I use often in my sesame seed cookie recipe that my family can't get enough of. When I saw the price of the lemon extract I decided it was high time to make my own and this one is better than the flavor I have purchased in stores.
So easy to make too. I love it. Makes the best tasting cookies and great in cakes! Lets get started!

Lemon Extract Recipe

1 cup vodka
6 whole lemon peeled and washed and peel with no white part of the rind
Slice up the rind in string form and add to the vodka place into a medium size sauce pan.
Heat to boiling then cool and add to a glass jar. Store for 4 weeks in a dark cupboard area. Shake occasionally.
Use without rind in it by straining it into a clean glass covered jar. Then store in the refrigerator or dark cabinet area.
Use as needed in cakes, cookies and other recipes calling for lemon extract.

Homemade Baking Powder Recipe

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Did you know the kind of baking powder you buy in the store has aluminum in it and if you have a sensitivity to it then it is something you should be eliminating right ? Well this is not hard to put together. I leave mine in a glass jar and keep it on hand by making only 1/2 cup at a time. Happy baking!

Homemade Baking Powder Recipe
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons baking soda
4 tablespoons cream of tarter
Mix together and store in an airtight jar or in airtight plastic container.

Don't forget to do the test on it when you keep it a long period of time or better yet date it!
TEST TIP:  If you need to check and see if your powder is still actively working at maximum capacity do this: add a half teaspoon to 1/2 cup hot water and if it bubbles it's still active. 

Just Add Water Baked Pancake Mix Recipe

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I don't like standing over a hot stove especially in summer. These can be the perfect solution for your camping needs as well. The mix is easy to put together, lasts around a year I keep mine in the refrigerator but you can store in the pantry. I make four good size pie tins baked out of this mix or for each batch mixed around 8 pancakes. Then by adding fruit to the top with some cinnamon, sugar and butter you have the perfect baked pancake in the oven or grill! Of course cooked meats can be added to for the complete breakfast.
Note: for those of you wanting to really cut time just buy the complete mixes at the supermarket. Follow package instructions making the batter a little thinner with adding 3 tablespoons more water than recipe calls for. Proceed to bake and use topping suggestions with instructions below.

Just Add Water Baked Pancake Mix Recipe

2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups cake flour
1 cup powdered milk
3/4 cup instant malted milk powder
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup butter powder
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons egg powder
3/4 cup buttermilk powder

Garnish suggestions:

Sliced fresh apples, blueberries, sliced peaches or pitted sliced cherries
Mix all dry ingredients into a large container or use a freezer ziplock bag and shake all together.

maple syrup
Cooked pork sausages, bacon or ham slices

Disposable pie tins
Cooking spray

When ready to make your pancake add 2 1/4 cups dry mix with around 3/4 cup water or more I like it thinner batter. Depending on the altitudes you may need a little more water. 

Pour into greased pie tins. Top with fruit if using then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, dot with butter.

Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees until browned on top around 20 minutes.

If using the outdoor grill,  place tin and batter on low heat with the grill cover down for 10 to 15 minutes. 


Grilled Glazed Bourbon Ham Steak

Monday, July 13, 2015

Whether you are using ham steaks, a spiral ham or any kind of meat, this is a great barbecue sauce that glistens with sweetness. Grilled or baked it's the perfect sauce! I have used this sauce on chicken, ribs, burgers and even hot dogs!

this is a marinade for ham steaks, spiral ham glaze or any kind of pork you will smoke, grill or bake


Shrimp Quesadilla Appetizer Recipe

Saturday, July 11, 2015
This is a really easy dinner appetizer to make for any party and even great to bring to the office. This one travels well and reheats easily. If you don't like shrimp try these with bacon or pepperoni. Either way you are sure to please your family and friends.


Healthier Baked Barbecued Chicken Leg Recipe

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A little trick I use to get the fat out then pour your favorite sauce on top and then find out what else I do to make these healthier baked chicken legs over the top delicious!

Healthier Baked Barbecued Chicken Leg Recipe

12 to 24 Chicken legs skinless (or with skin on I make both as I do not eat the skin some people love the skin crispy.)

Salt, pepper, granulated garlic powder

In a large saucepot to accommodate all your legs, add water to the pot and boil the legs for around 40 minutes simmering on low. Save the broth for soup later.
Place precooked legs on a large aluminium foil oil sprayed baking sheet adding the spices.
Bake around 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Add the barbecue sauce of choice and broil the tops until its starts to get almost a sizzling grilled look. Cook longer for crispy skin if you leave it on.


4th of July Cheesecake Flag Pie

Friday, July 3, 2015
Every year I try to make some festive desserts and this flag pie for the 4th of July was perfect!

It was surely delicious but so darn impressive, I had more compliments on ever and it was nothing hard to do!

Making strips of refrigerated pie crust or homemade, getting the right colors of fruits, boxed cheesecake mix and you're on your way to a festive pie!

I love celebrating with a Patriotic table for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, 4th of July with red, white and blue themes.

Everything was just perfectly decorated.

I served this surrounding the same colors in the tablecloth, all festive paper products and it was a smash hit 4th of July memorable party.

This cheesecake stood proud and not for long, they all devoured it!

We always watch the fireworks and have a wonderful assortment of Red White and Blue foods to serve.

This pie is so simple to make and the perfect dessert!

A no bake cheesecake flag pie with just baked strips of pie crusts and stars made seperately for decorating on the 4th of july, memorial day or any patriotic event