German Chocolate Cake Mix Recipe

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Coconut has always been a favorite of mine in anything. What a bonus to have this thick delicious sweet and yet creamy frosting over a chocolate style cake. If you haven't had it before you're in for quite the treat! The easiest cake using a mix is a bonus!


Grilled Chicken Peppers Caprese Sandwich

Saturday, August 29, 2015
I had this Grilled Chicken Peppers Caprese Sandwich while on a vacation and decided to recreate it at home, it was better than the first time I tried this!

After tweaking it just a bit and making a flavorful baked chicken first, this is now my all-time favorite caprese sandwich gourmet style!

The biggest difference is how I cooked the chicken, I baked it with lime juice instead of fried it.

I have to say this is one fantastic tasting sandwich!


Eggplant Hummus Recipe

Thursday, August 27, 2015
A healthy appetizer that taste great with no matter what you dip in it vegetables, crackers or pita bread this has an amazing taste. See the special ingredients that makes this so delicious!


Slow Cooker Cheesecake

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
This is the best slow cooker cheesecake you could ever ask for.

I love my baked cheesecake recipe, but this one is so darn easy to make!

Slow-cooked, creamy, smooth, a slice of decadent dessert in just 2 hours!

I still can't believe the amazing results from a slow cooker! This cheesecake is so moist and delicious,.

It's so easy anyone can make it.

Set it and forget it! I love recipes like this one.

I have made this cheesecake in any shape slow cooker/crockpot and now even the instant pot.

This is perfect for the summer months when you don't want to heat up the house.

Making a slow cooker dessert is fun and certainly a showstopper.

Easy removal, toppings of your choice and a perfect decadent picnic and barbeque treat!

Don't miss trying this fabulous creamy cheesecake, it will surprise everyone how it was cooked and taste coming from a slow cooker!

Scroll down and print out this recipe, it's a full-proof hit for anyone that loves cheesecake!

This is an amazing slow cooker cheesecake with strawberries on top. Slow cooked and with everyday ingredients, easy to make and full of the best flavors. This is a light and fluffy slow cooker cheesecake


Easy Chocolate Italian Spiced Rum Cake Recipe

Sunday, August 23, 2015
This is one of those epic fail attempts! I forgot to grease the pan heavily on my swirly pan and my cake fell apart! So a chocolate rum cake to the rescue was born. This is a simple semi homemade cake. One I had often when I lived in Upstate N.Y. with pudding, almonds and yellow cake filled with either strawberries and pudding or even bananas in the pudding. I made it simple no fruit since I was traveling with it. The cake is famous at a local bakery in Upstate Utica N.Y. called the Florentine.

I was planning on bringing a pretty swirly cake at first to my cousins house (Karen and Bill). They invited us to dinner around 3 hours away from us on our way to Sanibel Island for Vacation. The cake didn't make it out of the pan, after I saw it crumble I had to think fast! Turns out to be the best mistake I ever made! When it all fell apart I went ahead and made one of the most delicious Italian Rum pudding cakes and

all chocolate was another bonus! Hopefully they will never find out it was suppose to be a pretty swirly cake (smile).

My cousin Karen Grimmer and I. We had a great time in Sanibel Island together. Karen and her husband Bill made us a great dinner! We had pork and pineapple kabobs on the grill, salad, coconut rice and a great bottle of wine. The perfect dinner to kick off our vacation. Thank you both we just loved your home!

Sanibel Island Florida is just beautiful! I had to snap this shot going over the causeway, just breath taking after dinner on the way to our West Wind Inn. A great place to stay!
My anniversary week vacation I can imagine even how much better the photo would have been if I had my camera! This shot was through a dirty window and from my phone! Go figure!!!

Before you get started here are some suggestions.

 Note Options: You can make this all white or yellow layer cakes, split and fill with vanilla pudding. Add Strawberries on top of the vanilla pudding or bananas on top of the chocolate pudding in a chocolate split layer cake between layers. Using 9 inch cake pans Don't forget to toast the almond! Soak both cakes with the same Rum syrup below before adding the pudding.
Easy Chocolate Italian Spiced Rum Cake Recipe

1 chocolate cake mix made to package instructions. 

  In the meantime make below: 

1 box cooked chocolate pudding made to package instructions and cooled. I used the larger size pudding box.

Then make the syrup below:

Rum Syrup:

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon of allspice or cinnamon
3/4  cups sugar
1/2 cup any white Rum (My cousin Bill said it could use more Rum try 1 cup instead of 1/2 a cup if you love Rum it can't hurt right?)

In a medium saucepan, place the butter, water, sugar and spice in the pan and cook until sugar dissolve around 4 minutes.
Remove from heat stir in the rum.

Pour  syrup over warm chocolate cake that has been broken up into pieces and into a container or large trifle bowl (layered looks beautiful).  Cool. Spread the pudding on top.  Refrigerate until cold. Scoop into small glass dessert dishes.  Top with whipped cream or serve with a frozen confection of chocolate gelato and chocolate fudge syrup on top. 

           Perfect place to vacation and we can't wait to go back! 

Hot Capicola Mushroom Provolone Frittata Recipe

Friday, August 21, 2015
A delicious frittata filled with mozzarella, hot capicola and mushrooms. Of course you can put anything you want in it.
I love roasted peppers in mine.


Addicting Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sunday, August 16, 2015
Addicting Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of the many people's guilty pleasures.

This cookie recipe is made with bread flour to keep them from spreading and also lots of butter.

I have made so many kinds of cookies over the last 20 years so and so many chocolate chip cookie recipes you wouldn't believe it.

Chocolate chips are famous and there are hundreds of recipes on the net, but if you want bakery-style cookies, these are the recipe you're looking for.

You can control crispy to chewy just by over baking or under baking, so make them how you like them and test a few before making a whole cookie sheet full.

If your a cookie jar cookie lover, do try my family's Everything Cookies, Chocolate Chip Shortbread recipe, Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe, and oatmeal cookies!

Scroll down to this easy recipe and give them a try!

these cookies are soft, crispy, chewy they are the perfect chocolate chip cookies and addicting


Mom's Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Sunday, August 9, 2015
One of the pies I really loved warm or cold is Dutch Apple Pie.

I just love the soft but slightly crunchy topping on the apples it reminds me of cobblers more than pie.

Either way with a scoop of ice cream you got one heck of a pie alamode.

Mom uses to make this with a graham cracker crust and by brushing egg yolk on the bottom so it wouldn't get soggy from the apples but through the years I adapted this one as I prefer regular homemade pie crust.

You can do either one.

this is an apple pie with a dutch apple streusel topping


Balsamic Green Bean Pistachio Salad Recipe

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Here is a simple green bean salad perfect alone or as a side dish with your meals. Served cold or hot it's delicious! I just love green beans and with this aged balsamic vinegar they are over the top great! The pistachios give them such a great crunch.

A pretty dish to serve during the holiday too!

Balsamic Green Bean Pistachio Salad Recipe
2 lbs green beans cleaned and washed
Balsamic vinegar we use 18 year aged
Pistachios out of shells
3 garlic cloves minced fine
salt, pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
After cleaning the beans steam or boil them until desired doneness. We like ours soft so it takes around 35 minutes steaming.
In a medium sized bowl add the beans. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons vinegar and the same for olive oil. Sprinkle with a small amount or oregano, chopped or dried basil,  salt and pepper to taste.
Fold in the garlic and blend together.
Before serving place on a plate sprinkle with whole pistachios. We love our balsamic vinegar so we drizzle a bit more on the place for dipping.


Homemade Sour Cream Recipe

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
I have never in a million years would have dreamed how fast and easy it is making homemade sour cream!

During the holiday I always buy lots of heavy cream for pies and baking.

Since I didn't use it all, it just happens to be one of the ingredients to make sour cream homemade!

Simple easy and done in no time at all!

Well check this out and maybe next time you have some leftover heavy cream you will know just what to do with it next time.


Pork Tenderloin with Apple Stuffing

Saturday, August 1, 2015
This pork tenderloin with apple stuffing is a slow-cooked to perfection pork roast with an apple stuffing.

This was better than I ever imagined.

Easy and I felt this was a gourmet meal I was proud to serve to my family and friends!

Since I had a college graduation party dinner, this was the perfect meal to serve.

Everyone was impressed and loved it and I love easy recipes like this one, you may remember my Italian Stuffed Chicken Breast another favorite or my other pork tenderloin stuffed with cheese?

Scroll down to the recipe card for a printable copy.

this is a pork tenderloin stuffed with an apple bread stuffing