Halloween Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcake Recipe

Saturday, October 31, 2015
I love this vintage recipe for chocolate mayonnaise cake. These are moist and stay for days fresh the problem is they don't last long on our table! One of my all time favorites recipes. I used my old time recipe batter for making cupcakes this year for a Halloween festive treat. You can use canned or homemade frosting. The kids will love you for these!


Doll Cakes

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Doll cakes are such fun for any party or event and easier than you think! I love cake decorating and this food art was the perfect creative idea. With Halloween and Breast Cancer awareness month, I needed to make something special with my family nieces and nephews in New York. I decided to visit my family this year in October which was perfect for this project. We make special food art every time I visit. These doll cakes looked over the top special for the girls and then Halloween for the boys. We always do a creative cooking project of some kind the make great memories. Something they would be able to pass on to their children someday. I love making great memories in the kitchen that will be etched in their minds for years to come when they think of Aunt Caca, that was my nickname! Thank you Kelli Kitchen for letting our family get together using your easy techniques we loved the project and it was so perfect for the girls to do this!

this is a doll cake with the Halloween theme of a witch in purple


Chicken and Bean Escarole Soup

Friday, October 16, 2015
Chicken soup is part of my weight loss program. I lost 25 pounds eating healthy soups and vegetables within 6 months. The beans are added for proteins and make a delicious addition to this soup.


Homemade White Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

Sunday, October 11, 2015
When we were growing up mom would buy a pumpkin every year for me. I knew that when my pumpkin was done being cute and part of the Halloween scene it would get cooked into something special. Of course the usual was a pie. Here is what she did with the puree, well one of the the things. These are not too sweet, just right! These are so easy!

these are a white chocolate pumpkin spice bar with an easy to make bar for fall cookie with white chocolate and pumpkin all homemade from scratch recipe


Pasta Sausage Fagioli Recipe

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Baby shells, sausage in a rich homemade tomato sauce with beans. Perfect comfort food.

Pasta Sausage Fagioli Recipe

2 pound link sausage sliced 
1 pound cooked baby shell pasta to package instructions and drained (or use any small pasta like ditalini)
3 cans cannellini beans washed (or use dried cooked homemade beans around 1 pound)
2 stalked chopped celery
4 pounds fresh plum tomatoes put through food processor
3 cloves minced garlic
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1/3 cup grated romano cheese
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
1 teaspoon fresh chopped basil
1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley
dried oregano to taste
1 teaspoon sugar

In a large saucepan add 3 tablespoon olive oil and saute the sliced sausage links. Add the garlic, celery and stir fry for 1 minute. Add beans and the tomatoes if using fresh or (canned use 3 - 28 ounce cans plum tomatoes). Cook until the liquid evaporates around 30 minutes. Add the granulated garlic, cheese and spices, sugar to taste. 
Continue cooking until sauce is thickened around 25 more minutes. Boil the pasta and add last. Stirring to combine.

Italian Loaded Parmesan Potato Skins Recipe

Friday, October 9, 2015
Love Potato skins loaded? Well this is not your average potato skins loaded. I made some cheesy crusty Italian loaded Parmesan coated potato skins that everyone loves!


Picnic Pork Roast Marsala Recipe

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
I love this cut of pork called picnic style pork roast, the meat is so versatile. This is one way we enjoy this pork roast, of course with an Italian flair. We serve this with carrots and (as you can see the Traditional Sunday Sauce simmering in the background) a big dish of your favorite macaroni.) Seriously you can't over season this with herbs they make it over the top but you add as much as you like. Of course it comes out great in the slow cooker but the crispy outside from roasting gives this the wow factor.


Semi Homemade Red Velvet Cake

Sunday, October 4, 2015
An interesting tasting cake, a soft flavor of chocolate with a deep red color cake.

Perfect for those who don't want a great tasting cake without taking all the time to make it.

If you like easy you came to the right spot, this is it.

Sometimes when you're in a hurry you need a quick fix, this will certainly not disappoint you.

For those of you that dislike using cake mixes, then try my homemade scratch version below.

I enjoyed the frosting how it complimented this cake and flavors.

I love semi-homemade this one is a perfect blend of flavors!

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the cake mix version, or use my all made from scratch recipe for Homemade Red Velvet Cake.

Red velvet cake made with a cake mix and semi homemade with cream cheese frosting


Baked Italian Toast With Banana Recipe

Thursday, October 1, 2015
This is a perfect brunch or delightful breakfast. The family loves this recipe and it's a great way to get rid of over ripe bananas and lots of milk about to expire!