Polenta Pizzette Appetizer Recipe

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
A great appetizer or quick pizza. Polenta is a staple in Italy.

If really has a great taste when fried or baked. These are baked just like pizza.

You can make your own rounds or buy them in any specialty Italian section of the supermarket.

We really like these with fresh ingredients using freshly pureed plum tomatoes.

These are made with fresh tomato sauce and topped with shredded whole milk mozzarella

Sprinkled with oregano freshly dried from our garden along with freshly chopped basil.


Italian Butter Cookie Recipe

Friday, December 18, 2015

A pretty one for the tray around the holiday. These are simple and everyone always loves them. Little wreaths with tinted sliced almonds. All I do is add some green food coloring to the water, set the sliced almonds into the colored water until they turn green blot dry with a paper towel.


Smoked Pork Chop and Bean Soup Recipe

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Probably the tastiest soup I ever made.

This soup bursts with flavors of smoked pork chops and hearty beans. This one will make you go for seconds for sure!

Smokey flavored soup pork bacon and beans a total comfort food.

Smoked Pork Chop and Bean Soup Recipe

1 lb navy beans cooked (did mine in the slow cooker click here)

1 carrot 3 cloves garlic cleaned and 2 stalks celery put through a food processor

1 12 ounces can diced tomatoes

3 or 4 smoked pork chops

1/4 cup chopped cooked bacon

olive oil

granulated garlic

salt pepper to taste

pinch of cayenne pepper

In a medium-size fry pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil Add the pork chopped and processed vegetables into the pan saute around 3 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup water to the pan and let simmer for 5 minutes.

In a large saucepot add 4 tablespoon olive oil, granulated garlic and cooked beans. Saute for around 3 minutes. Pour the pork chop mixture into the pot, add the tomatoes and around 3 quarts of water.

Stir in bacon and salt pepper to taste.

Simmer for around 1 1/2 hours on low heat. Before serving remove smoked pork chops out of the soup cut off the bone and put back into the soup.

You can also make some pasta separately boiled like Tubertini and add to this soup.

Cake Mix Funfetti Chocolate Chip Crinkle Recipe

Sunday, December 13, 2015

I don't think I ever made an easier cookie than these. The versatility of this recipe is endless. Use whatever kind of mix you like with a few more ingredients and you have a full proof perfect cookie. I love this recipe!

1 funfetti cake mix (I used holiday funfetti cake mix)or any flavored cake mix you like, any brand
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chocolate chips and at Christmas mint chocolate chips (or use whatever you like ,chocolate and peanut butter chips are a great combination also)

powdered sugar for rolling them in

Mix the cake mix, eggs, oil, mint chips and vanilla in a bowl, mix until a ball forms. Refrigerate for around 25 minutes.

I use a meatball or melon ball scooper to form balls of dough. Roll into powdered sugar and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet or silpat mat.

Bake at 350 hot oven until the cookies are set around 10 minutes. Cool completely store in air tight container. These also freeze well.

Grandma's Banana Cinnamon Pancakes

Friday, December 11, 2015
Grandma's banana cinnamon pancakes are my grandson's favorite homemade pancakes.

He just gobbles them up and I wanted to share my homemade from scratch recipe with you.

Since kids are such picky eaters, this is one that hit a home run for us and I am hoping for your kids too.

This is an easy recipe to follow below.


Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
If you are looking for the perfect chocolate cookie this year look no more! Every year we have this tradition to bake cookies around Christmas and usually around 14 to 18 kinds. This one is a long time favorite and for all those Chocoholics out this this one's for you wherever you are!


Cinnabon Roll Muffins

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Here is the perfect copycat recipe in a cinnamon roll made in cupcake tins for those on the go and are big fans of the famous Cinnabon rolls made in the mall.

One of the best smells to me is cinnamon in the house. These muffin rolls make your mouth water before they even come out of the oven.

During the holiday, I always make them all dressed up with a cherry on top and tinted green sliced almonds or pistachios. They look so pretty on the table at Christmas time.

My kids love cinnamon rolls. These rolls reminded them of a famous roll in the mall we would get.

Every time I make them they are so excited to dig in.

They are delicious any time of the day and being made in a cupcake tin make them portable to take along to work or on the go!

Scroll down to my printable recipes card for complete instructions.


Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

I just love using all the leftovers from our Turkey dinner for a pot pie. Check it out how easy this is and everyone goes nuts over it. It is so darn easy! You can feed many with this oversized Pot Pie! Whether the Holiday has chicken, beef or turkey, this is the tastiest way to make those leftovers into another fabulous meal that everyone loves.

Comfort food is always defined as the stick to your ribs and fill me up food right? I laugh when I think of a heavy meal in the winter time that really hits the spot, they are always the best meals when it's a chilly day.

Mom would make lots of pots pies since it was a no waster household we grew up in and these were the best memories. I didn't always make them homemade until I figured out how darn easy they were!

here is an easy recipe on how to make turkey pot pie using leftovers from the Thanksgiving holiday or a turkey dinner. We use up all the vegetables and leftovers in a pie crust filled pot pie and bake it till the crust is golden brown