Spicy Honey Beer Mustard Recipe

Saturday, January 31, 2015

This spicy beer mustard is the perfect addition to pastrami or homemade pretzels. A great dip with just the right flavors. It's actually a little more yellow that the photo as the lighting wasn't as great as I wanted.. It's just the right amount spicy as a little sweet. Also the trick is to soak overnight. See complete instructions below, this is a wonderful treat for those special sandwiches and

 homemade pretzel bites!!

Spicy Honey Beer Mustard Recipe

1/3 cup yellow mustard seeds
1/4 cup brown mustard seeds
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 cup dark beer, divided
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

In a small bowl cover the seeds with vinegar and 1/2 cup beer. Cover and set inside the refrigerator overnight. 
In a small sauce pan, mix together the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cool for around 4 minutes. In a blender add the seeds with soaking liquid and cooled mixture from the saucepan. Puree until smooth and blended together. Place in a glass or plastic airtight container. Refrigerate overnight before using.


Loaded Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe

Friday, January 30, 2015

If you're a loaded baked potato lover, this recipe is for you!
Just like a loaded baked potato this is a comfort favorite food using pasta with the same flavors throughout this mac and cheese recipe. It full of all the same ingredients but in a
delicious cheesy pasta sauce!

 Loaded Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe

1 lb small sea shell pasta cooked al dente and drained
2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar and more for the top 
1 cup milk or half and half
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup sour cream 
3 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
1/4 cup or more crispy cooked bacon crumbled
salt pepper to taste
1 teaspoon granulated garlic

Optional: 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs or butter crackers crushed for the top

Boil the pasta, drain. Add to a deep dish baking pan around 13x9. Heat 2 cups milk, cheeses, garlic, 3 tablespoons butter, sour cream and cream cheese in a large saucepan stir until melted. Pour over the pasta, sprinkle with more cheese on top, then crumbled bacon, more cheese. Bake until bubbly and set. If using crumbs add the on top.  I broil the top of mine for crispier  cheese pasta, that's how we like ours.


String Bean Beef Stew

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I really love stew and vegetables don't need to be in season to make it or even cold out!  This string bean beef stew is great all year long!

String Bean Beef Stew


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Jack Recipe

Monday, January 26, 2015
The pork loin is great slow cooked and will feed many people for a party, Of course I am cooking for more than 70 people. If you need to make a large amount of food this is the perfect solution in a slow cooker for the gang. They will love it and all you need is to provide some rolls and maybe a great side dish I will give you some suggestions for.


Homemade Corn Syrup Recipe

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Lots of recipes call for corn syrup. I learned how to make it many years ago from a cake decorator in Schenectady N.Y. , a great friend of my late Aunt Mary's. Corn syrup is just invert sugar which simply means it won't re-crystallize during the cooking or baking process when used in many candy recipes such as marshmallows and other favorite candy recipes. I think you will be very pleased if you use corn syrup in your recipes and this will keep in mason jars for around 3 months on the shelf.

Homemade Corn Syrup Recipe

5 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
dash of salt 
candy thermometer
mason jars

Place all ingredients in a heavy duty non stick saucepan. Clip the candy thermometer to the side. Stir sugar until just moistened with a clean metal spoon.
Do not stir again, the sugar will crystallize. Let this come to a boil.
Brush down the sides (when it comes boil )with a pastry brush dipped in water to remove any crystals that form on the sides, this will ruin the corn syrup when poured in the jars later if any sugar crystals remain. Do not stir this or it will become a cloudy mess.
Continue to boil until the candy thermometer reaches 235 to 240 then remove the pan from the heat and let sit for 2 hours to cool and do not touch the mixture. You must cool this completely. 
Ladle into 1 cup mason jars. You can store in you cupboard up to 3 months. If the syrup is too thick, microwave the jar without the cover on for around 25 seconds. Makes 1 quart.

Tips when you need Honey check out my substitutions!

Did you ever need a substitute for honey? Try these

DIRECTIONS for Honey in pinch subs for 1 cup honey called for in recipe:.

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup liquid (use liquid called for in recipe).
1 cup molasses.
1 cup light or dark corn syrup.

1 cup pure maple syrup.

Homemade Grain Bread Grilled Cheese Recipe

Friday, January 23, 2015

Not so much an Italian recipe. I am making a healthy grain bread today and adding some sharp cheddar to the homemade bread for a delicious sandwich everyone will love. Shush they won't know it was partially healthy for them! I really used the sharpest cheddar and loved it. Try it with provolone and mozzarella and tomato that's another great sandwich I make!

Homemade Grain Bread Grilled Cheese Recipe

2 tablespoons yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 cup warm water
3 1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
2 tablespoons lemon juice
7 cups all purpose flour or use wheat flour
1/4 cup flax seed, cracked wheat, sunflowers seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups bread flour

In a medium size bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water. In a large bowl mix the remaining water, honey, molasses, oil, eggs and lemon. Mix well. Add the to the yeast mixture and let sit. Add the flour beating well. Then add the seeds, flax and wheat. Let sit 20 minutes, Stir in the salt and rest of bread flour. Knead 15 minutes till smooth. Put in a bowl rise till double. Add cornmeal to the bottoms of your greased loaf pans. Cover to rise 20 more minutes.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 40 minutes or until browned on top. Cool before slicing.

Grilled Cheese Recipe

 Slice two thick  pieces of bread.  Add two thick pieces of sharp cheddar cheese or (optional 1 slice whole milk mozzarella 2 slice provolone and a sliced tomato). Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a fry pan. On medium after the butter has melted, toast each side of the bread flipping over to ensure it browns nicely not burnt.

Panko Roasted Eggplant Recipe

Thursday, January 22, 2015
I really love roasting vegetables and can make them healthier and still full of flavor. Panko Roasted Eggplant Recipe is amazing and delicious!

Panko Roasted Eggplant Recipe


Apple Crisp for One Recipe

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Apple crisp is one of my sons favorite desserts.  He inspired me to make something for him while I am on a diet. Of course I did have to taste this to make sure it's worthy of a post! He loved this and said "wow"this is great! Of course that was music to any cooks ears! Apple crisp for one in a mug and done in the microwave, 
it's quick and easy.
Matter of fact it took around 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 minutes 

from start to finish!  What's even more exciting is I had the most views and pins in one hour on this than any other ! thanks!!!

Apple Crisp for One Recipe

Here's all you need to do:

1 thinly sliced Macintosh apple they're my favorite! (you can use any baking apple)
2 tablespoons old fashioned oatmeal
2 teaspoons flour 
2 teaspoons brown sugar or more if you like this real sweet
2 tablespoons butter

Cooking spray
1 soup mug or deep coffee mug
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

This is layered so read the whole recipe before throwing this together:

In a large mug prepare it by using spraying with cooking oil.
Place a layer of apples, sprinkle with cinnamon to taste, 1 tablespoon oatmeal, 1 teaspoon flour, 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 1 tablespoon butter. Add another layer of apples and repeat remaining ingredients of layers, ending with butter.  I added 1 teaspoon of water to the top.

Microwave 2 minutes and check apples. If the apples pierce easy with a fork and are softened it's done. If not continue 1 minute at a time. It depends on the thickness. Mine took 3 1/2 minutes total.  

Serve warm with whipped cream. or ice cream

Leftover Beef and Rice Stir Fry Recipe

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A simple rice and steak dish with some seasoning. This is a leftover steak meal that works when your on a tight budget. Nothing goes to waste and the second time around becomes an asked for dish. 

Leftover Beef and Rice Stir Fry Recipe

2 to 3 cups Cooked rice
1 egg
Soy sauce
Leftover steak of any kind
2 tablespoons butter
1 clove finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt, pepper and  cayenne pepper to taste

In a large fry pan melt the butter and add the oil. Add the egg and stir until cooked through. Add the rice,  minced garlic and stir fry until starting to get browned takes around 12 to 15 minutes. Add 1/4 cup soy sauce and mix with 3 tablespoons water. Add to the pan and stir. Stir in the cooked left over steak just until warmed up. Season to your likeness with salt, pepper and cayenne.
Perfect side dish or meal adding a salad and garlic bread.

Slow Cooker Chicken with Penne

Thursday, January 15, 2015
My favorite part of this dish is the buttery fried garlic breadcrumbs garnish on top of this dish.

Slow Cooker Chicken with Penne


Slow Cooker Veal Stew

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Veal stew with herb and spices slow cooked. The flavors throughout the stew are wonderful and enhance the potatoes, zucchini, carrots and green beans. A whole meal with a tender piece of meat that melts in your mouth.

Slow Cooker Veal Stew 

2 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 pounds sliced or cubed Veal
3 springs fresh Rosemary
2 Potatoes cut in cubes
1 cup finger Carrots
3 cut in wedges of Zucchini
1 cup Green Beans
1 cup White wine
1 teaspoon Lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
3 minced garlic cloves
1 cup fresh tomatoes pureed
1 cup beef broth
1 chopped onion'
2 celery ribs chopped

In a large fry pan saute the veal in oil and butter a few minutes on each side. Add all the broth, vegetables, herbs and spices, wine and sauce to the slow cooker. Place the sauteed veal on top of the vegetables and cook 6 to 8 hours on slow, 4 to 6 hours on high. Thicken if too thin with a mixture of 2 tablespoon flour and 2  tablespoons water add to the slow cooker 20 minutes before done. Great served with plain rice or boiled pasta noodles.


Simple Apple Cake Recipe

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Don't you just love simple recipes? Well here is a cinnamon apple cake that will knock your socks off. The aroma alone will make you swoon and the family won't let it cool before you have them eating this one!  Not a baker?  This is your go to recipe, simple, easy and super delicious! Enjoy!

Simple Apple Cake Recipe

Mix in a large bowl:
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 beaten eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Fold in:

3 cups chopped Mcintosh or other baking apples

Grease: a 13x9 pan or (make 2 smaller square pans) then spread the thick mixture into the prepared pans and bake 1 hour in a preheated oven of 325 degrees.

Optional Streusel Topping:

(Before baking mix together and top your batter with this)

2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons melted butter


Blueberry Almond Scone Recipe Video

Monday, January 12, 2015

I love Blueberry Almond Scones , I have made all kinds that make me smile. These were another one of those combinations I had to try. I like the ease making them, not a cake, not a bread, not really a biscuit but close.


Vegetable Chicken Soup Recipe

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Whether you leave use chicken legs, thighs or breast meat, you can make the best ever chicken soup. This is a hearty vegetable soup and great meal all in the one pot that anyone can easily make to feed a crowd. There are many other additions you can add to this soup to make it even heartier. Don't be afraid to add whatever your family likes.


Italian Stuffed Yellow Squash Recipe

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Here is one of those comforting dishes that you either love or hate. Well I love stuffed squash no matter what ones you use. This one is a keeper and I go back to over and over again without fail. It has that Middle Eastern flair with allspice that really bursts with exotic flavorings. Perfect for the winter months and always great when you want that home cooked comfort food.

Italian Stuffed Yellow Squash Recipe

1 lb of ground lamb, hamburger or turkey
2 cup of raw quick cooking rice
2 cloves of fresh minced garlic
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon allspice
cayenne pepper to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry basil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 whole fresh basil leaf chopped
1 sprig fresh oregano chopped
2 sprigs of fresh mint  chopped
1 can tomato paste
1 pound of fresh tomatoes put through food processor skins and all
red wine
8 large or 10 small yellow or green squash ...

Mix rice, lamb, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste and all spices except fresh garlic together in a medium size bowl.  Set aside in the refrigerator.

In the meantime, slice zucchini in halves this usually makes sixteen halves. Scoop out all the insides with a spoon and put aside. Stuff with mixture. Pour into a dutch oven saucepan 1 cup of burgundy wine, tomatoes and rest of paste. Place zucchini on top and stack . Add water to cover half way up the pan. Add garlic cloves in the tomato-water mixture, 1 fresh basil leaf and salt, pepper to taste.

You can stack these in a slow cooker on high for 4 to 5 hours or on top of stove in a large saucepan and simmer on low 2 hours or more until fork tender.

I place mine in a dutch oven pan that has a tight fitting lid in the oven at 350 degrees until the rice and zucchini is tender takes around an hour and half to cook. Once the fork goes through the squash it's done.

Here's a crockpot recipe for stuffed squash:  Crockpot Stuffed Squash

Want desserts using that leftover zucchini? Try these recipes :  Zucchini Coconut Bread, Chocolate Zucchini Bread, Prize Winning  Cranberry Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread


Burgundy Chicken Stewed Stew

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Nothing warms up the house better than cooking up a nice pot of stew. I love beef too but decided chicken was going to be the main meat in our dish this evening. The wine is up to you, Burgundy is old school and that's what we always used for years.

Burgundy Chicken Stewed Stew


Italian Panzerotti

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Italian Panzerotti are a fried inside out pizza, as they were described to me when I first had them. These are fried pizza pies but the filling is inside, like a fried stromboli stuffed pizza crust.

Panzerotti is a stuffed fried dough with italian meats, cheese and fried with sauce in it. It is like an inside put pizza


Baked Sausage Peppers and Potatoes

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
A casserole style Italian dish we never get tired of. Get out that Italian crusty bread and you got a match made in heaven. I just love sausage and peppers and the hotter sausage the better for me! We make this often. Sometimes the classics are the most comforting. I remember my mom would make this dish and the smell would hit you in the face coming through the door when I came home from school. That was truly one of my best memories of her cooking besides meatballs of course.

Sausage baked in the oven with roasted potatoes and peppers and Italian classic casserole


Quick Lasagna Recipe

Monday, January 5, 2015
Nothing like planning a dinner party last minute.  My version of Quick Lasagna!

Fast and Easy quick lasagna you can make any time during the week for all those lasagna lovers out there that are in a hurry. This lasagna has everything you need to wow your family and guests all in one pan.


Ham Cabbage and Potatoes

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Easy delicious Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes, staple growing up in the 1960's in our home. This dish will feed a large family inexpensively.   Ham really enhances the flavors in the broth with the potatoes and carrots a very hearty meal. We had this often and I still love to make it.

this is leftover ham from holiday with potatoes, carrots and made into a soup


Chicken Cutlet Quesadilla

Saturday, January 3, 2015
A great way to use up fried chicken or in my case I had some cutlets leftover and added them to these delicious quesadilla. Serve them with some homemade salsa and the whole family will ask you to make these again. See how simple these are and check out the quick recipe suggestions below. A quick meal for lunch or dinner also a great appetizer for game day!

Quesadilla is a tortilla filled with cheese. This one also has a chicken cutlet for the perfect appetizer


Cinnamon Fig Walnut Refrigerator Biscuit Recipe

Friday, January 2, 2015

Here is one I didn't have a chance to post during the holiday. Great anytime, perfect for guests and delicious with coffee.
Try these with your espresso. Simply delicious.

Cinnamon Fig Walnut Refrigerator Biscuit Recipe

1/2 cup Kalamata dried figs chopped (or other kind of figs you like) you can substitute raisins or dates also
1  teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup walnuts chopped
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
cooking spray
2 tubes of refrigerated dough biscuits (10 per tube)
pinch of all spice

1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine in a small bowl set aside
There are two ways to make these see below:

In a saucepan combine all the above ingredients except refrigerated dough, cook until the mixture comes to a boil. I do these two different ways. 

Method number one: Flatten the dough with the palm of your hand, fill with a teaspoon of mixture and roll them placing seem side down pinching the sides then place on the parchment paper. 

Method number two which is faster:  On a parchment lined cookie sheet spread the fig mixture on the paper. Add all the biscuits on top of that mixture. Brush with the melted butter, sugar and cinnamon mixture.

 Bake at 375 degrees hot oven until the biscuits are browned.  Around 15 minutes. If using method one place on rack to cool. Method two, invert on a platter and serve.


Lentil Chicken Soup Recipe

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Start off the New Year with this hearty rich lentil soup. 
I really love chicken soup, it's old fashioned comfort food that just makes you feel better. It's healthy too.  There are so many things you can add to it and make it a whole meal. Here is one soup I love the richness of by adding lentils. You can also add pasta or cooked rice and other beans if you prefer. Here's the basic soup recipe. 

Lentil Chicken Soup Recipe

1 package 12 oz of lentils sorted and then cooked to package instructions

2 boneless chicken breasts

1  28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 chopped celery stalk
dried parsley, oregano and basil
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
3 cloves minced garlic
sliced carrots
salt and pepper to taste

5 quart saucepan
olive oil
grating cheese for garnishing

In the saucepan saute garlic in 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add around 3 quarts of water. Place the sliced carrots, celery chopped, tomatoes in the pot. Add the chicken breasts whole and simmer for around an hour. Skim off the top of anything that floats on the top from the chicken. Sprinkle herbs and spices evenly over the top of the water (around 2 teaspoons of each). Take the chicken out and dice it when cook and put back into the pot. Add the cooked lentils.
Salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and add grating cheese to the top.