Spinach and Cheese Calzone Recipe

Thursday, April 28, 2016
A favorite calzone with Spinach and Ricotta. Loads of cheese and sure to please! Of course you can add meat to your meat lovers out there calzones. See below for some suggestions.

Spinach and Cheese Calzone Recipe

1 recipe of fresh pizza dough or at least 2 pounds of store bought
2 bags of fresh spinach or 2 10 oz packages frozen thawed,drained and water squeezed out
3 teaspoons of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup Ricotta cheese seasoned with salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
olive oil
slices of provolone cheese and slices of mozzarella cheese

You can make one large one or individual small ones.

In a large fry pan saute garlic in 1/4 cup of olive oil till golden brown, add spinach and cook till tender. Cool. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes

Take a handful of dough and roll out with your hand till flat. Add 2 slices of provolone cheese on the bottom of dough. Spread with Ricotta cheese.  Put spinach in the center of dough,  top with 2 slices of mozzarella. Roll up leaving each end open. Bake in 400 degree hot oven on a baking pan drizzle olive oil on the pan and on the top of calzones. Bake until golden brown. Make slices on top cutting open for easy of eating, serve with marinara sauce.

Optional: you can make the with whatever you like on top of the Ricotta cheese to include mushrooms, olives, sausage, pepperoni, chopped ham, peppers, eggplant slices, chopped broccoli or anything you like in making calzones


Grandma's Old Fashioned Shortcake Recipe

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Making the biscuits fresh was always the best, Grandma always made them from scratch. We would never be satisfied with anything but that crunchy, buttery tasting biscuit that had a flaky goodness. Fresh whipped cream and cut strawberries the perfect dessert back in the old days and now! I can eat this for breakfast.


Raspberry Flour Tortilla Turnovers

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Raspberry Fried Flour Tortilla is filled with a sweet fruit and crispy shell on the outside then sauteed in melted butter. One of the easiest desserts I have ever made . You can really add any fruits you love inside these tortilla, but raspberry is my favorite.  you like for a filling. A versatile dessert inside or any savory filling makes these tortilla a special treat either way.  Go ahead and use your imagination! Since it's my birthday week I went and made these for myself and will make again real soon for my next dinner party.

Rich filled flour tortilla into a turnover, fried stuffed with raspberry filling for Cinco De Mayo on a white plate and powdered sugar


Italian Green Bean and Tomato Salad Recipe

Friday, April 22, 2016
The dressing on this makes these beans super delicious. You can add as much as you like to taste. Perfect spring or summer salad. Add some garlic bread and a glass of vino and you have a great little lunch for my dieting friends and this is so healthy! Add whatever other vegetables you like. I will give you some suggestions below.

Cubed plum tomatoes or vine ripe tomatoes
Extra Virgin olive oil
Freshly cleaned and steamed green beans keep warm
Salt, pepper
Granulated garlic
Good grade Balsamic vinegar (mine is 18 year aged)
pinch of cayenne to taste
Grated cheese 

Optional additions that go great in this salad: sliced boiled eggs, chickpeas, sliced olives, feta cheese, mozzarella balls, crumbled bacon, any kind of cold cut meats, cubed provolone, sliced mushrooms, chopped broccoli or cauliflower, grilled eggplant or zucchini, croutons.

Place the beans in a bowl, top with cubed tomatoes ( or whatever else you like). Sprinkle with herbs and spices to taste. Drizzle with EVOO and Balsamic to taste. Sprinkle with grated cheese.  This is good cold or warm.

Baked Potato Wedges and Sausage Recipe

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Easy throw together side dish in no time. Everything goes onto this parchment paper in the oven with no mess to clean. Next time I will throw in some peppers an tomatoes to give it some color!

 Baked Potato Wedges and Sausage Recipe

2 pounds sausage cut into small pieces ( you can use chunks of pepperoni also)
potatoes sliced in wedges
dried oregano, basil, parsley and granulated garlic 
Italian bread crumbs
Parmesan Romano grated cheese
Olive oil

Optional additions:  halves of plum tomatoes with bread crumbs, sliced hot or any color bell peppers, onion sliced, mushrooms sliced, eggplant, zucchini.

Place the sausage and wedges in a bowl and any of the optional items, coat with three to four tablespoon olive oil. Spread on the parchment paper.
Sprinkle evenly with all spices including salt pepper to taste. Top with bread crumbs, cheese and drizzle with more olive oil just a little.
Bake at 400 degrees until wedges are browned and crispy.


Asian Chicken Broccoli Recipe

Monday, April 18, 2016
One of those easy recipe just throw everything in the slow cooker then make the steamed broccoli and rice when you get home from work! I love this recipe great with beef too!

Asian Chicken Broccoli Recipe


Chocolate Chip Pie Recipe

Sunday, April 17, 2016
If you are a chocolate chip cookie lover than this is a must make for you or significant other! AMAZING pie you will make over and over again. Make someone swoon over this fabulous dessert!

Chocolate Chip Pie Recipe 

2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour 
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter melted
2 tablespoons Rum, Kahlua or Vanilla extract
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup nuts chopped,  I used pecans (walnuts, pistachio,  pecans or hazelnuts)

1 9 inch unbaked pie shell store bought or homemade

Preheat oven at 350 and bake pie shell for 10 minutes. Take out of oven.

While that's cooking. Beat eggs and sugar till light. Add flour butter and flavoring of choice.

Stir in chips and nuts. Pour into pie shell.  Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

When cooled, slice in pie wedges. Serve with ice cream or fudge topping and whipped cream. Sprinkle with chopped nuts or shaved chocolate.

Two Ingredient Coconut Rice

Friday, April 15, 2016
 I love coconut rice! This is the easiest two ingredient rice you will ever make!
 If you love rice then you will love how perfect this  Two Ingredient Coconut Rice comes out perfect every time!

 Two Ingredient Coconut Rice Recipe


Crockpot Guinness Corned beef

Sunday, April 10, 2016
 Slow cooked corned beef with guinness beer is one of the most flavorful ways to cook this meat fork tender! I just love making it in the crockpot! It so tender you can cut it with a fork!

I love it so much, I really wonder why I wait once a year to have this fine tasty cornedbeef! I really love it like this. I should make it more often. As many ways as I have tried to cook this cut of meat, I always go back to cooking it in the crockpot / slow cooker.

Crockpot Guinness Cornedbeef


Italian S Cookies or Greek

Italian S cookies are perfect with coffee or tea. They really have a wonderful history and story behind them. Check out this amazing recipe below

S shaped cookies that are an Italian traditional cookie


Venison Fried Rice

Friday, April 8, 2016
For those Venison lovers that follow me here is my latest!

You can use leftover Venison from even a stew, roast or any other version you may of made. If you don't have Venison meat use New York Strip Steak or any leftover beef. Check out my other Venison recipes below. I have quite a collection.

Venison deer meat with vegetables and fried rice


Copycat O'scugnizzo Pizza

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I grew up on this pizza. The pizzeria is in Utica New York and still open to date, it was founded in 1914 and many ex Uticans immediately go there that moved away when they go back home to visit! This was my favorite hang out when I was 14 years old. The pizza is famous for being an upside down pizza (if you will) kind of interesting when it's assembled so different than than a normal pizza you're use to. The taste is nothing like anything else you have had before or the making of regular pizza. For those who know it well and moved away this is as close as it gets to being the original. Most fans of this pizza who moved away may be a little critical but hey until you get home to get the real deal you will be pleasantly surprised. All comments welcome good or bad.

pizza made with cheese on the dough then the raw meat topping sauce and baked unique to Utica, New York area


Rum Butter Banana Pecan Cake Recipe

Sunday, April 3, 2016
If you want an easy cake recipe that everyone raves about look no more. Rum butter and banana, a taste of the tropics will astound your guests, family and friends. I left off the garnish on these photos to tell you I didn't even need the whipped cream or pecans, this cake is awesome without it. But if you want pretty then scroll down to see the finished product!


Leftover Italian Meat Pasta and Beans

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Leftover Italian Meat Pasta and Beans is the perfect way to use up leftover sauce!
Besides making meatball covered sandwiches, using the crushed leftover meat in Sunday Italian sauce, this delicious dish is a whole wonderful meal we all love. Ditalini cooked and beans in Sunday Sauce is comforting and the perfect Italian meal using up those leftovers.
Not an American goulash by any stretch of the imagination.

Leftover Italian Meat Sauce Goulash Recipe

2 cans cannellini beans rinsed
1 1/2 cups cooked ditalini drained
around 4 to 5 meatballs crushed 4 pieces of sausage cut up into pieces or more
1/2 cup red wine 
leftover Traditional Sunday Italian Sauce with meat
grated cheese to sprinkle on top
red pepper flakes

Boil pasta to package instructions al dente drain and set aside.
Crushed the meat in a bowl and chop the sausage links into small chunks. Add the wine, around 3 cups sauce and meat with rinsed beans to a saucepan.
Heat all together.
Stir in cooked pasta.
Serve with grated cheese on top and red pepper flakes.

Italian Pizza Fritta Fried Dough

Friday, April 1, 2016

Italian Traditional Fried Feast Dough, Italian Pizza Fritta or well known as Zeppole!

this is  an Italian Fried bread dough also know as zeppole fried in oil and sprinkled with sugar or powdered sugar found at most Catholic feasts and carnivals


Mushroom Ricotta Penne Pasta Recipe

The flavors are perfect together. Any pasta you make will do well with this hearty pasta dish.

2 cloves garlic
1/4 olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 lb fresh cleaned sliced mushrooms
black pepper and red to taste
salt to taste
Marsala wine
1 cup Ricotta 
1/4 cup Parmesan
1 pound Penne pasta or any kind you like

In a large fry pan, saute two cloves of minced garlic and 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Add two tablespoons of butter. Saute for around three minutes. Add 1 lb of sliced fresh mushrooms to the oil and garlic.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of black and red pepper, pinch of salt, and add 1 cup of Marsala wine. Simmer for eight minutes.

 In the meantime prepare pasta to package instructions al dente, reserve one cup of pasta water when pasta is done. Add the one cup of pasta water to the mushroom sauce and add four tablespoons of butter. You can add salt and pepper to taste at this time.

 In a bowl mix 1 cup of Ricotta cheese and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese mixed together

Add cheeses to hot pasta and mix evenly in large pasta dish.

Spoon sauce over the pasta  and Ricotta mixture, sprinkle with fresh parsley, basil, grating cheese.