Margarita Lime Cheesecake

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Seriously refreshing for a summer dessert! Margarita Lime Cheesecake will have everyone asking you for the recipe! There isn't a summer function that I bring this too that everyone doesn't rave about this cheesecake. Not the traditional lemon flavoring but a touch of lime will bring you right to the tropics! Don't miss out on trying this one!


Zucchini String Bean Stew

I just love summer and fresh vegetables. The greatest reason to make this pot of only vegetables in this stew,  the sauce is great to dip your bread it!

Zucchini String Bean Stew


Healthy Pita Pizza Recipe

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Healthy Pita Pizza Recipe


Shrimp Stuffed Pepper Recipe

Monday, June 27, 2016
I am more of a seafood lover so these are perfect for anyone that doesn't eat meat. Pretty much the same recipe that you would make for regular stuffed peppers except using seafood.


Strawberry Sorbet Recipe

Sunday, June 26, 2016

When strawberries are in abundance and the heat index is through the roof this satisfies like no other! Make a double batch it won't last long if you have more than two people!

Strawberry Sorbet Recipe

2 lbs hulled strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup water ( I use bottled spring water)

Puree berries until smooth in food processor.  
In a small saucepan bring to a boil, sugar, lemon, vanilla and water until syrup is dissolved around 5 minutes.

Place the strawberries into this mixture to a freezer proof container.
Put this in the freezer for around 2 hours.
Pour the cold mixture into a ice cream maker for around 25 to 30 minutes. Freeze in airtight container will keep up to 1 week if any is left.


Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake

Saturday, June 25, 2016

I love this cake for the simple reason the frosting won't melt when you take it a gathering on a hot day! Sometimes you just need to just have your cake and eat it too~! This cake is moist and the perfect choice when traveling!

Dark  Chocolate Bundt Cake


Banana Rum Cruise Cake

Friday, June 24, 2016
When my husband and I went on our cruise to Puerto Rico and Cozumel we had cake on the ship like this one and it was fabulous. 

Banana Rum Cruise Cake


Lemon Raspberry Parfait Recipe

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Here is a simple recipe for summer guests and family! You can mix it up and use banana pudding, chocolate or any kind you like then layer the parfaits with your choice of cookies and cream Viola, here are the best desserts of summer!

Lemon Raspberry Parfait Recipe

1 package lemon pie filling instant, cooked style or you can use pre made containers in a pinch
1 cups of whipping cream whipped
Lemon slices
Raspberries  Fresh 2 cups as least
Lemon Cooler Cookies or other lemon cookies

Make the pudding and chill (the box type makes around 2 cups pudding). Fold in 1 cup whipped cream to the pudding. 
Pulse around 1 cup berries in a food processor leaving some chunky
Break cookies into small pieces placing in a zip lock bag and hitting with a rolling pin.
In a martini glass, mason jar or any other pretty glass you have start the layering.
First add some pudding, raspberry puree, cookies, a few whole raspberries and repeat until you get to the top. Top with whipped cream a lemon slice and more cookies and whole raspberries.


Pizza Topped Appetizers

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Here are some great summer meals that are quick and easy to make. Pizza topped zucchini and pizza filled taco's! Fun to eat. They travel well for picnics and can be made with leftovers.
Pizza Topped Appetizers

Pizza Topped Appetizers

Here is the filling suggestions:

Loose Italian sausage cooked or crushed meatballs in sauce (if you don't have either, fry some hamburger and use italian seasoning)
1 can pizza sauce
sliced or diced fresh tomato
sliced olives
lettuce leaves
mozzarella cheese
grated cheese
sliced pepperoni
sliced zucchini
chopped bell pepper
chopped mushrooms pieces
chopped onions
tiny shrimp
leftover rotisserie chicken

taco shells corn or flour whatever you like

You can use any pizza toppings you like.

For the Zucchini:

Place sliced zucchini on a cookie sheet. Top with meat of choice from list above, sauce, cheeses. Bake at 400 until zucchini is soft and cheese is brown around 15 minutes. Top with olives chopped tomato and lettuce. Great on the grill to. Just put this on oil sprayed tin foil on the grill.

For the Taco:

Fill with meat of choice top with sauce cheeses. Bake until cheese melts add additional toppings and more sauce if desired from the list above.


Easiest Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A refreshing homemade drink and perfect for summer heat to quench your thirst.

Easiest Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

8 extra large strawberries cut in halves
2 tablespoons sugar
7 cups water divided
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup sugar

Add the strawberries, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1  cup water to a food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth.
Pour the strawberry juice into a large pitcher, add the rest of the ingredients stir and chill. Serve with ice and in mason jars.

Italian Raspberry Jam Filled Shortbread Cookies

Sunday, June 19, 2016

This Italian Raspberry Jam Filled Shortbread Cookie is good anytime of the year, but I do keep this one special for my Christmas cookie tray. Its so festive with the powdery sugar and reminds me of snow, its just the right cookie to put me in the holiday spirit to start my holiday baking.

Mom and I use to make these shortbreads when I was a little girl and being raspberry was all our favorite, the same filling was used every time even though you have several other jams you could use. We had tried all kinds of other jams, but always came back to raspberry. Hope your family likes them as much as we do, enjoy!

these are a cutout raspberry filled with jam cookies similar to a linzer cookie


Cannoli and Berry Stuffed French Toast

This is a really gourmet style breakfast. Cannoli French toast is decadent and will have everyone asking you for the recipe

Cannoli and Berry Stuffed French Toast  is a delicious stuffed french toast with cannoli ricotta filling then drizzled with a delicious berry sauce


Escarole and Capicola Breakfast Pie

Friday, June 17, 2016
If you want to serve something special for breakfast or brunch you found a great pie that will wow your guests. This Italian Escarole and Capicola Breakfast Pie is bursting with flavors!

Escarole and Capicola Breakfast Pie is filled with eggs, hot ham, spices, cream escarole great for brunch


Loaded Boiled Potato Recipe

Yes boiled potatoes gone wild! Check out the quick and easy way to make a boiled potato into a scrumptious spud! Perfect quick side dish for any meal!

Loaded Boiled Potato Recipe

Shredded sharp cheddar
Bacon crumbled
Salt Pepper to taste
Sour Cream 

Boil as many cut up potatoes you need for your size family, drain and place in a bowl. Add a few tablespoons butter.  Sprinkle with  bacon, toss with shredded cheddar. salt and pepper to taste. Top with sour cream and serve.

Lamb Stew Recipe

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Lamb stew is one of my favorites. I love all the vegetables, taste of the lamb in this stew infused with great herbs and spices. This can be made on top of stove then added to a slow cooker on low. Slow cooking is the key to this lamb melting in your mouth. 


Baked Eggplant Roasted Peppers Slider Recipe

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Baked all on a cookie sheet, the eggplant, peppers and garlic bread
totally the best sandwich I ever made


Baked Vegetable Seafood Recipe

Monday, June 13, 2016
I love fresh seafood. Chilean Sea Bass is my favorite when I can find it, otherwise Haddock is my second choice.


Zucchini Pecan Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

Sunday, June 12, 2016
Bursting with great flavors, these zucchini muffins will be your go to recipe in the summer months. These freeze so well you can take them out and keep summer alive by serving these all year long. One batch makes at least 30 muffins.  If you aren't a chocolate chip lover, try raisins, craisins or any other dried fruits. Thanks for stopping by Ciao, Claudia

Zucchini Pecan Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup pecans halves coarsely chopped or other nuts you like
1 cup chocolate chips or substitute dried fruits
In a large bowl combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, beat egg, zucchini, oil, and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients until blended. Fold in the chip and pecans.

Pour into two heavily greased and floured cupcake tins (they freeze well also)  Bake at 350 degrees  for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

some more zucchini recipes to try!

Zucchini Dessert Squares
Zucchini tater fritters
Chicken Zucchini and Rice
Healthy Zucchini Medley
Grilled Tomato and Mushroom Zucchini Medley
Baked Zucchini Fries
Zucchini Appetizer
Zucchini Appetizer Quick Bread
Stuffed Zucchini Italian Style

Potatoes and Eggs Dad's Favorite

Saturday, June 11, 2016

There is really nothing to this recipe. As long as you have potatoes, eggs on hand this old time Favorite was made even for dinner when I was growing up. One of Dad's specialities. I always make this for Father's Day in his memory.

Potatoes and Eggs Dad's Favorite

4 eggs beaten with three tablespoons of milk or water

1/4 cup of canola or more to cover the bottom of a small fry pan to fry potatoes in

( you also can use canola and olive oil mixed)

2 extra large potatoes peeled and diced into squares

1/2 cup whole milk mozzarella cheese sliced shredded

Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium size frying pan cover bottom of pan with around 4 tablespoons cooking oil of choice, heat oil. Fry potatoes until light brown in color. Remove drain on paper towels. Add 2 tablespoons butter into the hot pan (unless there is still oil left) drain anything first if there is more than a few tablespoons left. Add the beaten eggs into the hot pan cooking one side. Add potatoes back on top and cook until that bottom is steady enough to flip over. Flip. Cook until the bottom of the eggs are set and light brown. Sprinkle with mozzarella shut off the cooking surface and let set until cheese melt. Salt and pepper to taste.

You can serve with cooked bacon on the side, sausage or ham.

Italian toast is a must.


Open Faced Pita Meat Lovers Pizza Recipe

Friday, June 10, 2016
Sometimes a quick fix does the trick if you are looking to stop a craving for pizza! This pita pizza is really an open faced sausage and meatball sandwich. Quick, delicious and you can do this in a toaster oven in minutes! Of course you can top this with anything you like or have on hand. I was going for meat lovers today!


Healthier Baked Chicken Nuggets

Thursday, June 9, 2016
With all the fat and unhealthy ingredients in fast foods today we need to start understanding the importance of what we put in our kids and adult bodies. These Healthier Baked Chicken Nuggets are made with almond flour a recipe that taste great!

Healthier Baked Chicken Nuggets


Tomato Feta Olive Pasta Recipe

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

This is a light pasta perfect for the summer months. This pasta is great warm or cold and perfect for picnics.

Tomato Feta Olive Pasta Recipe

Your favorite pasta cooked, drain (Al Dente)
Chopped fresh parsley, basil
Chopped Kalamata olives
Cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half
Herb Flavored Feta cheese crumbled or regular
Parmesan cheese freshly grated to taste
Olive oil good grade I use extra light
1 or 2 minced garlic cloves
Freshly cracked black pepper and kosher salt to taste
Balsamic vinegar (optional)
Mozzarella balls (optional)

I like to place the cooked pasta in individual bowls. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the cheeses over the top. Next I toss in the tomatoes, olives, a little garlic, black pepper, salt parsley and mix together. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with basil. Add any or all ingredients to taste.


S'mores Pudding Recipe

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Here is the perfect summer dessert for those S'more lovers. Everything in either a trifle small dish single serving or make it in a huge trifle bowl for the gang! Sure to please at any gathering or family friend event!


Spanish Mackerel Recipe

Monday, June 6, 2016

This is hot off the grill it's smokin amazing!
It's so wonderful living near the beach especially when my husband brings home a fresh catch! Well this is the fresh catch of today called Spanish Mackerel. Grilled to perfection for all seafood lovers out there you will be drooling for a bite with these recipe ingredients below!

Spanish Mackerel Recipe

1 lb of fillet Mackerel
1 teaspoon granulated garlic or 2 cloves of fresh minced
1 teaspoon creole seasoning
2 tablespoons butter
salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
1 lime juiced then sliced 
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

On a large enough piece of foil oil spray it. Place fish on the foil.
Place the butter in the center of the fillets.  Sprinkle with garlic, creole seasoning, salt, pepper. Drizzle with lime juice and sauce. Place limes on top.

 Fold the foil on both sides tightly and place on a heated hot grill until fish flakes easily around 15 minutes.

Serve immediately.


Tuscan Grilled Porterhouse Steak

Sunday, June 5, 2016
This is a delicious marinade bursting with Italian flavors. This is one of my favorite steaks and is terrific pan fried or grilled. When you take a look at the ingredients you will see why this is such a great way to season this cut of meat. I love having fresh herbs growing in the garden which is the perfect addition to grilling all summer to making the best marinade.


Open Faced Pita Salad Sandwich Recipe

Saturday, June 4, 2016

I love this during the hotter weather. I tend to eat lighter but still want a healthy great tasting almost salad type sandwich. You can add whatever you like. I stick to a pretty much vegetarian style open faced pita.


Grandma's Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe

Friday, June 3, 2016
Hard to find the best recipe for rhubarb pie but this one is foolproof! Grandma said so!


Snapper Parmesan Sliders Recipe

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Easy fried fresh snapper topped with a delicious marinara sauce and whole milk mozzarella. Perfect for these sliders! I first had them in the Florida Keyes and they are very popular there. If you get a chance to have hog fish that is perfect for these sliders!


Pizza Bread Bowl Recipe

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Here is a meat lovers bread bowl. Filled with sausage, pepperoni and cheese it's perfect for any party or appetizer! Easy to make with just a few store bought ingredients.

1 loaf bread store bought or homemade or use bread dough and bake in a 9 inch round pan


1  cup pepperoni chopped
1 cup loose sausage or more
3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
2 1/2 cups shredded Italian blended cheese Mozzarella and Provolone
4 tablespoon olive oil or butter

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt, pepper to taste

Granulated garlic
Oil spray
Grating cheese

Cut out large circle in the center of the round bread loaf with a sharp knife and scoop it out of the center. Cut the scooped out bread into small cubes for dipping later. Place all on an oil sprayed cookie sheet.

In a medium sized fry pan add the oil,  pepperoni, sausage and cook till browned.

Stir in the garlic, sauce and 1 1/2 cups cheese and if you are using red pepper flakes, salt or pepper.

Pour into your bread bowl. Sprinkle the top with the rest of the cheese.

Sprinkle the cubes cut up with oil spray, granulated garlic and grated cheese. 

Bake all on the cookie sheet at 400 degrees hot oven for around 25 minutes checking the bread cubes as they brown and take them out first.

I like to broil the top on low to get the cheese crisper if it has browned.

Serve the bread cubes on a platter with the bread bowl for dipping.