Chocolate Cake Mock Tiramisu Recipe

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Everyone that loves Tiramisu knows that Tiramisu is made with sponge cake, eggs and mascarpone cheese. I decided to try this version using a chocolate cake and make a mock style Tiramisu.  This luscious filling that was just decadent. Not the original authentic way to make it but surely this will wow your family and friends and it's eggless!

Chocolate Cake Mock Tiramisu Recipe

1/2 cup strong black coffee
3 or 4 tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur such as Kahlua or  use a hazelnut such as Frangelico or more to taste
4 ounces mascarpone cheese (substitute all cream cheese if you can't get mascarpone)
2 -  8 oz packages of cream cheese softened or room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2  cup confectioners' sugar or more to taste
2 - 8 oz containers frozen whipped topping, thawed or 2 cups heavy cream whipped
1 package instant chocolate pudding made to package instructions

1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
Toasted sliced almonds
hot fudge syrup or nutella hazelnut spread

1- Chocolate cake mix made to package instructions cooled and sliced into pieces or make your favorite flavored mix or any kind homemade cake

 Note: Easiest way to get thin sliced cake is to bake it in a bundt pan cool and slice. As you want thin slices after it's cooled.

Prepare and slice cake for 13x9 inch pan and place cake slices into the pan lining the pan evenly.  I use only one layer. (The cake is much too thick if you bake it into a 13x9 pan, however you can use a deep cookie sheet that large to make a thinner layer. Cook the cake until the middle is clean with toothpick test.)

In a small bowl, combine the coffee and liqueur; set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese, cream cheese, and confectioners' sugar until smooth, add a half cup of sour cream fold in one container of whipped topping. 

Prick the top of the cake and drizzle with coffee mixture.

Spread cheese mixture on top. 

Fold the other 8 ounce container of whipped topping into the prepared pudding. 
Spread over cheese mixture.

Drizzle with nutella or hot fudge sauce.

Using a strainer put the unsweetened cocoa powder in that to shift over the top of the chocolate pudding mixture.

Garnish edges with toasted sliced almonds.

TIP: Mascarpone cheese is a soft, sweet Italian cheese, similar in consistency to soft cream cheese. Commonly used in dips and in sweet dishes like tiramisu, it's generally found in the cheese section of the supermarket, you can use cream cheese if you can't find it.

Beef Pot Pie Recipe

Saturday, July 30, 2016
This Beef Pot Pie Recipe is pure comfort food.

The recipe is very old and mom made this with leftover pot roast for another meal.

You can use any kind of fresh leftover meat using this basic pot pie recipe..

The pot pie can have any kinds of vegetables you like in it and has layers of pastry crust with a delicious creamy gravy that are the characteristics.

The kids absolutely love this meal when I make it and it can also feed a large family inexpensively.

What's a better way to use up leftover roast beef other than making a beef pot pie for dinner its, the perfect way for repurposing leftovers.

If you love comfort foods, do try our Salisbury Steak Marsala and our Chicken and Dumplings recipes.

Scroll Down to the printable recipe card for this recipe.

this is a homemade beef pot pie with a top and bottom crust


Plain Stir Fried Easy Rice

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Here is an easy delicious side dish, plain stir fried rice. Asian style. The taste is amazing and it's an easy recipe to make.


Italian Fried Meatballs

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
One of any Italian homes pride and joy recipes are Italian Meatballs fried.

This was a tradition in our home every Sunday morning, you would wake up to the smell.

Mom would make meatballs that made your heart sing and thank God every day you were born in an Italian household.

Just like Italian Sunday Traditional Sauce, no two were ever alike in taste.

Mom showed tons of folks how to make them, hers were always the best ever etched in anyone's mind.

Even today after making them over 30 plus years, I still come close but as they say no cigar.

Some have thought they tasted like mom's, but there was something more than ingredients you can't replace, her love.

As addicting as this tradition is every Sunday, meatballs are a must make and it's not Sunday morning without them.

Mom's recipe is the best in our eyes, but what makes them the best is her making them, her memory and the fabulous years we spent with her in the kitchen.

Nothing replaces that, never will.

Here is her recipe below, enjoy what is written down tried and true, but no two again are alike.

this is ground beef with herbs and spices added to make a round ball then fried in oil in a pan these are cooking in a heavy fry pan and the meatballs will be crispy on the outside and soft inside nicely browned using vegetable or canola oil


Deconstructed Ribeye and Chicken Kabob Recipe

I love shish kabobs but never really have the desire to sit there cut up the meat and thread them all.

Here is my version of making the same flavors just not much more work.

I serve mine with sauteed mushrooms( or you can leave them whole), white rice, tomato cucumber salad which is all made separately and using only the peppers to cook with the meat.

You can place this all on top of your white rice and turn it into a stir fry


Peach Bellini Popsicle Recipe

Monday, July 25, 2016

One of those refreshing drinks that bursts with summer flavors. Peaches are in abundance right now. Make these with or without alcohol for the perfect way to cool off in the warmer weather. If you love Peach Bellini drinks you are in for a treat.


Baked Italian Herb Crusted Chicken Recipe

Sunday, July 24, 2016
You can have a great chicken dinner without all the fussing around with all dipping and rolling into anything. This is a simple Italian baked chicken recipe we made for years and still love.


Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Saturday, July 23, 2016
All I can say is I personally almost ate the whole loaf by myself it's so good!

A must try you won't be sorry this is the best blueberry loaf I've ever made or tasted!

blueberries loaded in a quick bread with lemon flavor sweet bread for breakfast and the best blueberry loaf ever recipe


Italian Shrimp Seafood and Vegetable Recipe

Friday, July 22, 2016
Here is the best recipe I have for flounder that we absolutely adore actually I can eat fish of any kind this way. Loaded with shrimps and topped with a delicious Italian style topping that makes you coming back for more check out the ingredients you won't be sorry. The stuffing and topping is irresistible!

Italian Shrimp Seafood and Vegetable Recipe

4 pieces of fresh or frozen thawed flounder, haddock, or other white fish
Shrimp cleaned and deveined tails on around 1 pound
Sliced plum tomatoes 2 or 3 small seeds squeezed out
Zucchini sliced or cubed 1 medium size
Peppers 1 or 2
Mushrooms around 8 ounces
Bread crumbs Italian flavored with parmesan cheese added
Granulated garlic
White wine
Olive oil
Salt Pepper to taste

In a medium size fry pan saute peppers and mushrooms in 2 tablespoons olive oil until peppers are soft and mushrooms browned around 10 minutes.
In a large greased baking dish place flounder filets on the bottom. Top with peppers, sliced zucchini and mushrooms. Add sliced tomatoes. Then shrimp as many as you like on top. Sprinkle generously with bread crumbs, granulated garlic powder and dot with butter. Pour wine not touching the bread crumbs along the bottom of the baking dish around 1/2 cup.
Bake at 350 around 35 minutes or until fish flakes easily.


Fresh Galette

Thursday, July 21, 2016
This fresh berry galette is bursting with berries. If you are a berry lover this is the perfect recipe. You can use raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, elderberries, and even strawberries!

Easier than pie but taste the same!

I love to make these since they are so versatile in fruits and a basic recipe.

Not so much to worry about making the edges perfect or pretty. Anything goes just follow the basic recipe, fill, fold and bake that's it!

Scroll down to the recipe on how to make easy fresh fruit-filled galettes, they are delicious quick and easy pies!

easy fruit filled pie


Peach Sorbet Recipe

Friday, July 15, 2016

One of my favorite flavors in summer is peach. Refreshing peach sorbet is just what you need on a hot day to cool you off!
Today was one of those days!

Peach Sorbet Recipe

1 cup water
8 peaches or nectarines peeled sliced ripe
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice

In a medium saucepan place water, sugar and juice and boil until sugar is dissolved around 3 to 4 minutes. Cool.
Add this to a large food processor with peaches and puree until smooth. Add more sugar if not sweet enough depending on the crop of peaches you have.
Place in a plastic container and freezer till slushy.
Pour this into prepared ice cream maker and churn to makers directions around 25 to 35 minutes until smooth and frozen.
Transfer back to an ice cream container and freeze for at least 6 hours before serving. I always make it the day before to make sure it solid when serving. 

Wagon Wheels Chicken Pasta Fazool Recipe

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wagon wheels are a great childhood memory of a fun pasta to eat. This pasta fagioli is just another version of a great Italian comfort meal. Adding meat makes it a great meal all in one!

Wagon Wheels Chicken Pasta Fazool Recipe


Italian Broccoli Rabe Sausage Roll

Sunday, July 10, 2016
Italian Broccoli Rabe Sausage Roll is a gourmet sausage roll in my eyes.

Broccoli rabe is a delicious style green found in many Italian households usually used in sandwiches, pasta and as a side dish for any kind of meal.

This is a great combination inside pizza dough that gives this a whole meal in itself using the sausage and greens together.

It can also be used as an appetizer before a big meal.

Broccoli rabe is pretty unique in flavor and you can find more information about this green vegetable here.

If you love sausage rolls, this is a wonderful change with broccoli in it, you may also want to try my antipasto roll.

This has all the taste of a great sandwich of these greens with homemade sausage, cheeses, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil flavors.

Of course, you can leave the meat out if your vegetarian, not a problem at all, still perfectly delicious!

Scroll down to the recipe card to print off this awesome recipe if you are a lover of broccoli rabe, this will be your new favorite!

This is a homemade pizza dough stuffed with an Italian green called broccoli rabe with added cooked Italian sausage then added to that filling shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese. It is rolled up and baked into this golden crust then sliced like a sandwich with the filling in the middle.


Italian Style Steamed Vegetables Recipe

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Everything taste better with garlic don't you agree? Well almost everything does to me anyway. These are the perfect side dish and I love a big dish for just for lunch especially when I know I have a big dinner that awaits me!

Italian Style Steamed Vegetables Recipe

a few tablespoons olive oil

a few tablespoons melted butter

granulated garlic or fresh garlic minced fine

chopped fresh parsley

salt, pepper to taste

red pepper flakes is optional

parmesan cheese grated

Mix all the above together and toss with:

Vegetables suggestions and of course to be you and your families choice: cauliflower, carrots, corn, peas, green beans, broccoli, zucchini, brussels, butternut squash, artichoke hearts, or whatever other vegetables you love that have been steamed or sauteed first.


Meatball and Sausage Cheese Casserole Recipe

Friday, July 8, 2016
What could be better in a sandwich, over pasta or on your plate sopping up the sauce with crusty Italian bread?

Meatball and Sausage Cheese Casserole Recipe

Italian Sausage
Italian Meatballs
Italian Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
Parsley, Basil Oregano
Granulated Garlic

Note: you can use homemade or store bought sauce and meat. Links are highlighted for recipes.

Place leftover cooked mashed sausage, meatballs and sauce in a greased pie plate. Top with sauce, shredded mozzarella, grating cheese and sprinkle with herbs and spices. Bake in the oven until cheese starts to brown. Serving suggestions:  on toasted garlic buns, white rice, pasta or open faced Italian bread slices.

The perfect solution to leftover meatballs and sausage from Traditional Sunday Sauce recipe. 

Balsamic Spinach Caprese Salad Recipe

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
This became my favorite new salad this year. I just love the freshness of all the fresh herbs in this salad from my garden. Nothing compares to fresh everything. Check out this healthy salad and dressing you will love it!

 Balsamic Spinach Caprese Salad Recipe

baby spinach leaves
chopped celery 
cubed cucumbers
whole milk mozzarella cubes
beef steak or plum tomatoes cut into small pieces
freshly boiled (or canned) chick peas 2 cups
olive oil extra virgin
aged balsamic vinegar
sprig of rosemary
couple cloves minced garlic chopped fine
4 or 5 fresh basil leaves
4 or 5 leaves freshly chopped Italian parsley 
3 or 4 sprigs of fresh mint
fresh oregano just a couple of leaves if you have it

Additional options: any kind of lunch meats cubed, olives sliced, radishes, zucchini cubed, feta or other cheeses, bacon pieces, berries, chopped apples, nuts of your choice

Mix around 1/4 cup olive oil with 3 or 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar. Whisk together adding salt, pepper to taste. Add more or less to the amount of ingredients using for your size family.
In a large dish or container add all the rest of the salad ingredients as much as you like there are no measurements. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss all together.
Serve immediately.

Berry Vanilla Pudding Recipe

Monday, July 4, 2016

A simple plain old world recipe for vanilla pudding that can be the base of a pie, tarts or perfect dessert with berries on top

Berry Vanilla Pudding Recipe

1/3 cup granulated sugar or more to taste.
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 beaten egg yolk
2 cups assorted fresh berries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries (or a combo)
raspberry jelly heated or other jelly of choice

In saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Blend in milk, cook stirring constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and bubbles. Spoon a few spoonsful of hot mixture into the yolk remaining and return this mixture to the saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract. Pour into small dishes or one large one. Cover with plastic wrap; chill 2 hours. Top with assorted berries that have been dipped in heated melted jelly of choice. This is a great filling for tarts too!

Banana Split Marble Cake Recipe

Sunday, July 3, 2016
When you have to make something over the top and want that wow moment this is that cake to make. You can use a mix if you want and just layer this the way I did with fruits and toppings to make it a simple version. Either way everyone will go crazy for this one that love banana splits.


Best Tempura Batter Ever

This is the Best Tempura Batter Ever.

In case you weren't sure what tempura batter is, it's a light crisp batter that is perfect to coat fish, chicken or any other meat or vegetable you like.

After it's fried then saturate them by using a favorite dip or sauce of your choice.

Tempura is the best coating for fish, chicken, vegetables and whatever else needs a coating deep-fried.

This is the best ever recipe.

If you're looking for a light crisp batter, look no more.

This tempura batter would be the one you're looking for!

Scroll down to the recipe card to get these great dipping recipes and tempura batter recipe.

Tempura is a Japanese dish usually consisting of seafood or vegetables but you can use it for chicken and other meats as well.

Tempura is a very popular Japanese dish, the mixture is a very light and airy batter that is fried to perfection.

It's served at Japanese restaurants worldwide but also is a common dish made in home kitchens.

In Japan, you'll often find specialty restaurants that only serve tempura.

The dish was influenced by fritter-cooking techniques introduced by Portuguese residing in Nagasaki in the 16th century, and the name "tempura" relates to that origin.

this is deep fried shrimp coated with tempura batter in a cast iron skillet with oil


Summer Fun Recipes

Saturday, July 2, 2016
Have some fun with these summer treats! They are always a big hit at any gathering!


Spa Cake
Tropical Jello
Flag Pie
  No Bake  Strawberry Cheesecake 
Jello Popsicles
Coconut Funfetti Cookies
Character Pancakes
 Angel Food Filled Cheesecake

Festive Potato Salad Recipe

Friday, July 1, 2016
Colorful potatoes are perfect for that festive picnic gathering. Check out my easy family recipe for potato salad