Utica Style Breakfast

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Amazing what you can do with leftovers. Buttered potatoes, spinach or escarole, ham, peppers and eggs make this the most delicious combinations of flavors and really can be a great breakfast, lunch or dinner. Check out this meat packed meal that everyone in the house will love. Oh and you can add whatever you like I have some other suggestions below.

So don't throw out those leftovers let's get creative!

old fashioned breakfast from my hometown Utica New York with eggs, spinach or escarole, ham, potatoes


Jalapeno Popper Dip

Thursday, August 25, 2016

If you are a Jalapeno Popper lover, this is one easy way out.

Jalapeno Popper Dip


Banana Spice Cake Mix Recipe

Sunday, August 21, 2016
I always thought bananas need to be utilized more often with this banana spice cake mix cake it's over the top yummy!

If you need to get rid of those ripe bananas you just found the best tasting cake around.

Doesn't need a thing other than a dusting of powdered sugar or better yet cinnamon sugar.

This is the best cake for tea, coffee, or just because you need a sweet pick me up.

I have made delicious Sour Cream Coffee Cupcakes using a cake mix, cookies, and even a Scrumptious Banana Cake Mix Cake that all taste like they were from scratch!

It's so easy I feel guilty calling this a recipe!

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for this delicious recipe.

a swirled bundt cake made with a cake mix and bananas


Eggs in a Hole

Monday, August 15, 2016
This Egg in the hole has become the favorite in our homes.

These eggs are cooked in the middle of cutout bread which has a grilled taste and really tasty!

My first time I really thought this tasted like grilled cheese but there's an egg in the middle!

These are the perfect solution to any all in one breakfast and the whole family loves them.

We love fun recipes for the kids like this one and even our Cutout Pancakes, and our Holiday Tea Sandwiches, they just love these recipes.

Scroll down to get these easy printable instructions, tips, and recipes!

This is a famous egg breakfast usually called eggs in a basket,  toad in a hole, egg in a hole, birds in a nest. It is a slice of bread with the middle cut out and a poached egg in the center


Spiral Pasta Alfredo Casserole Recipe

Sunday, August 14, 2016
A very cheesy Alfredo recipe! Ricotta, Sour cream, Parmesan and Mozzarella! Not for anyone on a diet that's for sure but indulge in this wonderful comfort food once in a while won't hurt. It really is delicious!

You can make your own alfredo sauce, recipe included below

or use store-bought sauce in a hurry

Pasta Alfredo Casserole Recipe

1 pound of spiral macaroni cooked to package instructions drained
2 - 10-ounce jars store-bought of Alfredo sauce or use recipe below
8 ounces of sour cream
1- 8-ounce container of whole milk Ricotta
2 eggs beaten
1/4 cup blended parmesan and romano cheeses
1 1/2 cups shredded whole milk mozzarella
1 teaspoon granulated garlic, parsley, oregano 
salt, pepper to taste

In a greased 13x9 pan, add half the pasta and toss with alfredo, sour cream. Stir in the eggs, parmesan romano cheese, half the mozzarella, spices and Ricotta. Stir all together. Add the rest of the mozzarella on top. Bake at 350 until browned and bubbly.

Alfredo Sauce Homemade

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup butter 
1 cup parmesan cheese
salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, granulated garlic, Italian seasoning to taste
4 oz cream cheese

Place this all in a medium size saucepan bring to a boil. Use for this recipe or on your favorite pasta.


Bing Cherry Loaf

Saturday, August 13, 2016
One of my favorite fruits of summer is Bing Cherries and this loaf is one of the best cake style quick bread I ever had.

It's actually hard for me to make this cake when I just about devour every cherry so I have to get my fill of sweet Bing Cherries before I can make this.

Of course, if you're not a fan of this fruit, you can mix in any kind you prefer.

This recipe is a basic butter style cake-like quick bread and is very versatile.

It has a hint of grated fresh orange peel or lemon that gives that sweetness just the right offset of flavors.

Sometimes I even cut the sugar back if they cherries are super sweet and ripe or other fruits like peaches so the cake isn't overly sweet.

You can adapt it any way you like but this is our number 1 favorite summer muffins along with Best Mango Muffins.

I have had many readers tell me how great this also is with the addition of milk chocolate in chunks or chips added.

Just remember to read the tips and suggestions before getting started to make your perfect summer loaf!

We also love Summer Style Berry Muffins plus my delicious roundup post on The Best Quick Bread and Muffin recipes for you to check out.

The sweetness of the cherries and the tender texture smells fabulous while baking!

Scroll down to the printable recipe card to get this in your ovens today.

this is a delicious tender moist quick bread made with bing cherries and baked in a loaf shaped pan. It is cut open to show all the dark bing cherries inside. This is a sweet cake like quick bread


Italian Style Pasta Helper

Friday, August 12, 2016
Italian style pasta helper is just a basic sauce with sausage and your favorite pasta.

Sometimes we would have a little of this and that kind of pasta leftover dry in a box and mom would make it all at once.

It was actually fun to have so many different shapes in all one dish.

This is a simple pasta dish that I usually make the sauce, freeze it then all I have to do is make the pasta and top with cheese when I get home from work. Easy and looks like I cooked all-day

You can use any kind you like just boil it to package instructions for this one-pan meal.

this is a one pan meal better than hamburger helper and its an all homemade sausage and pasta helper healthier with no preservatives


Baked Banana Chocolate Chip Donut Recipe

Saturday, August 6, 2016
I love these baked versions of donuts. This one is a banana and chocolate chip baked donuts with powdered sugar. Perfect end to any meal for dessert. Great with tea or coffee at breakfast. They also are perfect to send in packages as they travel well!

 Baked Banana Chocolate Chip Donut Recipe

Mix together:

2 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
In another bowl beat well:
1 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cup mashed bananas
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
optional: 1 cup walnuts or pecans

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mix till all are incorporated. Scoop into two donut pans well greased and 1 loaf pan or 2 loaf pans or you can make muffins. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes  for donuts or 45 minutes for loaves until brown and middle is dry when tested with a toothpick.

More Recipes:

Best Banana bread ever!
Cranberry  Banana Orange Bread
Apple Fritter Fried Cakes
Zucchini Coconut Bread
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Cranberry Orange Scones
Blueberry Strawberry Scones
Blueberry Cornbread

Baked Vanilla Donuts with White Chocolate Ganache Glaze

Dark Chocolate Baked Donuts with Dark Chocolate Ganache Glaze

Baked Blueberry upsidedown donuts

Watermelon Bombe Recipe

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Coconut Caramel Flan

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
An easy Coconut Caramel Flan Recipe and perfect dessert treat that everyone loves.

Flan is so easy and it almost seems magical has it bakes with its own rich caramel with a soft custard.

It's so easy to throw together and actually amazes me when you flip this onto a pie plate how elegant it is and looks a lot harder than what transpires all by itself in the oven!

We love a caramel based custard and my other flans like banana flan, and blueberry flan is a must-try too if you get a chance to make them if you enjoy flan.

This is the easiest flan you'll ever make and delicious, scroll down to the recipe card to print if off.

this is a coconut cream flan custard baked in white ramekin pan


Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli and Rice

Monday, August 1, 2016

Extremely happy how delicious this came out.

You can use chicken, beef, pork whatever your family likes! Slow cooked to perfection. Then with the addition of rice and steamed broccoli this will be your go to recipe for a quick Asian delight.

So versatile to change it up with your families favorite vegetables, you can make several different dishes with this meat as the base of the recipe.

this is a delicious Asian style soy sauce gravy with beef and broccoli on top of a bed of white rice