Utica Style Breakfast Recipe

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!


Strawberry Breakfast Cake Recipe

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This is a delicate cake like pancake recipe that is buttery and soft. Amazing for breakfast brunch or a dessert


Best Pepperoni Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Sunday, August 28, 2016

If you want a special dinner that will really impress your guests and the entire family that's easy, you just found the most delicious stuffed pork recipe on the planet. This pork tenderloin is fork tender and melts in your mouth.

Pepperoni Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

pepperoni slices
1 lb fresh mushrooms cleaned and rinsed
1 can beef mushroom gravy or mushroom gravy
pork tenderloin sliced in half not all the way through and pounded with meat mallet 
cream cheese spread
Italian seasoning ( fresh rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil) use fresh herbs if you can
salt, pepper
cayenne pepper
fresh spinach leaves, broccoli rabe or escarole
granulated garlic
garlic cloves halves
grated cheese 
olive oil extra virgin
lemon juice 
white wine
bread crumbs Italian flavored

Lay the sliced and pounded pork tenderloin flat on a cutting board. Spread a thin layer in the center with cream cheese. Season with granulated garlic, salt, pepper and a little Italian seasoning. Drizzle the loin with extra virgin olive oil using around 2 tablespoons. Keeping everything in the center,  place prosciutto in a single layer, then pepperoni and provolone. Top with spinach, sprinkle with more garlic, a little of cayenne pepper to taste, salt and pepper to taste then add mozzarella on top. Roll as tight as you can and secure with toothpicks. Place in a 13 x 9 deep roasting pan. I line mine with parchment paper. Drizzle more olive oil on top, lemon juice a few teaspoons over the top. Pour around 1/4 cup white wine in the bottom with halves of garlic cloves. Season with more Italian seasoning on top.
I now put this in the refrigerator covered for up to 3 hours or overnight. When ready to cook, pour gravy over the top with mushrooms then sprinkle with Italian flavored bread crumbs. Drizzle a little more olive oil on the bread crumbs.
Bake on 350 degrees hot oven for around 1 hour or until fork tender.

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 yummy cake desserts. 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.

Banana Spice Cake Mix Recipe

1 cake mix spice cake flavored (18.25 size)
1 box instant vanilla pudding
3 mashed very ripe bananas
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/4 cup oil

Place in a large mixing bowl and beat around 4 minutes with electric beater. Pour into 13x9 greased pan or bundt pan. Bake in preheated oven at 350 hot oven until middle comes out clean with toothpick around 50 to 55 minutes.

Cool completely unless making the rum glazed cake then proceed with optional rum glaze. Top with real whipped cream and cinnamon sugar if you like or just powdered sugar. Store leftover cake in the refrigerator.

Optional  Rum Glaze Adult Topping: 

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup dark or light rum
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
Boil all ingredients together for 5 minutes. After cake is cooked, poke holes evenly all over the cooked cake while warm and pour this mixture over the cake. Note:  The longer this cake stay in the refrigerator the better it gets.


Pork Chop and Sausage Bake Recipe

Saturday, August 20, 2016
I don't know about you but pork chops slow cooked in the oven are awesome. With sausage flavor another bonus! This baked Italian speciality is going to wow your family or guests I promise and it is so easy to make!


Egg in a Hole Breakfast Recipe

Monday, August 15, 2016

This Egg in the hole has become the favorite in our homes. Come see this delicious breakfast treat!
I never thought this post of this photo had so many different titles.

When I added this one to instagram, I had so many comments on how they remembered this as a kid and loved . However as they were growing up it was something different.
I took a poll on the names their family called this dish over the years. "Toad in a hole" was the most popular. Some called them "Eggs in a basket", another called this "Birdie in a nest" and last I saw was a "One eyed Texan".
That was just to name the top ones!
Wow, so many names for one delicious breakfast!
The kids love this one. It is very easy to make and quick too. Check out the simple ingredients and instructions. Enjoy!




Biscuit Cutter

Salt, pepper to taste

Using your favorite soft breads and a biscuit cutter, make a hole in the center. ( It's actually easier to cut while the bread is still a little frozen)
Heat the pan over medium heat with a few tablespoons of butter or other preferred oil sprays.
Place the cut bread in the pan, crack the egg, add to the center. Cook until you see the bottom of the bread start to toast then flip
Salt and pepper . Cook until the egg is set to the way you like them.
I also place the cut circles and toast them in the pan. A great side dish with this would be bacon, ham and breakfast potatoes.


Baked Italian Stuffed Zucchini Squash

Sunday, August 14, 2016
I love baked stuffed zucchini. It's full of comforting vitamins and vegetables that melt in your mouth after cooking in the sauce. The stuffing can be without without meat also!

Baked Italian  Stuffed  Zucchini Squash


Pasta Alfredo Casserole Recipe

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 awhile 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 Recipe

Saturday, August 13, 2016

You might remember recently I made a Blueberry Lemon Loaf recipe? Well if  not you can check that recipe out here by clicking this link. I decided since it was such a big hit to try it with Bing Dark Cherries. I had recently had a huge bag of them I could easily eat without even thinking about baking with them. I had to put some aside just to try making a cherry loaf since I am such a big fan of Bing Cherries. I promise you this won't disappoint all the cherry lovers out there, What a delicious cake this made, The loaf is dense like a quick bread but delicious and perfect with tea or coffee.

Bing Cherry Loaf Recipe

1 cup pitted bing fresh cherries sliced

1/3 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange or lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze after Baking:
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice 
Mix together set aside

Heavily grease a loaf pan and I would also use non stick cooking spray and flour. 

Heat oven to 350 degrees
In large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter together for a few minutes. Add the milk, eggs, lemon juice till blended.
At a little at a time, add the flour, salt, baking powder and peel to this wet mixture until blended. Fold in the cherries.

Bake for 1 hour or until middle is firm using toothpick method.
Cool 3 or 4 minutes and invert onto cooling rack or wax paper before adding the lemon sugar glaze topping.


Italian Style Pasta Sausage Helper Recipe

Friday, August 12, 2016
This is what I do to make and Italian style sausage helper. I have never made anything from a box before. 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


Sausage Pepper Mushrooms in Tomato Sauce Recipe

Sunday, August 7, 2016
Italian Specialty sandwich. This filling is so versatile. Perfect for calzone fillings, topping for pizza's, mixed with your favorite pastas or even this fabulous sandwich. You can make this and freeze it also for future dishes.

You can come up with so many uses! This reminds me of home in Sylvan Beach, Upstate New York area. You can find this sandwich on many menu's and if you never tried it, well now it's time!


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 Recipe

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
A easy treat that everyone loves. Flan is so easy and coconut is my favorite. It's so easy to throw together and actually amazes me when you flip this onto a pie plate how the caramel glaze is perfect and makes such an elegant dessert to serve.


Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli and Rice Recipe

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.

Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli and Rice Recipe