Italian Stromboli

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Italian Stromboli is a stuffed pizza roll with various fillings from meats to vegetables and loaded with melted cheese.

Many folks mix stromboli up with calzones which are totally different.

Stromboli is an Italian-American pizza roll originated in Philadelphia and we only use our own pizza dough recipe but you can use store-bought.

Calzones originated in Naples and 100% Italian.

Calzones use ricotta cheese and cheeses, and stromboli does not have ricotta cheese in it and has meats and other cheeses in it.

There are two reasons they are not the same, the way they're stuffed and what they are stuffed with!

Stromboli is rolled pizza dough and stuffed, the calzone is a pizza dough with a crimped edge but they are both a pizza stuffed and cousins!

This is a stromboli roll that is absolutely delicious and a complete meal sealed into a homemade or store-bought pizza dough.

You can really put whatever you like in your fillings, below you will find many options and make it exactly with what you love!

Adapt away, there really isn't a wrong way to make these, just get creative and enjoy your stuffed pizza dough and also try a favorite Panzerotti which is stuffed fried pizza dough!

By the way, both are great dipped in homemade marinara sauce for dipping and any kind of dipping sauces you prefer even alfredo!

Scroll down and a glimpse of what your next stromboli can be stuffed within the printable recipe card below.

broccoli rabe, ham, sausage, cheese, hot peppers, and pepperoni stromboli


Tuna and Peas Skillet

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Dressed up a little, this classic dish is nowhere near what you would expect in a tuna casserole it's better than ever Italian style.

The flavors are rich and delicious almost Alfredo style but even creamier.

I love the Italian twist we put int this one and the addition of the tuna, peas add an abundance of flavors.

Quick and easy to make in a matter of minutes!

There is a printable recipe card you can just pass on all the talking about how great this is and just print it off!

Just scroll to the end.

Psst!!! Just one more thing! Don't leave if you hate peas, this dish tastes great with broccoli, mushrooms or any kind of vegetable you like!

all in one pan like hamburger helper but Tuna helper homemade tuna peas with pasta skillet.


Caprese Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Easy to make. These over sized Portabello are bursting with flavor plus you have to love they are low in calories and carbs. This is a perfect lunch for all the dieters. Come join the party with this amazing caprese stuffed mushroom!

these are stuffed portabello mushrooms with shredded mozzarella, fresh basil, sliced tomatoes on a baking sheet pan on parchment paper getting ready to be baked in the oven


Grandma's Easter Bread

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Easter bread was a must make in our family every year and I carry on that tradition.

We all the lost smell of the anisette baking in this bread.

I change it up at times with lemon since not everyone loves that flavor.

We start making it the day before Palm Sunday.

In our family, Palm Sunday started off the Holiday for Easter, with a blessing from grandma Victoria.

Grandma would take the palms, dip them in holy water, splash all of us in the face and bless us.

The food is in abundance with of course the sugo (sauce) lamb, favorite pasta like lasagna, all kinds of vegetables, appetizers and a ton of desserts like cassata, cream puffs, cannoli, cookies and of course Grandma's Easter Bread

She had so much cooking going on, the stove and oven were both loaded up with no room.

Grandma's egg bread for Easter in an Easter basket with jelly beans and chicks in the photo near the pool outside


Baked Eggs Souffle

Monday, March 20, 2017
Ok I know you won't make this every day even though these baked eggs souffle are out of this world delicious.

They are saved for a special occasion like Valentine's Day or another morning holiday to wake up to something that you want to wow that significant other.

Sure they do take a little time, but the results are impressive but over the top gourmet tasting.

The eggs are light but with a warm yolk, you can still dip your toast in.

I love making something elegant that is so simple but makes my family or significant other go wow!

A special breakfast with also a healthy alternative when you make these eggs baked over fried.

We just love making elegant breakfast treats and another family favorite is cannoli french toast, cookie-cutter or character pancakes for the kids.

Scroll down for this printable easy recipe!

these are baked eggs but light like souffle in a ramekin dish


Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Natural coloring is always the best way to make healthier Easter Eggs colorful and the results of vibrant and naturally beautiful.

Growing up I remember mom always using some kind of juice from berries or vegetables.

Now I have a fabulous list of tried and true ways to color those Easter eggs even with teas and certain spices.

Healthier and safe to eat and even some of the ingredients give the eggs a much nicer taste, especially using smoked paprika for the leftover eggs in egg salad, who would have thought?

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for dye suggestions.

Easter eggs crackled with natural dyes. Dying Easter eggs with plant colors and natural foods are much healthier for the hard boiled eggs . Eating them are healthy and pretty to look at.


Parsley Pistachio Pea Pesto Over Pasta

Friday, March 17, 2017
The "five P's" Parsley, Pistachio, Pea, Pesto, Pasta, wow try and say that fast, it's such a fabulous pasta dish!

When I want a quick meal and it's on the table fast, this is my go too recipe.

You can have fresh pesto on hand, store-bought and pantry boxed pasta.

An excellent meal anytime and there's a bonus recipe at the end with chicken!

pasta with pesto sauce made with pistachio, peas, and parsley


St. Patrick's Day Favorite Recipes

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
St. Patrick's Day can is a celebrated day for the Irish, however, it's a day for many Americans to party and enjoy the festivities whether you're Irish or not!

Here is a delicious roundup we enjoy every year and celebrate for the day!

We love corned beef, colcannon potatoes, and many other delicious traditional foods served on this special holiday.

Take a look at these wonderful treats and enjoy being Irish for a day!

Corned Beef

Quick Rye Bread  

Reuben Dogs  

Colcannon Mashed Potatoes

Thousand Island Dressing

Guinness Chili  

Old Fashioned Simple Reuben

Vanilla Irish Cream or Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Don't Miss Some Of My Other Favorite Recipes!

Easter Recipes

Game Day Recipes

Best Holiday Side Dishes

Red White and Blue Recipes

St Patricks Day

Halloween Roundup

Thanksgiving Recipes

Christmas Recipes

Italian Easter Cassata

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Cassata is an Easter Italian Cheesecake.

This is my mom's recipe the late Margaret Ann Fanelli Colenzo.

You're in for a real traditional Italian creamy ricotta-filled cheesecake that is bursting with cherries and chocolate!

Cassata siciliana is a traditional sweet from Sicily, Italy. Mom was from Bari, Italy and this is her version.

There are over 10 different varieties of cassata in Italy.

The cake is believed to have originated in or around Palermo, where sheep’s milk ricotta, pistachios, and citrus were prevalent.

The Italian cheesecake is moistened with ricotta cheese baked into a delicious crust that has fruits and chocolate in it.

It's a tradition in our family to make this cheesecake every Easter, everyone looks forward to it.

You may also like to try our Italian Easter Dessert Roundup of recipes we make traditionally every year, or our Best Easter Italian Recipes there's something for everyone.

Over the years, we preferred it without some of the traditional candied fruits in it called citron, which is an ingredient used in many bakery versions.

This is an Italian cheesecake made with cherries, shaved chocolate, ricotta cheese in a pastry crust


Coconut Lime Pie Bars

Coconut Lime Pie Bars are one of those desserts that makes you go back for more.

Refreshing, delicious summer flavor with lime and coconut.

A real tropical treat that's a nice change from the all-time favorite lemon squares.

If you're a lime enthusiast you will love these!

You'll find lemon bars all over the net, try the lime, it will bring you to a tropical Island taste for a delightful change!

Scroll down to the recipe card to print this off.

these are a lime pudding bar made with lime juice and coconut a tropical fruit bar. When making a lemon bar cookie these have the same ingredients except using lime for bars instead.


Ice Cream Cone Easter Basket Cupcakes

Monday, March 6, 2017
When I think of Easter I think of baking, cooking and festive treats and of course Easter Baskets.

I love seeing the kids and adults faces when they see food art like these little adorable and yummy cupcakes!

These are a fun project for the kids and will put a smile on anyone's face that's eating them.

They are pretty easy to make, just a little time-consuming.

These cupcake cone cupcakes are just a joy to make and so delicious too!

Once you make them a few times, it gets easier and that no two looks alike, these are perfect for individual personalized sharing!

Enjoy this fun Easter project with your family and get creative, use any kinds of edible decorations you like.

Buona Pasqua! Which is (Happy Easter in Italian) from our family to yours.

Little Easter Baskets made from Ice Cream cones with cake batter


Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas

Sunday, March 5, 2017
Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas are a delicious easy all one Mexican American meal.

You can add whatever you like to these, chicken, beef, pork and with my homemade enchiladas sauce.

I also have the easiest recipe for flour tortilla shells for you to try.

Every time I make these the whole family raves about them.

These are so simple to do and you can even make them ahead of time, plus leftovers are great is you have some leftover rotisserie chicken on hand!

Black beans, jasmine rice, spiced up boneless chicken breasts all rolled up into this heavenly enchilada with melted cheese.

This recipe along with my roundup of Cinco De Mayo Recipes are perfect for a Mexican American Celebration!

This is the perfect potluck style casserole and an awesome meal for busy weeknights.

Just scroll down to this easily printable recipe card!

a delicious tortilla filled with black beans, sauteed chicken with a Mexican sauce on top


Carrot Cake Tastes Like A Scratch Cake

Here is an Oldie but extremely good! This semi-homemade Carrot cake is a recipe everyone is fooled by.

It tastes 100% homemade and baked to perfection starting with a mix.

The ingredients keep it moist and rich and taste so fresh!

Shredded carrots, pineapple, and everything in this cake mix it tastes so authentic it's just over the top delicious.

Of course, it's my go-to recipe at Easter time being a carrot cake, but I do make this year-round, it's so good!

Moist, tender and the additions make it addicting. You will serve this cake over and over again and fool the best of bakers!

Don't miss trying this doctored cake mix it's such a delicious cake and time saver.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card and enjoy the compliments!

this is a carrot cake that taste like a scratch cake using a mix with fresh carrots grated in the batter


Pistachio Tea Cakes for St. Patrick's Day

Little mini pistachio cakes. Perfect for any event and party. These are for St. Patrick's Day.


Sugar Free No Bake Cheesecake Pie

A delight to make and eat this deliciously easy recipe. 

Lower in fat and virtually sugar-free.

The perfect diabetic dessert.

Recently my son Curt was diagnosed with diabetes.

I am developing recipes that are healthier and keep him from craving all the foods with sugar so he won't be feeling he is missing out. This one's a keeper.

The smooth filling and topping were a huge success for my first try.

Of course, strawberries are one of his favorite fruits, but with any fruits, they still have natural sugars so limit them.

Berries are the best bet when it comes to diabetes, but check with your doctor first to make sure what he recommends for amounts.

You certainly can choose any number of fruits that are lower in sugar and not use any fruits at all.

Scroll down to the recipe card to print this easy sugar-free no-bake cheese pie, it really is a light delight!

this is a no bake diabetic friendly cheesecake pie. This is made with sugar free keto recipe for healthy conscious people watching their diet


Flounder with Roasted Vegetable Recipe

Friday, March 3, 2017
One of my favorite seafood dishes.
Flounder with roasted vegetables a great blend of flavors to top off a mild delicious fish.

Flounder with Roasted Vegetable Recipe

Peppers thinly sliced
Zucchini cubed
Flounder around 6 pieces
Mushrooms sliced around 1 cup
Plum tomatoes sliced 4 or more
White wine 1/2 cup
garlic cloves minced 2 or 3
salt, pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne
Italian seasoning blend
Italian flavored bread crumbs
grated cheese 
extra virgin olive oil

Place the fish in a 13 x 9 pan. Top with vegetables. Sprinkle with herbs,  spices garlic evenly. Drizzle with olive oil .Top with bread crumbs. Bake at 400 for 45 minutes.


Old World Style Chili

Thursday, March 2, 2017
The first hint of fall I love to start a big pot of chili on the stove to simmer.

Chili is one of those comfort foods that really is very good all year round but I really enjoy it in the cooler month.

The great thing about chili, it's economical, feeds a large crowd and always welcomed at parties, game day and even barbecues in the summertime.

Chili makes great leftovers for a filling in Mexican Lasagna, tortilla bowls and even the filling for air fryer hot pockets.

I love chili over baked potatoes, chili cheese fries and even a topping for chili burgers and hotdogs.

A one-pan meal that's so versatile and you won't get tired of with all these yummy ideas!

Scroll down to the recipe card and print off this super simple recipe.

this is a pan of chili with hamburger using ground sirloin, peppers and tomatoes