Mom's Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Mom's Lemon ricotta cookies are light with a lemony flavor.

The ricotta makes them moist, not dry and with a little frosting the perfect sweetness,

Mom made these often, even though they were a traditional Easter cookie.

These lemon ricotta cookies were my dad's favorite cookie.

If you love these cookies you may also like Pistachio Ricotta Cookies, those are another family favorite mom always made for Christmas because of the green color!

These are the perfect cookies to change the sprinkles to a colorful holiday theme at any time of the year and these ricotta cookies are so easy to make.

Dad just loved lemon-flavored cookies. We enjoy these lemon cookies all year long.

Scroll down to print off this simple Italian cookie recipe.

Ricotta cookies with white frosting and little sprinkles on top a special Italian wedding tray cookie found in many Italian bakeries


Pita Bread Appetizer Pizza Recipe

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Seriously the easiest pizza, snack or appetizer you will ever make quickly for unexpected guests or a party.

Just remember to keep a package of pita bread in the freezer, bottled sauce, and mozzarella shredded on hand.

This is all homemade from scratch but you can use all store-bought and have all kinds of pizza made for an individual taste!

The toppings are endless!


Best Summer Favorite Recipes

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Here are the most viewed recipes and favorites of the summer. Foods that made a big hit and desserts that made them smile.

summer recipe collage


Italian Chocolate Cream Birthday Cake

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
This Italian Chocolate Cream Birthday Cake is a favorite of mine. A decadent filled chocolate cake that has the best pastry vanilla cream filling I ever tasted. Come try this chocolate fudge decadent chocolate cream cake. Everyone raves about this. If you want to treat yourself to a special cake this is it.


Whole Wheat Cavatelli Pasta Recipe

Monday, April 24, 2017

A healthier version of this great homemade pasta. When your watching your carbs this is a great alternative not totally without carbs but low and still a delicious treat. Perfect for one who is a health conscious.


Potato and Egg Frittata

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Another breakfast in our Italian household was potatoes and eggs, we loved it.

This Potato and Egg Frittata and an all-time favorite breakfast, lunch or dinner when I was growing up.

Money was tight in the 1960s.

This was mom's go-to recipe until the next payday.

It will feed a large family inexpensively and become a delicious memory throughout adulthood. Mom always knew how to make meals taste like a banquet of love, this was one of them during tough times.

Fried sauteed potatoes in a fry pan with potatoes, eggs, peppers, and pepperoni mom called depression food in 1950's that would feed the family with melted cheese on top which is mozzarella

Delicious Memories

We were lucky enough to have a garden that dad had a green thumb for. He grew potatoes, carrots, peas, tomatoes, peppers.

It was wonderful to go into our backyard and sneak a fresh tomato right off the vine and eat it as a kid.

Funny how nothing taste that sweet and delicious anymore.

Dad was amazing with his garden, I can't even write all the foods he cultivated for us, those were the good old days for sure.

I can't even keep a plant alive in my home, sigh.

this is an Italian style breakfast with potatoes and eggs loaded with melted mozzarella cheese called a frittata. It is all fried in one pan and served with toast.


Avocado Bruschetta and Guacamole Dip

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Avocado Insalata Bruschetta is an easy blend of fresh vegetable spread on toasted bread or perfect for vegetable toppings. This is one recipe everyone raves about! Avocado Bruschetta or even my Guacamole dip is perfect for parties and take alongs to picnics. Avocado has so many health benefits and is also a healthy brunch or lunch any day of the week to add to your diet. Check out the other ingredients in this avocado spread that make it so delicious!

this is a spread that has avocado, tomatoes, olives and mixed into a healthy basil pesto topping a piece of garlic bread


Easter Pizza Rustica Recipe

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pizza Rustica or pizzagaina is a large Italian pizza pie consisting of a pastry-like crust that goes both on top and on the bottom, and in between the crust, it holds ingredients such as salami, ham, prosciutto, eggs, and Italian cheeses such as mozzarella, ricotta, Pecorino Romano, and Parmigiano Reggiano.

This recipe can be cut in half as it makes one large or two small ones and it also freezes well.

It's hard to determine what classification this goes under being pizza Rustica as it is part pastry, part quiche, part pie, and part pizza at the same time.

The dish is traditionally prepared for Easter we usually serve this at room temperature as an appetizer.

Even though pizza Rustica is Italian in origin, it is also popular in the Italian-American community here in the United States besides Italy and all of Europe.

If you love Italian traditional foods like this for Easter, try our Best Easter Italian Roundup of Recipes.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for this fabulous thick meat pizza Rustica recipe.

this is an Easter Italian Meat pie stuffed with many deli meats like pepperoni, capicola and salami loaded with ricotta and lots of other cheese


Best New York Style Bagels

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It's been a little over 20 years since I thought about making bagels again.

When my kids were little these were a once a week staple in our home but that was when we still lived in Upstate New York.

In the middle of a snowy winters day, when I needed to warm up the house, I kept the oven on to keep us warm.

There was no better place to rise bread and bagels than on top of a warm stove top.

The aroma than making New York Style bagels with cinnamon and raisins.

We love bagels, and these are the best New York Style Bagels you can make in your own kitchen recipe.

Copycat from the Bagel Grove in Utica New York bagels. Best New York Water Bagels baked with raisins, cinnamon sugar, molded homemade dough into doughnuts shapes then boiled in sugar water. Baked with Asiago cheese, blueberries, cherry, best bagels New York Style cooling


Semolina Bread Recipe

One of my favorite breads to make and so easy to do, semolina Italian rustic bread.


No Bake Cheesecake Tartlet Recipe

Sunday, April 2, 2017
There is nothing like a dessert that anyone can make no matter who you are even if you can't cook or bake. I really love when someone compliments me on this recipe since I can make it in my sleep it's so easy! The only problem is you will be asked to make this recipe time and time again, yes it's that good. If you are trying to impress anyone on your baking expertise, this will be your go to recipe. Don't tell them it's no bake and how easy it is. Oh and you don't even have to make the crust. You can buy pre packaged graham cracker crusts and just make the filling! Now isn't that easy?