Berry Baked Ricotta Cheesecake

Monday, May 29, 2017
The main difference between what we would consider typical New York American cheesecake and Italian cheesecake is that in Italy, cheesecake is made with ricotta rather than cream cheese.

It is also a bit lighter and dryer, more cakelike.

We love both the Ricotta style cheesecakes and the cream cheese New York versions, this one is berry delicious!

If you want fewer calories and authentic Italian cheesecake flavors, this is the type you will find in an Italian bakery.

Easy to make in a springform pan and it even tastes great with nothing but a dusting of powdered sugar on top.

Just scroll down to the printable recipe card and see just how easy this is to make.


Italian Style Jambalaya

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
When I think of Jambalaya, I think of a pan of a delicious assortment of my favorite meats, seafood, and vegetables.

I made mine more of a Cajun/Italian style in flavors and it not only packs a punch it's addicting not to stop eating it.

Whether you love chicken, steak, seafood, or sausage, this is a great one-pan meal to serve and perfect for getting everything together for side dishes and your main meal cooked all together.

Served normally with a bowl of dirty rice, or red beans and rice, this Italian style jambalaya has all the best of our favorite vegetables in a casserole that needs nothing else.

Two kinds of potatoes, mushrooms then shrimp and sausage, the flavors together are outstanding.

We are big fans of easy meals, and all casseroles, this is great outdoors if you have a wok pan with holes in it to put on the grill also.

I baked it so it was easy peasy!

For an original Jambalaya style with rice, I will also include the recipe below.

Scroll down for this easy recipe that's printable!


Italian Style Cube Steak

Sunday, May 21, 2017
One of our favorite quick meals are these Italian Style Cube Steaks.  Add some roasted potatoes and corn on the cob for the perfect sides. Mom used to make cube steaks all the time, she would always know how to season everything to make something plain dynamic.

 Italian Style Cube Steak


Funfetti Cupcake Recipe

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

It doesn't matter what Holiday it is these are fun to make and eat. I love to make these Patriot themed cupcakes for the kids and adults. They are festive and delicious all at the same time. Check out this homemade cupcake great recipe!  We do sprinkles and glitter to match the holiday season!

Funfetti Cupcake Recipe

1 3/4 cups cake flour
1 1/4 cups flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter softened
4 eggs
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 cup assorted colored sprinkles

Optional: colored sugars to match the theme of the Holiday or Birthday
Frosting of choice

In one bowl add all the dry ingredients and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream the sugar and butter together for 3 minutes. 

Add the eggs, milk , almond extract and stir in. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until blended and evenly blended together.
Fold in the sprinkles.
Line your cupcakes tin with papers liners 2/3 full.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes on a preheated oven of 350 degrees until lightly browned on top around 25 minutes.
Cool completely. Frost with homemade frosting or your favorite canned. Sprinkle with colored sugars if you like.


Provolone Black Pepper Biscuit Recipe

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
A great little starter appetizer! Perfect with your favorite wines! 
"Thanks for stopping by!"
Ciao, Claudia

I love little one bite appetizers and they are the perfect started to any meal when you're entertaining guests!

Provolone Black Pepper Biscuit Recipe 1 cup provolone shredded (use any kind of shredded cheese you like that has a strong flavor)
1/8 cup black pepper
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup butter cold cut into tiny pieces
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated garlic or use fresh
1 teaspoon Italian herbs either fresh basil and parsley or use dry 
meat of choice

Optional: add chopped pepperoni, capicola ham or cooked sausage, crumbled bacon or prosciutto  ( around 1/2 cup.) Suggested vegetables, chopped tomatoes, peppers, olives or mushrooms.

Mix all the dry ingredients. Coat the butter and the mozzarella with this dry mixture. Gently stir in the milk. Roll into balls or drop by tablespoons. Place in mini muffin tins.   Bake in preheated oven 375 degrees  for 25 minutes in the tin or on a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper.

Brunch Mimosa Recipes and Video

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Say good morning to Sunday Brunch with Mimosa it's 5 o'clock somewhere!!!! It will be a bright sun shiny day!  Even some non alcoholic drink recipes enjoy!
The perfect starter drink Mimosa with a little bubbly and orange juice to get some sunshine in your day!


Italian Saucy Sausage Peppers and Hamburgers Recipe

Thursday, May 11, 2017
One of my families favorite meals. It's so versatile. When you make this saucy pan of meat it's the start of so many meals. The possibilities are endless and so are the leftovers! If you do have any the next day. Put the meat in the food processor for the perfect bolognese sauce!


Baked Cauliflower Appetizer Bites Recipe

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
If you're watching carbs, this is a great way to do it! These little gems are cauliflower with cheese, herbs and spices all baked in mini tin pans. Perfect for brunch, appetizer before a big meal or a great take along to a party! Don't forget to bring your favorite dipping sauce. I bet everyone will ask you for the recipe!


Slow Cooker Chicken and Broccoli Recipe

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
One of my favorites when we go to the all you can eat buffets is chicken and broccoli over white rice. Now this easy slow cooker recipe can be made at home with no added preservatives to worry about!


Roasted Peppers and Eggplant Parmesan

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Here is a great sandwich with two of my favorite vegetables, roasted peppers and eggplant on a toasted garlic roll! I just love using leftovers for this sandwich. I make roasted peppers all the time and fried eggplant in large quantities. Then I freeze the leftovers for other uses. I take out whatever I need to make sandwiches and have it all ready whenever I want to make a great topping using these vegetables for pizza toppings or in casseroles.

Roasted Peppers and Eggplant Parmesan


Italian Peppers Eggs and Spinach Omelet Recipe

Saturday, May 6, 2017

This is actually a starter filling for many uses. I make lots of this filling to use later in many different ways. Some suggestions would be in stromboli, pizza toppings and in this recipe, a delicious omelet. It also freezes well in a pinch when you want to make a great breakfast the filling is all ready. You can also add cooked sausage or any other meat you like and have another meal in itself making a great sandwich. The possibilities are endless.


Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cake Recipe

Thursday, May 4, 2017

This can be someone's new favorite! The cake is moist, delicate and oh so decadent. One of my favorites and a chocolate lovers dream that loves raspberry. If you want a special cake then you found it. I just love how easy this one is to make too! You can even add whipped cream, chopped nuts like pistachio's, shredded coconut or cherries You really can add whatever you like on top. I love it just the way it is. The raspberry really bring this cake to a new level!


Best Olive Oil Rub Chicken Recipe

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

This is a delicious blend of spices that totally compliment this chicken. Easy to do and everyone always raves about it. Very moist and usually done on the grill in 10 to 15 minutes. You can also pan fry this but I like the healthier version

chicken grilled rubbed with olive oil with a good char marking on them


Funfetti Sugar Cookie Recipe

Monday, May 1, 2017
Funfetti Sugar Cookies are a fun colorful sugar cookie. These cookies not only taste great, they are fun to eat and all kids love them too! I love the colors and the endless possibilities that can even be added to them. Make someone happy and make a batch, watch them smile!

Funfetti Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 stick softened butter
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
1/2 cup colorful sprinkles

Optional additions ( 1/2 cup of any of these : white chocolate chips, coconut and chopped nuts 

Beat and cream the sugar and butter together. Add all the rest of the ingredients except for sprinkles. Fold them in the end.
Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll into balls, place on a parchment paper and bake for around 8 minutes until set. Cool before removing from pan.