Ham Escarole and Bean Stoup

Friday, June 30, 2017
Here is one of those comfort foods. Ham, escarole and beans, a thick than soup called stoup. I especially like to make on a rainy or cool day. Grandma always had a pot simmering on her old fashioned gas stove. I can still remember her lighting that stove with a match. Memories of years gone by, they go by so fast. Those days keep her memory alive.

This is a pot of soup more like a stew it's thick and hearty with beans, ham and escarole in a rich broth


Strawberry Blueberry Banana Poundcake

Thursday, June 29, 2017
I love the combination of flavors in this Strawberry Blueberry Banana Poundcake

Strawberry, blueberry, and banana always put a smile on everyone's face when I make this.

Summer bonus every year.


Pancakes Patriotic Style

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Getting in a festive mood is what I am all about! I love to make food look pretty even though it's gets eaten faster than I can prepare it, isn't that the truth!

Well, I still love to make these pancakes patriotic style every chance I get around the patriotic holiday. They are so delicious too!

Fresh fruits, buttermilk pancakes and a great way to start your day.

If you love celebrating Patriotic holidays with some festive looking foods, don't miss my Red, White, and Blue Roundup or my Patriotic Fun Food Recipes.

I have a great recipe for buttermilk homemade fluffy light pancakes and another delicious breakfast treat my heart patriotic scones for breakfast!

Just scroll down to check out this fun Patriotic breakfast and even add a little whipped cream fun on top for a real treat or breakfast for dinner idea!

these are homemade pancakes with bananas, strawberries and blueberries for 4th of july breakfast


Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bars

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
If you love zucchini you will love these bars. So easy and perfect for picnics! The best part is you can freeze these for later and have fresh zucchini bars all year long! We love these. Perfect treat! I even like them from the freezer and microwaved for a few second to warm them and the chips melt. They are so delicious that way! I also like to dress them up for company with a little whipped cream and some fresh berries! Check out the secret ingredient in this recipe that makes them so great!

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bar are a bar kind of cake square with zucchini and chocolate chips added to the batter . These are in a brownie rectangular pan and cut in square You can see how moist they are in the photo


Raspberry Lemon Tart

Sunday, June 18, 2017

I wanted to make something very special for this occasion. My son graduated from college with his bachelor degree. This is a delicious homemade lemon pudding raspberry tart! Make two, one didn't last long and everyone will want a second piece!

this is a lemon filled pastry tart with fresh red raspberries and raspberries puree on top.


Leftover Broccoli Cauliflower Appetizers

Saturday, June 17, 2017
I just made the best ever appetizers with leftover broccoli and cauliflower. I don't think I will ever eat broccoli and cauliflower any other way again!
Actually a perfect side dish they remind me of a vegetable meatball. So addicting!

 Leftover Broccoli Cauliflower Appetizers


My Favorite Macaroni Salad Recipe

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

One of my favorites is macaroni salad with tuna or shrimp of course you can leave it out but if you love seafood this is a must try for you! This is how my mom made it. I have also had this with crab meat which is over the top if your a seafood lover and a little more pricey.

My Favorite Macaroni Salad Recipe

1 lb elbow macaroni cooked al dente to package instructions
boiled eggs for garnish
1 stalk celery
1 small carrot
1 can tuna in olive oil drained ,1 cup small baby shrimp use canned or frozen sometimes I use both or shredded fresh crab meat
1 small bell pepper
granulated garlic
parsley flakes dried for the top to garnish
salt, pepper to taste
1 tablespoon or more to taste of sweet pickle relish
optional: green chopped olives or black olives

Drain the pasta, add the can of tuna or shrimp. In a food processor, add the celery, carrot and pepper. Pulse till finely chopped. Add to the pasta. Stir in the herbs, spices and relish to taste add mayonnaise until the mixture is coated completely around 2 cups.
Slice eggs for the top and garnish with dried parsley.

Broccoli Rabe

Monday, June 12, 2017
Broccoli rabe pronounced (BROK-a lee RAHB).

Growing up in an Italian family, the fresh smell of this vegetable cooking would get my complete attention. 

It was never referred too as broccoli rabe it was always called Rapini in Italian (one and the same just in Italian).

I can remember hearing the spatter of the rapini hitting the pan into the warmed heated oil and then that fragrant smell of garlic hit you, that made my mouth water for some.

The anticipation would kill me waiting to eat this!

You would have to be very patient as the broccoli rabe would saute' in that pan for quite a while, and that aroma was so hard to resist not eating before they were tender enough.

That sandwich between two thick pieces of crusty Italian bread saturated with garlic oil and hot pepper, was beyond describing.

I make it often and the health benefits of this delicious vegetable are endless.

If you need to get green leafy vegetables into your dietary menu, this is the first one I would try.

Scroll down to the bottom of this wonderous delicious sauteed Italian sandwich green, don't miss trying this one.

this is a big black fry pan full of sauteed broccoli rabe


Easy Peanut Butter Chip Bars

Friday, June 9, 2017
My easy go-to peanut butter bar recipe. This is all made by hand and from scratch. The peanut butter chip bars are so easy. The only thing wrong with them is, the recipe needs to be doubled. They will fly off the table! Even if you're not a baker you will love the ease of this recipe. All in one bowl, make and bake has never been easier. Just scroll down to get this delicious decadent recipe.

Peanut butter and chocolate are of course are the perfect pair. So when someone in your household is wanting something sweet and delicious you just found the perfect recipe!

these are a peanut butter chocolate chip bar that was baked in a 9 x  9 disposable baking pan all homemade from scratch


Italian Fried Steak

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Italian Fried Steak is one of the best tasting coatings for almost any meats besides even beef!

Chicken, pork, cube steaks, turkey, and venison lovers, this easy recipe will be perfect for any of them.

The meat can be air fried or baked also with this easy crusted style meat.

If you love fried steak also try our Chicken Fried T-Bone or Chicken Fried Chicken recipe, it's another family favorite!

Check out the printable recipe by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

This is a steak coated with breading and fried with delicious Italian spices with parsley garnished on top in a white dish