Grandma's Chicken Thighs Sauce and Peas

Thursday, July 27, 2017
I just love to make recipes that remind me of my grandmother Victoria. Her chicken thighs sauce and peas were the best!

An easy depression food back in the 1960s, now a gourmet comfort food for me.

This was one of my dad's favorites when his mom made this dish.

After she passed away in 1976, my dad learned how to make this and it was almost perfect.

He managed to duplicate the exact flavors of her peas and chicken meal.

I loved watching him trying to recreate recipes of hers and he was always spot on.

Now after he passed in 1995, and mom in 1999, I am doing my best trying to keep these same delicious traditions.

Stroll down to the bottom of the recipe card for this great vintage recipe.

This is a saucepot with chicken thighs and peas similar to a stew made on top of the stove with fresh tomato sauce


Banana Mango Muffin

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
I am not sure I have ever made a muffin I didn't love! This combination of flavors is just perfect for the mango season and lovers. The banana, mango compliments this muffin to the next level of sweetness!

Banana Mango Muffin


Easy Slow Cooker Beer Pot Roast

Here is an Easy Slow Cooker Beer Pot Roast Recipe that everyone goes crazy for.
The flavors are over the top delicious in this melt in your mouth roast. I love using the slow cooker, the best part is that the meat falls apart and you can get an inexpensive cut and make it taste gourmet! Join me in this recipe as I sit here with a loaf of Italian bread to sop up the great juices it makes.

This is a yellow ceramic dish filled with beer stew that has been slow cooked in a slow cooker all day in a sauce with peas, carrots, potatoes, pot roast that is juicy and fork tender beef roast


Easy Mango Pineapple Dump Cake

Sunday, July 23, 2017
This mango pineapple cake recipe is so easy to make. Truth is even anyone with no baking skills at all can do it and will be asked to make this recipe time and time again. You can thank me later after you try this awesome delicious dump cake.

 An easy cake made with pineapple, mango and a cake mix! Easy Mango Pineapple Dump  in a dessert glass dish with a cherry on top


Freeze Your Mango For Later Video

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Now you can have mango all year long, take a look at my tips for keeping this delicious tropical fruit all year long fresh and ready to use.

I love making muffins, cakes and so much more uses.

are perfect for Salmon and a deliciously sweet topping.

Don't let that great deal on mango get away from you, stock up, freeze it and bring a little bit of the tropics in your home all year long.

Check out the video, this is so easy!

a tutorial on how to freeze and store an abundance of fresh mango and ideas for later uses


How To Use Fresh Tomatoes

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
This is the easiest way to peel fresh plum tomatoes or any kind of tomatoes.

You can blanch, freeze, sundried, make a traditional sunday sauce, and even make homemade tomato paste with summer fresh tomatoes.

I love them in stews, sauce for pasta, on top of pizzas, and even in breakfast quiche.

When they are on sale, I buy several pounds and varieties, mostly plum tomatoes are used.

Grandma and Dad made the best quick sauce and had so many great uses and recipes for fresh tomatoes.

There are options and easy ways to remove most of the seeds and all the skins below in my instructions.

But you can just puree the whole tomato with skins on if you like.

Peeled tomatoes can be frozen whole, pureed of course used in many recipes all winter long.

My dad always did these methods every year and had a fabulous vegetable garden, so I grew up learning from watching him.

I will always remember his technique and his mom's, my Grandma Victoria, everything they cooked was so fresh tasting!

Scroll down to the recipe card and print off the instructions for all of these options.

this is a basked of red plum tomatoes for several options to cook, freeze and blanch recipe instructions


Nutter Butter Vanilla Ice Cream

If you're a fan of nutter butter filled peanut butter cookies, this vanilla bean ice cream will be a hit in your home like mine.

My kids raved on the creamy texture than the delicious crunch of their favorite cookies.

Cookies and cream is always a fun treat and the best basic recipe like this one can have any cookies you love in it!

If you have a peanut allergy or love Oreo cookies instead just change the recipe, it's a simple vanilla bean ice cream with cookies!

Simple to make and always puts a smile on the young at heart, and of course all the kids that eat this!

I just love simple easy recipes like this one.

There is a bonus recipe for all of my readers who don't own an ice cream maker for no-churn, just scroll down.

Packed with flavor and so much better than any supermarket brand!

this is a bowl of vanilla ice cream that has the famous nutter butter cookies crumbled inside it


Corn on the Cob Recipes

One of my favorite ways to eat fresh or frozen corn on the cob is made this way.

Of course, you can char it on the grill also but I can eat this all year long any day of the week.

It's a fabulous side dish! Steamed, boiled, grilled or even in the slow cooker!

Below you will find many cooking methods to make corn, grilled, steamed, boiled, Mexican Street corn, Italian style, herb kinds of butter and more!

These toppings make the corn unique with all the different kinds of flavored butter.

The Mexican Street Corn is a totally different kind of corn on the cob side dish with cheese, sour cream and herbs!

At the end you can also print off all the recipes and save them for your next cookout or picnic gathering, this corn on the cob is perfect in a slow cooker for all your barbeque events!

If you would like to print the recipe card, just scroll past all the photos for these recipes and suggestive tips.

these are stalks of corn still in the husks on the hot coals


Chocolate Cookies and Cream Icebox Cake

Monday, July 17, 2017
Who had graham crackers pudding icebox cake and loved it as a child? Well even as an adult it's hard to pass up. Take a look at the next generation of icebox cake.

This is really the easiest dessert in the whole world. Cookies and cream icebox cake such a change to the classic graham cracker and pudding icebox cake. What can bring someones heart back to their childhood more than cookies and cream with chocolate pudding?

A childhood dessert with chocolate cookies, whipped cream called icebox cake that mom would make. Always using a glass dish to see through to see tall layers of cream and cookies like in the photo


Roasted Red White and Blue Potatoes Vegetables Medley

Sunday, July 16, 2017
If you love vegetables as much as I do you are going to love these!

I can eat these at any meal as a side dish and they go great with any meats!

You can roast all vegetables on a cookie sheet or a with or without potatoes for all you healthy low carb watchers as an option!

You decide which vegetables you and your family love.

If you are a potato lover then you can do all roasted potatoes.

Check out both recipes.

The red, white and blue potatoes are perfect for any Patriotic themed holiday or backyard picnic.

The vegetables are also perfect and vegetables lovers are going to love the roasted flavors.

this is a recipe for any and all vegetables roasted in the oven on this dish is zucchini, peppers, carrots, potatoes


Best Bing Cherry Muffin

Saturday, July 15, 2017
One of my all-time favorite recipes. These are the best Bing Cherry Muffins you will ever eat!

Summer is always full of fresh fruits.

Cherries aren't around long and we love Cherry Fresh Pie also.

Usually, fresh bing cherries don't last a day in our home.

I have to buy twice the amount just to make these! They sure are worth waking up too.

Breakfast muffins chock full of chopped fresh cherries all in a sweet muffin with or without butter are fantastic!

If you rather have Cherry Quick Bread instead, try this recipe.
or try some other muffins best quick bread, variety muffins here.

These are muffins baked with fresh cut up sweet bing summer cherries. They are sweet, moist muffins with chopped cherries inside baked on a fruit designed plate


How To Dry Herbs

Friday, July 14, 2017
Oh how I love fresh herbs, how about you?

Well, this year I was able to get a great crop on many.

I have a short clip below to show you my herb garden.

Drying these are fun and easy.

Washed, dry and by choosing a simple method you can have the best-tasting additions to any meal all year long!

Hope you get to have some fresh herbs growing in your kitchens or garden this year they make the best in flavors in all your soups and stews!

All the methods are a little different and it depends on what you are using it for.

I tend to like the frozen herbs for topping pizza or adding to stews for that green fresh taste.

Dried are great too, it's a matter of preference.

Try them a few different ways and you can decide what you like best.

To save these instructions, scroll down to the end for a printable recipe card.

yDrying Herbs Tips and Instructions in the garden, growing your own herbs for savory meals, easy to dry herb instructions


Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Thursday, July 13, 2017
These easy Raspberry Oatmeal Bars, are one of those easy-peasy recipes that's perfect when unexpected guests come for coffee.

One of the first cookie bars I ever made on my own as a child.

My dad and I would hardly leave a crumb for anyone else, they were just so delicious.

Raspberry was one of our all-time favorite flavors and these were quick to make in no time.

Here over 30 years later of making them, they're now a favorite of my grandkids.

It really is such an easy recipe and you can change the flavor jam to whatever you love.

I have done these with blueberry, cherry, and the favorite always comes back to raspberry.

You can't go wrong with these raspberry oatmeal bars. Come to take a look I promise you will love these and make them time and time again!

An old fashioned cookie bar filled with raspberry jam and has an oatmeal crust


Best Zucchini Fritters

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
A fritter that is so full of flavors you will be addicted.

I make these often when zucchini is in abundance in the summertime. We just love these as an appetizer or side dish!

If you are looking for a great recipe that's savory, this will be your new go-to recipe for zucchini.

I have also baked and air fried them, of course, everything tastes better fried, but with a little cooking spray, you can adapt these to a low-calorie fritter.

One other thing I love to do with these zucchini fritters is to dip them in a fresh heated marinara sauce sprinkled heavily with Parmesan cheese, but that's just my addiction!

These are by far the best zucchini fritters I have ever eaten and so easy to make!

If you really aren't a fan of zucchini, check out the other substitutions you can use in this written post below.

You can just scroll down to the recipe card and print this off easily, hope you love these as much as we do.

These are shredded zucchini mixed with herbs, spices and deep fried into a fritter on a white plate and rosemary on the plate for garnish


Mandarin Orange Pineapple Coleslaw

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Mandarin Orange Pineapple Coleslaw is a sweet delicious side dish that goes great with barbecue or fish.

I was never a big fan of coleslaw until I had it with mandarin oranges and pineapple.

This cabbage slaw is one of the best tasting coleslaw I have ever eaten.

The fruits and creamy dressing is just perfect with seafood or meats of any kind and a great warmer weather side dish.

We love cabbage all kinds of ways, like in soups, cabbage stuffed and this side dish salad.

Take a look at the ingredients and scroll down to print this easy fruity slaw out below.

this is creamy coleslaw with homemade dressing and two kinds of fruits in the salad


Italian Lemon Ice

Sunday, July 9, 2017
If you have ever wondered how to make Italian lemon ice, look no further, this is a perfect smooth refreshing ice that comes out exactly like those Italian pastry bakeries that sell in in Upstate New York.

Delicious smooth ice that is bursting with lemon peel and not shaved like those icy ones you get in the supermarket.

This ice can be made in your freezer or by purchasing an ice cream maker to whip this so it turns into a soft sorbet almost like snow!

If you are looking to cool off on a hot summers day, this will do the trick for sure.

During the hot summers in Upstate Utica, New York, we couldn't wait until May when all the Italian pastry shops started to put this back on their menu after a long hard cold winter.

My hometown Utica is famous for so many Italian specialties like this one and so much more Tomato PieItalian GreensPizza FrittaChicken RiggiesManny's CheesecakeOscugnizzo PizzaPusties and Rosato Chocolate Cookies.

This Italian Lemon Ice was always something we had to look forward to when growing up.

My dad would always have this in our freezer when it first hit the stores, then when I couldn't find it here in Florida, it was time to learn the tricks on how to make it.

I promised you this recipe will not disappoint you.

Just scroll down to the recipe card and follow this step by step instructions and you will never have to buy it again.

utica new york Italian lemon ice is a frozen Italian lemon confection that freezes into a creamy lemon almost sherbet style ice cream. The ice is very popular in Italian. this lemon ice is in a white ice cream dish


Elegant Meringue Cups

Saturday, July 8, 2017
I just love these easy elegant meringue cups for dessert.

They really bring that wow factor to any dessert table.

Light, a little sweet and they complement any dinner party with an elegant ending to a great meal and not too filling.

We love healthy light dessert homemade and that looks fabulous like this one.

I often make Sugar Free Cheesecake Pie, Low Carb Angel Food Cake, and a favorite Sugar Free Keto Peanut Butter Cookie with 3 ingredients!

Just scroll down to the bottom and print off this easy fun to serve and elegant dessert that will wow your friends and family anytime, and so simple to make!

Meringue Cups that are filled with raspberry, blueberries, fresh pureed fruit and lemon curd. These meringue cups are an elegant dessert cup filled with delicious fresh fruits and an elegant dessert love in calories to serve guests.


Jello Popsicles

Thursday, July 6, 2017

I think there is a child in all of us? Well, these Jello Popsicles brought me back to my childhood days when mom would make amazing jello pops.

They were inexpensive and we made them together all summer long.

Oh, the great memories. Always think of her and the great times in the kitchen through cooking.

this is a popsicle made with jello molded into a popsicle mold then frozen into this popsicle shaped with a stick in it. It is on the blue cover shell top of the popsicle mold.


Sugar Free Flag Cheese Pie

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
It's always hard to accept the fact that you have to change your lifestyle.

When my youngest son found out he had diabetes, that's life-changing.

Making foods without sugar and delicious was a whole new journey of recipe creations.

This sugar-free flag cheese pie became one of his favorites and the family loves it too!

The basic recipe can be made to be festive and any theme just by changing it into a colorful pattern of fruits.

Scroll down to get this delicious flag pie Patriotic recipe for your next party or holiday event.

this is a baked pie crust that is sugar free and diabetic friendly recipe. The filling is made with cream cheese and no bake. The filling is pour into a flag shaped pie decorated with blueberries and strawberries for a festive Patriotic look.


Grandma's Vanilla Strawberry Cream Cupcake

Monday, July 3, 2017
Although grandma wasn't as fancy in her presentation it never mattered, these vanilla strawberry cream cupcakes would be gobbled up so fast I almost didn't get one! I even tried to hide one! Now I make a double batch and get mine first hee hee

Grandma's Vanilla  Strawberry Cream Cupcake


Best Grilling Recipes

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Whether it's the beginning of summer and you're getting ready for graduation backyard parties, 4th of July, family grilling outdoor picnics are fun and can be spectacular with the right foods!

You can make all your events super special with this roundup of fabulous grilling ideas from sweet to savory recipes!

There is something for everyone here for any event, party, picnic or Holiday when it comes to grilling, you hit the jackpot of 16 recipes right here!

Plus there are bonus links at the end for a rainy day when grilling isn't possible with oven smoked pork or brisket!

Juicy steaks, burgers, and even some delicious grilling sweet treats.

These are all mouth-watering and sure to leave a lasting impression on your friends and family.

Take a quick stroll through these grilling ideas and make some great memories for your next summer event!

The photo is Filet Mignon topped with shrimps and crab, recipe link at the bottom of this page.