Royal Icing

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Royal icing is used for decorating cookies and cakes. I prefer to use only meringue powder instead of egg whites. I feel it's safer. This is a great recipe to make special characters and decorations to match the theme to any children's birthday party,for weddings and any other events or functions.

You can find the cake decorating tools in my shop at the top portion of my blog page labeled "Shop with me".

easy meringue frosting that gets hard in an instant to make fun cake toppings and characters


Valentine's Chocolate Cream Filled Pastry Heart

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Valentine's Chocolate Cream Filled Pastry Heart is an easy way to make a special dessert for Valentine's day holiday.

Just grab a heart-shaped pan, line it with crust and fill it with your favorite pudding?

Seriously what could be faster than that?

I even took a cookie cutter and made heart shapes and baked them to add on top!

Make a special elegant dessert for your Valentine with this delicious heart-shaped Valentine's Chocolate Cream Filled Pastry Heart.

This homemade chocolate pastry cream is a decadent treat for that special someone.

this is a chocolate heart cream pastry filled with chocolate pudding, whipped cream, espresso coffee, a rose and old vintage serving cutter. The photo has the Valentines day piece of heart shaped dessert in a glass bowl  cut up


Butternut Squash Arugula Winter Raspberry Salad

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Butternut Squash Arugula Winter Raspberry Salad is my kicking off to a healthy diet New Year!

This is my go-to salad in the winter months since I can't get my favorite butternut squash all year long!

I love Butternut sweet squash with arugula and fresh fruit dressing just like a watermelon salad which is another favorite salad during the summer months.

Take a look at this light colorful and delicious homemade salad that packs a great taste from fruits to vegetables!

If you are trying to keep your weight down and cholesterol low, this is a great place to start or try my weight loss beet salad, it's so good.

The butternut squash adds the perfect sweetness with arugula a nutty flavor and the raspberry give you a touch of summer all year long!

Scroll down to the recipe and check it out!

this is a healthy butternut squash salad. This diet salad has everything low calorie, keto friendly, vegan or vegetarian to keep your diet healthy and in control.


Italian Sauteed Rosemary Basil Chicken

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

This is like my go-to recipe whenever I need a tender tasty piece of chicken breast as the main entrée or over fresh lettuce salad greens.

I just love this sauteed rosemary basil chicken.

The taste is bursting with fresh flavors!

If you are looking for a new way to prepare chicken this is very tasty and perfect for summer salads.

A lighter meal that I never tire of.

This easy recipe can be so versatile as it is great in a club sandwich or even leftovers are great in a chicken salad!

this is an herb infused sauteed chicken with rosemary, basil and has a  lemony Greek Style outside taste crusted chicken


Baked Haddock with Shrimp Zucchini

Monday, January 22, 2018
Baked flaky haddock with shrimp and zucchini vegetable topping!

When summer vegetables are in abundance, I always experiment with them.

I was thrilled with this recipe when I got a delicious side dish all in one pan with my seafood.

This seafood dish just shouts summertime and a fun way to serve it no lease bursting with amazing flavors.

It's so easy to prepare and everyone loved it.

Here is a great way to start off eating lighter.

This baked haddock has the perfect balance of flavors baked with a wine sauce!

Seafood lovers, you're going to love this recipe and baked never tasted so good!

Scroll down and get it printed off on the recipe card and give this one a try!

This is haddock filet with shrimp and zucchini on top baked with bread crumbs and herbs


Baked Mini Puffed Pancakes

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Baked mini puffed pancakes are really a miniature Dutch baby. There are so many names I have seen them called, you may have seen them called, German puffed pancakes. They remind me somewhat of popover in flavor, until we dressed them up!

baked mini pancakes also known as Dutch baby, German Pancakes and these are mini version


Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Friday, January 12, 2018
These triple chocolate fudge brownies are the bomb! When it comes to brownies, chocolate overload is the way to go. This triple decadent triple chocolate fudge brownie is loaded with delicious chocolate and a secret ingredient!

these are a decadent  Triple chocolate brownie with chocolate chips and ganache frosting


Baked Homemade Cavatelli

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Baked Cavatelli pasta is a ricotta and flour base Italian pasta that can be served with tomato sauce or cavatelli with garlic and oil with some kind of vegetable like broccoli.

We make them from scratch and they are very easy then turn it into a cheesy casserole.

The dough is light and the pasta is very delicious with the addition of Italian tomato sauce and baked in the oven smothered in melted mozzarella cheese.

Sometimes we even layer it with ricotta cheese between the pasta and use a loose meat bolognese sauce.

These are a favorite homemade pasta in our home.

homemade Italian pasta called cavatelli with homemade tomato sauce in a white baking dish with lots of mozzarella cheese melted on top


Mom's Focaccia Cheese Stuffed Bread

Monday, January 8, 2018
Focaccia is a delicious herb-infused bread with olive oil and lots of spices. The flavors are robust and many versions have been adapted through the years.

I made this dough stuffed with Italian cheeses. It's baked to perfection and the aroma is fabulous while baking, it's hard to wait until it's done baking to eat it!

Comfort food comes in all forms, for me, it's homemade bread of any kind.

This dough is so versatile it can be transformed into pizza, fried for a savory flavor or just the way it is!

Pizza dough with cheese bread over the top delicious stuffed  This is delicious pizza dough stuffed with cheese and fresh herbs. A  homemade bread dough that was mom's recipe. This is called a focaccia and italian herb bread that is stuffed with cheese. Rosemary is a main herb flavored in this bread along with black pepper and fresh basil


Homemade Potato Herb Bread

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Potato herb bread is so versatile!

You can use it for so many recipes and the dough last longer than most because it's so moist.

The best part is it's texture, softness, and heaviness, perfect for stews and soups!

Potato bread is delicious toasted and great for breakfast.

You can leave the herbs out and make it unflavored either way it's delicious.

 this is a potato herb bread with  potatoes as a base in the bread with herbs bread


Eggless Tiramisu Recipe

Ok, so I know the real Tiramisu Recipe has raw egg yolks in it but this is still fabulous without them so there are no raw eggs to worry about in this filling!

I am the most careful person and also leary on eating raw anything these days, nothing seems safe anymore.

But this dessert has the best of the best flavors without using raw eggs.

If you wanted an authentic Tiramisu recipe, you will have to move on, no eggs to see here.

It's rich with mascarpone and has cocoa powder on top and not all this chocolate fudge on top.

A couple of things about me on that subject.

I always worried about salmonella.

So I decided one day since everyone loves this dessert I was going to make it as close as possible without the eggs.

I wanted to make sure since this Italian family eats all day from noon to dusk especially on a Sunday, we didn't get sick if it was left out too long!

Sorry about the pictures not being clear, this day had horrible overcast, but being able to have our dinner out on the patio in mid-March was awesome.

Florida has had cold months this winter so no complaints, to us it was beautiful a cloudy 78 degrees.

Scroll down to get this simply delicious recipe and print it off.

This is an eggless tiramisu with lady fingers, sponge cake a no bake filling topped with whipped cream, hot fudge and dusted with unsweetened cocoa powder


Dried Cherry Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Saturday, January 6, 2018
Through the years of baking, this is the best banana bread and the best quick bread recipe I ever found.

Using dried cherries with bananas go famously together.

Adding chocolate chips is a big bonus! This is one I will make time and time and a perfect combination of flavors!

Of course, with all the dried fruits out there available, you can choose any kind you prefer.

Pineapple and coconut are other great combinations with banana and chocolate chips.

This is a basic recipe that can be adapted to any flavors added you like.

Banana bread with dried cherries and chocolate chips taste like a chocolate  covered cherry banana bread easy and simple to make banana bread on a cutting board ready to slice up and eat


Grandma's Italian Style Rice Pudding

Friday, January 5, 2018
Grandma's Italian Style Rice Pudding is the most comforting food I remember by her.

Everything that grandma made was always fantastic and I loved this comforting dessert as a child and still today.

Nothing was measured back in the 1960s when I was growing up.

She was taught to make everything from scratch and even the milk was fresh on the farm she grew up on.

When she made this it reminded her of her childhood and her mom and I am so proud to be able to make this almost as good as her.

This rice pudding is so creamy and the flavors are unforgettable, as she was.

Her cakes, bread pudding, and cookies were always made with such pride and she loved to cook.

It's comforting to cook the recipes I adapted from my childhood to keep her memory alive.

It's a great delicious custard with rice dessert with a hint of cinnamon just scroll down to the bottom for this printable recipe.

this is a silver tray that has a red crock filled with old fashioned homemade rice pudding a recipe from scratch over 100 years old


Italian Merlot Chili

Thursday, January 4, 2018
This Italian Merlot Chili is the perfect way to feed a large family.

This is a comforting bowl of chili that is really fantastic with a little red wine in it.

Even though the wine boils away, it enhances the flavors of the sauce it makes along with the spices and blends well with the mozzarella cheeses.

The chili is different because of the wine and the beans.

Even though you can use more than just white beans like I did in this pot, you can stick to just the kinds you like.

Melted cheese and Italian croutons make this Italian American chili a hit every time.

this is a bowl of Merlot chili with mozzarella cheese and croutons


Roasted Lemon and Herb Chicken

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
This is one of the juiciest birds I ever made is this Roasted Lemon and Herb Chicken will be a favorite in your meal planning.

The lemon, garlic, and herbs make an amazing flavored chicken you will make time and time again oh and really great if you have leftovers!

I just love the fact that the first meal will be fabulous with a roasted chicken and then leftovers will be just as fabulous!

That's if you even have any.

Chicken salads, chicken add to soups, and chicken sandwiches with lettuce and tomato were just a few things mom would give us for school lunches with leftovers.

Nothing went to waste and leftover chicken with a little mayonnaise in it on hard crusted Italian bread was always welcome.

This tasty chicken always went a long long way.

She even added the leftover chicken to a Tomato sauce and put it over pasta!

Everything mom made was a banquet no matter what she did with leftovers.


Cavatelli and Broccoli

Monday, January 1, 2018
Cavatelli and broccoli over pasta is a delicious flavor-packed recipe. This Italian pasta is light in flavor and texture made with Ricotta cheese. You can find the homemade recipe in a link below.

this is a cavatelli homemade pasta with broccoli