Pistachio Ricotta Cookies

Monday, December 30, 2019
Pistachio Ricotta Cookies are probably my favorite cookie ever!

I am a huge fan of pistachio anything even ice cream, I just love anything with pistachios in it!

During the last few years, I have made so many new recipes with pistachio that I love but these cookies are a definite must make all year long.

I also like pistachio biscotti and never have a birthday without a vintage style pistachio cake!

During the holiday season, I even make an Amaretto pistachio fudge, so as you can see I am a pistachio addict for sure!

These Italian cookies are soft and not too sweet which is what I love about them.

The frosting glaze gives them just the right sweetness.

Scroll down to the recipe card to get this easy recipe, you may want to double it, they are so darn good!


Slow Cooker Bourbon Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

Slow Cooker Cranberry Spiced Glazed Meatballs are the perfect little appetizer anytime.

I love making these during a game day event or holiday because you can get these ready and they stay great all day long on warm for any time so you can enjoy the day!

This is an appetizer that's so easy to throw together in a slow cooker.

I must warn you to make a double batch as they are very addicting, taste better even the next day with leftovers and a big hit no matter where I bring them to any party!

The cranberries bring the perfect compliment of flavors in this delicious sauce smothering the meatballs in a tangy glaze.

These meatballs are baked first then the barbecue sweet flavored sauce adds just a little spicy kick to them.

Keep them on warm in the slow cooker for an all-day appetizer perfect for the office, party planning appetizers to just set it and forget it!

These can be made ahead of time for the hurried cooks!

If you would like to use sausages instead or mini hotdogs that's another great addition!

Scroll down and print off this recipe!

these are mini meatballs cooked in a slow cooker with a bourbon barbecue sauce


Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Sunday, December 29, 2019
If you love Chicken Cacciatore then this slow cooker recipe is going to just blow you away in flavor!

The slow cooker seals in the juices and smells divine while cooking, your mouth will be watering with the fabulous aroma from the peppers and tomatoes cooking.

Besides this dish is extremely easy to make, "by setting and forgetting it when cooked in the slow cooker", it's also absolutely fork-tender delicious!

If you have loads of time to cook then everything can go into a huge dutch oven on the stovetop or in the oven also.

I am a huge fan of the multicooker pots that are available now and I actually just made this in my new Crockpot express, it's my new favorite toy.

I have made a delicious pork beer stew using the Pressure Cooker mode also you may want to try.

My Mississippi Pot Roast is divine also and one of the easiest recipes on the worldwide web, you don't want to miss trying that family favorite recipe!

Just don't forget to get a good crusty loaf of Italian bread to go with this Chicken Cacciatore meal to sop up the delicious sauce this makes.

Please let me know how you like this recipe and don't forget to print it off with the recipe card at the bottom.

slow cooker chicken cacciatore in a large black liner pot with peppers on top


Italian Escarole and Beans

Friday, December 27, 2019
Greens and Beans is Escarole and white beans.

An Italian dish made often during the depression days.

Grandma called it depression food, inexpensive and fed many family members! Sometimes she fed the whole block, no kidding!

Inexpensive and absolutely delicious. Today it's considered a delicacy in most restaurants even in my hometown, Utica, New York where you will still find this on many a menu!

They are famous for the best Italian foods there.

Utica is famous for Tomato Pie, Italian Greens, Italian Lemon Ice, Pizza Fritta, Chicken Riggies, Manny's Cheesecake, Oscugnizzo Pizza, Pusties and Rosato Chocolate Cookies.

The thickness of this old fashioned classic meal is more than just comfort food to me, it's a memory of the perfect Italian traditional food for your soul and Grandma lives on when I make this.

Scroll down to make this recipe and see why we just love making this often in Grandma's memory.

this is how to make Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans. Also called Scahdal and Beans


Leftover Prime Rib Pot Pie

Thursday, December 26, 2019
The best meal to make using leftover meats like prime rib or lamb, turkey, chicken, pork and even venison will make a fabulous and comforting huge pot pie in minutes!

What better way to use up leftover holiday foods than in a pie chuck full of delicious leftovers.

We usually have a prime rib on Christmas Day with beans, corn peas with maybe baked potatoes for side dishes.

I plan the meal that day so I can make this fabulous pot pie that everyone loves in my family and they actually look forward to it!

This one is done with a leftover prime rib with a beef Marsala gravy.

It's over the top amazing! I will give you easy step by step instructions for making this from scratch or semi-homemade.

It's true Comfort food and repurposing leftovers all in one big casserole baked makes the meal like it was made again for the first time!

Scroll to the bottom for this yummy recipe and print it off!

leftover prime rib pot pie cooling in a white casserole dish dripping the gravy over the sides


Seafood Medley

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
This "Seafood Medley" is bursting with buttery sauce and fish from the sea.

I love to make a big pot of assorted seafood and pour this delicious sauce it simmers in over a favorite cooked pasta like angel hair or linguine.

If you're more of a mild white fish lover and not shellfish, try adding your favorite like flounder or grouper.

We are lucky here in Florida to be able to surf fish at the beach early in the morning and get a fresh catch on our lucky days to have for dinner.

Whenever you live, you can use any kind of fish in this delicate fresh seafood sauce.

I love haddock or codfish but that's a Northern fish and I try and buy it whenever available here and most of the time it's frozen.

I have used wahoo, grouper, Mahi and even some salmon, so there's no right or wrong kind to use, just use whatever you prefer!

This dish is great during Lent, Fish Friday, Christmas Eve on any Catholic meatless holiday menu.

Scroll down to the end to get this delicious printable recipe.

this is a plate of linguine pasta with a white clam sauce topped with a medley of seafood. There are mussels, clams and crab in this pasta dish


Eggplant Ricotta Casserole

Sunday, December 22, 2019
If you love Eggplant you are in for a real treat!

This is loaded with cheese and the perfect meal for any fan.

Using young fresh eggplant is a must when making this dish.

This casserole-style dish is so flavorful and perfectly layered like lasagna, except it's meatless.

Of, course if you want to add a layer of crushed meatball and sausage, have at it!

This is even great skipping the ricotta and layered with just mozzarella and Parmesan.

Create your own idea and how you like it, but this is an eggplant memorable casserole you will make time and time again it's so easy.

One of our other favorite recipes to try is our Zucchini Rollatini, it's off the charts delicious!

Another one of Mom's favorite recipe is Chicken Eggplant Pomodoro.

Check out all my tips in this post to ensure your eggplant will be tender and not bitter by avoiding a few mistakes you may not know.

This is a layered casserole using eggplant and cheese similar to a lasagna without meat.


Easy Fudge Recipe

Saturday, December 21, 2019
If you are looking for an easy chocolate fudge or a variety of fast fudge that's foolproof, this is it.

I have been making this vintage recipe since the later 1960s.

This fudge can be made chocolate, white, peanut butter and there are endless variations to add or leave plain.

We love all kinds of fudge and make Amaretto Pistachio fudge every year for Christmas but we still have our plain and nut-filled fudge lovers in the family.

If you love making homemade gifts, or easy kitchen pantry staples like my homemade sweetened condensed milk recipe.

Also, try my Mason Jar Gift Suggestions with a Free Ebook Recipes and Printables.

Scroll down to this simple recipe and get creative make it adapt away to any flavors you like with suggestions below!

this is an easy chocolate fudge made in just a few minutes with three ingredients with sweetened condensed milk it has walnuts in it


Italian S Cookies or Greek Butter Cookies

Friday, December 20, 2019
Italian S Cookies or Greek Butter Cookies are a delicious butter cookie that's not too sweet and a well-known cookie all over Venice Italy.

This is a very old recipe and simply perfect for serving with any hot beverage.

Many times you will see these S-Shaped Cookies in small bakery shops along the waters when they serve these with espresso.

Here you will find two versions one from Burano and the other is Greek style with powdered sugar and buttery flavored with a tender crunch.

These are both delicious and hard to choose, try them both and let me know which one you love!

Scroll down and print off the recipes at the end.

Cookies made in Venice Italy called S cookies and they are glazed with colored sprinkles on top


Best Fried Pork Chops Ever

Thursday, December 19, 2019
If you want to make The Juiciest Fried Pork Chops Ever, this is the perfect recipe.

No more dry pork, fried, or baked these will be your new favorite recipe to use for pork chops.

These are perfect every time and the best.

I love a great fried chop every now and then and this secret coating I use makes them seal in the natural juices and keep them tender.

Pork chops lovers, beware, these are scrumptious.

I make these on special occasions and they're my husband's favorite way I make them.

They have such a great crunchy coating on them and if you do oven bake them, they come out delicious.

The results are not the same on the coating but you will still result in a moist chop!

Take a quick look at these golden brown chops and see why they are the best-fried pork chops ever.

If you love fried pork chops then you may also like to try our Italian Fried Steak recipe and Italian French Fries to go along with these meals.

Scroll down and print the recipe, give this one a try, this recipe makes the tastiest pork you will ever eat!

these are a cracker crumb coated pork chops there are two fried in the photo


Italian Anisette Biscotti Cookies

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Italian Anisette Biscotti Cookies are a staple cookie all year long.

This was grandma's recipe, she always had a plate of cookies with black coffee whenever company dropped by.

A real Authentic Italian anisette cookie.

One that is a real tradition around Christmas holidays in her memory for sure.

Grandma was 94 when she passed away and there are so many recipes she made we all loved like this one.

This old-fashioned almost hard Italian cookie was our favorite dunking cookie.

I always make a double batch to have on hand when unexpected company drops by and this is just one of 25 cookies we make around the holidays.

That is the perfect combination of flavors when serving these cookies with a strong cup of black coffee and a shot of Sambuca (an anisette liqueur) like she did and mom.

Using a shot of Sambuca was dad's favorite way to enjoy these cookies.

The memories are great and always etched in my mind year after year, oh how I miss those days.

The 1960s were great times to be alive.

Scroll down and lets get baking and help keep Grandma's memory alive in the kitchen!

toasted anisette cookies twice baked


Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Mom's Tuna Noodle Casserole classic dish and I have to say when I was growing up, this was my favorite casserole.

She could have made this tuna casserole every night of the week and I wouldn't mind at all.

This one is Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole and one of the first meals I asked mom to teach me to make!

I always remember that creamy sauce, actually that was my favorite tasting part of the casserole, the sauce, and the noodles.

Mom always said this was good for me too so that was a bonus to eat more.

Such a great childhood memory and meal.

Now as an adult, I realize just how inexpensive it is and could feed a whole family for very little cost.

Those are the ones that etched in my mind through adulthood. Check out this one it is delightful!

If you don't like tuna add cooked chicken. This sauce base is fabulous, this is made from scratch and has no soup in it!

We also would love you to try the baked chicken cheesy pasta casserole and her delicious broccoli casserole recipes, two more of our favorites!

Scroll down for the printable recipe!

Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole dish with tuna and delicious sauce over noodles


25 Holiday Cookies

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Here are 25 more popular holiday cookies we make every year for the Christmas season the whole family looks forward to.

To make it easier for everyone, I complied with all these photos and recipes to find it all in one easy blog post.

This roundup happens to be all my family favorite cookies through the years as well.

We have anything from copycat girl scout cookies, bars and some favorite Italian traditional cookies we make every year.

I love making festive cookies and cakes like our favorite Reindeer cupcakes Rudolph of course or the peanut butter Rudolph peanut butter cookies, the kids just love those holiday projects!

If you find it hard to find time to keep looking for all the cookies you love all over the world wide web, look no more, you will find all these delicious cookie links right below the photos here on this post.

You don't have to wait until Christmas to make your family favorites but the season sure puts most of us in the mood to bake.

Hopefully, you find something you love below if not, check out my recipe index for another whole assortment of festive treats.

Let's get this cookie party started shall we? Just remember to click the link below each photo it will bring you to the recipe cards at the bottom to print off!

Happy Baking!

this is a collage of 25 popular Christmas Cookies in a pin for later


Banana Pecan Cranberry Bars

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Banana Pecan Cranberry Bars are a perfect way to add color to a holiday table.

Everyone loves my banana bread or banana oatmeal cookies or cake, my coconut banana chocolate chip, and these are now a holiday favorite bar!

Of course, nuts can be optional, but a few pecans or walnuts complement the flavor with a nice crunch.

Great for any unexpected company with a good cup of tea or coffee.

Add more color with blueberries or add some pineapple and coconut to give this a more tropical fruit cake taste.

Either way, this is a basic recipe that by adding fruit you love that can include apples, peaches, pears will change this adaptable recipe to your families taste!

Scroll down to this easy printable recipe card and keep a batch handy for any time!

these are banana bars loaded with cranberries and pecans in a cake like bars sprinkled with powdered sugar


Italian Baked Fried Lemon Chicken Cutlets

Friday, December 13, 2019
Here is the delicious classic recipe for Italian Lemon Chicken Cutlets in a healthier version because they're baked.

All the great taste with less fat and calories all in one delicious breaded cutlet.

The chicken stays juicy, still has that delicious crunch with that buttery lemon coating.

Healthier doesn't mean you have to lose all the great taste of fried.

These fry perfectly in the oven and if you happen to have an air fryer, they can also be cooked using that method.

These are fork tender and have a tangy robust flavor with Italian herbs and spices.

Simple to make, elegant to serve for your family or guests any time of the week or special occasions.

Besides these being healthier, I find it so much easier not standing over a hot stove frying chicken and less fuss.

If you like easy recipes also try my baked beer chicken and baked chicken kabobs, they are two of our favorite baked chicken recipes!

Scroll down for this easy, delicious recipe everyone loves and print it off!

Healthier Baked chicken with lemon and lemon zest that is fresh and delicious healthier baked not fried


Italian Style Lamb Shank Cabernet Stew

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Italian Style Lamb Shank Cabernet Stew is one of my favorite meals when it's a little chilly out!

Lamb is a favorite of mine.

I just love the flavor, tenderness that comes along with slow cooking and what a fine wine can do to enhance the flavor of a dish.

This is made with a good grade Cabernet wine and is just a perfect blend of flavors.

A wonderful stew with bold flavors.

If you are looking for a great recipe with lamb this is bursting with flavors and we love our recipes for Italian Stew, Beer Stew and mom's mushroom stew if you love to make one-pan meals!

A comfort meal that's made all in one pan and easy.

If you love lamb, don't miss this delicious stew.

Scroll down to the recipe card to print off the recipe.

this is a lamb shank stew


Chocolate or Regular Zucchini Bread

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Here are two recipes for zucchini bread that can be made into muffins, loaves, bundt pans and the best way to use up an abundance of zucchini.

Summer zucchini makes some of the tastiest recipes.

These bread are always a welcome addition over savory in our home.

Take your pick from a dense chocolate bread to a delicious raisin and walnut option plain zucchini bread.

Plus, I do the chocolate one with a little chocolate drizzle over the top.

The frosting is, of course, optional but my boys love their cakes frosted.

Just leave this cake plain if you like, with a little powdered sugar or frosted.

Scroll down to the easy printable recipe card and let's get baking a delicious zucchini dessert.

We won't tell anyone that their eating vegetables!

this is the chocolate zucchini loaf in a glass dish with drizzled chocolate frosting over it


Peanut Brittle

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Here is the most delicious and easiest peanut brittle recipe for all candy lovers out there.

This is my late mom's recipe from the early 1960s and also was my Dad's favorite candy of all time.

Mom would make several batches during the holiday season for dad and gift-giving.

You can use any kind of nuts you prefer they all come out great, salted or unsalted.

This peanut brittle is truly addicting and it's always made every holiday season around Christmas time.

We love making assorted candy like peanut butter candy and Amaretto Fudge along with baked caramel corn for an assorted tower of tins filled for gifts!

Gifts from the heart are always the best and quite a money saver when you're on a budget.

I have used almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, mixed nuts, cashews, and pistachios!

Sometimes I would ever use a combination of all of them.

They all make a delicious buttery, brittle and everyone always asks for it or wants the recipe.

Don't be intimidated by making candy, it's much easier to make than you think.

Just follow my easy tips for the perfect batch.

Scroll down and print off this recipe and try this and watch it disappear quickly when you share this candy with friends and family members.

homemade buttery peanut brittle and how to make this vintage recipe


Christmas Eve Baccala Salted Codfish

Monday, December 9, 2019
BaccalĂ , or salted codfish, is bound to make an appearance on many Italian household tables on Christmas Eve.

For those who observe Lent, Christmas Eve is always a meatless meal consisting of seafood and vegetables, this salted codfish is an Italian specialty we make every year called baccala.

Of course, many Regions in Italy prepare it differently, this codfish has a bit of work to accomplish this tasty seafood dish.

This is a traditional Christmas Eve salted cod meal and a favorite in Italy, it's great as an appetizer or as a main course served there.

There is a process of making this dish and a little more lengthly than just regular codfish.

This authentic style meal is how it was prepared by my mom who was from the region of Bari and taught by her mom and this recipe is over 100 years old now.

I now make this in my mom's memory to carry on the holiday tradition of the 7 fishes.

This is definitely a favorite on our holiday Christmas Eve Menu.

Scroll down to the bottom for this printable recipe.

BaccalĂ , or salted codfish is a plate of pasta topped with marinara sauce and fried salted cod fish called baccala


My Best Italian Christmas Roundup

Sunday, December 8, 2019
Every year mom had special traditions in our Italian family.

These recipes are all handed down through the years in our Italian household from Grandma, Mom, Aunts and the recipes were continued on through each generation on to our kids and grandchildren.

We still do the 7 fishes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is traditionally Lasagna, Antipasto and Ham or Lamb ,but don't forget to check out our Holiday side dishes.

We all love Italian desserts and struffoli is at the top of the list of must makes along with many cookies.

Stroll through this delicious gallery of recipes and see if anything jars your Italian family's memory of Christmas traditional meals.

During the month of December, we love to make homemade candies and special treats for the kids and holidays are perfect for family fun, carrying on traditions and keeping our loved ones alive with their memory in the kitchen.

Here is a great roundup I make every year to celebrate the present family and those we lost with love and gratitude they left behind their culinary legacy.

this is how to make honey glazed spiral ham


Italian Chocolate Fudge Roll Cookies

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Italian Chocolate Fudge Rolls are a must at Christmas time.

These are exactly what they sound like, fudge-filled cookies!

These can be rolled or made into fudge cookie squares just by taking a shortcut and rolling out the dough, adding the filling top with dough, bake and viola cut into squares.

The cookies are so much prettier for the Christmas Holiday so I roll them, a little work but once a year is a must for me.

Italian style rich buttery dough with Fudge baked into a delicious cookie crust!

This is one of those all-time childhood favorite Christmas cookies.

During the holidays we made several cookies maybe you remember some of the 24 cookies recipes in the past I made?

We also loved making copycat Girl Scout Cookies recipes, they are so easy!

Once you make that filling it's hard not to keep eating it before it gets into the dough for the cookies, it's so addicting.

Scroll dough for this easy festive cookie that's great any time of the year but looks beautiful on that Christmas tray and perfect for gift giving!!

This is a recipe on how to make Italian Chocolate Fudge Roll Cookies these are the most decadent filled fudge cookie ever and Italian specialty at Christmas


Edible Sugar Cone Christmas Tree Tutorial

Thursday, December 5, 2019
These Edible Sugar Cone Christmas Tree toppers are easy and fun to use for your cakes or holiday snow scenes all season!

They really are so easy to make, just with some frosting and sugar cones and few decorating tips and you're on your way to the most festive cake you ever decorated.

For those who make candy or gingerbread houses, these are perfect for a Christmas snowy forest of trees.

I left mine plain so you can see how they look but they can be decorated any way you like.

These are sure to melt anyone who loves creative food art.

The kids love to make Reindeer Peanut Butter cookies and the perfect breakfast for the holidays are Cookie Cutter Pancakes, they're so festive for the holiday and easy to do!

We even make sugar cone Easter Baskets for the Easter holiday, they just are so adorable check them out here.

Edible trees are a great project for the family also and the kids just love to decorate them.

Scroll down to the recipe card for instructions.

This is a tutorial on how to make frosted sugar cones turn into Christmas Trees. These trees are covered with powdered sugar to look like snow and placed on cakes. This  is made with sugar cones and how to make the transformation into a tree with green frosting.


Buttermilk Chocolate Drop Cookies

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
When I use buttermilk in my cookie recipes like this chocolate drop cookie, I consider them a gourmet treat.

Everything comes out better with buttermilk in the recipe.

Sure, you probably are thinking biscuits are the normal use for buttermilk right?

I have used it for many other recipes that are over and above better than using regular milk.

Some of the reasons why buttermilk is better are mentioned below.

These cookies are so light buttery and addicting and there are no eggs in this recipe.

These buttermilk chocolate drop cookies are one of my all-time favorites.

These melt in your mouth, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and tender texture with a buttery taste is what makes these a gourmet cookie!

A chocolate lover's delight for sure.

These cookies are so easy to make.

Just mix, drop on a cookies sheet bake and enjoy!

For this fabulous chocolate drop cookie that I make often.

After making these delicious cookies, I always have buttermilk in the refrigerator to cook with, I just love using it!

I love using buttermilk it makes the best pancakes, shortcake and even used for soaking chicken wings before deep frying.

Scroll down to the recipe card and bake a double batch, these won't last long!

this is a rich fudge chocolate cookie made from scratch using buttermilk cooling


Amaretto Panettone

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Amaretto Panettone is an Italian yeast-risen sweet fruit bread that is baked every year as a tradition around the Christmas holiday.

During the fall season starting around October, we like to start our holiday baking as we give many of these loaves to friends and family.

I have tried all kinds of shapes and sizes to bake this bread in and love changing them every year with new ideas.

Any cooking vessels will do, round, loaf-shaped and even braided and this year I even tried some taco metal tins for pretty shaping.

I like to keep the shapes to be molded into easy cuts for making toast and even sandwiches.

This dough is light in weight and yeast-risen with an addition of both golden raisins and dark that are also soaked in Amaretto.

This is a yearly traditional bread we make in our home along with the original Panettone and Pandoro which is an Italian Golden Cake made in Italy for the Christmas celebration.

Usually, if we get any store-bought Panettone loaves, we use that for baked french toast and baked egg breakfast casseroles.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card to print this off for this easy recipe everyone will enjoy this homemade bread as a treat on Christmas morning.

this is a round yeast risen dough baked called Panettone with two kinds of raisins in it and flavored with Amaretto,.


Christmas Pandoro (Golden Cake) Recipe

Monday, December 2, 2019
Christmas Pandoro (Golden Cake) Recipe is a delicious traditional Italian inspired family recipe.

Grandma from Rome, Italy made this recipe every year.

A yeast egg cake as they refer to it, I think it's a cross between rich egg bread and kind of cake.

This is very traditional among the Venetians and Italians.

It's a tall cake you can buy a mold for or use an extra-large coffee can to make it.

After it cooled it's covered in a sifted powdered sugar or a thick frosting depending on the Region in Italy.

They are sold commercially almost everywhere, especially around the holidays like Christmas, New Year and Befana.

Not to be confused with Panettone which is a rich egg bread with raisins and we always make this recipe too along with Amaretto Panettone, Panettone French Toast, and Panettone Strata.

Scroll down to the recipe card to print off the recipe.

Pandoro is a golden cake made at christmas in Italy dusted with powdered sugar on a plate under the Christmas Tree with poinsettia on the plate


Italian White or Red Seafood Chowder

Sunday, December 1, 2019
This is an Italian White or Red seafood Chowder is usually made on Christmas Day to repurpose all our 7 Fishes Italian Christmas Eve traditional meal the night before.

The soup is hardy with all kinds of shellfish and white fish that is fresh.

We always had several family members love the red over white chowder and we typically made both.

Luckily they are both super easy chowders to make and we make everyone happy.

I love repurposing the seafood, nothing goes to waste and the soup is fabulous in flavors with all those potatoes and chunky goodness in one bowl!

You will find both recipes here for both red chowder and white chowder in the recipe card below.

If you can't decide which one to make, then do what we do, make them both!!

Just scroll down to print it off.

this is a bowl of delicious crab legs, shrimp and other seafood all in a big glass bowl called chowder. This seafood medley of chowder is rich and delicious often made at Christmas eve as a special Holiday  treat


Orange Marmalade Biscotti

Saturday, November 30, 2019
This cookie recipe is near and dear to my heart and a classic old fashioned orange marmalade biscotti with a hint of anisette in them.

A very dear friend I lived across the street from gave this to me years ago.

It was my favorite cookie called Orange Marmalade Biscotti Cookies, my friend Louise always made a pot of fresh perked coffee and had a dish if these cookies on the table when I visited.

My best friend and wonderful neighbor Louise gave me this recipe and year after year a favorite cookie we all love.

When I moved away to Florida in 1994, I missed her baking and cooking so much and have wonderful treasured memories.

Of course, I had to learn how to make these myself, and I make a batch every year at Christmas time.

These cookies freeze well, so even though I cut this recipe in half, you can make a full large batch (as this makes) and freeze them.

The Italian biscotti is well known to be anisette in flavor but with the addition of the orange marmalade in them, the flavors blend together perfectly.

The cookies she makes are usually soft and can be left plain or toasted, but we love ours toasted and a great dunking cookie for coffee (if you're a dunker that is!)

If you want a soft cookie with lots of citrus flavors this is it.

We love biscotti and make several kinds like cranberry almond, lemon polenta, pistachio, and pumpkin biscotti.

The biscotti is a traditional classic cookie found in all Italian bakeries and famous all over the world.

Scroll down to the end for a printable copy of this recipe.

anisette orange marmalade cookies on christmas paper sliced on the slant


Struffoli Fried Honey Balls

Friday, November 29, 2019
Here's the story behind them behind these delicious fried Italian cookies called Struffoli.

Struffoli is an absolute requirement at the end of a Neapolitan Christmas day dinner.

For centuries they were prepared in convents by nuns and then distributed to noble families at Christmas as a thank you for their generosity.

Each convent had its own closely guarded secret recipe.

The sugary aromas drifted from the convent ovens Neapolitan's would gather near the convent gates waiting to purchase them through a barred window or the convent wheel which may explain the long-held preference for buying desserts rather than making them at home.

These deep-fried balls of dough are the size of marbles, crunchy on the outside,fluffy and light inside then covered in honey.

Some are decorated with colored sprinkles, pieces of candied orange rind or candied pumpkin.

An amazing honey glaze over delicate puffy fried dough rounds.

An Italian must make at Christmas time if they last that long before our Italian Christmas Eve traditions.

There are so many names for them beside Struffoli, like honey chichers, honey balls, fried honey cookies, pignolata, honey dipped dough balls, just to name a few from different Regions in Italy.

We love holiday foods, you may also like to scroll through our 25 Favorite Cookies and our One Stop Cookie Shop.

A traditional and classic fried cookie and it just wouldn't be Christmas without them in our family!

Buon Natale, scroll all the way down to the recipe card for printable instructions.

this is how to make struffoli it is just fried dough with drizzled honey and topped with sprinkles


Italian Covered Turkey Sandwich

Thursday, November 28, 2019
These Italian Covered Turkey Sandwiches are perfect around any Holiday like Thanksgiving for instance, where there is no time to enjoy family and friends for many various reasons.

In our case, my husband's job is open 24 hours a day, and in my case, retail stores like the one I work in is open on Thanksgiving Day.

These are suggestions on quick meal planning for those who work in an industry that and working, home alone and not wanting to cook a huge meal or even helping others with a quick meal to prepare and bring to a friend or neighbor in need.

Easy to prepare any of these, semi-homemade and perfect even for repurposing leftover turkey if you had the opportunity to make a large meal.

After working in retail for over 30 years, I learned to be thankful for a quick hot meal and had to cut corners sometime for a quick meal.

These suggestions below on how to have a delicious holiday meal without little fuss in no time really satisfied both my husband and me for many years.

If you're not a cook, alone, or work retail, this menu is the perfect solution.

Guess what, this is even a great idea for all that leftover turkey if you did make a huge meal from scratch.

We love our leftover turkey when we end up celebrating a different day to make turkey pot pies, hot pockets, and these delicious covered turkey sandwiches.

There are so many ways to repurpose turkey other than just making a simple sandwich.

This is the pure comfort food on a plate, fast, quick simple and satisfying when time is not your friend!

Scroll down to the recipe card for some quick suggestions.

this is gravy with turkey covered sandwich with gravy mashed potatoes, corn and sweet potatoes on the plate


Pistachio Almond Biscotti

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Biscotti can be traditional or adapted to many different creations to your preference.

These Pistachio Biscotti are really delicious and more gourmet than the Traditional Anisette Biscotti, we also make them often.

Get creative, make your favorite flavors, you can even omit nuts for people who have allergies.

I love to change up a regular easy batter like this one and change it to whatever flavors my family likes.

Lemon, orange, maple, cranberry, the list goes on an on with alternative things to add to this biscotti dough recipe.

Mix in some chopped cranberries, raisins, dates, figs into the batter for creative versions.

Even red and green chopped cherries for the holiday season, just getting you started on so many possibilities!

Maybe you're a chocolate chip lover, add your heart's desire to this batter.

An easy cookie to make after slice these while warm, and put them bake in the oven to toast again, maybe dipped in white chocolate, dark, sprinkles, or plain, this is an awesome recipe.

A traditional cookie that never grows old.

If you don't like anisette flavoring, you can add lemon, orange, almond or any extract flavor you like!

Biscotti is a crunchy cookie that's great with a hot beverage like espresso or tea.

Check out the recipe for these pistachio Almond Biscotti, dipped or plain in the recipe card at the bottom and print it off.

Pistachio Almond Biscotti  on a blue dish towel that came from Rome Italy is in the photo along with shelled roasted pistachio nuts. These are cookies that are a gourmet style in Italy called pistachio biscotti


Mom's Baked Italian Style Hamburgers

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Mom's Baked Italian Style Hamburgers are the juiciest and most flavorful burgers around.

They're easy to make and baked to perfection.

Living in Upstate New York, growing up we had more cold weather than warm, mom did most of the cooking in our oven or stovetop.

It was a treat to have burgers on a charcoal grill back in the 1960s.

We love burgers and made several kinds.

Some other favorites were Big Juicy Merlot Burgers, Garlic Parmesan Burgers, Chili Cheese Dog Topped Burgers, and her delicious Provolone Alfredo Burger.

She only used simple pantry ingredients, easy to make them and perfectly seasoned Italian style burgers are still a favorite here.

these are baked hamburgers with Italian seasoning and roasted pepper rings


Holiday Side Dish Recipes

Monday, November 25, 2019
If you're looking for festive Holiday delicious side dishes, here are some great ideas!

Decorate with dried or fresh cranberries and any side dish can become the prettiest dish on the table.

Add some sprigs of fresh mints or other herbs along with some nuts and berries and you can make a beautiful and festive fruit and nut tray.

A holiday can be delicious and fun with roasted vegetables and loaded cheesy garlic knots.

We just love a great bowl of soup to start off the meal, not a real side dish but a comforting warm start to the holiday meals.

Colorful, with fall flavors, comfort foods and so much more awaits you, don't miss this delicious roundup!

Also if you're looking for some great best soups, Thanksgiving ideas and Christmas favorites, we have a great roundup of ideas for those festive needs also.

Just scroll through these ideas for some wonderful winter and fall side dishes for all your Holiday needs.

this is roasted sweet potatoes in a roundup of Holiday recipes


Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Yes, this is an old old vintage recipe from the 1970s called Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

This is a dense filled rich cake with pecan cinnamon layered between homemade sour cream batter, made from all-natural ingredients.

Mom used to make this at least once a month, years ago and it would be gone the same day, however, this cake stays fresh longer and moist than moist scratch cakes.

It's not an overly sweet cake and you can garnish it with powdered sugar, whipped cream, ice cream or even a drizzle of melted chocolate for extra sweetness.

We serve this plain with a good cup of coffee or tea and it's a delicious cake to start off your day if you're on the go.

The batter is rich and fragrant of cinnamon and the nuts give this cake the perfect crunch.

We love simple old fashioned cakes like this one you may have time my sheet pan coffee cake, Spanish bar cake or another one of dad's favorites almond filled coffee cake.

If you would like to print this off, scroll all the way to the bottom of the recipe card and hit print.

Thanks for stopping by and save me a seat in your kitchen when you make this one, it's my favorite coffee cake mom made.

old fashioned vintage cinnamon sour cream coffee cake with a delicious nut filling


Christmas Italian Slice and Bake Cookie

Saturday, November 23, 2019
Christmas Italian Slice and Bake Cookies are so versatile and growing up in the 1960s these were called icebox cookies.

The cookies are perfect for that unexpected guest.

All you do is slice and bake.

Slice-and-bake cookies, and what was called icebox or refrigerator cookies growing are the fastest way to fill that cookie jar and to make fabulous cookies for sharing with friends and family.

These can be left plain and edges decorated, the dough can be tinted and flavored or you can just slice and bake adding your favorite chocolate chips, raisins, nuts or whatever makes you and your family happy.

They can shout any party or holiday theme you like just by changing the dough.

A basic easy refrigerator tube of dough, that's ready to bake when you are.

Make a little or a lot!

We love the colorful cookies on our cookie tray around the Holiday.

Christmas Italian Slice and Bake Cookies are the perfect addition to any cookie exchange too!

One of the prettiest yet most delicious easy cookie you will ever make.

Take a look at how simple this is to wow your guests as it becomes a work of art in one fine cookie recipe!

Great for weddings, gender reveals baby showers, 4th of July, you pick the color and flavor you want and let's get creative.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card and check out the ideas and photos on how to make them!

this is how to make easy slice and bake cookies tinted for any holiday


Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Friday, November 22, 2019
Growing up these homemade potato gnocchi pasta was handmade by my mom and grandmother.

This is an authentic simple recipe, that's been in our family for over 100 years.

The potatoes are mashed, lightly seasoned and rolled into the gnocchi shaped pasta then topped with homemade Traditional Sunday Sauce and generously sprinkled with grated cheese.

The sauce is always a thick meat sauce and has meatballs and sausage in the pot when simmering.

Every time any holiday came around, these were first on the list of most asked for homemade pasta dishes besides lasagna.

Although they take a little time by hand, the rewards are great in flavor and everyone always raves about them

My brothers John and Luke always loved them when mom made them and continued these traditions with their children.

Since mom passed in 1999, we dedicated our holiday meals when we served gnocchi to her and grandma.

Now we had another to add, brother John passed away on November 16th, 2019 and I made these early for Thanksgiving for a tribute dinner with his sons.

Keeping the families memory alive in the kitchen is truly an important step of healing when grieving to me.

This post is a dedication to the years we spent and were blessed with my brother John and I got to spend time with his two sons Devin and Matthew.

Scroll down to the recipe card and when you make these, thank you for keeping the families memory alive your kitchens.

this is a big porcelain bowl with homemade potato gnocchi hand made topped with tomato  sauce and meats


Raspberry Pistachio Linzer Bars

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
If you love the original shortbread Linzer cookies, this Raspberry Pistachio Linzer Bar recipe will be your newest easy favorite shortcut.

It's a sure bet these will be at the top of your holiday baking list this Christmas season.

These must make easy bars are a hit every year and always on the cookie list.

These easy knockoff versions are so quick, no rolling required, and taste fantastic.

The cookies are soft but buttery with that delicious sweet jam in the center that cut easily into bars for your cookie tray or gift-giving.

It's a cookie copycat that everyone loves and the easy of bars is a time saver for sure with the same great taste!

Linzer cookie bars are so simple all in one easy pan, everyone will ask for the recipe.

This cookie bar is the perfect solution for any hurried cook with so much to do during the season.

For more copycat recipes and easy to make cookies try my 24 one-stop cookie shop.

Check out this easy recipe and scroll to the recipe printable card at the end.

these are raspberry filled shortbread bar cookies


Italian Rainbow Cookie Recipe

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Absolutely my favorite cookie of all time, easier than I thought to make myself and a perfect addition to the Christmas cookie tray!

I always was in awe looking at these on every wedding tray when I was a little girl in Utica, New York.

It was the only cookie I picked off those trays, I loved them!

I couldn't wait to make my first batch as I grew up and that was the first cookie on the list of must makes.

There are several recipes all over on these rainbow cookies, this one I found the easiest and held up the best.

Utica is noted for great Italian foods and fabulous bakeries.

Not only did all the local Italian bakeries sell them, but many of my relatives made these cookies a tradition in their homes to make every year around the holiday season.

These cookies are famous everywhere in the world looking like an Italian flag in color and so delicious and can even be found to order online.

I am very proud to have grown up with an Italian family background and friends that kept those traditions going.

These Italian Rainbow Cookies is one that brings back the joys of childhood and I just love how these taste and look!

Plan on taking up most of the day, they're not hard but time-consuming.

Don't be intimidated to try these, they are well worth the time spent and everyone will rave about them.

Also, if you love almond paste cookies, try my bakery style recipe for almond paste crescents and also almond paste homemade from scratch.

Check out Arlene's site where I was inspired and adapted this recipe from.

This printable recipe is below, just scroll to the end and let's bake some pretty Italian rainbow cookies!

this is a triple colored cookie that looks like the rainbow in pin, green and white with chocolate melted and cut in squares


Best Italian Sesame Seed Cookies

Sunday, November 17, 2019
These are the Best Italian Sesame Cookies I have ever had.

Once you try them you'll see why no other recipe will compare to these authentic style cookies.

Grandma from Rome, Italy, made these often to go with her espresso, there was always sesame seed cookies on a tray for company.

We were spoiled and never had to ask for these cookies, once they were gone another batch was made immediately.

That is long ago, and now I carry on that same tradition and make these almost as often.

Everyone loves them in the family, lemon-flavored being the favorite flavor of choice.

If you love sesame seed Italian cookies, this will be bar none, the last recipe you will ever have to look for.

I continue to make these in Grandma's memory all year long, the best cookie on the Christmas tray that's gone first.

For years I made these for my brother John (they were his favorite cookie on earth!) but as of 11/16/2019, he became an Angel, and now I will make them in his memory along with Grandma's, as she watches over him and they are now together in heaven.

Keeping their memory alive in the kitchen is very important to me.

If you love Italian cookies, try some of the ones on my one-stop cookie shop roundup, they're delicious also!

Scroll down for Grandma's authentic Italian cookie recipe.

these are cookies on a dollie with espresso, a espresso spoon and sesame seed Italian cookies


Italian Christmas Eve

Thursday, November 14, 2019
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration, in Italy, it's not called a feast but it certainly is pretty much the same and they refer to this name as a "Grand Meal" for their Christmas celebration dinner.

Christmas Eve is a fasting day for any kind of meat, and only seafood is served (actually several kinds of fish is made on this day) as part of the menu.

This Italian Christmas Eve Tradition of no meat continues to stay true to an Italian American seafood feast we serve her in America.

The seafood is part of Catholic abstinence from eating meat until the feast of Christmas Day.

The "Grand Meal" (feast) consists of seven different seafood dishes and traditionally was started in Southern Italy, and known simply as The Vigil (La Vigilia).

This celebration was to wait and welcome the Vigilia di Natale, and the birth of baby Jesus.

The seafood for Roman Catholics typically is fried fish in oil and shellfish that they could afford and was freshly caught.

Among the fish were clams with pasta which we add to Cioppino which is a fish stew, a salted codfish called baccala being the most popular to serve which is a codfish in a tomato sauce or squid, white fish, and several others that were fried.

In some of the oldest Italian American families, there was no count of the number of fish dishes that were served this Christmas Eve night.

Fried smelts and other types of seafood like Calamari fried were introduced into the menu much later through the years on Christmas Eve.

Here is a sample of the most popular ones we make every year.

May you all have a blessed season upon and enjoy the Traditional we set forward to carry on with this Catholic Christmas Eve menu we made through the years.

this is a collage of fish on Italian Christmas Eve pin for later


Cinnamon Browned Butter Ball Cookies

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
These Browned Butter Cinnamon Cookies are a delicious melt in your mouth buttery flavored cookie with a touch of cinnamon.

They're one of our top favorites along with my No Bake Rum Balls or Oreo Truffles I make around the holidays.

The delicious browned butter gives this cookie a nutty taste with a cinnamon twist and a powdery sugar coating.

Such wonderful flavors just meld together into one decadent bite.

This easy buttery cookie has now become one of my all-time favorites, especially around holiday time.

The taste is nothing like I ever had before, rich, a little dense and the cinnamon powdery sugar just melts in the crevices that shout fall and holiday flavors.

If you love cinnamon and are also a fan of snickerdoodles, these are a step up with all taste but like a gourmet bakery-style flavor.

So just scroll to the end for this printable addicting cookie recipe.

these are three crinkle cookies made with cinnamon flavors and buttery cookies rolled in powdered sugar with crinkles on top


Copycat Spanish Bar

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Spanish bar is a childhood memories spice cake that my father loved and was his favorite cake when mom came home with this one.

This cake is a scratch cake that's dense and full of cinnamon, spices, and raisins.

It's a very moist loaf cake with cream cheese frosting and a sweet treat that perfect with coffee tea or milk.

Back in the 1960s, this copycat Spanish bar was sold at various New York State area supermarkets.

If you recall this cake you may have purchased it at an A&P Supermarket back then.

This is a copycat version of that delicious loaf spice bar that we still enjoy after all these years.

I now make it often and reminisce about dad and those great memories we all shared.

If you a delicious spiced coffee cake, this is one to try.

It's definitely dense like banana bread but moister like a blueberry bread with loads of flavor.

As you know copycat recipes are experimental and I have included two recipes below for you to judge your memory on.

Both the spice flavorings are spot on, one, however, has dark molasses in it where the other doesn't, similar textures and deeper in flavor.

Scroll down and take a look at the printable recipe card and hope you try these recipes.


Nutty Cheese Ball

Friday, November 8, 2019
I have been making this vintage Nutty Cheese Ball recipe since the early 1970s.

Whenever I was asked to bring something for a New Year's Eve party, this was the first appetizer I thought about bringing.

Actually, as time went on everyone asked me to bring this, no lie it's addicting.

The cheese spreads great on anything and you can't stop eating it.

I always make two one with roasted pumpkin seeds for those who have allergies and one with my favorite, chopped pistachios on it.

You can roll the cheese ball in any nuts you like and this will be the best appetizer throughout any party, gathering or holiday.

We are huge cheese lovers but who isn't? We love mozzarella fried, blended in broccoli casseroles and even melted on pizza!

Easy to make, comes together quickly and you can serve them with the several suggestions I have below.

Scroll down to the recipe card to print off this recipe and make it for your next big get together!

this is a cheese ball rolled in nuts and has a bottle of Champagne in the back


Zucchini Cream Cheese Filled Banana Cake

Thursday, November 7, 2019
I just love this Zucchini Cream Cheese Filled Banana Cake, it's super delicious and a great addition to all my zucchini dessert recipes.

If you love zucchini bread or zucchini cakes, or even a delicious pumpkin zucchini spice bar, these cake squares are the best of both worlds.

Then, of course, repurposing those overripe bananas (which makes the best banana cookies by the way and cakes) makes them into a fabulous dessert like this zucchini cake.

I also added a little bonus inside, a very nice surprise as you bite into this decadent rich cake, there's a cream cheese filling inside!

It sounds totally gourmet for a zucchini cake but I promise you it's easy peasy!

You can also use this fantastic zucchini banana batter for muffins filled or unfilled.

There are several suggestions and additions below to add to this if you rather omit the filling no problem.

You can even dress this cake up to match the Italian colors and holiday theme with a little whipped cream and raspberry, red or green cherries and even a strawberry on top!

The cake tastes great just dusted with powder sugar or even a drizzle of cream cheese frosting recipe below!

So what are you waiting for?

Let's bake this together, I have step by step photos to show you or just scroll right to the recipe card and print this off!

A delicious cake that is filled with cream cheese inside the batter is made with zucchini and ripe bananas


Homemade Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
This Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Amaretto is so perfect for any kind of poultry meal.

Even though we serve this alongside Thanksgiving Turkey, it's great on anything, even on a sandwich with chicken or turkey.

The alcohol burns off but leaves that sweet and tart flavors and brings out all those delicious flavors in these cranberries of fall.

Even if you're not a fan of using alcohol it's fine, use apple juice.

If you're not a fan of Amaretto use any kind of bourbon, rum or other liqueurs you have like Frangelico.

If you love using fresh cranberries, make sure you try my cranberry almond biscotti, oatmeal white chocolate cranberry cookies, and cranberry orange muffins!

Everyone will ask you for this recipe!

this is amaretto fresh cranberry sauce


Baked Caramel Corn

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Growing up Baked Caramel Corn was a favorite made at home.

Dad and I loved it and every time we would go to a fair or a local favorite place in Verona, Beach called Midway, which was just like a fairground with rides, food, games, etc.

Although Dad is long since passed in 1995, the fairgrounds are still there and the memories will live on forever to cherish.

That popcorn stand was the first stop we hit at that Verona, Beach fairground, every time we went there the smell just stopped us dead in tracks and dad would immediately buy some freshly made caramel corn.

It was so addicting and gone in a New York Minute!

Since that place was only opened in the spring for a short time, we had to learn to make something similar to hold us over and this was the best recipe ever to duplicate that memory.

This delicious crunchy caramel-coated popcorn back in the 1960s that was irresistible and still is today and so easy to make in your own kitchens.

Later on, we learned to make a version of this delectable popcorn at home that was easy and baked, and it's been a favorite for the last 50 years of my life.

I make this every holiday for Christmas and even sometimes at Easter along with some other treats the family loves.

Homemade candies are fabulous and from the heart and also make fond memories in the kitchen.

Having two grown sons, they both love the homemade peanut brittle, peanut butter oreo bars and this baked caramel corn is number one on that list of must makes every year without fail!

If you're a caramel corn lover, scroll to the recipe card, the first one is our favorite and the other two recipes are some we made along the way the kids loved also like marshmallow popcorn balls and Nutella popcorn, it's all in a printable recipe card below.

this is caramel corn in a see through bag for the holiday baked with also trail mix to mix in like a moose munch