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