Peanut Butter Cake Bars

Friday, July 31, 2020
Peanut Butter Cake Bars are an easy throw-together recipe great to take on trips, potlucks, picnics, and something mom would make when we had lots of peanut butter in the house to get rid of.

It's an easy recipe for kids to help make and they really love them.

Of course for those with peanut allergies, you can always substitute sunflower or sesame seed butter like Tahini and add some peanut butter nut free flavoring that has no peanuts in it.

There are several choices and recipes for topping these delicious bars also.

We love them with raspberry jello or a peanut butter frosting as shown.

The best part about this recipe is it's all done in one bowl and is a quick peanut butter dessert.

Perfect for school lunches unfrosted as a quick little pick me up!

If you love peanut butter recipes, you may want to also try my favorite Peanut Butter Graham Brownie Bars, also.

Take a look at this easily printable recipe below.

this is a peanut butter bar cake with peanut butter frosting


Homemade Pita Bread

Thursday, July 30, 2020
Homemade Pita bread is so easy!

Starting with homemade dough, and either baking or on the stovetop, either one is spectacular in taste and nothing like store-bought.

I love using pita bread for sandwiches, pizza, cut into triangles for dips, and so much more!

Amazingly enough, this is an easy dough, baked on high heat, puffs up quick and flattens, and again either baked or in a cast-iron skillet it's delicious!

We love it stuffed and filled with salad greens and cold cut meats then drizzled with olive oil and vinegar.

Many times we even make a greek version with the popular greek salad dressing and feta cheese on top.

You can serve pita bread with any meal and it goes great with chili, stews, and soups as well!

If you love to make ethnic homemade bread of all kinds, do try this versatile dough, it's delicious!

We love to make homemade ciabatta and Italian hard-crusted bread, or Easter bread, Focaccia, Potato Bread, so many favorites!

this is pita bread homemade made in a cast iron skillet


How To Make Cauliflower Rice and Recipes

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
This is how to substitute cauliflower rice for regular rice in all your recipes and fool everyone it's not regular rice.

This low carb, low-calorie cauliflower will astonish you how much it tastes and transforms into your favorite rice dishes.

I was really shocked by how it absorbed the same flavors in my rice Japanese Steakhouse Rice recipe and the cauliflower Italian Rice recipes just by adding the cauliflower.

No one believed me it wasn't rice!

Riced cauliflower is not only a great substitute, it's simple to make, nutritious and so healthy for you compared to regular grains with much fewer calories.

This vegetable is similar to other cruciferous vegetables packed with antioxidants and is very high in fiber.

If you are trying to find ways to have great tasting food while trimming your weight, I highly recommend starting with these recipes for your meal.

I also love using my mashed potato cauliflower recipe and when in a hurry, even eating it riced with just a quick saute with a little soy sauce on it.

I am sure you will find many ways to use this versatile vegetable riced and have the same experience our family had with being pleasantly surprised how delicious it is.

Here are two great recipes below with how to rice the cauliflower in a step by step detail today.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card and find out how to rice this cauliflower along with two special easy recipes!

this is cauliflower rice in a pan sauteed with soy sauce hibachi style Japanese


Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts

Saturday, July 25, 2020
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts are addicting candy-coated nuts.

The cinnamon-flavored coating makes this crunchy treat one of the most popular snacks at theaters and gift-giving around the holiday.

This recipe is so darn easy, you won't have to wait for any occasion or other reason to have this incredibly delicious candied nut confection.

I had no idea a slow cooker good turn my favorite way to eat nuts in 3 hours with the same results you get from a fancy machine.

Don't take my word for it, give this simple recipe a try it's the best-found secret to making these delicious treats.

Great for giving to a special someone (in pretty Mason Jars) if you can resist the temptation of eating them all!

Any kinds of nuts (or even seeds work with less time for those with allergies) and you will have these in no time!

I have also included in the end of this post, a sugar-free version for the slow cooker.

Scroll down to this printable recipe and make some candied nuts today!

these are nuts candied made in a slow cooker then stored in this glass mason jar to keep fresh. They are spilling out onto a wooden board


Rainier Cherry Muffins or Rainier Cherry Cobbler Recipe

Friday, July 24, 2020
Rainier Cherry Muffins or Rainier Cherry Cobbler Recipe are two great additions to your recipe box for delicious muffins and cobbler desserts in season.

Other than making a good old fashioned cherry-berry southern style buttery crusted cobbler, these two recipes are perfect for cherry lovers!

Not around long, so every year when I see them I snatch them up in a hurry.

They freeze well in storage bags too!

If you haven't heard about these types of cherries and are a fan of sweet cherries your truly missing out on the best kind, rainier cherries.

A few years back a friend told me about these and said, she had tried these and never looked back at any other kind.

Always guaranteed sweet, firm, and absolutely delicious flavor cherries. A bit pricey but worth every penny.

If you're not a big cobbler fan, then just make muffins but these are the best eating cherries also on the planet!

The printable copy is available if you scroll to the bottom of the page otherwise I have them ready as you scroll down!

this is a bowl of cobbler using rainier cherries for the recipe in a glass bowl with whipped cream


Stallone's Rocky Oatmeal Cookies

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Stallone's Rocky Oatmeal Cookies are just one of the many foods Slyvester Stallone ate while filming Rocky 3.

He wrote about his diet and what it consisted of back then in 1982 and this recipe was inspired by that.

While filming this movie, his meals consisted of just a few oatmeal cookies made with brown rice flour, and he also drank up to 25 cups of coffee a day with honey and a couple of scoops of tuna fish.

He really worked hard to get that buff body, and although it was extremely dangerous to his health and he admitted it, he wrote he never regretted going to such extremes.

I wanted to share this recipe I adapted that was published originally from Sylvester Stallone’s awesome book "Sly Moves", which was written in 2005 for those getting fit out there and still available for purchase.

The only difference in mine is I add soaked plump raisins in these cookies, and sometimes cranberries or nuts.

For all my Rocky Balboa fans out there, this one for you.

Through the years I have made many kinds of Oatmeal Cookies, and even a Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie.

Having a son who works out and a huge fan of Stallone movies, these are a favorite healthy version.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for this recipe.

this is a healthy oatmeal cookie from the book Sly Moves the cookie is made with brown rice flour and healthy alternatives for Oatmeal cookie recipes


Butter Crust Deep Dish Peach or Cherry Berry Cobbler

Monday, July 20, 2020
This is a buttery two crusted version for Peach or Cherry Berry Cobbler sprinkled with sugar on top.

This is an old fashioned cobbler using buttery pie crust with fresh summer fruits.

The crust is so buttery and flaky and totally addicting with a fabulous filling.

We use the best of the season ripe cherries and peaches, all baked in a deep dish pan that is out of this world!

This Southern-style beautiful cobbler is not like the Old Fashioned Biscuit Style, but it sure has the characteristics of a cobbler style deep dish pie.

During the summer month when these two fruits are in season, this is always the most asked for dessert.

If I had to choose between the two flavors, the cherry berry will always be my absolute favorite.

Don't miss my other fruit recipes like my Blueberry Crumble Bars, Biscuit Style Peach or Apple Dumpling Cobbler, or Strawberry Skillet Shortcake, all shouting summer delicious desserts with fresh fruits.

Scroll down to my easy printable recipe card for these two recipes using fresh summer fruits!

this is a berry cherry pie baking on foil


Best Ever Mango Muffin Recipe

Sunday, July 19, 2020
A delicious Best Ever Mango Muffin Recipe and tropical fruit I see often in recipes for salsa, cakes, and other wonderful confections.

This recipe base was originally from my grandmother's muffin recipe for fruit added to her homemade recipe.

We never had mango where I lived in New York or even heard of it until I moved to Florida.

The mango worked perfectly with her recipe for muffins!

Now having a mango tree, we get to enjoy these mango muffins often.

They are so easy to make and perfect every time!

We just love fresh fruit muffins like banana biscuit mix, blueberry, strawberry, and apple is another favorite morning muffin for breakfast!

Also, another fun recipe to try are the best-doctored cake mix sour cream coffee cake muffins, they're super delicious!

Scroll down to this easy recipe to print it off

these are freshly baked fresh fruit mango muffins


Grilled Or Baked Stuffed Artichoke Recipes

Saturday, July 18, 2020
We have always been a big fan of stuffed artichokes and always made them in a big pot steamed in lemon salted water.

Here are some innovative ideas and other ways to cook them at your next barbecue or outdoor picnic that goes great with any foods your preparing.

Artichokes are such a great appetizer or side dish with any meal.

We have often even used canned Artichoke Hearts and baked them and of course,
Mom's Stuffed Artichokes will always be our all-time favorite way to make them..

There are several ways to cook these, steamed, baked, grilled, instant pot and slow cooker method given below.

I have 4 different style recipes to share with you today, Bacon, Herb, Breadcrumb, and Crab stuffed or infused flavored artichokes, you can choose which one you like.

So, let's get started with these amazing recipes by just scrolling down to the recipe card that printable and also don't miss my tips and suggestions!

this is a pan of sliced in half artichokes stuffed with crab meat and bread crumbs


Italian Baked Parmesan Cracker Crusted Flounder

Friday, July 17, 2020
This Flounder recipe is one of my favorite light tasting fish and I love this fresh saltwater seafood for many recipes.

Mom always made Flounder Francese with an egg coating batter which is still an all-time favorite.

This recipe is also great substituting Chicken, Steak, and Pork if you're not a seafood lover.

My recipe is a baked parmesan coated cracker crumb recipe that is so easy to make and cooks quickly because this fish is so thin.

Flounder is a flat not very appealing looking fish, but it sure is tasty with the right seasoning.

The cheese blended with garlic and herbs is the perfect crunchy topping for flounder.

Since it's so thin flounder is best baked or with a floured batter coating so it doesn't fall apart.

Of course, if you can find this light white seafood, you can always substitute another kind that I will suggest.

Scroll down to the recipe card for this delicious flounder recipe.

this is baked flounder on a white plate. It's topped with buttery flavored cracker crumbs, herbs spices and in a wine sauce


Peanut Butter Graham Brownie Recipe

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Easy as can be, you will love this recipe if you love peanut butter and graham crackers!

Here is a dessert that the kids will be asking for over and over and adults young at heart.

I have been experimenting for years with brownie mixes and made several kinds of stuffed mixes.

Starting with a mix is so versatile, but of course, you can use a homemade brownie recipe.

The favorites are my peanut butter graham brownies, oreo brownies, smore brownies and of course, I can't forget nutter butter stuffed brownie.

What can be easier than starting out with a mix and transforming it into a decadent over the top dessert?

With the added ingredients no one knew they were a mix anyway!

I love a quick and easy recipe, you can get creative too, just add your favorite cookies!

Scroll down to the printable instructions (I actually feel guilty writing this down it's so dang easy!)

These are stuffed brownie with peanut butter and graham crackers. They are in a 13 x 9 sheet pan that's metal and being serving with a metal spatula


Homemade Kitchen Pantry Staples Roundup

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
If you want to learn how to make homemade pantry staple recipes like brown sugar, baking powder, self-rising flour, sweetened condensed milk, cake flour, homemade ricotta, here are the many instructions!

Sometimes in the middle of a recipe, it's too late to run to the store!

I have so many quick fixes below from pantry ingredients to liqueurs you may need in your recipes!

If you haven't tried some of these before, you will be amazed how easy it is to make in your kitchens and some of them are perfect for getting rid of milk about to spoil like evaporated milk!

I love even making my own salad dressings, they are fresh and so much better than bottled and our favorites other than Italian are Ranch, Blue Cheese, and Greek Dressing.

We even make a great Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce!

You will also find the recipe on how to make a substitute for Buttermilk, I never have that on hand and this is very useful as well!

Check out all the idea links below and don't get caught making a dessert of dinner recipe without saving these Great Tips and Kitchen Hacks!

Scroll down to the recipe card for even more on how to make Mayonnaise, Pancake Syrup Instant Oatmeal, Powdered sugar, and Seasoning Mixes.


Stove Top Sirloin Steak Marsala

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Stove Top Sirloin Steak Marsala is one of my favorite comfort foods and the easiest one-pan meal.

Come see how easy this is to make a tougher cut of steak into a delicious meal!

When I was growing up, I would come home from school and the aroma was just mouth-watering when that door opened.

The house always smelled so good, no matter what mom made it always was a fabulous meal.

We have always loved using Marsala wine in sauces and even desserts, it's a flavor that subtle and enhances many Italian meals.

Some of our favorites with Marsala in it are this Easy Chicken Marsala Sauce, Slow Cooker Rump Roast Marsala, Rice Marsala Almondine, and even these delicious desserts like this Cannoli Pie, have it in them!

Take a quick look at the ingredients and see just how simple this economical meal is and if you aren't a huge steak lover just use chicken or pork!

Just scroll down to the printable recipe to make this fabulous Marsala meal!


BLT Dip Recipe

Sunday, July 12, 2020
If you're a BLT fan, you really are going to flip over this dip!

Seriously one of the best dips ever, crispy bacon, romaine lettuce tomatoes with the creamiest flavored dip in the middle of it to scoop up with any kind of bread or chips you like.

This is the most asked for at a picnic or family get together and so easy to transport and one of the best appetizers on any menu!

It keeps great over ice if you're outside at a summer picnic also and travels well.

If you love appetizers and creamy dips, try some of my  Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip,  Tuscan White Bean Dip or another family favorite Artichoke and Spinach Dip.

Dips are so easy to serve and if you have one that is very popular as this one and feeding a large crowd, make a double batch, it's the first one gone at any party!

We even love sliced fruit to use as a dipping ingredient, so if you're watching carbs no problems just check out the list!

Scroll down to my easy printable recipe card and don't forget to check out all the tips and suggestions.

this is how to make BLT dip that is served in a glass pie plate it has sour cream, mayo, crumbled crispy bacon, chopped romaine and tomatoes


Hot Dog Chili

Saturday, July 11, 2020
I have been making this hot dog chili for years on the side at every outdoor cookout.

For those who love a great beanless chili dog, this is a mouth-watering delight and a copycat from my hometown Utica, New York.

We love this hearty topping, it's great on so many foods besides just hot dogs.

It makes a great topping for rice, pasta, and baked potatoes too!

This is sauteed with garlic and bell peppers that have been pureed in the food processor, the flavors are fabulous.

After you grill your hot dog, place it in the bun with this chili then heavily sprinkle it with sharp cheddar cheese and you have a ballpark home run for sure!

This is one of my all-time favorites when I serve my grilled hotdogs.

We love easy One Pan Recipes like our Merlot Chili and this Southwest Filling for Wraps which are two family favorites.

You can double the recipe and freeze some for another time to have it ready for the next cookout.

If you love Chili dogs, this is a copycat of my favorite place to eat them.

You can make them Coney Island in your own kitchens but these have a closer taste to my hometown in Central New York called Voss restaurant.

Just scroll to the bottom to my printable recipe card to get started to make this delicious chili dog topping!

this is a chili cheese hot dog with salt and vinegar chips on a red and white check


Easy Baked Zucchini Lasagna

Friday, July 10, 2020
Easy Baked Zucchini Lasagna is a great summer casserole and super simple to make.

This can even be adapted to all vegetables by omitting the meat and using sauteed spinach or another one you prefer.

Our family is a big fan of zucchini and growing up my dad always grew it in our yard, the memories of this dish are priceless.

During the summer we bake lots of Zucchini Bread, make Zucchini Roll-ups, and love Fried Zucchini which dipped in fresh marinara sauce, it's out of this world!

This recipe is perfect for a lighter meal especially during warmer weather, and it can even be made in a slow cooker!

Check out the many suggestions below and make this casserole dish everyone will love.

If you're in a hurry you can even substitute bottled sauce instead of making homemade, adapt away!

Scroll down to the recipe card for this printable recipe.

this is  how to make a zucchini lasagna with bolognese sauce loaded with cheese in a casserole dish


Slow Cooker Asian Chicken with Broccoli and Rice

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Slow Cooker Asian Chicken with Rice and Broccoli recipe is a simple way to make a wonderful super easy dinner without a lot of fuss.

With rice and broccoli tossed in a soy sauce prepared ahead of time, you will have this basic chicken with Asian flavored sauce slow cooker with just a few basic ingredients.

It's kind of mock stir fry in flavors but healthier since it has none of the oils used for frying.

We love this healthy version with a little sweet and spicy flavored sauce.

Being very busy, this is a welcome change to standing over a hot stove and the perfect summertime meal.

Using a slow cooker or instant pot, this certainly eliminates time spent in the kitchen.

The best part is you can set the slow cooker on low and come home to a delicious hot meal that tastes like you've been cooking all day long.

I love Asian flavors and have made many copycat recipes along with homemade egg rolls this meal is always a welcome change in cuisines.

Scroll down to the recipe card for this easy recipe.

this is rice, broccoli and chicken asian style with chopsticks


Cubano Pork Sandwich

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Whether you have leftover pork shoulder or tenderloin, here is a pork Cubano style sandwich everyone will love.

I love them grilled like a panini and I do not have a panini maker, I use heavy pan one that has raised grill edges on it and both are cast iron skillets that work great!

I make this sandwich two ways, one on a bun and one on a whole loaf of sesame seeded Italian bread, so the sandwich is not an authentic Cuban because I don't use Cuban bread!!

Use whatever kind of bread you like, I am a huge fan of sesame seeds.

This Cubano is piled high with tender cooked pork (in either the original Authentic Mojo marinade or a beer marinade which we love both) (I will also provide that recipe I use), swiss cheese, mustard and we love our black forest ham.

We had this sandwich once down in Miami Florida and it was fantastic, so I tried to duplicate the flavors as best as I can, it was such a big hit now I always use leftover pork for these sandwiches.

If you love copycat sandwiches you may also like to try my Burger King Whaler or my Arby Beef and Cheddar and for my Central New York Readers, my Harpoon Eddies Italian Sausage Special, these are all spot-on delicious replicas.

This is an easy delicious way to repurpose pork and I bet anyone who takes one bite will say the same as my family, "you can make this sandwich again anytime you want we love it!".

Scroll down and check out the ingredients and print this off for the next time you have that pork roast to use up!

this is cuban sandwich with roasted pork, ham, cheese, mustard on a black dish and pickle on top


Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce Recipe is such a tasty way to make any kind of meat better.

Whether it's on pulled pork, or regular grilled, fried, or baked the meat is oh so delicious with this addition.

It's great on chicken, ribs, steaks, and loves it even on salmon and even in baked beans!

Below you will find a list on what to use it on, the best meat cooking methods it's great for and even other recipes to use this in.

This versatile barbecue sauce is even great for gift giving in mason jars around the holidays!

I love this sauce on my oven smoked pork recipe!

Give this one a try it surely it's a big hit especially grilling season and also try my Jack Daniels Chicken Kabobs!

Scroll down to the bottom for a printable recipe

rich thick homemade barbecue sauce in a mason jar with a basting brush for grilling meats


Cannoli Ice Cream

Sunday, July 5, 2020
Cannoli ice cream is one of those wow factors on that first taste.

It's rich, creamy and so different tasting than any other flavored ice cream you may have had.

There are few things that make the characteristics of an Italian cannoli flavor, Marsala wine, and hint of cinnamon with that crunchy shell.

I am pretty sure this recipe hits it out of the park in flavors and super easy to make.

The family loves how this all works to give you the best experience and taste of a real Italian pastry in a frozen confection!

Nothing like the phony supermarket ice cream brands, this is authentic Italian cannoli flavors made with the richness and creaminess of Ricotta cheese!

I waited patiently to ever post this recipe until the verdict of my Italian critics came in.

Well, the words bellissima, meraviglioso, favoloso (beautiful, fabulous, wonderful).

We are such big cannoli fans I even make a delicious Cannoli Dip that's addicting!

Scroll down to the recipe and see these amazing ingredients in the recipe card and print it off, and how easy this can me be made!


Best Cannoli Dip

Saturday, July 4, 2020
This is truly the Best Cannoli Dip I ever tasted its light creamy and its 100 times easier to make than the famous Italian cannoli pastry!

The Ricotta and Mascarpone cheese with the addition of whipped heavy cream make this over the top smooth and addicting.

The suggestions are endless to scoop this up with you will see below, just pick out what you like to use.

The true cannoli is an Italian famous pastry that has a tubular fried crust then filled with this style delectable cheese filling inside.

The dip is a true dead on the flavor of cannoli if you follow all the steps I use with ingredients and everyone is totally in love with this who tastes it.

If you want the easiest copycat flavor of that fabulous Italian pastry, this is it and will be the hit at every party or family get-togethers.

We love cannoli and I make a fabulous Cannoli Pie Cannoli Mousse, Cannoli Ice Cream, Cannoli Tarts, and of course the original Filled Cannoli Pastries.

Start making copies of the recipe, I promise you everyone will ask you for this one!

Scroll down to the printable recipe card and give it a try.

classic Italian Cannoli dessert gets turned into a quick and easy Cannoli Dip


Lime Chicken Avocado Bruschetta

Friday, July 3, 2020
I just love open-faced sandwiches like this Lime Chicken Avocado Bruschetta

This is a great appetizer or light meal, perfect in warmer weather, and just shouts with tropical flavors.

You can use any kind of chicken you prefer lime, lemon, cajun, and even leftover my bundt pan rotisserie chicken.

During the hotter months, this is just the right brunch and perfect appetizers for serving your family and friends.

It's always a huge hit whenever I make this.

If you're not a fan of avocado, either omit it or add some pineapple, mango, or another fruit even chopped red grapes go great with chicken!

There are many other suggestions below to mix and match this little summer sandwich treat for you to make several options.

Just scroll read my tips and options or go straight to the recipe printable card below and get started on this delightful bruschetta!

open faced avocado, tomato basil on toasted garlic bread


Mom's Italian Beef Stew

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Italian old fashioned beef stew is pure comfort food.

Even though mom made this almost every week during the winter months, I love it with all fresh vegetables in the summer when they are plentiful.

The fresh string beans, garden tomatoes with any meat you like can go into the stew.

We love to use a nice thick piece of London Broil and cut it into chunks it makes a very flavorful stew not to mention makes this cut of meat super fork tender.

If you are looking for an easy recipe for stew this is it and the bonus is a healthy meal that is addictive in flavors!

You may also like Venison Stew and my Pressure Cooker Beer Stew.

Scroll down to this easy printable recipe card to get this delicious stew cooking!

this is a bowl of freshly made beef stew with potatoes, carrots, peas and london broil


Grilled or Oven Baked Chicago Style Pizza

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
If you love pizza, it's great on a grill whether it's a deep dish Chicago style or just a regular thin crust pizza, both styles can be made easily on your gas grill outdoors.

For deep-dish pizza, you will need a deep cast-iron skillet or Chicago style baking pan.

Grilling pizza on a heat pizza stone is the key to pizzeria-style perfect crispy pizza.

If you don't have a grill, there will be directions provided for oven-baked below.

Even when using a cast iron skillet I heat the pizza stone on the grill first but if you don't have a pizza stone no problem, just cook on indirect heat in a cast-iron skillet!

We are such huge pizza fans here and make our how Homemade Pizza Dough along with Italian Stromboli, Panzerotti which is fried dough stuffed and Italian Fried Pizza Dough aka Pizza Fritta and of course Mom's Sausage Roll.

These can all be cooked on the pizza stone on the grill or again on indirect heat, just follow the easy printable instructions below on the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

Chicago Style Pizza made in a cast iron 12 inch skillet cooling