Guinness Scalloped Cheddar Bacon Potatoes

Monday, August 31, 2020
Here is a perfect side dish any time of the year Guinness Scalloped Cheddar Bacon Potatoes

Who can resist bacon, potatoes, and sharp melted Dubliner cheese in a cream sauce baked to perfection?

This recipe is like hitting the Best Potato Recipe jackpot.

I use them two ways, of course for a side dish on St. Patrick's Day but the other, you'll just have to read on how could they are all year long and not wait for a holiday.

If you happen to love Guinness Recipes try my other holiday dessert recipe to celebrate here.

For a printable recipe, just scroll to the bottom.

this is a cheese casserole with potatoes


Italian Utica Greens Recipe

Sunday, August 30, 2020
Italian Utica, New York Greens, was a staple growing up in the 1960s in my home. Mom made them all the time, simple, sauteed in olive oil, freshly minced garlic, salt, and pepper as a side dish.

Later on, in the 1970s, they were on almost all the menus in Utica and surrounding towns for a breakfast side dish with eggs or for dinner.

Then in the 1980's a new way to make them became famous in my hometown by Joe Morelle, who created another style of greens that were amazing and great for a whole meal with his delicious additions.

Greens became more widely known as "Utica Greens," it has become commonplace, in modified versions, in Italian restaurants throughout Central New York, and even migrated to New York City, Las Vegas, and Florida.

My hometown has so many wonderful creations and often referred to as Little Italy for some many ethnic authentic dishes, some famous for just the area like Tomato Pie, Italian Greens, Italian Lemon Ice, Pizza Fritta, Chicken Riggies, Manny's Cheesecake, Oscugnizzo Pizza, Pusties and Rosato Chocolate Cookies.

If you haven't tried greens all different way, pick one here, they're great!

Scroll down to get the several recipes in the printable card below.

These are sauteed escarole greens used as a side dish with steak


Easy Classic Cornbread

Saturday, August 29, 2020
This is the easiest cornbread recipe you will ever make.

The best part about this basic cornbread recipe is the versatile changes you can have with my mix-in suggestions below.

Each bread can be different with any meal you make, starting with a few ingredients it can be anything from Mexican or with an Italian flair, then other additions can be sweet for a breakfast treat!

Our favorite is our Italian Pepperoni cornbread or the Bacon and Cheese, but I am sure you will find them all delightful changing this classic plain.

They are all just addicting and totally delicious!

With just a few pantry ingredients, these can be on your table in around 35 minutes!

The batter is so simple even the kids can make this one.

If you love using cornmeal, try our Polenta with Meat Sauce Recipe, Polenta Roasted Potatoes, or Polenta Pizza.

Check out my tips and scroll down to the bottom to get this printable recipe!

this is a plate of cornbread with butter melted on top


Polenta Pizza or Appetizers

Monday, August 24, 2020
This is a recipe for using Polenta for a basic crust to make pizza or appetizers.

You will find many various suggestive toppings in the recipe using either alfredo sauce or marinara on top.

Polenta when thick can be cut into various shapes with cookie cutters for appetizers, left in a sheet for pizza, or simply cut into small squares.

The crust is easy to make on the stovetop then baked with a delicious sauce and melted cheese.

If you haven't tried using polenta this way and are a fan of this Italian cornmeal, you will love this style recipe.

We love polenta here in our home and grew up on eating (the old fashioned Italian grits as they are referred to)our grandma's recipe for Polenta with Meat Sauce.

Scroll down to the bottom for my printable recipe card for numerous pizza toppings.

this is a polenta pizza topped with broccoli rabe, sausage, meatballs sauce and mozzarella cheese


Crustless Zucchini Quiche

Sunday, August 23, 2020
If you love easy recipes, this baking mix Crustless Zucchini Quiche will be your favorite new edition to your recipe collection.

This quiche has no crust, and it's super simple to make all in one bowl it's hardly any fuss at all.

Seriously everyone just gets mixed together, poured in a pie plate, baked, and can be adapted easily to being all vegetarian or meat lovers quiche!

A few ingredients can change this quiche every time you make it.

We have a few favorite combinations with the addition of zucchini like adding pepperoni with lots of shredded provolone.

Get creative and make up your own quiche your family loves and it can be any quick meal even during weeknights when you're the busiest!

Other recipes like this we love is our Spinach and Broccoli Pie, Mom's Baked Frittata, and my mom's Easter Pizza Rustica.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card to get this delicious Bisquick quiche recipe.

easy quiche in a pie plate made wtih zucchini, eggs and baking mix. There are fresh herbs in the background and eggs on a pretty towel


Pan Seared Sea Bass Medley with Pasta

Saturday, August 22, 2020
Here is an easy gourmet lemon butter seared seafood recipe that is so delicious this will wow anyone who loves seafood.

This combination with Chilean Sea Bass, shrimp, and scallops swimming in a wine butter sauce and super delicious.

Under this delightful seafood is a bed of linguine pasta or make your favorite.

This is one of my favorite dishes and oh so easy to throw together!

If you love seafood try my Italian Baked Crusted Flounder, and My Crab and Shrimp Cake Appetizers.

Scroll down for this easy yummy recipe!

this is a sea bass over pasta with shrimp and scallops


Boston Cream Pie Italian Style

Friday, August 21, 2020
Boston Cream Pie is a classic old-world dessert and this one is even better with Italian pastry cream.

It's all from scratch, with high-quality ingredients.

This classic pastry cream-filled cake is one of those cake/pie desserts covered in a chocolate ganache and totally addicting.

A favorite cake mom made on special occasions that everyone loved.

In our family, rum is used in most Italian pastry creams, and this one is made that way also, you can leave it plain vanilla if you prefer that flavor for the traditional Boston Cream Pie.

Mom made some of the best cakes and here are some others to try: Spanish Bar Cake and Pistachio Cake, and Chocolate or Zucchini Cakes and if you love cupcakes don't miss trying Chocolate Boston Cream Cupcakes all vintage recipes and so delicious.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for this decadent cake recipe.

Rich golden cake with Italian pastry cream filling and chocolate ganache on top on a pedestal cake dish with a cherry in the middle of the cake


Red Beans and Rice Recipe My Way

Thursday, August 20, 2020
No, I am not an expert on Red Beans and Rice in the South or how to make the amazing wonderful Latin recipes.

I am an expert on spicing up red beans and rice instantly in this easy Italian style recipe version!

This is something easy to make come out perfect and a great side for meat meals.

I have seen the prepackaged ones in the store and seriously, to me they're tasteless.

I like to make beans in a slow cooker overnight, then have them in the refrigerator during the week, make some fresh rice, and viola, a great side dish for any meal in no time.

This is a tasty simple side dish you can doctor up or leave plain.

My family loves this without all the additives but you can adapt it to anything you're accustomed to.

I will give some suggestions below of additions that I like myself.

Great meals that go great with this side dish is our Slow-Cooked Smoked Beef Brisket, it's so delicious and juicy!

Scroll down to print off this recipe.

This is a dish of red beans and white in a white bowl


Vintage Chocolate Mayonnaise Scratch Cake or Cake Mix Version

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Here are two easy recipes for a delicious vintage Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake.

The first recipe is all made from scratch and a moist delicious a little more time consuming fabulous old recipes of mom's.

The second is a great recipe for the busy dessert lovers who want a great taste and fast so we adapted the recipe using a devil's food cake mix.

Both recipes are fantastic and the milk chocolate frosting is the icing on the cake for sure, it's totally scrumptious.

Now with newer cooking abilities in our ranges, I have given you the instructions for convection oven baking and regular conventional baking methods below and in the recipe card.

If you want a moist delicious chocolate cake, this is it, look no further, it's the best chocolate cake recipe on the planet, at least to all the chocolate cake lovers in our family!

Check out the printable recipe card for this vintage old recipe that will make you literally lick the beaters, just like we did as kids!

If you love chocolate cake, do try our Chocolate Skillet Cookie and our Chocolate Zucchini Bread, those are two more favorites in our recipe collection.

chocolate slice of cake with frosting on top with sprinkles on a crystal plate


Grandma's Authentic Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Grandma born and raised in Rome, Italy made what was referred to as a butter and cheese sauce over homemade pasta.

Today in America, Restaurants have adapted this plain style delicious pasta dish that originated in Italy, by adding cream

This is a totally different style Alfredo that came from Italy and originated there by a man who named this dish after himself.

If you are looking for the American version, you will need to add heavy cream to the recipe as this is not that style recipe.

This is an original recipe from my grandmother who lived to be 94 years old came was how her Region in Rome, Italy, and how her family taught her to make it.

Scroll down to the recipe card to print off Grandma's fettuccine recipe.

this is authentic fettuccine alfredo on a white plate


Roasted Polenta Potatoes

Monday, August 17, 2020
Crunchy Coated Roasted Polenta Potatoes are a wonderful side dish for any meal.

The cornmeal gives these are nice toasty taste when baked in the oven, and a nice alternative to breadcrumbs.

These easy baked and crispy style potato wedges can be done in no time with just a few pantry ingredients.

Every one rave about these and they taste terrific plain or with marinara or your favorite dipping sauces.

We love Polenta Pizzettes, Polenta Lemon Biscotti Cookies if you would like try some other polenta recipes.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for this delicious recipe!

these are crunchy polenta potatoes and baked with fresh herbs


Baked Ravioli Lasagna Casserole

Sunday, August 16, 2020
When you taste this Baked Ravioli Lasagna Casserole, you're going to wonder what took you so long to think of this one!

The recipe is so simple and it starts off with frozen ravioli!

Of course, you can make my homemade ravioli recipe, but in a pinch, the frozen ones are perfect for this recipe!

I love ravioli layered with meat, there are additions that you can add or eliminate, like sauteed spinach and more seasoned ricotta just check my tips.

You will don't need anything more than meat with tomato sauce and cheese!

The other option is to use meat-filled ravioli and then add a layer of ricotta.

This recipe just skips the longer process of regular lasagna.

If you love creative pasta like this one, even our Zucchini Lasagna is fabulous!

For those in a hurry try our Lasagna Soup recipe.

You may also like Mom's Lasagna recipe or even our Baked Ziti recipe, both always a hit and feeds a large crowd.

Scroll down for this easy ravioli casserole you can eat any day of the week in no time.

this is bake ravioli on a plate with basil on a white plate sprinkled with shredded cheeses


Olive Tapenade Appetizer

Thursday, August 13, 2020
This is one of my favorite appetizers I first had at a 5 Star Italian Restaurant and so delicious for all the olive lovers out there.

It's really an addicting starter for any meal, served as a topping on crusty bread or crudités.

It may be used as a condiment, as well on salads and some grilled meats.

Tapenade is also used in preparing fish dishes

Olive tapenade is loved in southern France but originally comes from Italy.

While the word and the tradition come from Provence, the first written recording of eating tapenade was made by Italians in the first century AD, and Cato the Elder included a tapenade recipe in his book On Agriculture.

This is a simple easy way to make it for dinner parties or just as a delicious snack any time of the day, and leftovers make a perfect topping as suggested previously.

To all my olives lovers, this is a must-try you will love it or you can also try my Tomato Tapenade and Avocado Tapenade.

Scroll down to the printable easy recipe to get started.

these are garlic toasted bread with olive tapenade on them there are also fresh herbs in the photo with an olive skewer


Fried Zucchini Grandma's Recipe

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
This is the old fashioned back in the 1960s on how Grandma and her mom made freshly picked fried zucchini.

Grandma always fried everything!

She would make these when we had a huge abundance from dad's garden in our Upstate Utica New York home in the summer.

As time went on through the years we have Baked Zucchini Fries, Air Fried, and still have to make them Grandma's way once in a while for a treat on the stovetop fried.

Zucchini is one of those favorite vegetable Italians love because it's so versatile.

From sweet zucchini bread like Chocolate and Regular Zucchini Bread to savory zucchini recipes like Zucchini Rollatini, you sure can use up zucchini in many wonderful and delicious ways.

These fried zucchini chips are so simple to make and really like eating popcorn, they're truly addicting and our family never has enough.

If you happen to have any leftovers, just layer the rest of the marinara sauce you may have dipped them in with some mozzarella and make a sandwich!

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for this simple recipe.

these are fried zucchini chips breaded


Grilled Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Here is a grilled blackened chicken breast that is fork-tender fabulous!

The recipe is super simple with a coating that seals in the spicy juices and dipping sauce set aside for dipping it after grilling!

If you love chicken, you will love this delicious way to prepare your chicken breasts.

This recipe tastes great and can even be cooked on a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop that gridded.

The secret ingredient used in this recipe improves any meats and seafood every time!

Fire up the grill and get your favorite wood chips ready to make a fantastic smoky flavor grilled chicken for another fabulous addition.

Also, try my Best Grilling Collection of recipes and some of our delicious way to make Hawaiian Pork Chops Grilled Pizza also!

Scroll down to the recipe card that's printable for this simple blackened chicken recipe and find out why it's so good.

this is blackened chicken with a mayonnaise dipping sauce grilled


Best Ever Boston Butt Roast in a Slow Cooker

Sunday, August 9, 2020
This is the best ever Boston butt pork roast in a slow cooker.

This Boston butt roast might take a few hours but it's oh so worth it!

The first time I made this, the smell of it cooking was overwhelming delicious that it made my mouth water.

I love using a slow cooker, it makes everything moist, juicy and it's so easy to cook in!

Every kind of meat always is spot-on perfect, no worry about a tough piece of meat or dinner ruined with my cooking methods.

The best part is if there are any leftovers you can turn it into pulled pork using my Jack Daniels sauce recipe for sandwiches or use it to make fried rice for another meal!

I love my Crockpot and use it often.

You can find even more featured on my post for my Best Slow Cooker Recipes.

Scroll down to the recipe card and check out this easy recipe!

this is a pork butt sliced on a carving board and knife


Baked Chicken Zucchini Tomato Casserole

Saturday, August 8, 2020
For those that say you never have enough chicken recipes, this Baked Chicken Zucchini Tomato Casserole will be a nice addition to your collection.

This chicken is fork-tender on a bed of zucchini and tomatoes with a melted cheese that is addicting for a second helping!

I just love one-pan meals that already include side dishes, one pan, one meal voila done!

What can be easier?

The best part about this recipe, you can mix and match any vegetable or meats.

I will give you several alternative suggestions.

This recipe just happens to be one of the most popular summer recipes I make and most asked for.

One more great cooking method is besides baking this it can be made in a slow cooker and I will provide those instructions also.

If you love easy one-pan meals don't forget to check out my Pork Cacciatore and My 15 Other Favorite One-Pan Meals.

Scroll down to the bottom for this delicious printable easy recipe.

chicken topped with tomato, zucchini, cheese and ricotta


Fresh Blueberry Cake Mix Cake

Friday, August 7, 2020
This fresh blueberry cake mix cake is so quick and easy and tastes just like it was made from scratch.

I love doctored cake mix cakes and this with the addition of fresh blueberries and a hint of lemon makes all the difference in flavor.

Sometimes when you get caught off guard and need something quick in a pinch, it's hard to come up with a great recipe.

This is perfect for cupcakes, a sheet cake, bundt cake, or just in a springform pan like I used decorated elegantly.

Save a few extra to decorate the top and you will turn this ordinary cake into a beautiful addition to any dessert table.

We love making easy cakes with a cake mix and fooling everyone it's not from scratch.

I have made delicious Sour Cream Coffee Cupcakes using a cake mix, cookies, and even a Scrumptious Banana Cake Mix Cake that all taste like they were from scratch!

We even love using cookie mixes for a great chocolate chip cheesecake bars!

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for this delicious easy doctored cake mix recipe!

this is a blueberry doctored cake mix cake with a lemon frosting, lemon zest on top and blueberries, The cake is on a glass cake plate and there are blueberries and mint on the board


3 Ingredient Peach Dump Cake

Thursday, August 6, 2020
Using a cake mix, canned peaches and butter will make the quickest easiest baked dessert you will ever bake and imagine just 3 ingredients!

I actually forgot about this recipe mom made often back in the 1970s when we had unexpected company.

I never knew how easy it was until I started baking myself.

This is always one you need to keep on hand for potluck, picnics, and spur of the moment dessert to bring for a dinner party.

This vintage recipe was always made with cherry pie filling and a box of yellow cake mix.

Now, with all the innovative flavors, I used a few different ingredients and came up with our favorite fruit dump cake using a spice cake.

Everything gets layered hence the reason for things dump cake, and there is no mixing involved!

We love easy recipes using a mix, you may remember my delicious Dark Chocolate Cake Mix Cake Banana Cake Mix Cake or my  4 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cake.

Just keep a few pantry ingredients on hand and you will never be caught short without having something yummy made in no time and I even use disposable pans when giving it away!

Scroll to the printable recipe card for this easy recipe!

this is a peach dump cake made with cake mix, peaches and topped with whipped cream


Zucchini Bisquick Bread Sticks

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Savory Zucchini Appetizer Recipe is one I have been making for at least 25 years.

The farmers market is usually the first place I go as soon as the zucchini season starts.

These are quick and easy little moist cheesy squares or cut into stick form that is just bursting with a big flavor.

Not really very bread-like more like a thick quiche as these are still very moist and egg in the consistency.

I do add a bit more of the baking mix to make a thicker consistency so they are firmer, you will have to experiment which you like better.

We even serve these with a side of marinara sauce at a family function and they are always the first appetizer to vanish quickly.

They are terrific served either warm or cold!

If you love zucchini you may also like my Zucchini Rollatini and Zucchini Lasagna recipes.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to print off this delicious recipe.

these are zucchini bread sticks with melted mozzarella on top sitting on a wooden board


Polenta with Meat Sauce

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Polenta is really a dish, not an ingredient, from northern Italy and started somewhere around the 16th century as peasant food.

It resembles a porridge or mush and is made from coarsely ground usually yellow cornmeal, however in Venice Italy, white coarsely ground cornmeal is the most popular.

Growing up in the 1960s with an all Italian grandmother (who was born in Rome Italy) she was very accustomed to depression food and made this often when I was a child.

Mom would make a Traditional Sunday Sauce and grandma would use the leftover meatballs and sausage crushed up and poured it over our polenta dish.

That wasn't how she first had hers as a child and it was served just made in boiling water and the cornmeal was served with butter or olive oil if they were lucky to have it.

Later on, sometime around 1910 (when she moved to the USA at 16, to Utica New York which is referred to as Little Italy), she adapted the recipe that would become one of our favorite dinners in the winter months.

Cornmeal is still a very popular grain used in cornbread recipes, and many restaurants use polenta as an appetizer.

We love Polenta Pizzettes, Polenta Lemon Biscotti Cookies, and even used as a coating on potatoes!

Scroll down for this simple yummy recipe, you can make plain or revised with meat sauce simplified.

this is a delicious stovetop made cornmeal mush called Polenta topped with meat sauce and fresh basil leaves along with grated Pecorino Romano Cheese


Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix Cheesecake Bars

Monday, August 3, 2020
If you love doctored cookie and cake recipes, this chocolate chip cookie mix turns into a delicious little cheesecake bar and so simple!

Starting out with cookie mix and a few pantry ingredients, these actually taste like you made them from scratch!

This doctored recipe starting with a mix comes together quickly and perfect especially when unexpected friends drop by or you need to bring something for a dinner party.

We love easy recipes using a mix, you may remember my delicious Dark Chocolate Cake Mix Cake Banana Cake Mix Cake or my  4 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cake.

This has a cookie crust with a smooth cheesecake layer then sprinkles with little leftover cookie crumbs and the bars are just yummy.

Perfect for school lunches, picnic, and just a quick dessert.

Scroll down to the recipe card for this easy bar cheesecake recipe.

this is a baked chocolate chip cookie mix crust with cheesecake topping  cut into squares on a wooden board


Italian Stuffed Pepper Soup

Saturday, August 1, 2020
A very old fashioned dish mom always made was her signature style Italian Stuffed Peppers and this is a deconstructed version of those made into an Italian Stuffed Pepper Soup.

Mom always added hard-boiled eggs to the mixture, and we all loved the addition.

I serve the eggs as a garnish for those not used to having them in their stuffing.

We also loved them with a side of my Grandmother's famous Tuscan Garlic Bread on the side.

Everyone has a different recipe for a family version of how they make this classic stuffed pepper casserole, the soup can be adapted to your taste.

Some like it spicy so by all means add some heat like freshly cracked black pepper and red pepper flakes to the pot!

The soup is bursting with that old fashioned stuffed pepper flavor and certainly, one of the most comforting soups I have ever made besides Grandma's Old Fashioned Chicken Soup, of course.

I will give you tips, suggestions, and a great way to make a deliciously satisfying meal that taste exactly like the stuffing in the pepper you love just without the bread crumbs, that's what the garlic bread is for.

If you love that bread stuffing, just dunk your garlic bread into this delicious pepper and beef-flavored sauce.

For the absolute best tasting soup please read the kitchen tips first before starting.

Just scroll down to my printable recipe card for this easy soup recipe.

this is a homemade soup called stuffed pepper soup. It is served in a red crock dish with garlic bread in a wicker basket