Homemade Tortellini Pasta

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Homemade Tortellini Pasta is much easier to make than you think!

We love to make these around holiday time or special birthdays.

Making them from scratch is super easy and taste so much better than store-bought.

Topped with sauce then baked is another nice change to just a bowl of pasta with sauce.

These taste great even with Alfredo Sauce or Vodka Sauce and easily can be changed to another new pasta recipe. We love making homemade pasta like this one in the fall and winter months, you may also like to try our Homemade Ravioli and Homemade Gnocchi recipes.

Scroll down to my step by step instructions on how to make homemade tortellini below.

this is a homemade tortellini Italian pasta step by step from scratch sauteed in pan with olive oil garlic and white wine

Shortbread Magic Cookie Bars

Monday, September 28, 2020
Oh my goodness the many names this cookie bar has started with magic cookie bars.

They're also known as 7 layer cookies, chocolate coconut cookie bars, and hello dolly bars.

The usual crust from the 1960s is made with graham crackers, I changed it up a bit making a shortbread buttery crust instead.

Everyone raved about how the crust melts in your mouth with that delicious crunch then smothered with creamy condensed milk almost mounds bar topping.

My family isn't big on adding nuts however you can add them and honestly if you do, toast them first they make a huge difference.

Cookie bars are so much easier to make than mixing cookie dough and making individual ones, these are all in one pan, cooled cut and viola done in 25 minutes.

If you love coconut great but these are so versatile you can add many other additions and omit whatever you're not fond of right?

We love easy recipes like this one, you may remember these simple delights Dark Chocolate Cake Mix Cake Banana Cake Mix Cake or my 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cake.

Scroll down to the recipe card for this delicious cookie bar and it's printable, read my other suggestions I have to make these different each time.

these are a 7 layer magic cookie bar with coconut, chocolate chips and pecans


Baked Vegetable Fritters

Sunday, September 27, 2020
If you're looking for low carb delicious vegetables that taste like it's fried, these are absolutely delicious and healthier alternative baked.

These are baked however you can air fry or pan fry them as well, I like to keep the calories down.

The one I made today is a combination of vegetables but you can use any of your favorite vegetables I will give you a list below that works perfectly.

These taste great plain served hot or cold so great for packing for school lunches or work lunches especially when you're counting carbs.

We love these with a medley of our favorite shredded vegetables together and they even taste great in a low carb wrap with a little salsa on top.

Vegetable fritters go great as a side dish with any meal.

Scroll down to the recipe card for the printable and read all the suggestions I have to make these different each time.

this is a baked stack of 3 fritters all vegetable with marinara and yogurt for dipping


Lamb Burgers with Spinach Tzatziki Sauce

Saturday, September 26, 2020
If you love lamb then these burgers with spinach tzatziki sauce need to be on your table tonight!

These burgers are just bursting with flavors and the spices, using a cast iron grill pan or outdoor grill cooks them to perfection.

Using ground lamb some fabulous seasonings like fresh minced garlic, cajun seasoning along with coriander, are just of few amazing additions to make these the best lamb burgers ever.

No matter which cooking method you use, these will be the juiciest burger and so easy to make.

Then with the addition of my fabulous spinach tzatziki sauce, it even takes these to a gourmet level of yumminess.

We love burgers and you may also want to try my Garlic Parmesan Burgers, Provolone Alfredo Burgers, or our Chili Cheese Dog Burgers all family favorites!

There are some tips and suggestions to follow and will help when adding spices to taste, I always like to cook just a little piece to adjust the seasonings to my taste.

Scroll down to the recipe card for the printable recipe.

This is a grilled lamb burger with lettuce and spinach tzatziki sauce on the side also potato chips on a checkerboard tablecloth


Oven Fried Chicken

Friday, September 25, 2020
Delicious Oven Fried Chicken is so crispy everyone thinks it's deep-fried on the stovetop!

This is one of those quick and easy recipes that we make often because after you eat it this way the family will ask for it again and again!

It's a healthier version and I promise it really tastes fried!

This is so much easy than standing there frying each piece in oil and a lot less to clean up!

This oven fried chicken is so crunchy and flavorful it's hard to believe it wasn't deep-fried.

We love baked chicken and you may also like to try our Baked Chicken Tomato and Zucchini Casserole or Baked Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole.

Making this oven fried is a healthier version than using all that oil and easier than standing over a hot stove, super simple using a cookie sheet and baking it!

If you just scroll all the way down to the bottom you will find this recipe on a printable recipe card and do take a look at a few tips I provided in this post.

this is baked fried chicken coated with bread crumbs and baked on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper


Simple Burgundy Chicken Stew

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Nothing warms up the house better than cooking up a nice pot of stew.

I love beef too but decided chicken was going to be the main meat in our dish this evening. The wine is up to you, Burgundy is old school and that's what we always used for years

As soon as fall hits, this is the first recipe I can't wait to make.

A little chill in the air always makes me want a nice old-fashioned stew, and this one really hits the spot and if you need an "Easy No-Knead Bread" recipe try mine to go along with this stew.

We love all kinds of stews and you may also like our Mississippi London Broil Pot Roast is one of our all-time favorites!

I usually make this stew at the end of summer when zucchini is in abundance and the weather cools down.

This is a very hearty stew that everyone loves.

this is a pot of chicken stew made with vegetables and burgundy wine


Oven Smoked Chicken Breasts

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Don't worry about grilling outside, these oven smoked chicken breasts are off the charts delicious and done indoors in your oven!

I love smoked chicken and during those rainy days or colder winter months, I still want that smokey grilled flavor on my chicken, and this recipe is the best alternative.

The chicken is lightly seasoned, seared on both sides in a little apple juice.

Then finished in the oven with some liquid smoked, some freshly chopped herbs, and baked to perfection.

If you love the taste of smoked foods this is an easy chicken recipe everyone raves about.

We love fall side dishes you may find some of the ones you in my roundup of Holiday Side Dishes and 30 Delicious Appetizers Recipes.

There are some tips and suggestions to follow so read those also before starting the recipe that will help to make it even more super simple to get that outdoor flavor.

Scroll down to the recipe card for the printable recipe.

This is boneless smoked chicken breast sliced in juices


Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
If you love fall flavors then this Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake is going to be your new favorite dessert to make especially around the holidays.

This decadent cheesecake is creamy and has a fluffy smooth texture that really becomes an addicting taste.

Did you ever taste a little, then a little more and still had to keep tasting it to identify all the flavors because it's so delicious and unique? That's what I found myself doing with this cheesecake dessert.

The pecan crust, cinnamon, Amaretto, and pumpkin spice flavors just are a sensational blend of flavors.

The first time I made this cheesecake wasn't a holiday and it was such a big hit, I decided it had to be saved for Thanksgiving or Christmas, I even made it for a New Years Party!

If you have a nut allergy just substitute pumpkin seeds, I've had to do that when bringing it a party and not knowing every guest to be safe.

Pumpkin season is always my favorite and I always keep freshly roasted pumpkin on hand along with pecans in the freezer (it keeps them fresher all year long).

If you love pumpkin season as much as we do and no time to bake you need to try my 4 ingredient pumpkin cake or instead of pumpkin pie, try these easy oatmeal pumpkin spice bars they're fabulous!

The Italian twist of Amaretto just compliments this pumpkin delightful cheesecake and goes great with espresso.

Scroll down to get this yummy recipe and do tell me your thoughts when you make this one! We love it!

this is how to make a pumpkin cheesecake with a cinnamon graham cracker crust baked. This is an Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake with a cinnamon sugar topping. This easy recipe shows you how to make this decadent pumpkin cheesecake step by step. The crust, filling and topping is all baked from scratch using a spring form pan.


Savory Butternut Squash Casserole

Monday, September 21, 2020
Fall shouts the time to make this savory Butternut Squash Casserole, I just this love side dish for the holiday table.

Butternut squash is so versatile, you can cook it in so many different ways.

Topped with sharp cheddar cheese the casserole is a big hit from the plain boiled squash and a nice change from the sweeter casserole dishes.

If you love butternut squash this is an easy recipe everyone raves about.

We love fall side dishes and you may also like to try my roundup of Holiday Side Dishes and 30 Delicious Appetizers Recipes.

There are some tips and suggestions to follow so read those also before starting the recipe especially for Cutting Up Butternut Squash Easily!

Scroll down to the recipe card for the printable butternut squash casserole recipe.


Chicken Parmesano Pasta Fagioli

Friday, September 18, 2020
Three big tastes in one bowl of comfort food chicken parmesan and beans with pasta.

I love Pasta Fagioli and Chicken Parmesano with pasta so I decided to combine them and see what it would be like!

What a huge hit with the family. 

We loved this dish so much, now it's the most asked for soup almost chili style bowl of deliciousness, all year long.

During the fall months, sometimes you need an old fashioned bowl of comfort food.

This one is pure comfort with a capital C, and it's over the top delicious.

The kids love this old school pasta dish and are asked for often.

Serve this bowl with a warm piece of garlic bread and it's a win-win combination of flavors.

With all the melted mozzarella what can be more comforting than this soup?

The cheese and chicken added is a gourmet version of the tried and true old fashioned pasta fagioli (pronounced fazool!)

Scroll down to the recipe card to print this off.

this is a bowl of pasta fagioli in a white dish topped with mozzarella and grated cheese. This pasta fagioli has chicken cubes in it and beans.


Banana Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Banana Chocolate Chip Biscotti is a wonderful addition to the biscotti family of cookie collections!

The cookies are softer than the Original Ansette Biscotti grandma always made growing up.

If you love banana these will be your new favorite cookie to try this fall season.

They have a hint of cinnamon in them which is optional and the chocolate chips with the drizzle just turn the ordinary cookie into a gourmet treat.

What better way to use up those ripe bananas that making a delicious cookie that is just perfect with a cold glass of milk?

If you love banana recipes you may also like to try my Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Banana Streusel Bars, and of course Old Fashioned Banana Pudding, all our favorites!

For this easy step by step recipe just scroll down to the recipe card to print this off.

This is a plate of banana sliced chocolate chip biscotti one whole loaf uncut and several cookies in a wicker basket with a flowered fruit basket and milk


Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
If you never try another Pumpkin Cheesecake bar, this will be your go-to last dessert recipe you will try.

These scrumptious cheesecake bars are the best ever!

If you're a pumpkin pie lover and dislike baking, these will amaze you how deliciously easy they are!

I think the biggest flavor comes from the decadent smooth filling that tastes just like a pie but so simple and no fussy rolling necessary!

These are perfect to take along treat to a dinner party or any home get together, the perfect fall dessert.

Psst, don't tell anyone but they're semi-homemade because no one can tell these start off with a doctored cake mix.

If you love pumpkin try my Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte, it's perfect with these little pumpkin squares!

Scroll down and print this easy cheesecake recipe that everyone will go nuts over!

these are an easy how to make pumpkin cheesecake bars. These are creamy filled bars with a cookie crust on the bottom. Drizzled with powdered sugar frosting and pecans on top. They are on orange napkins and a Thanksgiving and Halloween Fall Treat.


Broccoli and Cheese Cornbread

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
This broccoli and cheese cornbread is the perfect soft vegetable bread to serve with any kind of meal.

It's loaded with cheeses that compliment the broccoli perfectly.

If you're making any kind of Ham Cabbage and Potato Soup, Italian StewOne Pan Casserole, or Chili, this tastes fabulous alongside those comfort meals.

This easy to make homemade cornbread is a winner for outdoor picnics and barbecues too.

It's addicting. It's one of the most delicious pieces of bread I have ever made.

Check out the suggestions and additions you can add if you're not a broccoli fan, substitute another item.

Just scroll down for my printable delicious recipe.

this is cornbread with cheese and broccoli along side with chili


Vodka Sauce Recipe

Monday, September 14, 2020
If you are a fan of Penne alla Vodka, this Vodka sauce is one of the easiest recipes you will ever make!

The Italian American sauce is a smooth tomato sauce, vodka, typical Italian herbs, and heavy cream (which gives the sauce its creamy orange color).

The shocking part of this dish for me was that there was no taste of vodka at all but it tastes fantastic and really unique in flavor.

It clings perfectly to any pasta of choice your family prefers and looks like you took all day to prepare this when it takes a matter of minutes!

This sauce is perfect for entertaining the family or having a special dinner.

Our favorite pasta with this sauce is Homemade Gnocchi.

The options below will give you ideas on additions to the sauce to change it up every time adding a few types of meat.

If you love this pasta sauce do try our Traditional Sunday Italian Sauce or Marinara Sauce, both are fantastic on pasta!

Scroll down to the bottom of to print off this simple recipe.

this is homemade gnocchi with sausage and vodka sauce


Hot Crab Dip

Sunday, September 13, 2020
This is the perfect party dip for any seafood lover and the easiest Hot Crab Dip ever but guess what, I have several meat substitutions for all my allergy or seafood folks who can't eat it!

Just go straight to my substitution suggestions right here on this post for alternative ingredients.

Large chunks of lump crab meat and a delicious cheesy blend of melted heaven that will be gone in a second when served.

This dip is always asked for and we just love serving it for all our get-togethers.

If you never tried a hot crab dip before you're in for a real treat and I have several suggestions for you to serve this dip with.

From vegetables to delicious Tuscan Garlic Bread and any kinds of crackers, this is sure to be a big hit anytime you make it.

We also love some additions that I will give you the suggestions to try.

Dips are always the best foods for game days and holidays and we love making them.

You may also like our BLT Dip, Buffalo Potato DipTuscan Bean Dip, and Artichoke Spinach Dip, all family favorites here.

This is so quick and simple to make and a perfect addition to your dip recipe collection.

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

this is a hot crab dip on a wooden cutting board filled with assorted crackers, vegetables and garlic bread to dip into this hot crab dip


Easy Red Raspberry Scones

Saturday, September 12, 2020
These Easy Red Raspberry Scones are the absolute best scones to make if you're a scone lover like our family!

Why? Because they are all in one pan, no cutting no rolling the dough.

The dough is made with simple pantry ingredients and simply spread in a baking pan, cooled, iced, and cut.

The results are fabulous and these can be made in less than 30 minutes.

If you're not a baker, and you love the taste of freshly baked scones, these are fabulous.

My family ate this first batch all in one day and they really taste great even without icing.

Don't take my word, try them and I can't wait to hear how you love this simplified way to make this famous style biscuit!

We love simple recipes like this one maybe you tried my Strawberry Buttermilk Skillet Shortcake Recipe or my Chocolate Skillet Cookie Recipe those two are other favorites and both divine.

Scroll down to get my tips and printable recipe card.

these are scones with red rasberries on top a cinnamon and sugar coating with a drizzle of icing on top cut in triangles


Cutting and Roasting Butternut Squash Tips

Friday, September 11, 2020
One of the easiest ways I ever tried cutting Butternut Squash is by using this method.

Roasted squash is great in soups, salads and so much more as a side dish with any meals!

The whole squash is only around 60 calories to eat and low in calories.

The best part it's so much healthier to roast and easier than cutting in cubes and boiling it!

We have also bought several kinds of squash, prepared it this way, and froze it in the freezer bags mashed or cubed and it stays perfect all winter.

If you love squash, try my copycat recipe for Panera Bread Butternut Squash Soup or my Butternut Squash Salad.

Scroll down to get the printable recipe card and save these instructions.

this is a butternut squash and sugar pie pumpkin with mint and rosemary


Simple Marinara Sauce

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Growing up in Central New York, we always had a huge garden, dad, mom, always made marinara sauce fresh all summer long.

Grandma would even pour this over her freshly made Polenta or use it during the week poured over Zucchini Rollatini or in her Eggplant Casserole.

There was never any meat added to the sauce, it was just a basic simple all tomato sauce that smelled fabulous while simmering.

The fresh garlic and basil made it heavenly as you walked through the door.

If you want a simple homemade sauce made with the freshest plum tomatoes from the farmers market or homegrown tomatoes, this is the best recipe to use them up with.

We literally had bushels of them and back then and used a handheld stainless steel mill to crush the tomatoes.

Now with modern technology, we can save some time using a food processor (I still use the old fashioned mill).

Seriously one of my favorite Italian sauces as it was my dad's also.

Marinara is rich with plum tomatoes and made much quicker than Traditional  Sunday Meat Sauce.

Dad made this sauce often and the smell was so fragrant with that fresh garlic sizzling in oil when you walked in the kitchen.

Scroll to the bottom for this simple marinara printable recipe.

homemade simple tomato sauce called marinara with all fresh ingredients over spaghetti sprinkled with cheese on a white plate some garlic herbs in a white plate with a fork


Grilled Steak with Chianti Butter

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Grilled Steak with Chianti Butter is a scrumptious gourmet-style Italian flavored steak made indoors or on the barbecue grill.

Mom used to make this back in the 1960s in Central Utica New York, indoors all year long in a cast-iron skillet or broiled.

We didn't have great weather all year round but she would always come up with an indoor barbecue idea all winter long when we couldn't use the charcoal grill we had.

Back then we money was tight and she would turn inexpensive cuts of meats into a banquet of flavors.

You can use any of your favorite piece of beef you prefer, we have made this with ribeye, T-bone, porterhouse, they are all spectacular in flavor.

The recipe is simple you will need a good Chianti red wine and several herbs and spices.

If you love steak this will one to keep in your recipe collection.

We also love other stovetop steaks mom made, Italian Sauce Steak, Steak Marsala, and Salisbury Steak all favorites as a kid and now.

Scroll down to my step by step easy instructions for this printable recipe.

this is a seared steak topped with garlic cloves and chianti butter


Country Style Sliced Baked or Fried Apples

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Country Style Sliced Baked or Fried Apples are the absolute best side dish for any time of the day meal.

These are so popular in the South on just about every menu.

You will mostly find them skillet-fried in butter with sugar and cinnamon.

I have two versions for you to try, one baked in the oven and the other fried.

They're both spectacular in flavors and super easy to make.

Serve them with delicious pork chops, pulled pork, or any outdoor barbecued meats, these are always gobbled up first so make a double batch!

The recipe is easy enough for even the kids to make and I always get the best compliments.

These apples can also be served on as a side with breakfast, lunch box treats for school or even a fancy dinner party.

They go great with anything from ham dinners or pancakes for breakfast.

You may want to try our Country Fried Chicken or my Best Fried Pork Chop recipe with these delicious apple slices.

Just scroll down to the printable recipe card for both styles to try out.

this is a top shot of country fried apples in a white ramekin bowl. In the background is a big brown bean pot, wooden spoon and whole apples with a white bar cloth


Texas Sheet Cake Recipe Vanilla or Chocolate

Monday, September 7, 2020
Here are two favorite homemade from scratch Texas Sheet cake recipes one in Vanilla, the other in Chocolate, plus a bonus recipe for those wanting to use a doctored cake mix.

We love making this scratch cake to take to outdoor picnics or large barbecue get-togethers.

It's made in a jelly roll pan, frosted and cut into squares that will feed a large crowd.

This cake is a big hit no matter when I make it and seems to be the most asked for any functions including birthday parties!

The cake is super simple to make and I even give you an option to make Texas Sheet Cake in any flavor with a doctored cake mix.

Of course, you can decorate these simple cakes with sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or any kind of candies you like.

The cake tastes great just the way it is, dusted with powdered sugar with whipped cream or the traditional homemade frosting.

All recipes are below for you to choose from.

Just scroll down to the printable recipe card to check out these great recipes and pick the one you prefer.

this is a piece of texas sheet cake chocolate with chocolate icing on top


Italian Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Saturday, September 5, 2020
These Italian Chicken Stuffed Peppers are very close to a Chicken Parmesan with a combination of Italian Style Spanish Rice in flavor.

We experiment with many different additions and combinations to stuff peppers but this is by far one of our very favorites!

You may remember Mom's Style Stuffed Peppers which are the traditional classic with meat and rice.

Through the years we have come up with many combinations using chicken and they are all so good.

Below you will find several suggestions and substitutions for the rice to make a new filling every time using this basic recipe as a guideline.

The herbs, spice, and tomato sauce make this a game-changer to the regular stuffed pepper classic and these are just bursting with flavor.

If you love stuffed peppers which is such an easy casserole you may also love my Best Italian Loved Family Recipe collection.

Take a look at this easy recipe and it's printable just scroll to the bottom, but do check out my tips and other suggestions also.

this is a casserole of stuffed bell peppers the filling is chicken rice and topped with cheese


Patriotic No-Bake Trifle

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Here is the easiest no-bake Patriotic Trifle dessert ever and so pretty!

This layered cake can be all homemade or super simple by gathering store-bought ingredients.

The dessert is a showstopper centerpiece for any Patriotic event and will wow your guests.

Not to mention, it can be made in less than 15 minutes.

Layered cake, cream, and berries finished and topped off with a pretty design will have everyone thinking you fussed all day to make!

Of course, you can make Homemade Scratch Angel Food Cake, Pound Cake, or your own favorite cake recipe and make this all your own by getting creative.

Pick your favorite colorful fruits to build this dessert and make it the talk or the party or event.

Scroll down and check out my tips and suggestions and print off my ideas on my recipe card.


Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
These Baked Apple Cider Donuts just shout fall and perfect for the Halloween holiday.

If you love donuts, these are a healthier alternative than fried.

These cake-like donuts are full of fresh fall chopped apples and apple cider, easy to make in minutes.

They taste great plain or frosted to any Holiday theme.

We made them all decked out for Halloween fun for our trick or treaters to try.

I love apple recipes and we even make our own Apple Cider fresh from scratch along with a tasty Simple Apple Cake and delicious Apple Air Fried Hand Pies that we love.

Check out this easy fun recipe below and the tips to get started on making these delicious fall dessert donuts.

these are apple cider donuts for Halloween