Baked Cavatelli with Sausage, Peppers and Broccoli Rabe

Sunday, February 28, 2021
This Baked Cavatelli pasta is a delicious layered casserole with Italian Marinara tomato sauce, Baked sausage sliced peppers, and sauteed Broccoli Rabe.

The flavors together are fabulous if you're a fan and take a little more time if you make this all from scratch as shown.

The casserole is very filling, so it certainly will feed a family who has hearty appetites.

Of course, the recipe has wonderful fresh flavors and for those who want to substitute some of the ingredients, we have some suggestions you can try.

If you easy recipes, you may also like our 15 Easy Pasta Recipe Roundup or our 15 One-Pan Favorite Meals to share with you.

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this is cavatelli pasta with peppers, sausage and broccoli rabe


Italian Potato Salad

Saturday, February 27, 2021
This basic Italian potato salad simple to make with a combination of potatoes, seasoning, vegetables tossed with a little vinegar, and oil homemade dressing.

Here is the perfect cold salad that you don't have to worry about in warmer weather.

It has a delicious homemade dressing over the freshest vegetables and everyone will love this side dish.

I love how much lighter this version made with my homemade dressing as opposed to ones with mayonnaise or sour cream.

Here is a great alternative to American-style potato salad.

If you are a potato fan, you may want to try two other favorites, Air Fried Potato Fan or Oven-Roasted, and our Salt and Vinegar Potato recipes then.

This recipe is a nice alternative to the mayonnaise-style potato salads which my dad was never big on, so mom made this often.

Scroll all the way down to the recipe card for how to make this great recipe!

this is all Italian style potato salad with vinegar and oil lots of vegetables salami and pepperoni


Baked Haddock and Scallops with Lemon Butter Dill Sauce

Friday, February 26, 2021
Baked Haddock and Scallops in Butter Dill Sauce taste like it came from a 5 star restaurant and super simple to make in your own homes!

The lemon butter dill sauce combination really complements any kind of fish you use, and the only sauce you'll want to use after one taste.

I just love making this for friends and family dinners it's really a show stopper with the colorful peppers and tomatoes added for a side dish.

The fish is moist and flaky and the buttery lemon sauce on top after it's cooked compliments this dish but can be used on any fish you like.

The addition of scallops on top with the toasted breadcrumbs are all baked to perfection just by sprinkling them on top, no fussy dipping or flipping the fish.

If you love seafood you may also like to try our Seafood Medley and Seafood and Crab Lemon Scampi recipes.

If you can't find haddock in your area try some of our many suggestions below to substitute.

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this is a pan of haddock topped with scallops in a lemon dill butter sauce and sprinkled with toasted breadcrumbs


Florida Butter Pecan Orange Pound Cake

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
I love moist scratch cakes like this Florida Butter Pecan Orange Pound Cake.

Living here in Florida we have an abundance of orange trees and I am lucky to have a navel orange tree and always developing new recipes.

I took my grandmother's old-fashioned pound cake and transformed it just a tad bit to get this fabulous Florida orange pound cake, I think she'd approve of this one.

This fresh-tasting flavor cake will bring you right to a tropical place in your mind with the first bite.

That buttery citrus flavor with a little pecan crunch inside all just comes together deliciously and tastes great with or without being glazed.

This loaf isn't too sweet and has little bits of orange segments in it, you can't get any fresher tasting pound cake than this recipe.

We just love scratch cakes, you may also like to try our Vintage Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake or her Simple Apple Cake recipes.

Grandma and mom always made a lot of citrus recipes, and another Italian easy favorite cake is their Lemon Ricotta Cake, it's another refreshing flavored cake to try.

For this recipe just scroll down to the printable recipe card.

this is a butter orange cake with slices of oranges on top and pecans inside the loaf


Mom's Salisbury Steak Marsala

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
This is one of my favorite recipes as a child called Mom's Salisbury Steak she would make in a pattie style or meatball in a skillet.

The recipe is quick, easy, and economical as it can be all made from scratch or you can adapt it by using store-bought ingredients just check out my tips and suggestions.

We love the homemade version, the meat mixture is basic pantry ingredients and the vintage easiest beef gravy recipe is super easy to make using beef broth and not complicated at all.

Of course for those who prefer not to use a wine you can just omit that and add a little more beef broth to thin the gravy no worries.

As a child, I thought the meatballs were a fun way to serve these and they were super delicious over roasted garlic mashed potatoes but salisbury steak is usually in pattie form so you can choose what shape you like.

If you love ground beef recipes you can also try Mom's Goulash Recipe and Italian Meatball Stew, they are both delicious recipes and vintage from the 1940s like this recipe below.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for this easy recipe for salisbury steak and the easiest beef gravy you will ever make it's so delicious!

this is an Italian style salisbury steak with mushrooms and homemade beef gravy in a pretty beige herb style dish


Baked Mini Cheesecakes

Monday, February 22, 2021
These Baked Mini Cheesecakes are baked in a cupcake tin then topped with decadent easy toppings with just 5 ingredients!

These can be crustless or you can use a cookie base, any kind of cookies will work.

These little mini cupcake cheesecakes are just perfect for parties, picnics, and even game day and with our assorted toppings, everyone can pick what they like.

The batter is very versatile as you can change the flavor with extracts or zest and it not only has cream cheese in it but this also has the addition ofsour cream that makes this super creamy inside.

My versatile recipe for mini cheesecakes is easy, quick, and makes a lot so half the recipe if you don't need this many or freeze them.

There are so easy, you will be delighted with the results and flavors anytime you bake these.

If you love cheesecake try our favorite summertime cheesecake Margarita Lime Cheesecake, it's so refreshing!

Just scroll down to the recipe card and print off this recipe.

these are mini cheesecakes baked in cupcakes tins


Chicken Giovanni Mushroom, Peppers and Wine Pomodoro

Sunday, February 21, 2021
Chicken Giovanni Mushroom, Peppers and Wine Pomodoro is an easy vegetables topped chicken made in less than 35 minutes mom use to make back in the 1960s.

The chicken is seasoned, sauteed, and then topped with tomatoes, peppers and sauteed mushrooms.

A versatile basic recipe that can be adapted using any meats or seafood and Grandma and Mom developed this easy recipe.

This fork-tender chicken is so fork tender and great on a bed of pasta, mashed potatoes or rice.

Back in the 1960s living in Central Utica New York, mom usually served this over day old bread during those tough recession years, but you can choose any of our suggestions below for sides your family prefers.

The name of this dish came from Grandma because it was Grandpa John's favorite meal and Giovanni is John in Italian plus my brother's name who love this dish!

If you love easy quick chicken recipes, you will be loving how delicious this wine sauce is on the sauteed boneless chicken breast.

You may also like our Chicken Scampi recipe if you're a chicken lover and that's another family quick favorite meal to make.

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Italian Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joe's

Saturday, February 20, 2021
These are a favorite Italian American Style, Sloppy Joe, on garlic bread or grilled cheese style toasted.

The filling has Italian sausage and ground beef in a delicious Italian sauce then either served on garlic toast or grilled with cheese which is both delicious either way.

This certainly will bring a smile to everyone's face to take a classic Sloppy Joe and transform it into a fabulous sandwich that is addicting in flavors.

If you are a fan of this old-fashioned delicious one-pan meal, then your family will love this adaption with the Italian flair, it's certainly a nice change.

All the melted cheese on top of a thick piece of garlic toast slathered with this wonderful meat sauce or choose the old-fashioned grilled cheese sloppy joe Italian Style!

If you love copycat-style recipes you may like to try our Copycat Roundup of Recipes we improvised over the year.

Just scroll down to the recipe card to print off this great rendition of this American Italian classic new recipe everyone will love!

this is an open faced Italian sloppy Joe sandwich


Spring Roll Recipes

Friday, February 19, 2021
Spring rolls are a large variety of filled, rolled appetizers or dim sum found in many Asian cuisines.

I started out very unsure what I was doing to roll these, but after a few times, they got super easy to do.

There are so many creative unique fillings you can make with these rolls since they are made with raw vegetables and just about any cooked meats.

After these are made and rolled they are ready to eat and you can also make our easy peanut or other dipping sauce varieties that make every bite delicious to dip these in.

We just love making these healthy rolls and they are perfect to take along to the beach in a cooler or picnic during the warmer months.

Take a look at all our tips, ingredients suggestions and ideas before you get started below to get great results.

We love to make all kinds of Asian food try our Bourbon Chicken and Homemade Fried Egg Rolls are another favorite.

Scroll down and check out this easy healthy printable recipe!

these are an Asian wrapper made with rice paper and filled with meats and vegetables called spring rolls


Baked Stuffed Zucchini Squash

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Baked Stuffed Zucchini is one of the tastiest one-pan meals you will ever make and so delicious.

These can be stuffed with so many variations and used as a wonderful edible food bowl.

This recipe is basic so adding the meats or all vegetables you prefer makes these a new meal every time with my many filling suggestions below.

Whether these are all vegetarian zucchini boats or all meats with rice, the interchangeable additions await you below.

The spices can be adapted from Italian to even Middle Eastern flavors.

This baked version is healthier however I have several cooking alternatives that are equally delicious with creative stuffings.

You can also simmer this on the stovetop or even use an instant pot slow cooked.

Scroll down to print off these delicious stuffed zucchini recipes.

this is stuffed zucchini with ground beef, rice and into a zucchini hollowed out boat on a palm tree dish


Irish Potato Candy

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
First of all, let me just say, this candy doesn't have potatoes in it and you won't find this in any store in Ireland because it's not Irish even though it's called Irish Potato Candy.

This candy originated in Philadelphia where this confection is a favorite there and the candy sells over hundreds of pounds around the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

Inside this sweet treat is a delicious creamy coconut filling rolled in cinnamon.

Major candy chains started to make this in the area and are also popular in San Francisco made by the Sees candy factory.

The candies became so popular that now several local supermarkets by Oh Ryans in the Phillie area continue to sell the candy all year long.

This basic candy recipe is not cooked it does require refrigeration as he has butter and a cream cheese base.

I make two styles one rolled in cinnamon like the original recipe I split the recipe in half and roll them in an unsweetened cocoa powder which is my personal favorite.

The candy reminds me very much of an old-fashioned bonbon from the early 1960s.

I love easy candy recipes like Easy Chocolate Fudge done in a few minutes on the stovetop or No-Bake Buckeye Bars that just require melt chocolate those are two other family favorite candies.

Just scroll down the recipe card for these easy printable instructions

this is a homemade no bake candy that has a creamy coconut center and rolled in cinnamon it's a popular candy from Philadelphia


Ham, Cabbage and White Bean Soup

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
If you want a delicious ham with white beans and cabbage soup this will hit both the spot and the jackpot of all soups!

This ham cabbage and white bean soup can feed a large family on a budget easily.

Grandma and mom always used the leftover Holiday ham for this meal but you can flavor the broth with any meat you like.

This soup is so versatile since you can also add your favorite vegetables to make it even heartier.

It sure is a family favorite here all year round and is pure comfort food.

The soup makes a large amount and freezes well too so if you make too much just freeze this bean soup for later

IF you love soups try our roundup of Best Soup Recipes where you will find all of Grandma's favorites.

Don't miss out on trying this old classic just scroll down for this printable recipe!

this a bowl of cabbage soup with ham and white beans


Easy Baked Barbecued Pork Chops

Monday, February 15, 2021
Here is a super-easy way to have an indoor picnic making these fabulous Easy Baked Barbecued Pork Chops.

This recipe literally has 5 ingredients and will taste like the best summer barbecued flavor without all the fuss!

We love indoor barbecued meals like this one and you may also like to try our Oven Smoked Pulled Pork, which is also a family easy favorite recipe.

If you love simple recipes, this one is it, nothing to it, and perfect for those weeknight meals on a very busy schedule.

You can use your favorite barbecue sauce or even try my delicious homemade Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce which really kicks up the flavor of these pork chops.

Scroll down to the bottom for this printable fabulous recipe!

these are baked pork chops with barbecue sauce on top


Salt and Vinegar Potato Recipes

Sunday, February 14, 2021
Here are several Salt and Vinegar Potato Recipes with a bonus recipe for Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips for all lovers of this tangy flavored spud!

Sliced, cubed, wedges, twice baked, roasted, boiled, microwaved, air fried, are just a few of the line up here for styles and cooking methods.

They are a delightful change to plain potatoes especially if you love the tart and salty taste.

Perfect as a side dish with any meal your making especially sausages, hotdogs or burgers, it's a great addition to your potato recipes.

The ease of air fried with less fat involved is a great way to make these but we have many methods of cooking suggestions for you below.

If you love potatoes you may also like to try my Twice Baked Potatoes Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, or check out my Best Potato Recipe Roundup, all terrific with any meal!

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

this is a collage of salt and vinegar potato recipes


Mom's Homemade Italian Sausage Patties

Friday, February 12, 2021
When I was growing up, my mom had her own little delicatessen in Utica, New York where she made the best Homemade Italian Sausage Patties.

She would run out of sausage on her menu all the time and after learning how to make these easy sausage patties I can certainly see why they were gobbled up quickly.

Back in the 1960s when I was growing up everything was made from scratch and I have tried to reproduce many of her recipes, this is pretty spot-on perfect.

This sausage is still keeping her memory alive and now my own kids learned how to make this.

With some additions added like peppers, onions if you like and even slices of tomato, you can have a sausage meal all in one pan.

We sometimes even add potatoes to this sausage pattie meal.

Baked, fried, grilled, or however you like sausage this recipe is super easy to make!

Mom also had a hand crank manual machine to make would make sausage links, patties, skewers, and even keep some loose for her homemade sausage rolls!

For this super easy sausage pattie recipe just scroll to the end of this post past all the photos to print this off.

homemade sausage patties in cast iron skillet


Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Here is one of my favorite childhood pasta dishes called Pepperoni Pizza Pasta.

This sauce is made to taste exactly like your favorite pepperoni style pizza to top your pasta instead of pizza dough.

Although you can use your favorite bottled sauce to save time, mom always made her sauce from scratch.

The recipe truly is adaptable to making dressing your pasta with any favorite pizza toppings and the sauce can be changed to however your family prefers theirs very easily.

If your a pepperoni pizza fan try our recipe casserole for Chicken Pepperoni and Potato Casserole, mom's delicious Italian Stromboli, and our Deep Dish Chicago Style Pepperoni Pizza.

Scroll down to get this easily printable recipe with step by step instructions.


Chicken Bacon Spinach Pasta

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
This Chicken Bacon Spinach Pasta has all the flavors of eating a club sandwich on top of pasta it's a delicious twist to any classic pasta dish.

This is a cross between a chicken BLT and club and I just love love love these flavors, they're so addicting.

This dish has spinach or you can change it to any greens you like, loads of bacon, chicken, vine ripe tomatoes and I love it topped with toasted breadcrumbs.

The recipe truly is adaptable to making it all vegetarian and even using healthy brown rice or quinoa instead of pasta, it's your recipe now so adapt away.

If you love bacon like we do you will also love our BLT Dip and Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Soup recipes and if you're a huge fan of pasta try my 15 Pasta Recipes.

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this is a chicken bacon spinach pasta with tomatoes and taste like a club sandwich with pasta instead of bread


Tuscan Sausage And Spinach Tortellini Soup

Monday, February 8, 2021
This is a rich Tuscan style soup made with Tortellini, Sausage, and Spinach and made in minutes.

The soup is made quickly with chicken broth, spice, and fresh ingredients that take just around 25 minutes to prepare.

The sausage and boiling the pasta are what takes the longest everything else will cook quickly.

The tortellini and sausage make a delicious addition to chicken broth and the fresh wilted spinach adds just the right flavors to compliment them both.

If you love tortellini pasta try our Homemade Tortellini Pasta and our Caprese Tortellini Salad which are two family favorites.

Scroll down to our printable recipe card at the bottom for this delicious soup recipe.

this is a fresh tortellini chicken soup with spinach


Banana Zucchini Bread

Sunday, February 7, 2021
I love moist Banana Zucchini Bread and this recipe is the easiest and best I have ever had.

We started making this recipe back in the early 1960s in Utica, New York, we used overripe bananas and freshly grown zucchini from dad's garden.

Then mom and dad spent half their winters in Florida they had both freshly picked zucchini and bananas as they were plentiful.

This recipe became really popular in the Southern states since just about everyone has a banana tree in the neighborhood and farmers' markets with fresh produce are everywhere.

Although any store-bought work fine, homegrown truly made a difference in the flavors.

The bread is sweet, moist, and delicious warm with some butter or just plain with a cup of tea or coffee.

We just love using bananas, especially for breakfast recipes and dessert pies.

You may also like to try my zucchini banana cream cheese bars and banana streusel bars.

For this recipe just scroll down to the printable recipe card.

this is a cut piece of banana zucchini bread


Old Fashioned Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Saturday, February 6, 2021
Old Fashioned Sour Cream Coffee Cake is the perfect cake with that first cup of coffee in the morning.

The cake isn't overly sweet and the smell alone will make your mouth water with anticipation, it's hard to wait until it cools to eat this.

This coffee cake is all made from scratch and the sour cream keeps it moist and that streusel topping is middle is just over teh top sensational in flavor.

If you haven't tried making this easy homemade style cake your whole family is in for a treat.

Using all simple pantry ingredients this tender and moist cake can be on your table within an hour and if you love easy recipe try our 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake it's so moist and delicious.

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this is an all made from scratch sour cream coffee cake with streusel


Pastina with Egg

Friday, February 5, 2021
Pastina with egg is the quickest comfort soup my mom made for us when we were growing up.

Pastina means tiny pasta in Italian, and usually, this is made with tiny little star-like pasta, anything tiny will do just fine!

This inexpensive kind of buttered pasta that can be thick or thin kept us warm and made us always feel better especially when we had the sniffles.

Grandma would make it often during the winter months when we were babies and was often one of our very first foods with the tiniest of pastine.

The recipe takes virtually has only a few ingredients and done in minutes.

This soup will always be my go-to when I just want something fast and want to warm up quickly on those cooler days.

Over the years we adapted just two of the ingredients using chicken broth instead of water and adding any kind of "small pasta" available.

Mom and grandma only used baby pastina, mom used tiny stars, but my favorite is orzo as shown in the photo.

Use whatever pasta that will cook quickly and either let it evaporate as it boils or leaves some pasta water in it to be more like soup, either way, it's delicious.

For those who are huge soup, lovers try another some of our favorites, Best Soup Roundup.

Scroll down to the bottom to get this printable delicious easy soup recipe.

tiny pasta called pastina in a white bowl with cooked eggs in a broth


Capicola Potato and Broccoli Pie

Thursday, February 4, 2021
This is one of the easiest all in one breakfast brunch or dinner you will ever make in this tasty Capicola Potato Broccoli Pie.

Often we have leftover vegetables from a previous meal and use the leftovers like this steamed broccoli for a delicious addition to a savory pie like this one.

You can make your pie crust homemade with my recipe, or use a premade crust this is very adaptable.

This pie is a little spicy as the Italian capicola is a hot spicy rimmed ham.

We really love to change it up and add roasted peppers or artichoke hearts along with the same egg filling and cheeses, it's a great combination of flavors.

Just stroll through the different vegetables and meat suggestions and make your own combination of fillings for this pie.

You can serve this as an appetizer before a big meal or this quiche-like pie is just perfect when you want a lighter meal.

Scroll down to the recipe card for this easy recipe and change this up with whatever else you would like to add to your pie.

this is a sliced of savory baked pie that has a layer of broccoli, potatoes, and capicola hot ham with melted 4 cheeses


5 Stuffed French Breads

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
These 5 Stuffed French Bread are the perfect all in one meal.

Ours is filled with either Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Buffalo Chicken, Chicken Alfredo with Roasted Peppers and Spinach, or a favorite Chicken Taco filling.

These simple sandwich fillings are a replica of those classic popular meals wrapped inside delicious French bread.

The ingredients are all simplified and we have several suggestions that you may like below.

The best part about these recipes besides being super easy, it frees up valuable time to spend with your family and friends they're really a self-serve meal.

Whatever you're favorite meal is you can transform it into a delicious filled sandwich with just a few creative ideas.

Just scroll down for these easy printable instructions and don't forget to check all the filling suggestions to make your next dinner or party a huge success.

these are filling recipes for stuffed french breads there is chicken cordon bleu, buffalo chicken and taco filled in the photo


Mom's Homemade Blueberry Muffins

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Homemade Blueberry Muffins are a favorite scratch recipe not like regular muffins.

These muffins are very sweet like crunchy almost cookie or homemade cobbler-style muffins and so yummy.

These are perfect for breakfast and delicious topped with whipped cream or ice cream as a dessert muffin.

You certainly can reduce that sugar if these are too sweet for you but this is how mom made them as I said not the traditional style muffin you will find.

If you love muffins you may also like to try our Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins or Apple Pie Topped Muffins both are delicious recipes also.

Scroll down to our printable recipe card for the instructions and recipe.

these are muffins with blueberries that taste like a cobbler


Slow Cooker Beer Sirloin Steak

Monday, February 1, 2021
This beer steak is so fork-tender and it can be slow-cooked, grilled, air fried, broiled, smoked, or pan-fried.

Every cut of meat tastes great no matter what you serve it with after using this beer seasoning.

Sirloin steak is so fork-tender you can use the meat for tacos, pasta, in wraps, over mashed potatoes, rice, or even use the leftovers in a stir fry.

Grilled beer sirloin is terrific during the summer months after a few hours of marinating it will have wonderful crisp tasty edges.

The steak is terrific no matter which way you cook it, but if you love it rare then I would only recommend pan-fried, broil, or grilled, to keep a close eye on how you like the meat cooked.

We love using beer in recipes, do try our Baked Beer Chicken also, and if you happen to have leftover try this meat in our Leftover Meat Stir Fry.

If you rather use ribeye or even chuck roast, the beer will be a great addition to your recipe for flavor and tenderizing no matter what beef you use.

To get this recipe just scroll down to the printable card below.!

this is beer steak on a white plate sliced that was cooked in a slow cooker and fork tender