Monday, October 31, 2011
This is one of my favorite meals and it combines two of my LOVE"S, Greek
food and pasta. The meatballs are so light and fluffy. This will be one of your
favorite go to meals. I wish I had a more right now!! Serve with a greek salad.
Greek Meatballs With Lemon Orzo
1 box orzo
1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
1 pound ground turkey
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 jar good quality marinara sauce
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1) Combine breadcrumbs and next 7 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add egg
whites stirring mixture until just combined. Shape into 12-14 (1 inch ) meatballs.
Cover and chill meatballs for 5 min.
2)Start Cooking pasta according to directions while you are cooking the meatballs.
Drain pasta when cooked...Add lemon, butter and parmesan.
3) Heat oil in skillet over med-high heat. Add meatballs to pan and cook..browning
all over. Add the marinara sauce and cook until done.
4) Spoon marinara and meatballs over the pasta and sprinkle the feta cheese and
Thursday, October 27, 2011
These are perfect bite size treats. Pop in your mouth and have another.
A tasty treat that would be loved by all little princesses and goblins. Also, this recipe
makes a lot...perfect for a school party or Halloween party!
Mini Triple Treat Cupcakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
6 tablespoons butter, room temp
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg, plus one large egg yolk
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
48 miniature peanut butter cups
48 pieces candy corns
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 24-cup mini muffin pans with liners. In a
medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using a
mixer , beat together butter, peanut butter and brown sugar on high about 3 minutes.
Beat in egg and egg yolk, scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer on low, Beat
in flour mixture, buttermilk and vanilla until combined.
2) With a large end of a melon baller or a spoon, place 2 teaspoons batter into each
muffin cup, then press peanut butter cup into each center until batter aligns with
top edge of each candy. Bake until puffed and set. About 10 minutes. Rotating the
pans halfway through. Everyday Food.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Are you one of those people that orders a bowl of soup every time you go out
to dinner? "I'am". I love just a warm and comforting bowl of soup. When there is a
little chill in the air make yourself some soup. It's so good for the soul. Serve with -
croutons or crusty bread and a nice bottle of pumpkin beer.
Broccoli Beer Cheese Soup
5 celery ribs, finely chopped
3 medium carrots, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons of butter
2 boxes chicken broth
4 cups fresh broccoli florets, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
salt and pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
3 cups ( 12 ounces ) cheddar cheese, shredded
1 ( 8 ounce ) package cream cheese, cubed. room temp
1 bottle of a light color beer
1) In a large pot on the stovetop, Saute celery, carrots and onion in butter until
almost tender, add the broth, broccoli, red pepper, salt and pepper. Combine
flour and water until smooth, stir into the pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat
simmer uncovered, for 30 - 40 minutes or until tender.
2) Stir in cheeses and beer. Cook until heated through and cheese is melted.
Stirring occasionally ( do not boil ) Serve desired amount.
3) Add any topping that you may like. Extra cheddar, green onions, sour cream,
croutons and crumbled bacon.
" Note this soup is not extra thick. You could use velveeta cheese instead
of the cheddar. "I like the cheddar" Make sure to mix the flour and water together
before putting into the soup!!!
Monday, October 24, 2011
For me....It's always the simple things that give me pleasure. Less is more?
How could you go wrong with this recipe. A Cannoli without all the fuss. It can't get
any better. I hope you will agree. Once you bite into the crispy, sugary bread-
topped with a creamy ricotta filling, pistachios and dark chocolate your taste buds
will be singing for you. Serve as a appetizer or dessert!
Thinly slice a baguette, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush
with softened butter and sprinkle with salt and sugar. Bake at 425 degrees until
lightly golden, about 7 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Beat 1/2 cup of ricotta, 1/3 cup confectioners sugar and a dash of vanilla extract.
Beat with a hand mixer. Spread on toast rounds. Top with chopped pistachios and
shaved chocolate. Dust with confectioners sugar.
Friday, October 21, 2011
If you are in the mood for something super tasty and easy... make
these little gems this weekend. My love for anything Italian runs deep in my veins.
Serve with some crusty bread and a perfect bottle of Pinot and I'd say
your happiness level will go up a few notches!! Enjoy your weekend!!!!!
Pizza Meatloaf Cups
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
1 1/2 ground beef or turkey
1 1/2 cups mozzarella, shredded
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Additional, pizza sauce
1) In a large bowl, combine the egg, pizza sauce, bread crumbs, italian seasoning,
garlic, and parmesan cheese. Combine beef over the mixture and mix well. Divide
among 12 muffin tins. Press into the bottom and up the sides. Fill center with
2) Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
Serve immediately with additional sauce if desired. Top with parsley or basil.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I know that we all have a pumpkin bread recipe in our archives but this one
has been my go to Fall bread for years! There is nothing better than the smell of
fresh bread baking in the oven. Of course, you could eat this plain but why would
you? My favorite way to eat it..is to slice and grill and lather with pumpkin spice
cream cheese. Enjoy and Happy Fall!
Ultimate Pumpkin Bread
1 ( 15 ounce ) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups sugar
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 loaf pans.
2) In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until
well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon,
nutmeg, cloves, ginger, pumpkin pie spice. Stir the dry ingredients into the
pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into prepared pans.
3) Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Vegas at night.
Margaritaville Street Party
World's Largest Margarita!
Carbs and Vino, a perfect combo!
Enjoyed the most amazing cheese and antipasto platters!
So there you have it...a little run down of a awesome fun weekend in Vegas.....
Topped off by an incredible Jimmy Buffett concert! Yeah!!! I hope you all had a great
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Another day, another bark......Every season I try to come up with a different
way to make bark. Some might say I'm bark obsessed...as seen here and here. Candy
in any form makes me giddy. Perfect for a school Halloween party or the little ones
in your neighborhood. You could mix this up and put your favorite Halloween candy
or chocolate bars in this. Enjoy!
1 package meltaways ( I get mine at Michaels )
candy corn - half a bag
M&M's 1 cup
Put meltaways in a heat proof glass bowl and melt in microwave. Sprinkle with your
goodies and place in the freezer until hard and firm. Break and place in bags!
Monday, October 10, 2011
One morning I woke up and this recipe just came to me....I was pretty excited
about it. I'am a S'mores lover! I will take it any way shape and form. It always reminds
of the special times I had with my family camping in Upstate NY. Isn't it always a great
feeling when a certain food reminds you of a place and time in your life that you love
so much? Make a batch of this yummy goodness and share with your friends!
S'mores Peanut Butter
1 jar of peanut butter ( I used Jif )
1/2 a jar of marshmallow ice cream topping
6 squares of Godiva dark chocolate, melted
1 graham cracker, crushed
Take all 4 ingredients and mix in a bowl and place in mini mason jars. I like to drizzle
extra marshmallow topping over the peanut butter with my morning bagel!! YUM
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Let's be honest ladies....Is there anything better than chocolate cake? For me
The answer is, NO!!! I crave chocolate. There is nothing more comforting than
eating homemade chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. Be still my
heart! This cake is so moist and delightful! Enjoy.
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups of sugar
3/4 cups of good cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup freshly brewed coffee
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 8 inch x 2 inch pans. Line with
parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt into the bowl
with of an electric mixer, fitted with paddle attachment and mix on low speed
until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry.
With the mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir to just combine, scraping the
bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans
and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pans for 30 minutes. Take out of pans
and finish cooling completely.
6 ounces good semi sweet chocolate, chopped
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 extra large egg yolk, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
Chop the chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl set over a pan of simmering
water. Stir until melted and set aside.
In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter on med-high speed until light
and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue to
beat for about 3 min. Turn the mixer to low and gradually add confectioners
sugar, then beat on medium speed, scrape sides of bowl and beat until creamy.
Dissolve coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of hot tap water. On low speed, add
the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended.
Spread on cake. Recipe Ina Garten.