Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"The Godfather" Panini

I don't know about all of you but this weather here in NY for the end of November is just bizarre. The good this is I was able to decorate for the holidays outside in nice sunny warm 57 degree weather. Even more bizarre. The weather for our Christmas parade will be warm also and its never warm! Not to mention my flower pots and bushes are still bloomimg! Even the crocuses came up and opened. That right there is just a bit scary. What to make of the the long winter or will there be one?

This panini tastes just like your favorite stromboli. No fuss, easy as pie. Same great taste in half the time. You can also make a bunch of these , cut them up and serve for a party. I have grilled them up for a quick and fast sammie as well. Dip them is a side of your favorite marinara sauce.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Roasted Vegetable Turkey Casserole

GOT LEFTOVERS? Anyone who made a turkey must! Roasted veggies combined with turkey gravy and stuffing = a perfect one dish meal. Not to mention a clean out your fridge meal.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

I love anything cheesy and green! This is easy to make and is so yummy. There are many many variations of this dish. This is my spin on it and the one that I found my family liked the best. Cheese, broccoli, bread crumbs all combined and baked in the oven.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


This Thanksgiving Day, let's remember what we truly have to be thankful for. Let's take a good, hard look around us and realize that while we may not have everything we want, what we want is not always what we need. Lets remember the true meaning of this
great American holiday as you celebrate with friends and family.

Raspberry Almond Bars

Shortbread, almond and raspberry can there be a better flavor combination? I love anything with raspberry and almonds. It really just goes so well together. I make these for the holidays every year and are always a big hit. Another easy recipe.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Gingered Butternut Squash Soup

I love the holiday feel of butternut squash. This soup has a bangin list of ingredients which totally makes it not your average soup. Fresh ginger is the key ingredient that totally makes this soup. Simmered with vegetables and stock along with;  yes that's right coconut milk.  If you are a fan of squash this is for you. If you are not I promise you will be!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chicken Alfredo Melts

SUNDAY-FUN-DAY! I love French bread pizza. This is a nice alternative to the normal version. Chicken alfredo sauce and mozzarella all melted together on crusty bread. You could also sneak in a little spinach which I didn't have ion hand at the time I made this. Not to mention it is super easy to make. It a great quick week night meal or even an appetizer.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

My grandmother made the best mashed potatoes. This is her recipe. These go good with anything and I mean anything. They are even better with gravy! I will be serving these along side the turkey this year and every year.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Penne Aurore with Pancetta

Aurore means dawn in French, referring to the beautiful orange color of the sauce. The tomato gives the sauce its distinct color. The sweetness of the tomatoes and saltiness of the pancetta and pecorino romano cheese gives the sauce a nice balance. Coming from an Italian family there is always pasta a first course served on any holiday. Instead of your regular pasta dishes like baked ziti or lasagna for the holidays give this a try. Not to mention it is way easier to make. What is your first course? I would love to know everyones different holiday traditions!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Caramel Apple Cookie Tart

Since I hardley ever bake and rarely post a sweet recipe here is an old one I had stored in my recipe box. Apples, oatmeal, caramel all atop a cookie crust. Yum! You can also cut this into squares as well.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Baked Gnocchi With Spinach And Sausage

Look out baked ziti! Gnocchi, if you have never had it, you must! I prefer mine with a white sauce instead of red. They are also good with a tomato cream sauce. I don't know why I don't like them with plain old tomato sauce I just don't! Baked up this way they are so good!  Creamy and delicious the list of ingredients go so well together. Serve with my crusty parmesan garlic bread to sop up the sauce.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stuffed Peppers

This is a very versatile dish. It’s also quick and a easy weeknight meal. I just eat them alone most times I dont even serve a side dish ok well maybe some bread to sop up the sauce.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vegetable Stuffed Mushrooms

SUNDAY-FUN- DAY! A fantastic combination of everything delicious all stuffed into a bite-sized mushroom! No meat or seafood in these. They are perfect just the way they are. Another holiday appetizer I serve every year.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Baked Brie With Cran~Raspberry Sauce and Toasted Almonds

HEAVEN! Creamy baked brie topped with cran~raspberry sauce and toasted almonds. Ooooy Gooey goodness is all I can say. Dip crackers or bread right into the melted cheese. I serve this every holiday gathering.  

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sun Dried Tomato Dipping Oil

There is something about dun dried tomatoes that I just love. This is the easiest dipping sauce to make.  It pairs so perfect along side some nice warm crusty bread, for your italian dinner feast.  Olive oil is blended with italian herbs garlic and sun dried tomatoes. Who knew olive oil could taste so good!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Glazed Slow Cooker Meat Loaf

Easiest meatloaf to make ever, as well as easy on your budget. Mix it all up, shape it, place in your slow cooker and walk away!  Set it and forget it. You will have a great dinner.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cheesy Garlic Bread Bites

SUNDAY-FUN-DAY!   Lot’s of creamy garlic and cheese. I have to warn you they are a bit addicting. You may not be able to get enough of these. Perfect appetizer for a crowd. Serve with a side of marinara sauce.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Pierogi Bake With Carmelized Onion

Pierogis oh how I love thee. But the can not be eaten plain, they must be dressed. For this recipe I dressed them with caramelized onion, tomato, bell pepper and garlic. I should have added bacon! Now I think of it of course. You can make them from scratch of course, I just don't have time for that. If you have never eaten a pierogi I highly recommend you try them at least once. You will continue eating them I promise.

*Pierogi (Polish pronunciation: [pjɛˈrɔɡʲi]; also spelled perogi, pierogy, perogy, pierógi, pyrohy, or pyrogy) are boiled, baked or fried dumplings of unleavened dough traditionally stuffed with potato filling.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Salad BLT Wrap

Chicken salad has officially been taken to the next level. Bacon Check! Lettuce Check! Sun Dried Tomato Check! Oh and some chicken and some other ingredients. Why eat plain old boring chicken salad. This is the only way I eat chicken salad now. It's so good. Not to mention a great healthy lunch.