Crispy Fried Calamari

Homemade Crispy Fried Calamari

Crispy Fried Calamari These Homemade Crispy Fried Calamari aren’t as hard to make at home as you might think.  With just a little bit of flour, salt and squid rings, you’ll be licking your lips in no time. Is there anyone who doesn’t like Fried Calamari?  Not that you know of, right? They are great as an appetizer, or even an entrée with a salad and they are so easy …

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18 Easy Phyllo Dough and Puff Pastry Recipes to Wine and Dine

What’s the Difference Between Phyllo and Puff Pastry? It’s true, puff pastry and phyllo dough might seem very similar to the plain eye. Phyllo dough and puff pastry dough are usually located in the freezer section of your supermarket. And, if your in the grocery store shopping for pre-made phyllo or puff pastry dough, you’ll likely find them close to one another. Phyllo Dough Phyllo dough, or sometimes referred to …

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Easy Portuguese Pastries

Easy Portuguese Pastries These Easy Portuguese pastries are just like store bought.  Ready in one hour, you won’t be able to resist eating them all. I now understand why my older daughter has always gone gaga over store bought Portuguese pastry tarts. Nevertheless, I made these the other day as dessert for our family Christmas Eve dinner.  And what a hit! Oh, and by the way, they won’t take that …

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Quick and Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Strudel

Cherry Cream Cheese Strudel This week I’m posting something special to share with you all.   A recipe for a Cherry Cream Cheese Strudel.  When I originally started blogging I hadn’t posted many desserts, and this recipe resonates with me now as a quick and simple dessert to make with pre-made ingredients. that are in your pantry.     If you are looking to impress someone special or a guest, look no …

Prime Rib Roast

Easy Prime Rib Roast

Prime Rib Roast, Need I Say More? This Easy Prime Rib Roast Recipe will make you look like a star chef.  Made with less than 5 ingredients, this Prime Rib Roast has got to be one of the best recipes that you will ever follow to get the perfect prime rib roast. Prime Rib is one of the best cut of beef you can buy. There is no bad way …

sfoglia cake on a platter

Homemade Strawberry Sfoglia Cake

Homemade Strawberry Sfoglia Cake If you have ever eaten a Sfoglia Cake, either filled with chantilly cream or a mocha whipped cream, you will love this play on the traditional Sfoglia Cake using a strawberry whipped topping and real strawberries. Now if you don’t have fresh strawberries on hand, you can use frozen if you have them. Amazingly, this  homemade Strawberry Sfoglia cake is made with less than 8 ingredients. …

Ricotta Pasta

Penne with Tomato Ricotta Sauce

Tomato Ricotta Sauce Tomato Ricotta Sauce is simply a tomato marinara sauce with a little added ingredient called ricotta. And if you have never had ricotta before, let me tell you that some consider it to be a delicacy. Most people have never even thought of adding an unripened cheese into a tomato sauce. But, this is no different than adding parmesan cheese to a plate of pasta or directly …

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Simple Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts Brussel Sprouts are definitely a change from roasted potatoes or broccoli.  These Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts are tasty and easy to make. Your family will love them. I’ve made these brussel sprouts with both bacon and prosciutto.  Bacon and Prosciutto are virtually interchangeable and you’ll find prosciutto more in an Italian household. These brussel sprouts are made with less than 7 ingredients and are so easy …

Osso Buco Veal Shank in a white plate with rice and broccoli

Amazing Osso Buco (Braised Veal Shanks) Recipe

Osso Buco (Braised Veal Shanks) Osso Buco is a great meal for fall or winter. It’s very hearty and although it doesn’t look special – I promise you that your family will love it! Some advice – when you are picking out the meat at the butcher’s window, make sure that you are getting veal instead of beef. Veal is a lot more tender and once braised and cooked you …

riso al forno on a plate

Italian Style Rice in the Oven (Riso al Forno)

Rice in the Oven (Riso al Forno) This is not your traditional Risotto.  This is a traditional Italian Style Rice in the Oven or Riso al Forno.  Recipe compliments of my dear mom a passionate and wonderful cook. And while you might think how does one make risotto in the oven, if it can be done, leave it up to an Italian to do it! You can compare this rice …

herb crusted pork on cutting board

Easy Herb Crusted Pork Rib Roast

Herb Crusted Pork Roast If I told you that this Herb Crusted Pork Rib Roast is easy to prepare and will be in the oven in less than 15 minutes would you believe me?  Well, whether you believe me or not it will. It seems that I’m always struggling to find something to make on the weekend. I guess it’s because we work so hard all week and our weekday …

plant-based diet salads in three containers
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How to Set Up Your Plate on a Plant-Based Diet

Tips and Tricks on how to Setup Your Plate on a Plant-Based Diet by Guest Blogger Morgan Fitchett This post on How to Set Up Your Plate on a Plant-Based Diet is written by guest blogger Morgan Fitchett. Morgan says  transitioning to a plant-based diet from a traditional meat and potatoes kind of menu can be confusing.  Morgan goes on to say that it’s pretty common to focus on what …

Moist and Easy Carrot Cake on a plate

Incredibly Moist and Easy Carrot Cake

The Best Carrot Cake Hand’s Down This is the most decadent carrot cake made from scratch. If you like carrot cake and cream cheese frosting, you will for sure love this recipe for Moist and Easy Carrot Cake. I know my cake decorating skills need improvement, but what can I say, I’m human and not perfect! And, regardless of how it looks this Easy Carrot Cake tastes delicious. I made …

Banana Bread Loaf

Best Banana Bread Loaf with Frosting

Banana Loaf (Bread) Recipe Over-ripened bananas are a great ingredient to make the Best Banana Bread Loaf. And what makes this recipe the best is that you can make a cream cheese frosting to go on top of it (if you like). Bananas are such an unpredictable fruit.  When you shop for bananas, you always want to think about how many you need now and how many you’ll need for …

homemade pizza dough

Fool Proof Homemade Pizza Dough PIzza

Fool Proof Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe You want to make homemade pizza, but you have never made your own dough.  Don’t worry, I’ve got your covered. This is the most amazing fool proof homemade pizza dough recipe I’ve ever come across.  It’s quick and you can either make it by hand or use a stand mixer.  It’s simple and quick and did I mention it’s absolutely foolproof?  It is – …

Homemade Lasagna on a plate

My Momma’s Homemade Lasagna Recipe

Homemade Lasagna Recipe Every Italian knows that there is nothing like Momma’s Homemade Lasagna.  I can tell you that every time I make it, there are no leftovers. And, because it’s my momma’s recipe, no one makes it better than my one and only mom. Note that not everyone adds boiled eggs to their lasagna, therefore, i’ll leave that up to you to include or leave out. This recipe used …

Easy Egg Casserole

Easy Egg Casserole (Frittata)

Easy Egg Casserole Looking for something easy and healthy to make for breakfast. This Easy Egg Casserole is the perfect meal for Good Friday or any other day you don’t want to eat meat. Full of protein and wholesome ingredients, this Easy Egg Bake will be ready in no time.  Personalize this egg bake any way you want. Perfect for any other day too, meatless or with an animal protein …

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Lemon Marshmallow Meringue Cheesecake

Lemon Marshmallow Meringue Cheesecake Let’s see, where do I start with this wonderful combination of cheesecake and homemade marshmallow fluff? Hmmm…. heaven?! It was my husband’s birthday this week and whenever it’s a special occasion, I always try to make something from the heart. I saw several cheesecake recipes for lemon meringue. BTW, lemon meringue pie is my husband’s favorite dessert. Hence, the idea to make something similar but on …

zucchini fritters on a plate

Fluffy Italian Zucchini Fritters (Pancakes)

Easy Zucchini Fritters Thanks to my Mom for passing down this recipe for Zucchini Fritters. A delicious side dish made of wholesome ingredients, like fresh zucchini, parmesan cheese, parsley and eggs. Trust me that once you try this recipe for Zucchini Fritters, you will be able to use up all those zucchini from your garden and make this recipe all of the time! Your whole family will loves these including …

Double Chocolate Muffins on a cutting board

Dreamy Double Chocolate Muffins (Cupcakes)

Double Chocolate Muffins Oh my!  Did I hear chocolate? Yup. Double Chocolate Muffins or Cupcakes to be exact.  Who doesn’t like chocolate? These Double Chocolate Muffins can be left plain like a muffin or decorated with buttercream frosting around a dollop of white chocolate ganache centre for an extravagant dessert. In fact, they are triple chocolate if you count the chocolate chips baked inside the muffin.  Easy to make and guaranteed …

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