Thursday, October 13, 2022

Italian Style Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup


  • 1 32 ounce container chicken broth

  • 3 1/2 cup water

  • 3 1/2 chopped cooked chicken (about 12 ounces)

  • 1 1/3 cup sliced carrots (3 medium)

  • 1 ½ cup sliced celery (3 stalks)

  • cup mushrooms, sliced (4 ounces)

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/4 thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 3 ounce cream cheese cut up

  • 2 cup dried egg noodles

    1. In a 6-quart slow cooker mix in chicken broth, the water, chicken, carrots, celery, mushrooms, onion, thyme, Italian seasoning, garlic and pepper.

    2. Cover to cook at low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or high-heat setting for  4 hours.

    3. Turn cooker to high heat. Stir in cream cheese until combined. Stir in uncooked noodles, then  cook for 30 minutes more until noodles are tender.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Banana Bread Brownies


  • 2 eggs
  • 3 mashed bananas medium to large
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts,chopped

  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk

Apple Crisp

10 cups peeled,cored and sliced apple

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon flour

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup quick cooking oats

1 cup flour

1 cup packed light of dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup melted butter

Preheat oven 350

Place all apples in a 9x13 pan, blend in sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and cinnamon.  Mix together well coating apples.  You can also place these into two pans.

In a bowl mix oats, 1 cup of flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, melted butter together. Mix well and mixture will become a crumble texture.   Use this mixture evenly over the apples

Bake at 350 for about 45-50 minutes 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Fettuccine Alfredo

  •  9 ounce egg fettuccine 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, sliced
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano'
  • Pinch of Garlic

  1. Cook fettuccine in pot of boiling water ( add 1/2 teaspoon salt ) cook till al dente. save  1 cup cooking water and  drain pasta.
  2.  Simmer cream and butter and pinch of garlic in a skillet on medium low heat, add 1/4 teaspoon salt & 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Add fettuccine with the  1/4 cup reserved water, and cheese to sauce and mix well.  If needed you can add more cooking water.

Maria's Salmon Siciliano Patties

  •  1/8 teaspoon pepper
  •  1/8 teaspoon thinly sliced onion 
  •  1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Italian medley seasoning 
  •  1 large egg Italian breadcrumbs 
  •  1 15 ounce can salmon 
  •  Olive oil 

In a large bowl, mix together first 5 ingredients, add salmon and mix together well. 
Shape into 6 patties. 
In a large fry pan on medium heat, fry patties in olive oil. 3 
minutes on each side or until golden brown. 

You can also use Tuna for a change

Monday, June 27, 2022

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


 2 sticks butter, softened

1 Cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 Cup granulated sugar

2 Tablespoon milk

2 Teaspoon vanilla or almond

1 3/4 Cup flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon salt (optional)

2 1/2 Cup

2 Cups 12 9unces semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 Cup chopped nuts (optional)

2 Eggs

  • Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Add oats, chocolate chips and nuts, if desired; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 9 to 10 minutes for a chewy cookie or 12 to 13 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

    Bar Cookies:
     Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. 32 BARS

    Cook Note:

    Substitute 1 cup butterscotch chips or peanut butter and milk chocolate chips or candy-coated chocolate pieces for chocolate chips.

                                            Friday, April 15, 2022

                                            Mom's Pizzagaina


                                            4 eggs, divided 

                                             3/4 cup Crisco 

                                            1 teaspoon baking powder

                                            2 cups flour, plus for rolling

                                            1 tablespoon milk, for egg wash


                                            5 large eggs

                                            1/4 cup grated Romano cheese

                                            1/2 teaspoon pepper

                                            1 pound ricotta cheese

                                            1/2 pound ham, shredded or sliced

                                            To make the crust: With a stand mixer, beat three of the eggs. Add flour, baking powder and Crisco and mix into dough. 

                                            You can add more flour if it’s too soft.

                                            1/2 teaspoon pepper

                                            1 pound ricotta cheese

                                            1/2 pound ham, shredded or sliced

                                            Crust: Hand mixer, beat 3 eggs. add the flour, baking powder, Crisco and mix into dough. You might need more flour if too soft.  

                                            Using wax paper dusted with flour, roll out dough to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness to line a 9-inch cake pan. Make long 1-inch strips with the rest of the dough. Chill while you make the filling.

                                            Filling: Beat eggs, pepper and Romano together. Blend in ricotta and ham.

                                            Pour mixture in the dough-lined cake pan. Use remaining dough to make strips that criss-cross top of mixture.

                                            Whisk remaining egg and milk together in a wash. Brush it over all the crust.

                                            Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until a knife comes out clean.


                                            Wednesday, March 16, 2022

                                            Mary Beagan's Pistachio Cake (Happy St Patrick's Day)

                                            Mary Beagan's Pistachio Cake 

                                            1 Package of yellow cake mix

                                            1 Package of Pistachio pudding
                                            8 Oz sour cream (not low fat)
                                            1 Package of Chocolate chips (6oz)
                                            1 Package of chopped walnut (optional) (6oz)
                                            4 eggs
                                            1/2 cup oil

                                            Beat eggs and oil about 2 minutes
                                            add sour cream and beat well

                                            Add cake mix and pudding mix well.  Scrape sides of bowl, stir in chocolate bits

                                            Place in well greased  bundt cake pan.  Bake 350 degree oven about 40 minutes.

                                            Mary's Pistachio Cake

                                            6 large  egg yolks, lightly beaten
                                            2/3 cup sour cream
                                            1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
                                            1 2/3 cups sifted cake flour
                                            1 cup granulated sugar  1 Package of Pistachio pudding
                                            8 Oz sour cream (not low fat)
                                            1 Package of Chocolate chips (6oz)
                                            1 Package of chopped walnut (optional) (6oz   
                                            1/2 teaspoon baking powder
                                            1/2 teaspoon baking soda                                                                      
                                            1/2 teaspoon salt
                                            12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened & cool                                                                   
                                            1 tablespoon almond extract

                                            Combine eggs, extract and 1/4 of the sour cream in a small bowl.
                                            Cut butter into slices,
                                            Put remaining sour cream in another small bowl with tablespoon of oil.
                                            Sift all dry ingredients into the work bowl of your mixer and mix on low speed for 30 seconds to combine.  
                                            Add softened butter and sour cream, mix on low to combine, scrape bowl, beat on medium (med-high for a hand mixer) for 90 seconds. 
                                            Scrape the bowl down and in two additions add the egg mixture, beating for 20 seconds after each addition. 
                                            Scrape the bowl and mix well and place into a well greased  bundt cake pan.  Bake 350 degree oven about 40 minutes
                                            Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for 10 minutes, remove sides of pan and allow to cool to room temperature.
                                            After cool dust with powdered sugar, or cream of ice cream

                                            Friday, March 4, 2022

                                            Amaretto Bars

                                             CHOCOLATE LAYER

                                            (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate baking bars

                                            (1-ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate baking bars

                                            1/3 cup butter

                                            1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

                                            tablespoons instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix

                                            1/4 cup butter, melted

                                            tablespoons amaretto liqueur 

                                            tablespoon milk

                                            teaspoon vanilla extract

                                            cups powdered sugar


                                            teaspoon unsweetened cocoa


                                            1. Line 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges.

                                            2. Combine baking bars, 1/3 cup butter and whipping cream in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring often, until smooth. 

                                            3. Reserve 1 cup mixture set aside. Spread remaining chocolate mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Freeze about 30 minutes or until set.

                                            4. Combine pudding mix, 1/4 cup melted butter, amaretto, milk and vanilla in bowl; stir until well mixed. Add powdered sugar; beat at medium speed until smooth. Spread filling mixture over chocolate mixture in pan. Carefully pour reserved chocolate mixture over filling. Freeze about 30 minutes or until set.

                                            5. Lift bars out of pan using foil; cut into bars. Lightly sprinkle top of bars with cocoa. To serve, place bars in mini paper liners. 

                                            6. Store in refrigerator.

                                            Thursday, March 3, 2022

                                            Swedish Meatball Sauce

                                             1 cup beef stock

                                            1 cup heavy cream

                                            3 tablespoons flour

                                            1 tablespoons soy sauce

                                            1 teaspoon black pepper

                                            1/2 teaspoon of rosemary

                                            1/2 20 ounce package of meatballs frozen cooked/or fresh homemade cooked.

                                            Mix together stock, heavy cream, flour, soy sauce, black pepper, and rosemary in a large saucepan until smooth. Cook and stir over low heat until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the meatballs, cook until meatballs are heated  5-10 minutes.

                                            Friday, February 25, 2022

                                            Peanut Blossom Cookies

                                             1/2 cup sugar

                                            1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

                                            1/2 cup butter softened

                                            1/2 cup peanut butter

                                            1 large egg

                                            1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                                            1/4 teaspoon salt

                                            3/4 cups purpose flour

                                            1 teaspoon baking soda

                                            1/4 cup sugar

                                            48 milk chocolate Kisses

                                            1. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, butter and  peanut butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed  fluffy.  Add egg, vanilla and salt continue mix with beater until well mixed. Add flour and baking soda and beat at low speed and make sure to scrape sides of the bowl until well mixed. 

                                            2. Cover and refrigerate 20-30 minutes.

                                            3. Heat oven to 375.

                                            4. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. 

                                            5. Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar and place  2 inches apart onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

                                            6. Bake 8-10 minutes until very lightly golden brown, and immediately press 1 chocolate kiss in the center of each cookie and move to cookie racks.

                                            7. This can be doubled for more cookies.

                                            Monday, February 21, 2022

                                            Honey Pork Chops

                                            ½ cup ketchup

                                            2 2/3 cups honey

                                            2 tablespoons low salt soy sauce

                                            2 cloves crushed garlic

                                            6 pork chops

                                            Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

                                            Whisk ketchup, honey, soy sauce, garlic together in a bowl for the glaze.

                                            Cook the pork chops on both sides on the preheated grill.

                                            Brush lightly each pork chop with the glaze on each side of the chops as they cook. Grill until until cooked and no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes per  each side. 


                                            cup butter, room temp

                                            3/4 cup  sugar


                                            • 1 orange extract or your favorite  
                                            • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
                                            • 2 cups flour
                                            • 1/2 teaspoon salt
                                            • Powdered sugar, if desired
                                            • 1/4 cup raspberry jam (or favorite Jam)

                                            In a large bowl, beat butter at medium speed until creamy, add sugar, beat until blended.
                                            Add egg, orange and vanilla beat well. 
                                            Low speed, beat flour, salt until well blended. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

                                            Heat oven 350
                                            Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
                                            Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
                                            Press thumb into center of cookie to make indentation.

                                            Bake 12 to 15 minutes until light golden brown.
                                            Remake indentations with end wooden spoon,  Remove from cookie sheet to rack cool completely. Fill each thumbprint with about  1/4 measuring teaspoon  jam and sprinkle with powdered sugar.