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


(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.

Maria's Thumbprint Cookies

1/2 cup butter at  room temperature

1/4 cup sugar

1 large egg separated

1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond

1 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

3/4 - 1 cup walnuts toasted and finely chopped (can also use pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts)

1/4 cup raspberry jam (or one of your favorites)

Preheat  350 degrees F (180 degrees C) place the oven rack in the center of the oven. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl beat the butter until smooth, add sugar and beat until well mixed. Add egg yolk, extract and beat until well combined

In another bowl, mix together flour and salt, then add the flour mixture to the batter and beat just until  well combined. If the batter is too soft to roll into balls, refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.

In another small bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Place chopped nuts on a plate. Roll the batter into 1 inch Then, froll it in egg white and then roll in the nuts. Place on d baking sheet spacing about 2 inches  Using your thumb  make an indentation into the center of each cookie and then fill the indentation with about 1/2 teaspoon of favorite jam.

Bake  12 minutes, or until cookies are just set and the nuts have nicely browned once done place on wired rack to cool.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Betty White's Chicken Wings Pacifica (Remembering Betty White on her Birthday Jan 17, 2022)


  • 3 lbs chicken wings, separated into drumsticks and flats
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup water or chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)
  1. 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)Arrange wings in a single layer on a shallow baking dish lined with aluminum foil.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, water or broth, dry mustard, garlic powder, and optional ingredients until consistent. Set aside to cool.
  3. Once cooled, pour the sauce over the tray of wings. Cover with aluminum foil and move to the fridge to marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, but up to 24 hours. Rotate wings 4 times as they marinate.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Uncover the tray and bake for 1-¼ hours or 1-½ hours. Flip wings half way through baking. Remove from the pan immediately and serve.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Maria's Fish cakes

 1 can salmon (drain well and flake) 14.75 can

2 cans tuna (drain and flake 5 ounces)

3/4 cup flavored bread crumbs

1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt

1 egg

4 tablespoons ketchup

1 teaspoon sweet relish(optional)

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

cooking spray

  • Mix salmon, tuna, bread crumbs, yogurt, egg, ketchup, sweet relish, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning together in a bowl. Form mixture into 6 patties.  Spray pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Cook fish cakes on hot skillet, turning once only, cook through until golden on each side 8 to 10 minutes.

  • You can add 

Friday, January 7, 2022

Fish and Chips

 4 large potatoes peeled and cut into strips

1 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon  pepper

1 cup milk

1 egg

Vegetable oil

1 1/2 pounds of Cod

Place potatoes in a medium-size bowl of cold water. 

In a separate medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in the milk and egg. Make sure the mixture is smooth. Let mixture stand for 20 minutes which helps active the baking powder.

Preheat the oil in a large pot or electric skillet to 350 

Fry the potatoes in the hot oil until tender

Coat the fish well  in the batter, one piece at a time, and place them in the hot oil. Fry until the fish is golden brown. Drain well on paper towels.

Serves 4

Chicken Pot Pie

1 pound cubed skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 cup of sliced carrots

1 cup of peas canned or frozen

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/3 cup onion

1/3 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon celery seed

1 3/4 cups chicken soup

2/3 cup whole milk

2-9 inch pie crusts

  • Preheat oven to 425 

  • Combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery in a saucepan,  add water, cover and boil for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, drain then set aside.

  • Over medium heat in a saucepan, cook onions in butter until soft then stir  flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Stir in chicken broth then milk.  Let this simmer on low until thick. Remove from stove and set aside.

  • Place chicken mixture in bottom pie crust and pour our hot liquid mixture over it then cover with top crust, seal edges. Make some small slits in the top crust which will allow the steam to escape.   Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and you will notice that the pie filling is bubbly.   Stand and let cool 15 minutes.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Grilled Cheese Comfort food

 4 slices your favorite white bread (I like butter bread)

3 tablespoons butter

6 slices cheddar cheese

Preheat pan on low heat. 

Generously butter one side of a slice of bread. 

Place the  bread butter-side-down onto the pan bottom then add 3 slice of cheese. 

Butter second slice of bread on one side then place butter-side-up on top of sandwich.

Grill until lightly browned  evenly and flip over and do the same continue grilling until cheese is melted. 

Repeat with second  sandwich slices of bread, butter and slice of cheese.

Serve with your favorite soup, mine is tomato soup!

You can also add a slice of tomato in the middle of the cheese or a slice of ham.