Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Grilled Chicken with Whiskey Barbecue Sauce Recipe


8 chicken legs, 10 thighs or 6 breasts (or a mixture of each)
1 1/4 cups ketchup
4 tablespoons hot sauce
2 tablespoons dark molasses
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons whiskey (like Jack Daniel's)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
large garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
for extra heat add some cayenne pepper
Combine oil and garlic in a medium saucepan saute on medium heat for 3 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and simmer 45 minutes, stir a few times.  Add a little water if sauce gets too thick to pour. Let cool.
Place chicken with half the marinade in a zip lock bag, chill ovenight. Reserve the rest. 
When ready to grill, heat grill to high heat. Place the chicken on the grill, brush with sauce and cook until juices run clear around 25 minutes. Use the rest of the sauce for dipping.

Zucchini and Peas Sauce

This is that time of the year when I love using fresh everything. Tomatoes, peas and zucchini from the garden make the best vegetarian sauce for what ever pasta, rice dish you serve!

3 zucchini washed sliced in half then in cubed wedges
1 teaspoon fresh each chopped parsley, oregano, basil
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste
1/2 cup white wine
2 cans of whole tomatoes pulsed into small chunks in the food processor
2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
3 cups fresh shucked green peas or canned drained and wash the salt off of them
1 bell pepper chopped
olive oil

In a large saucepan add 2 tablespoons olive oil, minced garlic on low heat,  add peas and peppers saute for four minutes (this will enhance the flavors on the peas). Add tomatoes, herbs, spices, zucchini and wine. Cook for around an hour or until the zucchini is fork tender.
Pour over favorite boiled pasta, rice or even mashed potatoes.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Guest Post Curt's Pancake Recipe With Uncle Luke's Secret Apple Topping Recipe

Check out my guest post @Curt's Delectable Food Vlog!
I just had to help debut my son Curt's new food blog... so I guest posted there with his pancake recipe and a little apple cinnamon surprise topping from my brothers tips! Help wish Curt success in his new blog adventure! I am so proud of him! Would love any shares or new followers to help him get introduced to the blogging community! Thanks friends!   

Kielbasa Corn Dog Cupcake Recipe



Really easy to make and perfect for any type of family or picnic function...
oh and if you use hotdogs instead the kids are going to love these!

1 package Kielbasa sliced in 2 inch or thicker pieces or hotdogs
1 package of cornbread muffin mix
garlic powder, pepper, cayenne pepper
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven 375 degrees

In a bowl mix the muffin mix, 1/4 teaspoon each of the spices, egg, milk and olive oil. Mix until batter until smooth.

Pour two tablespoons per individually lined cupcake tin. Place sliced Kielbasa in the center of each muffin. Bake on 350 degrees preheated oven until browned, around 25 minutes.  Makes around 11, Kielbasa dog cupcakes. You can top these with sauerkraut, mustard or ketchup, whatever you like.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Grilled Rosemary Lamb Kabobs Marinade


You can use any kind meats such as beef, lamb or pork  here is another great marinade for the grill!
Also pictured is Curt's Barbecued Chicken with Jack Daniels  (you can visit his blog  called Curt's Delectable Food Vlog)
marinaded chicken skewers

Marinade for cubed lamb:

Cubed leg of lamb or other parts that you can cut up boneless, around 3 lbs
1/4 olive oil
juice of 1 or 2 fresh lemons or more to coat evenly
fresh rosemary, chopped parsley, dried oregano, pinch of basil (around 1 teaspoon each)
3 garlic cloves finely minced
salt, pepper and dash cayenne to taste

Marinate lamb for 3 hours or overnight. Place on skewers with mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, cherry tomatoes and anything else you like. Grill turning once leaving some pink in the middle of the lamb.

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Friday, July 27, 2012

Almond Mascarpone Custard Fruit Tart Recipe

A fresh fruit custard dessert that sure to please your family and guests,
It's easy to put together and you'll love the light texture!

Crust:
1/3 cup almonds
1 1/4 cup flour
3 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons butter softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon very cold ice water
9 inch removable bottom tart pan

Using a food processor, pulse almonds to a fine grind. Add the flour, salt, butter, sugar and pulse. Add the water and pulse until a soft ball forms.
Refrigerate wrapped in plastic at least two hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degree hot oven.

Roll out the dough to around 1/4 inch thickness. Fit in a 9 inch pan. Poke holes on the bottom and bake for ten minutes. Pour the filling into the crust and finish cooking until custard is set around 15 more minutes and crust looks golden on the edges. Place a metal pan of water inside the oven, (something like a pie plate with around 1/2 water in it while baking) When cool, place fresh fruits on top such as peaches, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries etc on top arranging in a pretty fashion. Melt around 1/2 cup strawberry jam in the microwave for around 10 seconds, brush the tops of the fruit with the melted jam.


Custard filling:
8 oz mascarpone cheese
1/2  cup sour cream
1 egg
3 tablespoons sugar
Beat together till smooth, pour into crust.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chicken with Italian Roasted Vegetables


5 boneless chicken breasts

Marinade: 1 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder,  3 tablespoon olive oil, 4 tablespoon lime juice, mix all this into a ziplock bag and add chicken. Marinate for 1 to 3 hours.

2 zucchini's sliced
4 yellow squash sliced
8 oz  broccoli florets
4 plum tomatoes sliced
4 minced garlic cloves
garlic powder
1/4 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
olive oil for drizzling
grating cheese
balsamic vinegar

In a roasting pan, either line with parchment paper or spray with cooking oil. Place the raw vegetable slices and florets, minced garlic and arrange on the bottom. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Evenly sprinkle with grating cheese, a little garlic powder and Italian flavored bread crumbs. Drizzle the top with olive oil over the top. Place marinated chicken breasts on top and bake on 350 degree hot oven until chicken is cooked and juices run clear when the fork goes through easily.
Pour some barbecue sauce of your choice over the tops of each piece of chicken and cook and additional 10 minutes.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Grilling Roundup Of Recipes 2012





Fresh Grilled Wahoo fish with lemon!
Here is a great roundup of recipes for your grilling season have a great rest of your summer! Check out the many recipe links below,
your one click away from grilling some amazing meals!
                                                           

Grilled Pizza
Grilled Portabello
Grilled Wings
Grilled Beer Chicken
Grilled Porterhouse
Grilled Blackened Pompano
Grilled Wahoo
Grilled Lime Redfish
Grilled Meatballs
Grilled Lemon Salmon
Grilled Pineapple Brown Sugar Salmon
Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs
Grilled Eggplant

Thank You for Reading @ What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Watermelon Limoncello Cocktail Recipe

An idea my son had while he was visiting. His thoughts were since I love watermelon to make a refreshing drink and since I was ailing with a backache the alcohol sounded to good to pass up. He went out bought all the ingredients and we made this one together.
 Chad had a great idea, this was so refreshing it was hard to stop at one!
Of course my backache felt a little better after the drink too!  (smile)



6 cups seedless watermelon pulp
1 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup limoncello
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fruit ( suggestions strawberries, raspberries or blueberries)
assorted fruits to make kabobs, raspberries, strawberries, cubed watermelon
sprigs of mint

1 shot of Bacardi Rum to top it off

Place water and sugar in a small saucepan and boil together until sugar dissolves. In the mean time place the melon, berries and limoncello in a blender and puree until fine. Put through a mess strainer into a small pitcher. Add the simple syrup. Place in the refrigerator for around an hour. Before serving add lots of ice,  a shot of  Bacardi rum to the top of the drink. Place a fruit kabob on top, garnish with mint and enjoy!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Baked Buffalo Chicken Mashed Potato Croquettes Appetizers

Here's one of those recipes you may say to yourself,  why didn't I think of this before?
 Leftover chicken, leftover mashed potatoes, a match made in heaven. Add some hot sauce, spices and roll into bread crumbs, drizzle some olive oil over the top bake until browned, can't get much easier.  This is my first debut of all water marked photo's due to the thieves I have caught this week, to read more about that click here. It takes up much more time but worth it. I still have so many in Que I won't be able to do, hopefully they won't steal them! Scroll down for the recipe.

Mashed potato mixture rolled into Italian flavored bread crumbs


Baked in the oven until browned with a drizzle of olive oil on top,
 seriously one of the best appetizers I have ever had!


Here's what you need to have on hand:

Leftover boneless chicken shredded around 2 cups
Leftover mashed potatoes around 2 cups
hot sauce use your favorite we use Franks around 1/4 cup
garlic powder to taste around 1 teaspoon
optional: ranch or blue cheese dressing a few tablespoons
1 egg
Italian style bread crumbs around 2 cups or more
olive oil

parchment paper, paper plate and a cookie sheet

Heat oven to 350 degrees while preparing.

Mix the shredded chicken with around 1/4 cup hot sauce set aside. Take around 2 cups mashed potatoes, 1/2  teaspoon garlic powder, 2 tablespoons blue cheese dressing if using mix all together. Fold the chicken and hot sauce into the potatoes mixing well. Place around two cups of bread crumbs on the paper plate, with a tablespoon place a heaping mound of mixture on the plate filled with the bread crumb coating both sides. Place each croquette on the parchment lined cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and bake till golden browned takes around 30 minutes.

Dip with additional blue cheese, more hot sauce or ranch dressing if desired.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Years of Dedication and Passion for Blogging, Recipes and Stolen Photos


Watermark everything or someone will steal your photo's and recipes!

It has come to my attention that there are many sites that just try to make a living off of other peoples blogs. It brings a whole new realization on how far we are from being united or having any respect for one another in the blogging world. Your not safe, not at all.
Asking permission, giving a heads up, finding someone online that will promote you,  first would be the logical approach. The unfortunate reality is that when you go to google images and type in your blog or name it will show you just how many people have taken your hard work, recipes and call it their own. In my case I even found my son and cat!
There are some way to protect yourself, naive as I was I didn't watermark my photo's.
However I have a friend that watermarked her photo and they erased it and wrote Mama Mia in it's place! So there are even worse offenders than what I have encountered.

So this has been a turmoil of a week. Wondering if I should continue blogging. Being violated by 14 different webpages, some I couldn't read in different languages, taking my photo's, reposting my cat, son and recipes as their own entries is just ridiculous.  Again try these simple steps:
1. go to google chrome
2. click images
3. click on your photo
4. off to the side it will say search images click that, once that comes up all the websites that took the photo will show your photo a either stolen recipe or a new one and they just stold the photo.
5. Go into filters where it allows you to put the copy right and year.

You can see this on my timeline on what this week was like on FACEBOOK.

Google has a web form to fill out to turn them in.
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice?pli=1
Fill out each post they have taken from you individually.
My other suggestion is to invest into a photoshop.
If you have photoshop just hit the letter T on the keyboard where you want to place your name, logo etc and add your watermark, it will let you start to type your name sake to protect that photo by adding whatever typing phrase you like.
I have spent endless hours to find many of my photo's on other websites claiming their own.
If you would like to see if any of your photo's are being compromised download google chrome, go to images, type in you website name and images... When you click on your image it will show off to the right some image search, click on more images and it will show you who else have stolen you images.
Scary for sure, insulting and down right ridiculous!

I am not the first or last to go through this, however it is quite alarming to see when they claim your own family as their own as I have. Be sure to use the web page, contact your server and certainly do what you can to the owner to show them copy right laws.

This is from the WEBTOOL:
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IMPORTANT: Misrepresentations made in your notice regarding whether material or activity is infringing may expose you to liability for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees). Courts have found that you must consider copyright defenses, limitations or exceptions before sending a notice. In one case involving online content, a company paid more than $100,000 in costs and attorneys fees after targeting content protected by the U.S. fair use doctrine. Accordingly, if you are not sure whether material available online infringes your copyright, we suggest that you first contact an attorney.
I have had many friends go through this and never caught anyone until now doing this to me. If you need any advice or want more information, email me. I will be happy to help you.
Protect yourself, I wish I did....

Leftover Roasted Chicken Buffalo Crostini



Something quick and easy to snack on during those great game days. Whether it's baseball, football, racing or hockey this will satisfy anytime. Just some leftover chicken doctored up from yesterdays post (organic balsamic roasted herb chicken recipe see link below).
I use multi grain baguette bread ( something a littler healthy considering the melted cheese is fattening and oh so good) this was great without the dressing or sauce!

Leftover chicken slices (breast preferred)
Franks Hot Sauce to taste
1 baguette loaf of bread cut in thick slices
slices of extra sharp cheddar cheese (real cheese that melts easy)
blue cheese or ranch dressing (use lower fat one's to reduce calories)

Slice baguettes into 1 to 2 inch thick slices. Toast brushed with olive oil and a little garlic powder for around 10 minutes at 400 degree hot oven. Place a slice of leftover chicken on the bread, drizzle with hot sauce over the chicken, add around a teaspoon of dressing of choice then put a large slice of cheese  to cover the entire top of the bread.  Place on a cookie sheet and back into the hot oven at 400 degrees until cheese melts.

Other variations: for a Southwest style crostini:  add some chopped celery on top of the chicken, black sliced olives, black beans, chopped chili peppers,  omit hot sauce and use taco sauce, proceed with cheese over the top adding a dollap of sour cream on top instead of dressing after cheese is melted.

Try some of these other Chicken recipes below if you like this one:

Leftover Roasted Chicken

Monday, July 16, 2012

Organic Balsamic Chicken Roaster with Fresh Herbs and Lemon Recipe




I just love fresh herbs and this year I planted everything we love. What a great crop so far. Fresh rosemary, Italian basil, parsley, mint, dill and oregano. We also planted a fig, lemon, key lime tree. Then we have a crop of tomatoes, corn, peppers and cucumbers. Every summer my dad use to have a huge garden, the fresh tomatoes were like eating candy so sweet! I just love making everything with the freshest ingredients when ever possible, even the chicken is organic! I freeze all the herbs in ice cube trays and just drop them into stews in the winter months. You can also wash and freeze them in freezer bags for your favorite sauces and a fresher taste well after the summer is over.

I usually add water in the bottom of the pan to keep the bird juicier while cooking.


 These are my herbs growing all in one big pot on the patio.  There is nothing quite
like the flavors from fresh over dried. In winter I grown them on the window sills, saving the seeds. The best thing about most of them is they come up every year automaticly!
1- 5lb organic roasting chicken 1 lemon sliced and pitted
3 cloves minced garlic
celery stalk
1 sprig each oregano, rosemary, basil, parsley
aged balsamic vinegar (balsamic vinegar 18 years aged is what I used)
olive oil
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste

Clean the inside of the chicken removing bag and cutting the neck off. Rinse well under cold water.
Place 1 minced garlic clove inside chicken  cavity along with 2 lemon slices, add a cut up celery stalk. pour a small amount of olive oil and balsamic vinegar inside the chicken around 2 tablespoons each. Then do the same on the outside of the chicken, drizzle balsamic vinegar over the tops of the legs and evenly over the bird. Place the herbs on the of the chicken and some inside. Sprinkle with salt pepper, cayenne, rest of the garlic and place lemon slices on the top. Spray rack of roasting pan with cooking oil. Add some water to the pan for steam while cooking. Roast around 2 hours on 300 degree low heat over covered for the first half hour. Remove foil  turn heat to 375 degrees and cook till the bird is golden brown and juices run clear when pierced with a fork around another 45 minutes or so.

 Remove the celery and lemons inside the chicken. Slice and put on a serving plate with lemons on top for garnishing.

Do you like chicken? Here are some other recipes you may enjoy:
Chicken Cacciatore Wings with Chickpeas
Baked Coconut Spiced Chicken (has a secret ingredient!)
Chicken Wine Primivara Sauce and Pasta
Cornflake Coated Chicken Drummies
Grilled Beer Orange Chicken
Glazed Orange Chicken
Baked Honey Orange Chicken
Leftover Roasted Chicken

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Watermelon Bombe Molded Sherbet Recipe

Such a fun dessert to make and serve... everyone will love how refreshing and easy this is to assemble.  You will want to make it again and again for all your party and picnic outings! 
I love food art!

This is such a pretty idea and treat for any party. It's so easy, I have to wonder why I never tried this before.  I had seen it in many photo's through the years made all different ways. It took me maybe 15 minutes to assemble.

Make sure you have a dome shaped bottom glass or ceramic bowl that will freeze well.
You don't want a flat one as the dome looks much prettier unmolded.
I always make two out of this recipe, so I take one wherever we go and leave on home!

Here's all you have to do: (note you can use sherbet or ice cream of choice just choose your favorite flavor by colors)

lime sherbet or pistachio ice cream 1/2 gallon size
raspberry sherbet or strawberry ice cream(even cherry will work) 1/2 gallon size
lemon sherbet or coconut ice cream or vanilla ice cream 1/2 gallon size
1 bag of miniature chocolate chips
1 medium size bowls ( this will make two)
1 package of saran wrap

Line the bowl with saran wrap, leaving the sides long on all sides to fold up when your going to store this.
I put each the sherbet in the microwave for around 35 seconds as I am using it, keep frozen until ready for each color. Starting with lime. Line the bowl with lime sherbet around 1 inch thickness all around the inside of the bowl.
Place in the freezer.
Mix the white color your using, that's the second layer. Place back in freezer.
Last layer is the red.
Put the raspberry sherbet in the microwave for 35 seconds. Mix the sherbet with 1 cup or more if you like, of the miniature chocolate chips (those will look like the watermelon seeds.)  Take the bowl out of the freezer and add to the middle all the raspberry chip sherbet. Fold up the saran wrap after smoothing out the top with a spatula and cover. Place back in freezer until firm. Unmold, taking off the plastic and flip out onto a platter and slice in wedges.
When you slice this in wedges it will look like watermelon slices.  Such a fun dessert to serve!  Enjoy!
I am sure you will enjoy this one... I am not that creative with food but this even made me smile!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Nutella Baked Banana Handpie Recipe

I love these little handpies. They are so delicious with coffee flavored ice cream!

1 cup Nutella hazelnut spread
1 banana cut into chunks
1 batch homemade pie crust, tart dough or handpie dough of store bought that equals 2-9 inch pastry crusts
sugar for the tops
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water to brush the tops with
1 egg white beaten with 1 tablespoon water to seal with

In a small bowl mix banana and Nutella together until combined
Roll dough out 1/4 inch thick. I use a ravioli dough cutter (round one) with fluted edges. Place a a heaping teaspoon in the center. Place egg white wash all around the inside edge then fold over to seal. Place each one on parchment lined cookies sheet and crimp with a fork. Brush with egg yolk was and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 degree oven until golden brown, around 30 minutes.

 Other Pie Crust Recipes:
Tartlets
Peach Crostata
Fruit Galette
Fruit Turnovers
Pineapple Turnover
Pumpkin  Mini Turnover
Raspberry Pie
Upstate NY Apple Pie
Apple Pie Squares

Friday, July 13, 2012

Grilled Balsamic Garlic Chicken Recipe


Balsamic vinegar is not used enough! It is a fabulous tenderizer in any capacity
along with enhancing the flavors of meats, fihs and poultry!
4 boneless chicken breast
4 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar (I used aged 18 year old aged )
4 tablespoon olive oil
3 teaspoons minced garlic
1 spring fresh rosemary
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 large zip lock bag

Place all ingredients in the zip lock bag and marinate at least three hours. Heat grill on medium high heat.
Place chicken on the grill and cook on each side until the juice run clear around 6 minutes on each side depending on the thickness. Pierce with a fork to see if the juice run clear to be finished cooking.
Serve with a side of rice or pasta, boiled potatoes or on top of a healthy salad.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Baked Italian Style Vegetable Tian Recipe


Fresh vegetables are in abundance in the summer. Fresh is best. I love making this as a side dish. Parmesan crusted with bread crumbs, just perfect at the end.  The ingredients are all fresh, a great way to get the kids to eat vegetables as it looks great even cooked...
  It doesn't look as pretty cooked but taste fantastic!


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
optional (1 large sweet yellow onion cut in half and sliced)
2 cloves of garlic, minced fine
1 or 2 yellow potatoes, unpeeled
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
grape tomatoes sliced or use any style tomato sliced
pink salt, sea salt or kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
fresh rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano and basil to taste
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Italian Bread Crumbs

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. On low heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is heated add garlic (onions if using cook these 6 minutes then add the garlic for 30 seconds)  garlic for around 30 seconds. With  cooking spray, lightly coat the bottom of a round pie plate (9 inch)
Slice the potatoes, zucchini, squash and tomatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices. Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the onions, fitting them tightly into a spiral, making only one layer. Season with sea salt, black pepper and dried thyme, to taste. Drizzle the last tablespoon of olive oil over the top.
Bake for 35 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft using a fork to pierce. Evenly sprinkle the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese on top and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until browned.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Baked or Grilled Fish with Lime Dill Butter Sauce



1 pound salmon fillets or fresh fish of choice ( I have used redfish, cobia, wahoo and grouper)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice removing pits and cut wedges for garnish
1 tablespoon fresh or dried dill weed
2 teaspoons fresh garlic or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
sea salt to taste and white pepper to taste

Place fillets in a large piece of oil sprayed aluminum foil. Drizzle butter and lemon juice over them. Sprinkle with dill, salt, pepper, spice, worcestershire sauce and garlics. Roll up tight and place on a preheated hot grill or on a baking pan for oven roasting.  Bake  in 400 degree hot oven for 25 minutes depending on thickness. Fish is cooked when flaked easy with a fork.
Baked Redfish using the same method

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Grilled Chili Lime Wrapped Corn on the Cob


8 ears of shucked cleaned fresh corn
1/2 cup (1 stick butter)
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
black pepper and seasalt to taste
1 teaspoon Chile Pepper, Chipotle
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Aluminum foil
Cooking oil spray

Spray each piece of foil with cooking oil spray. Place two ears of corn on the foil at a time.
Mix butter, lime juice and seasonings until well blended. Spread 1/2 of the butter mixture lightly over corn. Wrap tight. Reserve remaining flavored butter.
Grill over medium heat 6 to 7 minutes or until corn is tender, turning frequently. Serve corn with remaining flavored butter.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tartlets Filled Fresh Lemon Curd and More Recipes

Lemon Curd is a slightly tart filling that's very thick unlike pudding.  Most of us love lemon here. However we still have chocolate lovers too! So, you can fill them with whatever you like!

My son loves chocolate pudding hands down!

I had just gone to a new kitchen store and spotted these mini tart pans. Although I am no where near a pastry chef by any means, I had to go home and play right away!  I love these, they are so versatile on what you can use them for. Desserts, meat fillings, salad style appetizers.
I can just come up with a ton of uses for them! 


Easy to do, there was nothing to it! Use your favorite pie crust recipe or store bought!
Of course you can fill them with vanilla, fruit topped, chocolate,
raspberries, lemon, banana, the skies the limit right?

 Here's what I did:

1 recipe of dough or store bought pie crust
1 recipe of lemon curd (see below for an easy recipe!) or store bought
1 recipe of chocolate pudding or use store bought
fancy mini tin molds
can of cooking spray oil
cookie sheet
garnish with chocolate curls, lemon peel
Spray each tin with a light coating of cooking oil.  Roll out dough on a floured board to around 1/4 inch thick. Cut pieces of dough to fit each tin. Place on a cookie sheet.  Bake them at 350 degree hot preheated oven until golden brown, around 15 minutes.
Cool. Fill with whatever you like. They can be topped with meringues, whipped cream, fruits. Garnish with chocolate curls, lemon peels depending what you make... Get your imagination going!

Store in refrigerator until ready to eat. That's it! They didn't last long enough to store away!


Fresh Lemon Curd Recipe

1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup freshly squeezed, seeds removed lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon peel
1/4 cup butter melted

Using a double boiler, place beat the eggs and sugar together add to the boiler pan. Add the lemon juice, peel, and butter. Simmer over the boiling water until thickened around 15 minutes or so.. that's it!


Recipe for Dough:

Homemade Tart Dough

Recipe Links for Fillings:

Vanilla Pastry Cream
Chocolate Pudding
Banana Pudding
Coconut Cream Pudding

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Watermelon Sorbet Adult Recipe

Refreshing Watermelon Sorbet it's one of those oh yeah got to have it in this summer heat! Perfect for leftover watermelon just waiting to be used up! Give this a try on a hot hot day! It's the perfect summer fun!
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3 cups fresh watermelon rinds removed and seeds removed
3/4 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup grenadine or maraschino cherry juice
3/4 cup (1- 6oz can) pineapple juice

Place everything in a blender until combined  with melon.  Chill in the freezer around 1/2 hour.
Put this in an ice cream maker according to instructions manual of your unit. This will take approximately 40 minutes.
Serve in martini glasses.


We have a traditional Upstate NY style lemon ice. I grew up with that as a summer treat. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Blackberry Freezer Jam Recipe

Here's an easy recipe using freshly picked blackberries, I am so happy I have two types growing this year red and black. What a difference! They hardly make the pot to make the jam they are so sweet!
A baby plant yet our first year but lots of berries on this bush!


3 cups blackberries crushed
5 1/4 cups sugar
1 box fruit pectin
3/4 cup water

Measure berries into large bowl; thoroughly stir in sugar and let stand 10 minutes.

Mix water and pectin in small saucepan. Bring to a full boil and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour all mixture into fruit and continue stirring 3 minutes. Immediately put into prepared containers (freezer jars or cartons that have been scalded), leaving 1/2 inch space at top. With a damp cloth, wipe any spills from containers. Cover at once with lids. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Store jam in freezer until ready for use.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Chili Chicken or Steak Kabob Recipe

Easy and tasty for quick gatherings. Try dipping this with taco sauce!


3 boneless chicken breasts cut in cubes around 2 pounds or 2 pounds boneless london broil or sirloin steak

Using a ziplock bag:
Add boneless cubed meat with 3 tablespoons each brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon each fresh thyme, pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper, 3 tablespoons lime juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil. Seal bag, shake and lay  bag flat in the refrigerator.  Marinate overnight or for at least three hours. Soak skewer sticks in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling. Skewer and grill, basting with a mix of 1/4 cup each cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon chili powder. Grill until chicken juices run clear or steak is slightly pink in the middle.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Triple Berry Vanilla Pudding Recipe


1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 beaten egg yolk
2 cups fresh berries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or a combo
raspberry jelly heated or other jelly of choice


In saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Blend in milk, cook stirring constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and bubbles. Spoon a few spoonsful of hot mixture into the yolk remaining and return this mixture to the saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract. Pour into small dishes or one large one. Cover with plastic wrap; chill 2 hours. Top with assorted berries that have been dipped in heated melted jelly of choice. This is a great filling for tarts too!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4th Ideas and Recipes 2012

Here is a healthy festive way to celebrate! Just scoop out your melon to use as a bowl, then fill it back up with fresh fruits. You can use a small star cookie cutter to make the shapes using fruits cantelopes, watermelon, apples work well.
 I used the leftover fruits to make sorbet! A future post!
Melting white chocolate and dipping fresh strawberries in blue sugar is fun for the kids!
Get your creative juices going!


Make some Funfetti Cupcakes, top with melted white chocolate and colored sugars!




Simple blue and red jello. Just chill each layer separate in a rectangular pan
 and cut into stars with a cookie cutter.
 Garnish with whipped cream or mini marshmallows. For below recipe click on the links!
Boom! Happy 4th of July....

Grilled fruit is a great afternoon appetizer!
Healthy colorful salad!
Sausage  Cabernet assorted colorful potatoes, grape tomatoes and beans!
Grilled Filet Mignon

Black and Blue Angus Burger
Patriot Cake
Strawberry Banana Blueberry Trifle


                                           Grandma's Orange Juice Cookies Patriotic Style
Have a safe holiday from our house to yours!