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Tuesday, January 27, 2015



1 large fresh pizza dough

18 pieces of sliced provolone cheese
9 slices of hard salami
9 slices of honey ham
1/3 cup of sliced pepperoni
Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, oregano--mixed together
* May use meats and cheese of your choice


Preheat oven to 500 degrees

Roll out dough into a large rectangle
Leaving a large border on each side, layer 9 slices of cheese
Then top with salami, ham, pepperoni and ending with cheese
Cut even slits on each side and and gather them into the middle
Roll up ends so the dough overlaps the meat
Spread olive oil over the entire bread and sprinkle with the salt mixture
Lower oven to 400 degrees and bake until golden brown-- 25 minutes
Let rest for a few minutes before slicing

This is a great bread to make for parties!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sausage and Pepperoni Bread


1 large fresh pizza dough
1 pound of bulk Italian sausage
1/2 pound of sliced pepperoni
1/2 pound of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, oregano-- mixed together


Sauté bulk sausage in a large pan-- breaking up into little pieces
Drain sausage
Roll dough into a large rectangle
Spread the sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and cheese on the dough
Roll up jelly roll style, make sure your ends are tucked in
Place onto a greased sheet pan with the seam down
Coat with a thin layer of olive oil
Sprinkle salt mixture on top
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until  golden brown
Let cool before slicing

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ricotta Cookies


1 cup of butter- room temperature
2 cups of sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 pound of fresh Ricotta
4 cups of all- purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, with a mixer cream together butter and sugar until smooth
Add eggs, one at a time, add vanilla and cheese
Add the dry ingredients, mix until well blended
Form into 1 1/2 inch balls
On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, place dough balls
Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown
While cookies are cooling prepare frosting

Powdered Sugar Frosting


3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 stick melted butter
3 teaspoons warm milk, add one teaspoon at a time
in a medium bowl, mix ingredients together until smooth and creamy

You may add lemon, almond, anise, or orange instead of the vanilla

Frost cookies on cooled cookie

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Pumpkin Crostini


5 ounces of goat cheese
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon of maple syrup
1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
5 slices of cooked bacon- crumbled
Olive oil


Mix goat cheese and pumpkin, maple syrup, salt and pepper
Cut bread in slices, drizzle olive oil on each slice
Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes
Spread pumpkin mixture on bread
Top with Bacon

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Baccala with Linguine


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion - chopped
1/2 red pepper-chopped
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
2 28 ounce crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 pounds of prepared Baccala
1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
Italian Breadcrumbs         
1 pound of a Linguine


To prepare Baccala, cut into small pieces soak in cold water changing water and rinsing for 3 days
Heat olive oil, add onion , pepper-- cook for 8 minutes
Add red pepper flakes, tomatoes--bring to a low boil
Add Baccala pieces-simmer 20 minutes
Add parsley, salt and pepper, cook for 10 more minutes
Turn off, drizzle with olive oil
Toss with Pasta
Sprinkle with breadcrumbs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pork Chops with Apples and Braised Red Cabbage


6 inch Pork Chops
1 large onion-sliced
2 apples cored and thinly sliced
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic-chopped
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley for garnish


Sprinkle both sides of chops with salt and pepper
Melt butter and olive oil until sizzling
Add chops and cook turning once, about 6-8 minutes, remove keep warm
Reduce heat and add onions and garlic
Cook stirring occasionally or until soft
Add apples and lemon juice , continue to cook until soft
Reduce heat to low, return chops to pan
Cover and cook 6-10 minutes or until chops are no longer pink
Add maple syrup and increase heat for 5 minutes
May want to add more salt and pepper
Place Pork Chops on large platter, top with apple mixture
Sprinkle parsley over chops

Braised Red Cabbage

1/4 cup butter
1 red cabbage
1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
3 tablespoons of red wine
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Melt butter in large sauté pan
Thinly slice cabbage and add to pan
Add wine and cider
Season with salt and pepper
Stir constantly until cabbage turns bright fuchsia, 15-20 minutes
Season with additional salt and pepper