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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pasta with Pumpkin and Turkey


10 Sage leaves
2 Tablespoons butter
1 cup of solid plain pumpkin
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups of leftover Turkey
1 pound of Penne Pasta- cooked and drained
1/4 cup of fresh chopped parsley
Salt and fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Sauté sage it butter, add Pumpkin and cream, whisk until well blended
Heat for a few minutes, fold in leftover turkey, salt and pepper
Right before serving add cheese and parsley, toss with pasta!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sausage and Oyster Stuffing


1 pound of ground sausage
2 tablespoons of chopped sage
2 cups of yellow onion- chopped
1 cup of chopped celery
1/2 cup of chopped red pepper
1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
1 teaspoon hot sauce
10 cups day old sweet bread or cornbread--cubed in small pieces
2 large eggs
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups of raw oysters 
2 sticks of butter


Cook sausage--drain and but into a large bowl
Melt butter and sauté onions, sage, celery, pepper , garlic
Stir in hot sauce, salt and pepper, parsley
Add mixture to bowl of sausage
Add the cornbread to sausage
Add eggs, broth, and oysters
Combine until well blended
Put into greased dish and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Clam Oregano Dip


1/4 cup of butter
1 red pepper chopped
3 cloves garlic-chopped
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 chopped parsley
1 onion-chopped
3  6 1/2 oz chopped clams -drained
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup of italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons of paprika
Bread slices-toasted


Sauté pepper, garlic, onion, parsley and oregano in butter on low heat
Add clams and lemon juice
Add breadcrumbs, mix until well blended
Put in a baking dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika
Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes
Serve with toasted bread slices

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Olive Oil Cake


1  1/2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup fresh Orange Juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2  teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups all purpose flour
3 large eggs--room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/4 cup orange liqueur, or dark rum or brandy
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon anise seeds
2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
2 sprigs for garnish
6 tablespoons orange marmalade
Powder sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Oil 2 10 inch round pans
Bring orange juice to a simmer--for 5 minutes
Remove and cool, stir in salt
Sift together flour, soda, powder
With the paddle attachment of a stand mixer beat the eggs until blended, add, sugar, olive oil, milk, liqueur, lemon, anise seeds and 1 teaspoon of rosemary
Mix on medium speed until well blended
Add flour mixture until well blended

Divide the batter between the two pans
Bake 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean
Cool to room temperature

Turn cake out of pans than turn upright
Using a spatula spread marmalade evenly over the top

Garnish with Rosemary sprig and dust with powder sugar

This is really a nice cake for company!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Calamari Spiedini


10 pieces of large cleaned Calamari
1 small can of tomato pieces
20 pieces of slice onion
10 pieces of sliced provolone cheese
10 bay leaves
2 cups of Italian Breadcrumbs 
Olive oil for dredging 
10 lemon slices


Take each piece of Calamari and cut down seam and flatten
Dredge each piece into oil
Than into seasoned breadcrumbs
Place a piece of cheese, tomato, and onion on each piece--roll up each piece
Place in a oiled baking dish
Put a piece of onion and bay leaf between each Calamari roll
Top with lemon slices
bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown

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!