Sunday, October 1, 2017

Plum Torte

Plum Torte


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
24 halves pitted purple plums


Lemon juice


Heat oven to 350 degrees

Cream the sugar and softened butter together in a bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and eggs and beat well.

Lightly coat an 8-inch springform pan with non-stick spray and spoon the batter into the springform pan. Place the plum halves skin side up on top of the batter.

Sprinkle lightly with sugar and lemon juice, depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Bake 1 hour, approximately. Once cooled, serve plain or with whipped cream.


You can freeze your plum torte if desired. Double-wrap the torte in foil and place in a plastic bag and seal. To serve a torte that has been frozen, simply defrost and reheat it briefly at 300 degrees.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Italian Country Ribs

Italian Country Ribs

Homemade spaghetti sauce is easy to make and it will make this dish delicious.  Here's the link to my homemade spaghetti sauce.

All Time Favorite Tomato Sauce


3 pounds country style pork ribs
1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (12 ounce) box of spaghetti
Shredded Parmesan cheese


Heat the oil in a extra-large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ribs and brown on all sides.

Once the ribs have been browned, pour the spaghetti sauce over the ribs and stir in the water. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered for 1 hour. Turn the ribs after 1/2 hour of cooking. If the sauce gets too thick, add a little more water.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 8 to 11 minutes or until al dente; drain.

Place the country ribs over the spaghetti noodles and smother with sauce. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serve with salad and bread.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Italian Deli Sandwich

Italian Deli Sandwich


4 Ciabatta sandwich rolls or 1 loaf (12 ounces) focaccia bread
1/4 cup prepared pesto
1/4 pound sliced deli ham
1/4 pound sliced deli smoked turkey
1/4 pound sliced deli pastrami
Provolone cheese, 4 - 6 slices
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 small tomato, sliced
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning


I use the ciabatta sandwich (square) rolls for this Italian deli sandwich recipe. Which ever bread you choose, cut horizontally in half.

Spread the pesto over cut sides. On bread bottom, layer the ham, turkey, pastrami, cheese, onion and tomato. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Replace the bread top and wrap sandwich rolls or loaf in aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 -25 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into wedges.

4 servings

Interested in making your own pesto sauce? If yes, here's the recipe.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Blackened Steak Salad

Blackened Steak Salad
Original recipe by Epicurious

Hands down, this is the best dinner salad ever!


Spice Mixture

1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme


1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
6 cups (packed) mixed baby greens
1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 (6 ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, each about 1/2-inch thick
3 tablespoons butter, melted
6 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese (about 3 ounces)
1 tomato, quartered


Spice Mixture

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)


Whisk oil, vinegar and mustard in large bowl to blend. Season with salt and pepper. Add greens, bell pepper and onion and toss to coat. Divide salad between 2 plates.

Spread spice mixture on plate. Coat both sides of steaks with spice mixture. Dip both sides of steaks into melted butter. Heat heavy large skillet over high heat until very hot. Add steaks and cook to desired doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to cutting board; let stand 2 minutes. Thinly slice steaks crosswise. Arrange slices atop salads. Sprinkle with cheese. Garnish with tomato and serve.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Grilled Margherita Pizza

Grilled Margherita Pizza
Original recipe by

The only complicated thing about this recipe is getting the pizza dough on the grill. You might lose your round or oval shaped dough, but trust me, this will be delicious!


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
2 large tomatoes, sliced
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt
Pizza dough, divided
1 to 1 1/2 lbs. mozzarella, shredded, divided
Fresh basil, torn


Light a grill and oil the grate.

Spread the tomato slices on a platter and top with the 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the minced garlic. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Divide your pizza dough in half. The directions below are for one 12-inch pizza. Repeat the directions for the second 12-inch pizza.

On a lightly oiled large baking sheet, stretch 1 ball of pizza dough to a 12-inch oval or round and brush with olive oil. Grill the dough over moderate heat until lightly charred on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the crust and scatter half the mozzarella on top. Close grill and cook until the cheese is melted and the crust is firm, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a large board and top with half of the tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Garnish with torn basil.

Repeat with the remaining dough, mozzarella, tomatoes, seasoning and basil for the second 12-inch pizza.

Cut the pizza and serve.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pasta with Peas and Sausage

Pasta with Peas and Sausage
Original recipe by

This is delicious and simple to make.


1 pound rigatoni pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 - 3 clove garlic, minced
1 pound Italian sausage, casing removed
12 ounces frozen green peas
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

In a skillet heat oil and saute garlic over medium heat. Brown sausage in skillet. Once brown add frozen peas and simmer for 5 minutes. Slowly add heavy cream and butter to skillet; bring to a slight boil. Add more cream if necessary. Cook for 5 minutes. Toss with cooked pasta and top with Parmesan cheese.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Raspberry - Ricotta Cake

Raspberry - Ricotta Cake

You will be pleased and amazed how delicious this raspberry - ricotta cake is to your taste buds.


Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups ricotta
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries or blackberries, divided


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 9'-diameter cake pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

Whisk eggs, ricotta, and vanilla in a medium until smooth; fold into dry ingredients just until blended. Then fold in butter, followed by 1 cup raspberries, taking care not to crush berries. Scrape batter into prepared pan and scatter remaining 1/2 cup raspberries over top.

Bake cake until golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 - 60 minutes.

Let cool at least 20 minutes before unmolding.

Keep cake refrigerated.

8 servings