OVEN BAKED “FRIED” CHICKEN

If you love fried chicken but hate the fact of eating something fried in oil, you’ve got to try this recipe! The breading is crispy and crunchy and the chicken is moist and tender. INGREDIENTS: (Feeds 6-8 people) 4 chicken thighs, skinned removed 4 chicken legs, skin removed 3 cups homemade bread crumbs (see my…

STEAK QUESADILLAS

I make chicken quesadillas often. My local grocery store recently had New York strip steak on sale, so I bought a pack and decided to make steak quesadillas. My son ate them and said they taste just as good as Taco Bell’s. I guess that’s a compliment! INGREDIENTS: Makes 4 large quesadillas Steak (I used…

PIZZA (Makes two 12-inch pizzas)

  My in-laws had a pizza shop in our town of Kulpmont called Charlie’s Pizza, making 500 pies on Fridays and Saturdays.  Charlie’s was my father-in-law’s first name but it was really my mother-in-law that made the pizza.  My husband was 12 years old when they sold the business to his uncle and cousin then…

PASTA ‘e FAGIOLI

This is a hearty, filling comfort food. Be sure to slice up some fresh baked Italian bread to eat with this hearty soup! INGREDIENTS:  (This recipe is doubled and makes about 8 servings) 2 lbs. ground beef 1 onion, chopped 3 carrots, chopped 4 stalks celery, chopped 2 cans fired roasted diced tomatoes 1 can…

GRATING PECORINO ROMANO

Hi Guys and Gals. I never use “Shaker Cheese”! I always buy $25-$35 worth of hard Pecorino Romano at a warehouse. You can buy in a grocery store but they are more expensive. Cut into chunks and throw in your food processor. I use a Ninja. Grind until very fine. Store in an airtight container…

SEAFOOD CHOWDER

This is a hearty, filling dish. It can get very expensive to make this but one of our local grocery stores always has big seafood sales and that’s when I get the seafood and decide to make this chowder. INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. large shrimp (32 to 36 per pound), peeled and deveined (save shells for…

NEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups graham cracker crumbs ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted 1 cup sugar, divided 2 lbs. cream cheese, softened 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 tsp. vanilla extra 2 tbsp. cornstarch 1 cup sour cream   DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 450°. In a bowl, place graham cracker crumbs, butter and 2 Tbsp. sugar;…

CRUMBED TOP APPLE PIE

INGREDIENTS: 1 recipe for Flaky Pie Dough 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted ¼ Cup packed light brown sugar 1 ¼ Cup all-purpose flour 6-7 Large Granny Smith Apples or whatever apples you desire, peeled, cored & cut into thick slices ¾ Cup sugar 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 Tsp. ground cinnamon ¼ Tsp. ground nutmeg…

KILLER BANANA CAKE

A very moist and delicious banana cake. It’s a big hit whenever I make it. INGREDIENTS: Cake: 1 1⁄2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe (3-4 bananas) 2 tsp. lemon juice 3 cups flour 1 1⁄2 tsp. baking soda 1⁄4 Tsp. salt 3⁄4 cup butter, softened 2 1⁄8 cups sugar 3 large eggs 2 Tsp. vanilla 1…