Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving Was A Success!!!!!

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Since I moved, it's been difficult to post and film.  I am very busy helping my sister with her website and marketing her business (you can check out a link down below) and now that I live with family, there's always people, especially kids, in and out.  Throw in a new puppy, and now preparing for the holidays, and I'm swamped.

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We did have a great Thanksgiving.  Hoping all of you did too.  Below are some pictures of our meal, which we all contributed to.  Happy Holidays to all and hopefully, when things settle in January, I can come back strong!!!












Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ricotta Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

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I decided to repost one of my most popular dishes!  Enjoy.

Ricotta Meatballs! I got the idea from Rediscovering Lost Arts From Our Mothers.  I didn't follow her recipe, I did my own thing, but her recipe inspired me!  All I can say is...  WOW!  They came out awesome.

Ricotta Meatballs In Marinara Sauce

Ingredients:

Marinara Sauce:
olive oil
6 cloves garlic
1 small onion
basil
red pepper
salt
1 can crushed tomatoes

Heat a small amount of olive oil in a sauce pan.  Add in chopped garlic and onion, cook on low until garlic browns and onion softens.  Add in crushed tomato. Season with salt, red pepper and basil.  Cover and simmer on low, stirring often, for about an hour.

Ricotta Meatballs:
1 package of ground veal, pork and beef mix
garlic powder
salt
parsley
1 red potato
1 egg
Ricotta Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix meat and all ingredients except cheese in a large bowl as shown in video.  Grind the potato into very small pieces.  Mix well with hands.  Add in cheese and mix well.  Don't overmix.  Roll meat into balls and place in pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Place in oven uncovered and cook 20 to 30 minutes.

When meatballs are nice and brown, remove from oven.  Coat the bottom of a serving dish that can go into the oven with a small amount of sauce.  Place meatballs in serving dish.  Cover with sauce.  Place Mozzarella cheese on top of each meatball.  Place in oven and cook until cheese melts.


Serve over pasta or rice of your choice or enjoy with a big salad.
















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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Holiday Madness Begins

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Holiday madness is here.  There's extra shopping, gift wrapping to be done, decorating, events you are obligated to, travel, house guests, and more housework, cleaning for company, cleaning during the company (the house always gets messier when you have a houseful) and cleaning after the company leaves!  All that while attempting to maintain your already hectic daily routine and deal with an illness here and there (it's bound to happen during the holiday season, either yourself, your spouse, the kids, an elderly parent) someone always gets sick, too many people in close quarters guarantees it.  Last but not least of course there's always more food shopping and cooking!  Are you exhausted yet just reading this?

Some of it is fun, but some of it is stressful and sometimes debilitating. And for the most part, women still do the majority of it all.

Anyone downstate New York may just want to take an hour of pampering all for themselves, or give a day of pampering to a well-deserved family member or friend, teacher, nurse, even the mail lady, whomever you think could use it!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween Party Dessert

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Halloween Party Dessert:

We had another awesome Halloween party last night, my daughter's 2nd annual party.  Last year, we did it by generator, due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which made it  even more fun and spooky.

Ingredients:

Chocolate pudding
Cool Whip
Graham Cracker Crumbs
Oreo Cookies (crushed)
Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
Candy of your choice - I used Reeses Pieces, Jellies and Candy Corn

Layer bottom of large bowl with pudding.  Spread graham cracker crumbs evenly over the layer.  Add another layer of pudding.  Spread crushed oreo cookies evenly over the layer.  Layer with more pudding. Top with a layer of cool whip.  Add chocolate chips, and all candy on top.  Enjoy!








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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Kitchen Tour and Mustard Potatoes

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Well, I'm loving my new kitchen, my new oven, my new puppy and my new place.  I like the layout better than my old kitchen.  We still aren't completely done moving in.  The walls are bare; I need to get pictures hung soon. I have the cord to the laptop strung over the chair to keep the puppy from chewing it.  I now have two microwaves, one I took with me with the microwave stand which I love and use for my silverware and storage below of my large pot and some of my Tupperware.  The other one was here already, above the stove.  Hey, better to have two than none at all.

Tonight I decided to make dinner for myself and hubby and my parents.  I wanted to try a potato dish I came across and who better to try it on but the three of them!

I found the recipe at Cinnamon Spice And Everything Nice.  It looked really good.  I made slight variations to the recipe due to my allergies, nothing big.  While I was shopping today I was trying to find a Gluten Free mustard to use and couldn't, so I used French's Yellow because I know I can eat it without a problem.

Rather than retype, I'm just going to copy from the blog I got the recipe from.

Ingredients:


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing pan
1/2 cup dijon mustard (regular or whole-grain) - (I used French's Yellow due to my allergies)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper (I don't like black pepper so I left that out)
5 cups potatoes, cut into 3/4 inch cubes


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a large, rimmed, thin baking sheet with olive oil.
Whisk mustard, olive oil, butter, lemon juice, zest garlic, oregano, parmesan, salt and a few turns or pinches of black pepper. Add cubed potatoes and toss well.
Spread out on baking sheet and bake until crusty and golden brown - they can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on how well done you like them and how big you cut your potatoes, check every 10 minutes starting around the 30 minute mark.

apologize for the pictures.  I don't know if someone messed with my camera, GRRRRR, or what, but I simply cannot get them to look the right way.  So... this is what we are dealing with.  

My new kitchen in my new place
ingredients

potatoes
Sweet Italian Sausage to go with the mustard potatoes
Everyone loved the potatoes.  I made sausage in the Nuwave oven as well and we had a big salad and that was dinner!

I will link this recipe to Foodie Friends Friday Linky PartWhipperberryThe Chicken ChickCountrified HicksSwap N Share SundayTry A New Recipe TuesdaySaturday Dishes and One Creative Mommy.  Click on the links to check them out or check out my sidebar for links to their sites!

If you have any questions, want tips or would just like to chat, feel free to email me at Reenepisi56@gmail.com!


Reene Pisi












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