Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mom's Italian Style Mac and Cheese

Mom's Italian Style Mac and Cheese , adapted by +Curt Iffert . For the original recipe click here. Nothing more comforting than this dish to me. I love experimenting, this one has
more than 6 cheeses in it! I can eat this everyday, it's fabulous!

1 pound of spiral pasta
2 cups white cheddar shredded
3 tablespoon gorgonzola cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cup whole milk or half and half
1 cup heavy cream
more whole milk if need to cover pasta
1 cup shredded colby cheese
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
4 slices provolone cheese
1/4 cup grating cheese
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon each black pepper and cayenne
4 tablespoons melted butter
Cook and drain pasta set aside.
In a large sauce pan, add the milk, cream, cheese, spices, herbs, butter and blend until melted all together. Place the pasta in a large buttered baking pan . Pour cheese mixture over the top, use more milk if needed to cover the pasta. Top with more shredded cheddar. Bake at 350 degree hot oven until browned and crisp on top.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mom's Italian Style Meatloaf Recipe

Loaded with peppers and delicious tomato sauce on top, you can add whatever you like but this is my favorite recipe for meatloaf adapted just a little!  Here is mom's original recipe from at
What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine click here it happens to be one of my favorite dinners. Just load this up with mashed potatoes and corn and I am good to go! Thanks mom!

Mom's Italian Style Meatloaf

1 1/2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup dry Italian style flavored bread crumbs
1/4 cup tomato sauce plus 1/4 cup more for the top
1/4 grating cheese
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed (optional)
2 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
 salt and pepper to taste

 2 bell pepper sliced into strips 

Mix everything together until it holds together nicely.  In a large baking pan, place some olive oil on the bottom of the pan. Place slices on peppers on the bottom.  Mound the meat into the peppers. Top with more peppers.  Add more tomato sauce on top and bake at 400 degrees and browned on top and crispy is the way we like it.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chocolate Cheating Pudding Cake Recipe

You all know who visit here I am not a dessert making kinda guy. Well here is my cheating (no I didn't make from scratch cake dessert) chocolate pudding cake and hey we know many of us have gone to the supermarket take it out of the package and put it in a nicely presented bowl or plate trying to pass it off  like we cooked it (shssh I won't tell).  Well here is my dirty little secret, all store bought assembled and delicious! You ready?

1 Store bought bundt style Chocolate Cream Cake
1 large tub of non dairy whipped topping
2 packages of 4 little pudding cups chocolate fudge
tin pan  13x9

Slice the cake into thin slices and place the sliced cake making a layer on the bottom of the pan. Top with pudding spreading out 4 little cups of the pudding. Add another layer of thin sliced cake and then the last 4 pudding cups. Slather the top with whipped topping.
It's ready to serve. Oh and if you have a party going on try putting crushed candy bars on top for garnishing your kids and guests are going to love you, just find out what their favorite candy is first. It's always Reeses peanut butter cups here!  Enjoy!