Banana Bread

January 5th, 2014

This is my recipe for banana bread…  I can’t remember where I found it, but it has been modified to use no oil.  Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not uber-healthy by any means.  It’s just my go to recipe.  😉


1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas


1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour loaf pan.
2.  In mixer, mash bananas.  Add flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, baking powder, & baking soda.
Baking purists are wincing here I know…  You can mix all the dry ingredients together first before adding to bananas.  But I have been in a hurry (or lazy to dirty another bowl rather) and threw everything in the Kitchenaid and it worked out fine. 😉
3.  Add eggs and mix well.  Pour into loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes.

You can add other things in here like chocolate chips, walnuts, or pecans.  My family likes it plain so that is how I usually make it.  I have one in the oven as we speak that is half plain and half dotted with pecans…

Sue’s Taco Soup

December 28th, 2013

This recipe came from a friend at work – it is always a hit for potlucks!

1lb Ground Beef (or turkey)
1 Small Onion, Chopped
1 Can Rotel
1 Small can Tomato Sauce
15 oz Can Diced Tomatoes
15 oz Can or Corn, Drained
1 Can Ranch Style Beans
1 Pkg Taco Seasoning
1 Pkg Ranch Seasoning

Brown ground beef, drain.
Add seasoning mixes.
Add all other ingredients and simmer for one hour.

Simple and delicious.

Lemon Icebox Pie

December 8th, 2013

This is another favorite – Sue from the office loves this…  I can’t for the life of me remember where I got the recipe.  Fresh lemons give this pie a lovely tartness that balances nicely with the sweet whipped cream on top.  It’s super easy to make.


3 egg yolks
1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 (8- or 9-inch) baked pie crust or graham cracker crumb crust
Whipped topping or whipped cream
Lemon zest (optional)


1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Beat egg yolks in medium bowl with rotary beater or fork; gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. Pour into crust.
2.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until set. Remove from oven. Cool 1 hour. Chill at least 3 hours.
3.  Before serving, spread whipped topping or whipped cream over pie. Garnish with lemon zest (optional). Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Blueberry/Blackberry Crisp

June 2nd, 2012


I got this recipe from a magazine, but tweaked it a bit.  I added the blackberries and tweaked the crisp a little.  It came out really good!



1 Pint Blueberries
1-2 Pints Blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. lemon juice (or orange juice)
1/4 tsp. coarse salt


3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup glazed or candied walnuts
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
1 stick butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar


Preheat over to 375.  Make the filling by mixing berries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon (or orange) juice, and salt in a bowl.  Pour into 8 inch baking dish.

Cream butter and sugar in a mixer.  In a medium bowl, mix together flour, oats, walnuts, baking powder, and salt.  Stir flour mixture into butter mixture. 

Using hands, squeeze topping into clumps and sprinkle on top of fruit filling.  Bake until bubbly and topping is brown (around 50-60 minutes).

Cool before serving.  Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Dave’s Turkey Meatballs

March 19th, 2012

OK.  So we can’t give you the Cavallaro family spaghetti sauce recipe.  That’s TOP SECRET.  🙂  But these are the meatballs that Dave makes with them, and they are AWESOME.  We don’t ever make them with beef anymore…


1/4 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
2 Tbs milk
2 eggs
2 tsp parsley
2 tsp garlic powder
pepper to taste
1 lb ground turkey (not leaner than 93%)
Pam (or other cooking spray)


Cover a pan with foil.  Spray with Pam.  Set aside.  Heat oven to 350.

In a large bowl stir together breadcrumbs and milk.  The key to the whole recipe is to not overwork/over mix.

Add two eggs and mix until just combined.

Add ground turkey and spices.  Mix until just combined.

Roll into meatballs around 1.5 – 2 inches in diameter. Put on prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Once done, drop meatballs into your sauce and enjoy!

Antipasto Squares

February 4th, 2012

This is one I make often – especially if we are having company.  This is my Sister-in-Law Laurie’s recipe.  I am definitely making this to bring on Super Bowl Sunday.


2 Pkg Crescent Rolls
1/4 lb Salami
1/4 lb Provolone
1/4 lb Ham (Boiled)
1/4 lb Swiss Cheese
1/4 lb Pepperoni
Grated Parmesean Cheese
3 Eggs
1 Jar Roasted Peppers (or to taste)


Press out 1 roll of crescent roll dough onto 13×9 pan (sprayed with Pam).  Layer meats and cheeses as listed above.  Sprinkle grated cheese over pepperoni.  Spread out roasted peppers.  Beat 3 eggs and spread half of them over the peppers.  Layer 2nd roll of crescent roll dough over peppers.  Brush with remaining beaten eggs.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes.  Cool and slice into squares.  Enjoy!

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies

January 21st, 2012

I was looking for this recipe ALL OVER today and I am soooo glad I finally found it filed away in my email.  I must have sent it to someone.  I thought I better post it before I lose it again – it is one of my favorite. 


1 cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 (11 ounce) package white chocolate chips
1 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup Craisins 


1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Cream the butter & add the sugars.
3. Beat in the vanilla extract& eggs.
4. Add dry ingredients, mix well.
5. Add in white chocolate chips, nuts, and craisins.
6. Combine mixture until well blended.
7.  Drop one heaping tablespoon of dough on ungreased baking sheet (or however large or small you want your cookies to be).
8. Bake for 10 minutes.

Ellen’s Ridiculous Cheesecake

January 2nd, 2012

It’s ridiculous because it is so dang GOOD!


5 bricks of cream cheese
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 1/2 tsp vanilla

Optional: Cherry pie filling

1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 stick butter, melted


Mix butter and crumbs and press in to pan (springform works best).  Bake crust at 350 for 5 minutes.  Cool.

Mix all filling ingredients except cherries.   Pour half of the filling in pan over cooled, prepared crust.  Pour in cherries and filling (to taste).  Pour the other half of the filling on top and swirl with a fork.

Bake cheesecake in a 300 degree oven for 45-50 minutes.  Turn off oven and leave cheesecake to cool overnight.  Chill and serve.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

May 8th, 2011

I got this recipe from my best friend Lisa.  I wasn’t too sure about the poppy seeds at first, but DANG this came out really good!


4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked (boiled) and cut up
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
8 oz. sour cream
1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
1-2 tsp Poppy seeds
Salt & Pepper to Taste (You can use Garlic Salt in place of table salt)


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except the butter, poppy seeds, and Ritz crackers).  Spray casserole dish with cooking spray, and put mixture in dish.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds (you can put some in the mixture as well if you want), then top with crushed Ritz crackers.  Drizzle with melted butter and bake at 350 until top is lightly browned and mixture is bubbly (around 30 minutes).

This freezes well for a quick weeknight meal.  Even the pickiest eater (you know who you are Derek!) loved this dish.  Thanks Lisa!

Natural Cough/Sore Throat Remedy

January 27th, 2010

OK I don’t normally post “medicinal” type recipes, but I came across this one this AM and had to share… My youngest son was coughing today and I totally ran out of cough medicine and didn’t have any on hand.  I remember my Mom used to mix up a concoction like this one – only more alcoholic (i.e. Puerto Rican rum instead of all that water), but hey that’s how it was in the 70’s!  I tailored this one from a few I found online, and hey – it works!  So i decided to blog it so I could keep it on file.  😉


pinch Cayenne Pepper
pinch Ground Ginger
1/2 Tbs Honey
1/2  Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbs Water


Mix all of the above in a glass until well blended.  Drink in sips (it won’t taste that bad, but it won’t be yummy either) until done.

It really works to help a sore throat and cough.

Of course if that cough/sore throat is persistent please see a doctor.  😉