Simple Egg Salad

With Easter around the corner most of us will have a lot of hard boiled eggs hanging around. In my house we actually love hard boiled eggs with a little salt and pepper, so we have them around all the time. As easy as egg salad is, for some reason I don’t make it a lot. I always loved egg salad as a kid and still do. My son Dominick loves it also! So we shared some for lunch and it was filling and delicious.

If you need to know how to get perfect hard boiled eggs, follow the link below. Good ole Martha:

https://www.marthastewart.com/354061/perfect-hard-boiled-eggs

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Simple Egg Salad

Ingredients

  • 8 hard boiled eggs
  • About 2 tablespoons of mayo(start with less and add more as needed)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced small
  • Small of amount of onion, about 2 tablespoons, diced small(I used red onion this day, but you can use whatever type of onion you have)

Directions

  1. Peel the eggs and put in a medium bowl.
  2. Cut into chunks with fork and knife.
  3. Add mayo and mix by smashing with a fork so it is all combined. (You don’t want to drench it in mayo. It just needs a little bit to coat it.)  My mom doesn’t add anything else at this point and it is still delicious!!
  4. Add the celery, onion salt and pepper and mix until combined.

Serve on toasted buns, with crackers or just like that!!

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you will also like…

Uncle Joe’s Simple Salad

Italian Salad(Pasta or no Pasta)

Kid-Friendly Breakfast Options

 

Easter Ricotta Pie

This is a recipe based off of my Grandma’s Ricotta Pie. Ricotta Pie is also known as Italian Cheesecake and is traditionally served on Easter. I didn’t change much from my Grandma’s original recipe except that I baked it in a pie crust, removed the lemon juice and added chocolate chips. 

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Grandma's Ricotta Pie

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of ricotta
  • ½  cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 3 eggs separated(yolk in one bowl and whites in another)
  • ½  cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips plus a handful more to sprinkle on towards the end
  • 1 store bought pie crust
  • Confectioners sugar to sprinkle on top in the end.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place the ricotta In a large bowl. Beat until it is creamy.
  3. Add the sugar and flour to the ricotta. Beat thoroughly.
  4. Beat the egg yolks until lemon colored. It will take a little while, but they will get lighter in color. Be patient. Fold them into the ricotta.
  5. Pour the heavy cream into a medium bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. You will basically be making whipped cream at this point.
  6. Fold the heavy cream into the ricotta.
  7. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the ricotta.
  8. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  9. Place your pie crust into a pie dish.
  10. Pour the ricotta filling into the dish. Don’t overfill. You may have some filling leftover.
  11. Bake for one hour.
  12. Top with the handful of chocolate chips.
  13. Turn the oven off and leave in for one more hour.
  14. When it is done it should be firm. Not jiggly.
  15. Let cool and refrigerate. Sprinkle with lots of confectioners sugar. Serve cold.

Enjoy and Hoppy Easter 🐰

A perfect Easter meal for me would start with an appetizer of Stuffed Mushrooms and an Italian Salad. The main course would be Lasagna Rolls. Of course ending with Grandma’s Ricotta Pie.

Strawberry Apple Pie🍓🍏🥧

This is such a light, delicious pie. It is so easy and you can make it year round. Strawberry season in Florida is from November to April. It would be great to pick some fresh strawberries and use them for the pie. 😋 It reminds me of spring because it’s so light and refreshing. This would be a perfect desert for Easter or Mother’s Day. I got the recipe from my sister, who got the recipe from her friend. I believe she got it from Taste of Home. So now I’m passing it on to all of you. It tastes amazing paired with cinnamon whipped cream. It’s a must.

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Strawberry Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups of thinly sliced peeled tart apples(I used Granny Smith this time which I think are more sweet than tart, but it tasted yummy)
  • 1 1/4 cups of sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • Pillsbury pie crust(you will need one for bottom and one for top)
  • Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling on top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to bake 450.
  2. In a large bowl combine the apples and strawberries.
  3. Drizzle with lemon juice.
  4. Combine sugar and flour. Sprinkle over fruit and toss lightly.
  5. Line a 9 inch pie plate with bottom pastry. Trim it even with the edge of the plate.
  6. Add the filling.
  7. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling.
  8. Trim, seal, and flute edges.
  9. Cut slits in the top.
  10. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the pastry. I put a generous amount.
  11. Cover the edges loosely with foil or even better a pie crust shield.
  12. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350; remove foil and bake an additional 35-40 minutes. It is done when the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  13. Cool and top with cinnamon whipped cream!

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe you will love:

Annie’s Crumb Cake

“Crowd Pleasing” Rice Pudding

Apple Cake🍎

Stuffed Mushrooms

This is the item that will never be removed from our Thanksgiving menu. This has been on the Thanksgiving menu in our family for generations. They are amazing. We devour them that day and they are even better leftover. I have to make 50-60 mushrooms for about 8 people! These are also great to serve on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. They look fancy and everyone will love them!

The key is to get large, fresh, white mushrooms. Sometimes the large ones are hard to find, but keep looking…  It is worth the search.

***You can do all the prep work the day before. Cover tightly in the fridge until ready to bake.***

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Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 50-60 large, white mushrooms
  • 2 cups of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 cups of grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 big bunch of Italian parsley, rinsed and chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Use a wet paper towel or clean dish cloth to wipe the dirt off of every mushroom. (This is the best way to get the dirt off. If you don’t have the patience for that, you can rinse them in a strainer. But you must dry them immediately since they soak up all the water.)
  2. Remove all the stems of the mushrooms while washing the dirt off. Set aside and finely chop about 1 cup of the stems.
  3. In a large bowl, add the breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic, parsley, mushroom stems and about 5 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper and mix again.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Stuff each mushroom with stuffing mixture.
  6. Place mushrooms on a large baking sheet that is drizzled with olive oil.
  7. Drizzle more olive oil on top of the mushrooms.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Mushrooms should be brown and tender.


Here are some other great holiday dishes:

Grandma’s Stuffing

Mashed Potatoes

Butternut Squash Soup

 

 

Ravioli with Crushed Tomato Sauce

When I think of Valentine’s Day dinner, I think of a simple, comforting meal at home with my family. Ravioli with Crushed Tomato Sauce may not look simple, but it is! And it’s so quick that it allows me to spend more time with my family instead of time in the kitchen. And nothing shows love better than Ravioli with a red Crushed Tomato Sauce. Right?

The only ravioli my mom ever bought when we were growing up was Pastosa. They were so delicious. We used to eat them raw out of the box! I can get them(frozen) at The Boys near me, but if I don’t feel like taking a ride there, I can pick up Mimi’s Ravioli at Western Beef. They are also very tasty.

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RAVIOLI WITH CRUSHED TOMATO SAUCE

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of Ravioli(Pastosa, Mimi’s or similar)
  • 2-28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 8 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • EVOO
  • Grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Directions

  1. In a large saute pan heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and garlic.
  3. Once garlic is light golden, add both cans of crushed tomatoes (When I pour the tomatoes in the pan there is usually some leftover tomatoes in the can. Fill both cans 1/3 of the way with water and swish it around to get all the leftover tomatoes.  Add that to the pan as well.)  
  4. Lower the heat to low so it doesn’t splatter.
  5. Add 2 pinches of salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  6. Stir and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, boil a large pot of salted water.
  8. Cook the ravioli per directions on the box.
  9. Drain the ravioli and top with the crushed tomato sauce.
  10. Sprinkle with grated cheese and enjoy!

If you enjoyed this recipe, you will also like:

Lasagna Rolls

Momma’s Meatballs

Call it what you want…

Meat Sauce

 

Italian Salad(Pasta or no Pasta)

Let’s face it, I love all pasta.  I love it hot, cold and leftover!

When I think of pasta salad I think of summer. But this Italian Pasta Salad can be served all year long hot as a main dish, cold as a side dish, and packed in the lunchbox the next day for a yummy lunch your kids will love!

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Don’t want the pasta? Put it over Romaine lettuce instead! I love making an Italian Salad for a crowd because sometimes I don’t want to make an antipasto and a salad. So, I combine them and there you have it! Like everything else this recipe can be adjusted depending on what you have in the house.

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Italian Salad

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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With Pasta:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of small elbow pasta(or any type you prefer)
  • 1 packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 of a red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of black olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup of Giardeniera Italian mix, drained
  • 7-10 oz pack of mozzarella balls(the little pearl ones)
  • 1/4 cup of pepperoni or salami, chopped into small pieces
  • big bunch of parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Boil a pot of salted water.
  2. Cook pasta per directions on box.
  3. Drain and set aside.
  4. Prepare the dressing per directions on box.
  5. Put the pasta in a large bowl.
  6. Add all the ingredients except for the dressing.
  7. Toss together. Make sure you added enough salt and pepper. It needs a good amount.
  8. Drizzle with a little bit of dressing and mix again.
  9. Add enough dressing so that everything is coated and tasty.
  10. Before serving you may need to add more dressing to moisten the pasta.

Without Pasta:

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, rinsed, drained and chopped
  • 1 packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 of a red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of black olives, halved
  • 7-10 oz pack of mozzarella balls(the little pearl ones) or shredded mozzarella
  • 1 can of hearts of palm
  • 1 can of marinated mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup of pepperoni or salami, chopped into small pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare the dressing per directions on box.
  2. Lay your lettuce on a platter.
  3. Top the lettuce with all the toppings except for the dressing.
  4. Season with salt and pepper salt and pepper.
  5. Drizzle with a little bit of dressing.

Enjoy!

Listed below are some of my other favorite salads…

No Romaine, No Problem

Shoepeg Corn Salad

 

 

Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna is the perfect dish for any holiday. My mom makes the absolute best lasagna. She made it for every holiday. We all loved it and would enjoy it for weeks later. She’d have leftovers and then a whole tray in the freezer for another night. It is the ultimate comfort meal.

I love lasagna, but I’m not a big fan of making it. It always looks a little messy when I make it. I would prefer to make a tray of stuffed shells, baked ziti or lasagna rolls! It looks better and I like that it has less ricotta cheese.

I love spinach in my lasagna rolls because I love veggies. If I put spinach, I don’t serve meat with it. If I leave the spinach out, I serve it with a side of meatballs or meat sauce. Either way lasagna rolls are delicious and comforting and presents beautifully.

Of course double the recipe for a bigger crowd or to put one tray in the freezer for a later date.

A basic marinara sauce should be made first. You can find the recipe here. 👇🏼

Marinara Sauce

If you decide to leave the spinach out and do meat sauce, you can find the recipe here👇🏼

Meat Sauce 

or Meatballs!

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Lasagna Rolls

Ingredients

  • Marinara sauce
  • 2, 10 oz package of frozen spinach (optional), thawed, strained and squeezed to remove all of the liquid
  • 1 box of lasagna noodles
  • 2, 32 oz containers of ricotta cheese
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Boil a large pot of salted water and cook noodles per directions on box. Drain and set aside to dry.
  3. Put about 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of a baking dish.
  4. In a mixing bowl combine the spinach, ricotta, pecorino, and egg.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Lay the noodles out flat and spread about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture evenly on the noodle.
  7. Roll and place seam side down in baking dish.
  8. Cover with sauce and sprinkle with with some more pecorino Romano cheese.
  9. Cover tightly with foil.
  10. Bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly.

Enjoy!

Other pasta dishes that are perfect to feed a crowd…

Baked Ziti with Sausage

Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Ricotta

Ravioli with Crushed Tomato Sauce

Orecchiette with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes

Annie’s Crumb Cake

First of all, you’re welcome for this one! I’m a coffee lover and this is one of those cakes that pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee.

This recipe is from my mother-in-law. She worked in a bank 35 years ago. She had a customer(I assume that is Annie), that owned a yarn shop in Sayville. She gave her this recipe and she’s been making it since. It’s made in a big sheet pan and feeds a crowd. This recipe is really simple and the only thing you’re making homemade are the crumbs! I think I may need to find Annie, whoever she is, and see what other recipes she has in her recipe book.

So, take a break in the middle of the day. Sometimes all we need is a cup of coffee and a little piece of cake to keep us going for the rest of the day😊. You don’t have to tell anyone you had a piece of cake in the middle of the day or that all you did was make the crumbs!

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Annie's Crumb Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 sticks of COLD unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling in the end.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Prepare cake mix as per directions on the box
  3. Pour in a greased pan
  4. Bake for 20 minutes
  5. When done shut off the oven.
  6. While the cake is baking, prepare the crumbs.
  7. Mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.(If you have a sifter, sift the ingredients together)
  8. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  9. Add the butter and cut it in until crumbs form.
  10. Sprinkle the cake with all of the crumbs mixture that you made.
  11. Put the pan back in the oven(oven is off)for 10 minutes.   (That is the original instructions. After making this several times myself, I feel like the crumbs need more time in the oven. I keep the oven on and bake for the 10 minutes. Then I turn the oven off and leave it in for 5 more minutes.)
  12. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

If you like this you’ll love:

Pretzel Bark

Apple Cake🍎

Egg Muffins

I really love to start my day healthy. It may not always end up that way, but if I could give us all a head start, that works for me. I like to prepare quick, healthy breakfasts ahead of time so I don’t have to do much cooking in the morning. I enjoy taking it easy and drinking my coffee while I plan for all the other big meals. I have been making these egg muffins for a while now. They are filled with veggies and protein and are delicious. They go quick because everyone grabs them throughout the day, so double the recipe if you want to have enough on hand. They can easily be stored in the fridge or freezer. I take a few out of the freezer each day and put them in the fridge. It takes about 20-40 seconds to heat it in the microwave. We like to add a dab of Sriracha on top for a little spice!

***Keep in mind that any of these veggies and cheese can be replaced with what you have in the house or what you prefer!***

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All you will need to get started is a muffin pan!

Egg Muffins

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 of a small onion, diced small
  • 1 container of baby bella mushrooms, rinsed and chopped small
  • 1-2 handfuls of baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 piece of Swiss cheese, broken up into small pieces
  • 3 or 4 pieces of bacon broken up into little pieces(I use this if I already have some leftover in the fridge, otherwise I’ll leave it out)
  • 2 tablespoons of milk or 1/2 and 1/2
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray muffin pan with non stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, veggies, cheese, bacon and milk. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Mix until it is all combined.
  5. Evenly distribute the egg mixture into the muffin pan.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until fully cooked.

Enjoy!

If you enjoyed this recipe you will also like:

Simple Egg Salad

Pumpkin Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Homemade Bagels

Zucchini Pie

This is more than a zucchini pie to me. It brings back memories of my Grandma when we were little. Every week she drove from Brooklyn to Long Island to spend the day with my mom, my sisters and I. She either brought a car full of paper towels and tissues, a weeks worth of fresh Boars Head cold cuts with fresh made mozzarella that was still warm, zucchini pies or all of the above. I can go on and on about what a special lady she was, but I will stop there.

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My mom, me, and my grandma (before the selfie even existed)

I actually have the recipe card she wrote this recipe on.

This isn’t her typical cooking.  I feel like she must have gotten this recipe from a neighbor or the newspaper. But anyways, its delicious. It’s definitely a woman’s meal. Great for brunch or to bring to a friend’s house. I’ve eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner…

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Zucchini Pie

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of zucchini chopped(you can spiralize also)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 6 eggs(beaten)
  • 1 cup of bisquick
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • pepper to taste
  • a bunch of chopped parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup of EVOO
  • 1/4 cup of grated cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease the bottom of a pan
  • In a large bowl mix all the ingredients except the zucchini.
  • Then add the zucchini and stir to mix.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until brown.

Enjoy!