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Cindy's Recipes

Cindy has organized her recipe collection into easy-to-navigate categories, to make it simple to find the perfect dish. Take a look below at the collection of recipes, and let us know which one is your favorite!

Meatloaf Sliders with Spicy Ketchup
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Meatloaf Sliders with Spicy Ketchup

Making these gourmet meatloaf sliders were a big hit at a party I was hired as the Chef for an engagement party.  I didn't use those standard slider buns!  On No...  I used a gourmet french loaf then added my homemade ketchup and roasted red peppers.  

We couldn't keep the platter full.  Go ahead and give them a try at your next dinner party.

 

Melt in your mouth meatball sliders
  • Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Melt in your mouth meatball sliders

Mini Salmon Wellingtons

The first time I made these was for a main course at a dinner party; then I decided to make them smaller and include half salmon Wellingtons and half beef Wellingtons. They are easy to handle and eat at a cocktail party. You will be a superstar if you serve these to your guests.

 

 

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Mini Whoopie Pies

Don't we all just love whoopie pies!  I made them mini to limit the guilty pleasure.  Enjoy

 

Mini-Polenta Muffin Croutons
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Mini-Polenta Muffin Croutons

I make soup at my friends house as she hosted a ladies cooking class at her house. I wanted to make croutons but something a little different.  I decided to make these mini-muffin croutons and each person can crumble on top of the soup.  These were a big hit.

Note:  These are not a muffin consistency as you would consider a "muffin".  These are more of a crouton texture.  Great for a salad or soup!  You can also add some cheddar cheese, chopped jalapeño or even chopped scallions to the batter!

Enjoy'

Mixed Grill with Anchovy Sauce
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Mixed Grill with Anchovy Sauce

Many restaurants offer a mixed grill in Tuscany.  My husband and I would order 2 meals and share to try more food.  We always loved to experiment with the mix grill and the anchovy sauce adds so much flavor. 

Nana's Meat Stuffed Shells
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Nana's Meat Stuffed Shells

As an Italian there is always a "just in case" dish standing by for any gathering.  No matter if we are grilling burgers or preparing a gourmet dinner you will find a lasagna or stuffed shells as a back up dish.  Believe me it never goes to waste!  Especially later on in the evening everyone gets excited when I pull out a dish already made and it just needs to be heated up.

I love stuffed shells and my Nana and I would make these together and sometimes I would have for breakfast before school.  

Make my Simple Tomato Sauce for this recipe!

PS - I love using the meatloaf mix at the grocery store or ask your butcher for the pork, beef and veal combination.  YUM

 

Nana’s Italian Pork Roast – Sunday Dinner
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Nana’s Italian Pork Roast – Sunday Dinner

My Nana loved Sunday dinners with the family. This was one of our favorites. We would get up early and start the sauce before church. Then when we got home the roast went into the sauce for the day. The tenderness of this roast is just amazing As a family that loved peas my grandmother added them right on the platter next to the roast covered in sauce. I am so grateful to have these amazing memories! Italian recipes are the best especially bringing families around the table.

My nana always made this dish on the stove top but I have found the slow cooker works great and I don’t need to worry about the stove being on all day! I will share my slow cooker recipe with you but if you want to make this on the stove – just keep in on low all day!

 

Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Time: 45 Minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes

My granddaughter loves Nutella so we made these cupcakes together and they were delicious! Enjoy

Olive Oil Zucchini Bread
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Olive Oil Zucchini Bread

My dad went away for a week and when they returned his zucchini were very large!  So he gave me two and I knew a few loaves of zucchini bread was going to be baked in my oven!  I love adding extra-virgin olive oil in my zucchini bread - It makes it extra special...   I am Italian.. 

I did make one for my son and added 3/4 cup of chocolate chips!  Once a mother always a mother no matter what age your kids are!

Cindy's Tip!  Take your zucchini and shred either by using a box grater or the disk attachment on your food processor.  The the zucchini and place in a colander in the sink and place few paper towels on top (maybe a stack of 4) then top with a pan for about 30 minutes.  When ready to use just do one more press down on the paper towels.  That will remove the excess liquid and make a perfect bread. 

 

 

Osso Bucco
  • Time: 2 1/2 to 4 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Osso Bucco

Braising is one of my favorite techniques when cooking. I love the combination of flavors and the tenderness of the mean in this osso bucco! You can make Osso Buco using lamb or veal shanks!

 

Paleo
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo "Friendly" Flourless Chocolate Cake

Are you looking for a delicious and healthy dessert recipe! Try my Paleo "Friendly" Flourless Chocolate Cake.. This is perfect for entertaining or just surprising you loved one with a special treat! This is a paleo recipe and gluten free. If you have any questions - email me or comment on Facebook!

 

Pour into the prepared pan and bake until the cake is set, the top starts to crack and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out. About 25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes, then remove sides of pan.

While the cake is baking in the oven take heavy cream and vanilla and pour into a mixing bowl. Beat until fluffy (3-4 minutes). Cover and refrigerate until ready to use!

Note: You can use a large glass bowl and add chocolate and butter then microwave for 1 minute. Use a spatula and combine until chocolate and butter is melted. Then add in vanilla.

Cooks Note: You can use regular white sugar if you prefer!

 

Paleo Breakfast Bread Topped with Lemon Coconut
  • Time: 55 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Breakfast Bread Topped with Lemon Coconut

I was at our local market and found a package of raisins, dairy free dark chocolate, walnuts and almonds.  The perfect amount for a breakfast bread. 

This was so yummy.   #paleo

 

Paleo Carmel Popcorn
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Carmel Popcorn

We all have a weakness and popcorn is mine!  I love carmel corn and the only way I will enjoy it is by making it myself!  Go ahead and give this a try...  

 

Paleo Fig Newtons
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Fig Newtons

You can make these a lot neater then I did.  I actually ran out of flour so I was struggling a little but the clear wrap helped a lot.  Go to youtube and search for fig newtons and they will show you how to roll the dough.  I used a clear wrap on the bottom and the top of my dough.  It made it a lot easier to roll.  I can't wait to make these again!

Enjoy xoxo

 

Paleo Scallion Pancakes
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Scallion Pancakes

I got a big bunch of scallions at our local farmers market and decided to make my cabbage and cauliflower fried rice.  I have been stocking up on Bob Mills Paleo Baking Flour and decided to give this a try.  

Just something for you to remember when making these!  You know when your watching the grilling cooking shows and  the Chef always says "let the meat talk to you"  Don't flip until the meat is ready.  Do you know what that means?  When you are moving your spatula around the pancake be sure not to work it too much.  When it's ready to flip - the pancake will let you. 

You will know what I mean.  Enjoy xo

 

Parmigiana Lasagna DiFiore
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Parmigiana Lasagna DiFiore

I always go to DiFiore's Pasta Shop when I am hungry.  Everything looks amazing and I always go for the cutlets.  Please warm one up for me now and I will take a container full to go!  On this particular Saturday day I was looking at the chicken cutlets and eggplant cutlets and it came to me!  Parmigina Lasagna! I always have homemade sauce in my freezer and a box of no-boil lasagna from DeCecco not to mention my beautiful baking dish from Emile Henry to prepare, bake and serve this delicious dish.

If you don't have sauce handy go ahead and pick some up at DiFiore's!  Or go ahead and make your own.  You won't believe how easy it is to make this delicious lasagna!  Head over to DiFiore's today and make this now!! STAT..

 

Peanut Brittle
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Peanut Brittle

This was actually the first time I made peanut brittle.  I thought these would go well in my cooking tins!  It's really easy to make just don't leave the stove.  This was my second batch as I went down stairs to move the clothes from the washer and dryer.  Not a great idea!!  (thank god for candles)

 

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Pecan Pie

Polenta Blueberry Muffins
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Polenta Blueberry Muffins

As an Italian we always have polenta in the pantry stored in a canister.  I love using ingredients that are handy or that are kept stocked.  We are so lucky to have farmers markets every weekend and I love the fresh fruits and vegetables.

Pomegranate Champagne Martini
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Pomegranate Champagne Martini

This drink was inspired by Williams Sonoma and enjoyed for our breakfast club. Each month our Crossfit 7am class rotates for hosting breakfast. Somehow champagne has been incorporated to our breakfast menu….but then again it is 5:00pm somewhere. Enjoy a Pomegranate Champagne Martine!
Enjoy

Pork Belly Tacos with Steamed Semi-homemade Buns
  • Time: 3 1/2 to 4 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Pork Belly Tacos with Steamed Semi-homemade Buns

When we were in Germany this past October I brought back Sausages and Pork Belly.  I used the veal sausages a while ago and decided to use the pork belly to make tacos. I remember the steamed buns we had in Germany were amazing but I don't have all of the ingredients and a steamer.  So I thought about being creative and it really worked!  Glenn thought I made them from scratch - I may or may not have told him how they were really made...

 

Pork Cutlet with baby potatoes and Italian herbs
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Pork Cutlet with baby potatoes and Italian herbs

I just love my one-pot recipes!  Especially when I cook in a beautiful pan then serve form it as well.  You get to scoop up all of the extra flavors.  

You can add any potatoes (sweet as well and just chop them up) but the colorful baby potatoes just looked to amazing and I couldn't pass it up.  Hubby really enjoyed this meal after a long trip to NYC!

Oh and before I forget - This is also a 30 minute meal and a perfect dinner for 2! 

 

 

 

 

Pork Milanese with a Lemon Creamy Caper Sauce
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Pork Milanese with a Lemon Creamy Caper Sauce

My husband wanted veal milanese which I make often over an arugula salad but I felt like changing it up a bit and came up with this super yummy recipe.  You can make it a paleo recipe by using a GF breadcrumb or make your own paleo bread.  You can also use coconut cream for the sauce.  I decided to make a traditional recipe and even make homemade gnocchi to go with the dish, garlic sauté spinach and a vegetable filled salad with homemade dressing!  Glenn just loved this dish and so did I....   Go ahead and give it a try.

Note: In this recipe I made enough for 4 people (we had company that night) so I bought 8 boneless pork loin chops (they seemed small to me) and we actually had 2 left over and it was great for lunch the next day!.

 

 

 

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