Italian Anise Ricotta Cookies w/ Lemon Glaze and Non Pareils

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Italian Ricotta Cookies sweet and pillowy  these are my new favorite dessert.I have been making these cookies for sometime now and like to say they are awesome.The ricotta makes them sorta moist and light.The first time I made these I was wowed they tasted so so good.They are easy and quick to make you can make these in no time all.Let me tell you can’t just have one trust and believe me.They are great with a nice mug of tea or tall glass of milk either way you can’t go wrong.They are good as a midday snack or a dessert after a meal.Before I forget let me say something about the lemon glaze ,this glaze catapults this cookie into another dimension okay its only my opinion but I am trying to say these are good  alrighty then .These cookies you make with your kids I am sure they will a have fun.

 

Ingredients:

1 stick of unsalted butter- room temperature

1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 cup of sugar

1 large egg -room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp  baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp star anise

 

Lemon Glaze:

2/3 cup powdered sugar

2 tbsps lemon juice

 

Directions: The Cookies and Lemon Glaze:

1 .Preheat the oven to 350

2. In a large bowl cream the butter and ricotta until combined.Now add in the sugar and vanilla  and mix.

3. Add in the dry ingredients  and mix.( add the dry ingredients a little at a time).

4.Now with a teaspoon or small ice cream scoop  drop the dough onto a parchment lined sheet pan.

5.Bake for 15 minutes or until light brown.When cookies are done transfer them to a cooling rack 10-15 minutes.

6. For the lemon glaze : In a small bowl mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice together until thoroughly mix.Now take a spoon and cover the cookie with the glaze,then add some non-pareils.

Now Enjoy your day with a great cookie I promise you’ll never just have one.

Homemade Tuscan Seasoning

Here is a simple and easy Tuscan seasoning recipe .You can put this rub on chicken,fish,beef or vegetables.It’s very aromatic and tasty.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp hungarian Paprika

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

1. Put all in ingredients in a small ziplock bag and shake until mixed.

2.Put season mix in a small container and jar.

3.Keep in dry and cool place for up to 6 months.

4.Enjoy!!!

Cheddar Ciabatta Roll Garlic Bread

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When it comes to garlic bread I wish I can step back into time.I remember my mother’s neighbor she made the best garlic bread oh boy it was good.The best part was the cheese I love the way it tasted.I would eat this with a bowl of Spaghetti-O’s every child’s dream to never to wake up from.I wanted to make a version of that garlic bread from the past and put a little twist to it.Her garlic bread was made with french bread and yellow american cheese. I used Ciabatta Rolls , Cheddar Cheese and added a little red pepper flakes for a hint of surprise.I’d like to thank her for the inspiration and those we’re the good ole’ times.Just me and my Spaghetti-O’s.

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Ingredients:

2 Ciabatta Roll- Slice in half

Cheddar Cheese

4 garlic cloves-roasted

2-1/2  tbsps salted butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp parsley

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

1.Set oven to 350 degrees

2.With a bread knife slice the Ciabatta rolls in half and toast for 2-4 minutes .Take out of oven and set aside

3. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and now add the oil.

4.Pour butter mixture  in into a bowl and  smashed the garlic until it looks paste.

5.Add in the parsley and red pepper flakes,Now stir until combined.

6.Spoon butter mixture onto bread cover evenly.

7.Top with the cheese and place back into oven  for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Serve this with pasta,seafood or a salad.

Now Enjoy!!

 

Simply Lemon Basil Pesto

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It’s been along time since I had pesto.I love making pesto from scratch instead from a container it has a fresh taste and its healthier.This is a versatile Italian sauce you can eat with fish, chicken,pasta and so much more.It is very garlicky and lemony yummy.It’s made with toasted pine nuts,basil,parmesan cheese,garlic,lemon zest and lemon juice.I tasted it my my it was good and I think you’d like it cause its the best I have ever made. I hope you enjoy it.

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Ingredients:

2 cups fresh basil

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

3 garlic cloves

1/2  cup olive oil

1-1/2 tbsps lemon juice

2 tsps lemon zest

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup  grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

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1. In a food processor or blend place all of the ingredients inside and pulse until smooth.

2. Transfer to a bowl or jar and refrigerate until ready to serve.

3.Enjoy!!!

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Garlic Parmesan Herb Fauxcaccia..

Today’s post is my version of Focaccia .The first time I made Focaccia I was in cooking school but before that I had a huge love for this bread .This is not a traditional Focaccia.This version of Focaccia is made with self-rising flour ,greek yogurt and buttermilk.The buttermilk and yogurt gives the bread a bit of tang and  I think they work well together with baking powder to help the  focaccia rise a little because of the acid that  is in the yogurt.The Focaccia is a bit chewier than your regular Focaccia. The herbs on top of the bread is Italian seasoning,Basil,Thyme,Rosemary .This bread is easy to make and takes about 1 hour to make .Its can be topped with anything you want the sky is the limit .Serve this with pasta .I hope you like it .Please leave a comment telling me what you think.Thanks I would greatly appreciate it.

Ingredients:

For the dough

2 cups self-rising flour

1 cup Greek yogurt

2 tbsps butter milk

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of salt -For The top of Fauxcaccia

1 tsp Parmesan cheese

1/ 4 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp dried minced garlic

1 tbsp olive oil-for pan

1 tbsp olive for-top of Fauxcaccia

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.In a bowl of a stand mixer put flour,yogurt,buttermilk and oil in it.

3.With the dough hook mix ingredients  together at medium speed until a  dough ball forms.

4.Place dough in a separate bowl and cover the top with Saran wrap .Let rest dough for 10-15 minutes.

5.While dough is resting rub oil in round or any shape pan (My pan was 10 inch x 2 inch) pan.

6.Place the dough in the oiled cake pan and press dough evenly in pan until dough touches the sides.

7.Take your fingers and press little dimples in the dough.

8.Rub olive oil all over the dough until fully covered.

9.Sprinkle  salt,herbs,Garlic,Parmesan cheese.

10. Place into and bake for 20-25 or until golden brown.

You can serve this with pasta and salad.