Updated: Aug 5
I'm thrilled to welcome Book 2 of the Lazy M Ranch series into the world. With a chef heroine, lots of mouthwatering recipes found their way into The Cowboy Bargain. Pick up your own copy of The Cowboy Bargain here. https://amz.run/6x3r
If you missed Liv's recipe for Ricotta Cookies with sprinkles on top, also featured in The Baby Inheritance, here's the recipe. Thanks to my cousin Mary-Ellen for the recipe.
Italian Ricotta Cookies
2 sticks butter, softened.
1 3/4 cup sugar
15 oz. ricotta cheese (whole milk)
2 Tbsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
4-5 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, cheese, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to the ricotta mixture.
Scoop teaspoon-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet two inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool. Make glaze when cool. After glazing, add sprinkles.
Joe Russo's Famous Spaghetti Sauce
This if my late father's recipe and it is absolutely delicious. The recipe instructions are very brief because the only way I could get him to share the recipe was to follow him around the kitchen while he cooked.
Meatballs (see meatball recipe)
Pork of choice (chops, hocks or sausage)
2 small cans of tomato paste
1 large can of whole tomatoes
Fresh basil and bay
In a large frying pan brown all meat in oil with garlic, salt and pepper. Do not over-cook. Do not cook with lid on. Take meat out of the frying pan and place in a deep saucepan. Set aside. In the frying pan with meat drippings, pour in two small cans of tomato paste. Cook slowly for 1 1/2 hours over low heat. Stir very often to prevent burning. Add a little water every 1/2 hour (1/2 can).
Add one can whole tomatoes mashed to pan with meat. Add sauce from frying pan when it is done. Cook the entire mixture two more hours over low heat, stirring often. Toss in several leaves of fresh basil and bay.
Joe Russo's Famous Meatballs
1 pound hamburger
1 egg (whole) slightly beaten
Breadcrumbs (2-3 slices stale bread)
1 small onion chopped
Grated Parmesan cheese/Romano cheese
Mix ingredients together, including a dash of all spices. Shape into meatball rounds. Use for sauce recipe.
1 16 oz box of Ziti pasta
2 cups homemade sauce or 2 jars store bought (no sugar variety)
1 onion chopped
1-pound mild Italian sausage (no casings)
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt / Pepper/ Garlic to taste
Mozzarella cheese shredded
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in ziti and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still firm. Drain well.
While pasta is cooking, brown onion and garlic in olive oil. Add sausage and cook until brown. Drain any extra oil/grease.
Add sauce to sausage mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. When thoroughly heated, combine sauce mixture with pasta. Sprinkle with parm cheese and mix well.
Pour entire mixture into casserole dish. Cover the top with mozzarella. Bake at 350 degrees until the mozzarella melts nicely (about 15 minutes).
If you are a fan of tiramisu, I highly recommend this recipe from Rosemary at An Italian in My Kitchen. Easy Tiramisu.
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