Detroit Crust Alfredo Pizza

When I was a kid and we would go to Milio’s on 11 mile road in Royal Oak, we would always get bread sticks.  They would always be served with marinara sauce.  My older brother Patrick (Butch ) changed the rules when he asked for Alfredo sauce instead. Everyone thought it was crazy, but he…

Spinach and Cheese Gnudi

Pasta filling without the pasta.  I have been losing weight and wanted pasta, so this was my compromise: gnudi.  This is the filling from a ravioli or a cannelloni – Just no  pasta. Hope you like it. 1 cup ricotta cheese, drained for 2 hours 1/4 cup diced red pepper, blanched 4 tablespoons flour (you…

Cherry chocolate chip almond muffins

Dry ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon Wet ingredients: 2 eggs 1 stick butter, softened 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup dried cherries (using fresh is the pits) soaked in 1/8 cup brandy plus 2 tablespoons hot water 1/2 cup chopped almonds…

Country ham with red eye gravy

This is a southern breakfast staple.  One, it’s simple, salty ham with a strong coffee and that sweet honey note.  It’s your morning wake up call on a plate.  Hope you like it. 1 12 oz slice country ham (they are salty -watch your blood pressure) 5 oz black coffee 1 teaspoon hot sauce 4…

Strawberry filled cream puffs

 I’ve been playing with different ideas for a cream puff for a while.  Traditional, chocolate, butterscotch, and spring.  A big spring flavor is strawberry.  How many people have strawberry shortcake on Memorial Day weekend? The pastry is simple and once you master it, you can make eclairs too. Cream puffs: 1 cup water 1 tablespoon…