Anthony Ciccarello
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My own personal recipe book saving recipes we've made over the years. Not all recipes have exact instructions. Cook at your own risk.

  1. Greek Meatballs and Lemon Butter Orzo

    We have really liked this recipe from Half Baked Harvest but wanted some more meat so we’ve adjusted the proportions. Ingredients Note: If using fresh oregano, double the amount. Also, the ingredients list is auto-generated and doesn’t merge ingredients that are used multiple times so read the whole list. Summary...

      dinner stove pasta chicken lemon
  2. Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole

    We started making this recipe as a traditional stuffed pepper, with the filling placed inside the pepper. However, it was difficult to get the peppers cooked enough and the filling didn’t want to stay inside the pepper anyway. So we tried making it as more of a casserole instead which...

      dinner pepper beef oven casserole
  3. Teriyaki Chicken Noodles

    Inspired by Nadiya Hussain

      dinner chicken oven
  4. Pineapple Shrimp Tacos

    A tasty recipe modified from the Half Baked Harvest. We’ve toned down the spice and sometimes keep the spices separate to keep things mild for Bekah. See the original recipe for a creamy jalapeno sauce. Summary Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Servings: 6 Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds...

      dinner seafood tacos oven
  5. Breakfast Casserole

    This is the Hoesterey family breakfast bake. It’s extra eggy and the green chilies adds a nice mild heat. Summary Prep Time: 15 minutes + 4 hours set time Cook Time: 55 minutes Servings: 8 Ingredients 8 slices sour dough bread 2 cups sharp cheese, grated 2 cups jack cheese,...

      breakfast casserole family recipe
  6. Bacon Wrapped Scallops

    My family loves to eat these Christmas eve. It’s a simple recipe but the key is not over-cooking the scallops. I’m still working out the timing but we like the bacon a little crispier so I recommend doing a thinner cut. Summary Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes...

      dinner seafood holiday appetizers
  7. Air-Fried Brussels Sprouts

    We got an air fryer for christmas and this was one of the first meals we made. I started with a few reference recipes but adjusted the time and seasoning We’ll have to experiment with larger portions to see if the air fryer has space. Summary Prep Time: 5 minutes...

      air fryer dinner vegetable sides
  8. Eggnog Punch

    This simple recipe is family favorite over the holidays. Ingredients Ginger ale Eggnog Vanilla Ice Cream Cinnamon Directions Combine ginger ale and eggnog in a large container Add scoops of vanilla ice cream Sprinkle cinnamon on top

      drink holiday
  9. Creamy Torellini Soup

    This recipe from Damn Delicious was made for us by someone in our foster care group during our first placement. We loved it so much we’ve made it again ourselves. To leave more broth, we’ve increased the amount of liquids from the original. Summary Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time:...

      dinner soup
  10. Chocolate Pecan Pie

    This is a Hoesterey family recipe from Bekah’s Nana. Bekah has made this the past few Thanksgivings and it’s always a hit. Summary Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 55 minutes Servings: 8 Ingredients 1/3 cup butter 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup cocoa 3 eggs 1 cup white karo corn...

      pecan pie thanksgiving dessert family recipe
  11. Thanksgiving Stuffing

    A Ciccarello family thanksgiving favorite, this stuffing recipe starts with pre-made stuffing and adds sausage and fruit. Summary Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Servings: 8 Ingredients 1 12 oz. Pepperidge farm stuffing bag 1 stick of butter 2 cups chicken broth 1 lb sausage from the tube...

      thanksgiving side dish dinner family recipe
  12. Pecan Tassies

    Hoesterey family recipe from Betty Moran (friend of Bekah’s Noonie) Summary Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Servings: 12 tassies Base Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 3oz pkg cream cheese 1/2 c butter Base Directions Soften butter & cream cheese Blend Add flour Shape into 12 balls Press...

      pecan dessert family recipe
  13. Ethiopian Firfir with Eggs

    When we get Ethiopian food, there’s often leftover injera bread. I like to freeze the leftover bread to make Firfir. There are lots of variations on this dish but here is the latest way I’ve made it. Inspiration Ethiopian Firfir with Dried Beef ( Ethiopian Huevos Rancheros ( Quanta Firfir...

  14. Cream Cheese Slow Cooker Chicken

    This is a really easy slow cooker meal that requires very little prep. The initial ingredients can all go directly in the slow cooker. Summary Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 4-6 hours (slow cooker) Servings: 8-ish Ingredients 2 boneless chicken breasts (can be frozen) 1 can of corn (drained)...

      dinner chicken slow cooker
  15. Chicken Couscous Chili

    Inspired by Kim’s Cravings’ Best Vegetarian Chili which also has instant pot and slow cooker versions. Bekah came up with the idea of adding chicken and using couscous instead of quinoa. It’s great with a side of corn bread. Summary Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 45 minutes Servings: 8...

      soup dinner

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