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Author: Jason G. Mihalik

Great food from Home!

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic Vin

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette- 10 minutes total time

olive oil 1 cup

balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup

honey 1 tablespoon

salt and pepper taste

dry mustard 1 1/2 teaspoons

fresh chopped garlic 1 teaspoon

parsley 1/2 teaspoon

onion powder 1/4 teaspoon

granulated garlic 1/4 teaspoon

Italian seasonings 1 teaspoon

Fresh Rosemary a few sprigs (optional)

oregano 1/4 teaspoon

blending vinaigrette

In a food processor add all ingredients. Blend for 30 seconds on high not pulse. Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette is easy and delicious… Enjoy!

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Limoncello is a wonderful after Dinner drink. When my folks came back from an Italy trip my father always had a bottle of Limoncello in the freezer. Here’s a pretty easy recipe to make your own. They are all pretty similar on the Web. Have one side by side with an Espresso.

lemons 10

Everclear 151 proof grain spirit 750-ml bottle

granulated sugar 3 1/4 cups

water boiling 3 cups

Peel the lemons zest with a sharp peeler trying not to get the white of the lemon. Add lemon peels to a 1 liter air sealed container. (wine making stores carry them) Put peels in bottle and save lemons for another use. Top off with Everclear. Let sit for a week in a shaded area. This is the infusing process. After the week is over bring your water to a boil and dissolve sugar. Let cool, when cooled add your infused Everclear. This will now make two bottles. (you must have air-tight lids, see above) Refridgerate for 2 days. Then strain out lemon peels and keep in freezer. Enjoy!


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Chicken Parmigiana Sub


yields 4-5 hero sandwiches

sub rolls the amount you will need

Italian bread crumbs 2 cups

raw chicken breast 2

2 eggs

milk 2 oz.

salt and pepper taste

vegetable oil 1/2 cup

tomato basil sauce on Casaculinarian.com

(or you can use good brand marinara for a quick lunch or dinner)

mozzarella cheese 3 oz. per sandwich

Let start by rinsing the raw chicken breast and cleaning it. Trim all fat off. I like to cut the chicken into 2 oz. medallion. Then season with salt and pepper and use a tenderizer to pound meat thin. I use plastic wrap so the tenderizer does not get raw chicken on it. Example:

chick scallopini

Next we will bread the cutlets. Add the eggs with milk and whisk. I do not use flour on my cutlets I only use bread crumb and eggs. So on a plate add your bread crumbs. Place raw chicken medallion on bread crumbs coating both sides. Then do the same in the egg mixture and back to the bread crumbs for final coat. Example:

breaded raw chicken breast

Next add oil to a cast iron pan- if you don’t have one use a regular pan. Cook on medium heat until both sides are golden brown and cooked all the way through. Example:

chicken cutlet 2

Lastly its time to make your sandwich. Open sub rolls. Add sauce to both sides of bread. Add Mozzarella on both sides. Lay your cutlets on top. Bake in the oven on 350 degrees to melt cheese for 7 minutes. Close your sandwiches and enjoy!

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Pot Roast for Family’s on the Run… Crock Pot

pot roast

bottom round 2 to 3 pounds

onion soup mix 1 pack

water 3 cups

beef bouillon cube 1

salt and pepper taste

granulated garlic 1/2 teaspoon

parsley 1 teaspoon

onion 1/2 diced

carrots 4 sliced or diced

celery sticks 3 diced

potatoes 4 peeled and cut

In a Crock Pot add water, beef bouillon cube, seasonings, vegetables, and Onion Soup mix. Set roast on top and pick slow cooking for 8 hours or 4 hours on fast. Serve with Egg Noodles and Enjoy!

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Orange Glazed Turkey Breast

Turkey breast


boneless turkey breast in netting. (BJ wholesale or Cosco Foods)

salt and pepper taste

onion powder 1/2 teaspoon

granulated garlic 1/2 teaspoon

3 tablespoons orange marmalade

2 teaspoons soy sauce

Rub Turkey Breast with seasonings. Cook till temperature is 160 degrees. Take out and let rest 15 minutes. In a sauté pan add marmalade and soy sauce. Reduce on low temperature till thickens. Add glaze to Turkey Breast. Let glaze set for five minutes. Carve and Enjoy!

Homemade Guacamole


Great Sunday Football starter. This is my wife’s recipe.

avocado’s 4 peeled

limes 2 freshly squeezed

Sriracha 1/2 teaspoon

kosher salt 1 1/2 teaspoon

freshly chopped cilantro 2 teaspoons

cumin 1 teaspoon

chili powder 1 teaspoon

onion powder 1 teaspoon

granulated garlic 1/2 teaspoon

black pepper 1/2 teaspoon

tomato 1 diced

In a mixing bowl add all ingredients and use a mashed potato utencil to mash. Blend well and Enjoy!

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Quinoa Salad



quinoa package 5.46 oz.

carrot 1 shredded

cumber 1 diced

apple red delicious diced

celery 1 stick diced

honey 2 tablespoons

balsamic vinegar 2 table spoons

olive oil 4 tablespoons

salt and pepper taste

Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon

onion powder 1/2 teaspoon

granulated garlic 1/2 teaspoon

parsley 1 tablespoon

Ok so this is a room temperature salad. Quinoa is a great Gluten free food. Very healthy…. Ok so lets add a pot of water on the stove on medium to high heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. When boiling add package of Quinoa. Boil the Quinoa as if its pasta 9-11 minutes. When cooked drain and cool. Add to mixing bowl. Add all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pack Quinoa in a small coffee cup and and turn upside down on a plate and serve. Enjoy!

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Sausage Bread

Lets start with my Pizza Dough recipe on Casaculinarian.com, best to use High Gluten Flour if Possible: Link below

Pizza Dough for Home

ground sausage 1/2 pound

pizza dough recipe on my site

mozzarella cheese 3/4 pound

olive oil 2 tablespoons

Italian seasonings 1 teaspoon

parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon

baking spray

Make your dough and let rise for 1 hour. Clear a working area and dust with flour. Add your dough to table and dust with flour. Work dough as if making a pizza.

open sausage rollAdd Sausage and Mozzarella to middle. Roll into stuffed bread like rolling a wrap sandwich. Make sure sides are sealed.

rolled sausage breadSpray cooking spray on a baking pan. Place Sausage Bread on top. Use olive oil to coat bread. Add Italian seasonings and parmesan cheese to top bread. Cook at 375 degrees till cooked. Let the bread rest for 15 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

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Mai Tai

mai tai

My favorite Cocktail. Back when I lived in Paramus, NJ, we knew a bartender named Tony. He shook so many of these cocktails every night that he needed to ware an Ace Bandage  on his wrist. LOL.

light rum 1 1/4 oz.

dark rum (Myers) 1 1/4 oz.

orange liqueur 3/4 oz.

sour mix 1 oz.

grenadine 1/2 oz.

pineapple juice 3 oz.

Yummy- it tastes like Heaven….

In a shaker add all ingredients and shake. Pour over ice in a cocktail glass. Garnish with Cherry and Pineapple. Enjoy!

Sausage and Beef Meat Sauce

meat sauce

Sausage and Beef Meat Sauce…

sausage meat not in casing 1/2 pound

beef chop meat 3/4 pound

onion 1/2 chopped

garlic chopped 1 tablespoon

red wine 1/4 cup

white wine 1/4 cup

olive oil 2 tablespoons

crushed tomatoes can 28 oz.

diced tomatoes can 28 oz.

tomato paste 8 oz.

water 1 cup

parsley 1 tablespoon

salt and pepper taste

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 whole rind from 1 wedge Parmesan, optional but so worth it

dry thyme 1/2 teaspoon

Italian seasonings 1 tablespoon

onion powder 1 teaspoon

granulated garlic 1/2 teaspoon

sugar 2 tablespoons

thick spaghetti 1 pound

In a sauce pan sauté sausage on medium heat. Brown and chop. When cooked take out and add beef chop meat. Brown also. When cooked drain in a colander. Put sauce pan back on stove on medium heat and add olive oil, chopped onion, and garlic. Sweat and add tomato paste. Stir rapidly to break up tomato paste. Add red wine to deglaze. Continue to stir to liquefy the tomato paste. Add both cans of tomatoes and water. Add Sausage and Beef. Add all seasoning except parmesan cheese. Stir every 10 minutes. Let simmer on low for 45 minutes to an hour.

Add pasta pot to the stove filled with water and teaspoon of salt. When sauce is finished add pasta. Cook 7-9 minutes till liking. Drain pasta and olive oil lightly so it does not stick. Portion your plates and top with sauce. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and fresh Italian Parsley. Enjoy!

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