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Coconut Wishes Everyone A Belated ” Happy National 2014 Dog Day”




Late last night after noticing lots of doggie photos posted on FaceBook throughout the day, I learned that people were posting their beloved canines photos in celebration of 2014″National Dog Day.” Of course I immediately jumped on board and posted this photo of my beloved Coconut!

Today Coconut & I wish all our GMG Canine Friends a Happy Belated National Dog Day! Woof!

Banana Split Scones



Banana Split Scones

This morning I created this recipe for my daughter Amanda, who requested freshly baked scones for breakfast.  I thought I whip up a batch using slightly overripe strawberries, and extra coconut milk leftover from another recipe.  The results were great! The scones are light and fluffy, and not overly sweet.  Tuck this recipe into your recipe box…strawberry season is around the corner!  


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Sista Felicia’s Marshmallow Peeps Easter Egg Suprise!

PrintscalDon’t you just love when inspiration strikes! Last week while shopping at Scalafini Bakery I noticed one of my favorite childhood Easter treats on the shelf for sale. The creative wheels in my head started turning and latter that afternoon I surprised my nieces and their friend Karlee Lorden with this Marshmallow Peeps Easter Egg Surprise! …And for the record it took 10 guesses before the girls guessed the correct filling inside the chocolate egg! They had a great time taking turns guessing during dinner time!


Can you guess what’s inside?

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Coconuts Favorite Italian Dog Cookies


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I hope you didn’t think I was leaving out our beloved family dogs this seasons. Coconut AKA our family dog, loves a good cookie! A few years ago I searched for a dog cookies recipe that would please Coconuts Palate.  After trying several online recipes, that she turned her nose up to,  I decided to create my own, and included some of  Coconut’s most favorite foods and flavors, Cheese, Chicken, and Italian seasonings. She absolutely loves them and I have to quickly slip them into her airtight cookie jar to stop her from begging for more….I swear she is human…like us one cookie at a time is never enough! If you have a beloved pet in your home or family I highly recommend this recipe.

Italian Dog Cookies


2 cups flour

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup brewers yeast or natural yeast ( can be purchased at Common Crow in Gloucester)

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

3  tablespoons canola oil

1  tablespoon garlic finely minced (****optional, can be omitted from recipe)

1 cup store-bought chicken broth plus 1/4 cup for basting


1 combine oil, chicken broth and garlic in mixing bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment; mix on low speed 30 seconds

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2 sift flour into large mixing bowl; add wheat germ brewers yeast, kosher salt, Italian seasoning and freshly grated Parmesan cheese; mix my hand

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3 working in small batches add dry ingredients to oil mixture; mix on medium/low speed until dough ball forms

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4 cut dough ball in half; roll one half  ¼ inch thick on lightly floured work surface

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5 using dog bone shaped cookie cutters cut several cookies; transfer cut treats onto parchment lined cookie sheet; repeat with remaining dough

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6 bake 10 minutes in preheated 400 degree oven; brush each cookie with chicken broth


7 return cookie sheet to oven;  bake 10 additional minutes until golden; cool 1 hour before serving


Stack and wrap 3-4 cookies using decorative ribbon

To make Dog Cookie Ornaments~ make a small opening at one end of cookie before baking ( I use a metal pastry tip)

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Coconut and I made a special Boxwood Tree adorned with her favorite Italian Dog Cookies for her Groomer Julie at K-9Cuts.

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Coconut Woof’s You all A very Happy Holiday!

Coconut Loves Her Sunday Dinner

Christmas eight years ago, an elf dressed in traditional elf attire, holding a red velvet pocketbook, knocked at our backdoor with special delivery from Santa for a little girl named Amanda. After the screaming and yelling caused by the excitement of seeing an elf standing at the back door subsided, my stunned and in shock daughter raised her hand replying in her sweet raspy voice, “my name is Amanda.” The elf bent down eye level to Amanda carefully handed the red velvet bag to her. the elf explained that Mr. and Mrs. Claus wanted her to receive this very special Christmas gift one week early. Peeking out from the open end of the bag was a fluffy snow white fur ball with a little button nose. The look on our little girl’s face was priceless and that very moment is one our friends and family visiting that night will never forget. The elf quickly vanished into the dark of the night and from that point on our family life was forever changed. A note from Santa was attached to the bag explaining that Mrs. Claus had chosen to name this adorable snowball “Coconut.” Two hours later in the thick of celebrating my husbands birthday, Amanda tapped me on the shoulder and asked me, “Mommy where did this dog come from and who does it belong to?” It was at that moment we all realized that she truly was in shock and had no recollection of the elf knocking at the back door….A priceless Christmas story and moment in time my husband, family, friends, and I will never forget!





Coconut loves her Sunday Pasta…

Every Sunday for the past eight years Coconut waits patiently by my stovetop for her Sunday Pasta Sugu Dinner! Mr. and Mrs. Claus must have know she had some Sicilian blood running through her veins.  Let the Holiday season begin, and lets all welcome the new memories into our lives.




Santa must have known she had some Sicilian blood running through her body when he sent her to join our family, because she  licks her lips and bowl clean every week!

Sunday Sauce and Meatball recipe is featured in my newly released cookbook “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia, Harvest” Click link below to order online