Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mamma's Nutella Cookies

Proceed with caution, these are addictive.

Mamma's Nutella Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Nutella.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add sifted flour, and mix well. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheets. Imprint your thumb in the center to make a 1/2-inch indentation.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown at the edges.
Remove from oven, wait 5 minutes and fill indentations with nutella.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

We make these delicious cookies at the restaurant every year. They are delicious and easy to make at home, and they'll make your house smell like heaven!!
Sonia Bertolone.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
4. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Joe's Italian Bucatini all'Amatriciana

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Posted: Nov 05, 2012 7:35 AM CST Updated: Nov 05, 2012 7:35 AM CST
1 cup cubed pancetta
1 cup thinly sliced white
26 oz Italian strained tomatoes
1/4 olive oil
1 cup heavy bodied red wine
2 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp black pepper
Salt to taste
2tbsp butter

•Sauté onion in olive oil for 5 minutes
• Add pancetta and sauté for 3minutes
• Add red wine and reduce for 10
• Add tomatoes, salt, pepper and pepper flakes.
• add butter
• At this point cook your pasta
When your pasta is cooked in approximately 10 to 14 minutes depending on your liking - your sauce is Also reduced and cooked to perfection.
Combine pasta with sauce and top with me Parmigiano  or Romano cheese.
Please direct questions to

My name is Sonia Bertolone and I am the owner of Joe's Italian in Alabaster, Alabama where you can always fine your little piece of authentic Italian cooking.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Roasted Butter Nut Squash & Sweet Potato Lasagna

Growing up at my house, the seasons were always celebrated by the produce and foods that mamma prepared for us.  She loved the fall season; winter squash, chard, pumpkin and potatoes were often her staples.  Mostly, with squash and pumpkin, she prepared a hearty minestra, a thick soup full of whatever she had readily available. Sometimes though, we'd luck out, and she'd make us something extravagant, like torta di zucca con cioccolato (squash and chocolate cake) !!!!!!!!!!
Mamma was a genius in the kitchen, always using what she had at hand, always producing
the most amazing blend of textures and flavors. 

Roasted Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Lasagna 

2 sweet potatoes
1 butter nut squash (2 lbs appx)
3 cups ricotta cheese
3 cups mozzarella Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup fresh minced parsley
1/4 cup minced garlic 2 packages Barilla (no boil lasagna)
Black pepper
Roast butternut squash and sweet potatoes in oven at 375° for approximately 45 minutes
Mash sweet potato and butternut squash to paste like consistency
Add salt pepper and nutmeg to taste
Add garlic also to taste
Add parsley Spray 9 x 13 casserole dish with Pam or any equivalent non stick cooking spray
Line bottom of baking pan with lasagna sheets
Add layer of sweet potato & butternut squash mixture
Add layer of Ricotta cheese
Add layer of mozzarella cheese
Repeat lasagna butternut squash mixture ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese layers one more time Bake at 400° with the aluminum foil for 45 minutes
Remove aluminum foil and bake for another 15 minutes
Let sit for 10 minutes
Serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Written, and produced by Sonia Bertolone-Carrillo, owner & operator of Joe's Italian in Alabaster, Alabama.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Celebrate Easter with a Cake from Joe's

Easter is right around the corner...
We're taking cake orders !!!

My name is Sonia Bertolone and I am the owner of Joe's Italian in Alabaster, Alabama where you can always fine your little piece of authentic Italian cooking.

Mamma's Famous COCONUT cake

(Yields 1 cake)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
3 cups sifted flour (King Arthur’s is best)
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3, 9-inch cake pans. Using an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Add sugar and continue to cream well for 6 to 8 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and coconut milk alternately to creamed mixture. Add vanilla and continue to beat until just mixed. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cool in pans 5 to 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto cooling racks. Cool completely and spread cake layers with frosting to make a 3-layer cake.
2 cups sugar
3 cups sour cream
3 cups whipped cream
1 cup flaked coconut for top and side of cake only

Once cakes are completely cooled, pour 1/3 of coconut rum over each one of the cakes.
Layer cakes with frosting and add flaked coconut to top and side of cake. Refrigerate.

Friday, January 20, 2012

LOVE is in the Air

LOVE is in the Air...

Valentine's Day is just around the corner..
This year forget the chocolates.. and treat your love to a Strawberry cake from Joe's.

Nothing says "ti amo" like one of Mamma's cakes...

9" Strawberry Heart Cake

12" Strawberry Heart Cake

call 205.663.4111 to place your order

My name is Sonia Bertolone and I am the owner of Joe's Italian in Alabaster, Alabama where you can always fine your little piece of authentic Italian cooking.