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My Favorite Thanksgiving Sides and Recipes

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Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, one of my favorite holidays of the year. Celebrating thanks with friends and family around the table with a feast of delicious food – it doesn’t get any better. There’s so much for me to be thankful for – my health, my job, my friends, family and the roof over my head,… Read More My Favorite Thanksgiving Sides and Recipes

Casseroles, Cheese, Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Holiday, Holiday Recipes, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Savory Dishes, Uncategorized, Winter Recipes

Crazy Good: Truffled 3-Cheese Pasta w/ Pancetta & Garlic

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The nutty, savory and buttery flavor of the truffle goes perfect with the trio of parmesan, sharp cheddar and mascarpone cheese making a luscious creamy sauce for the pasta. The pancetta gives the pasta a nice smoky flavor with less fat than regular bacon, and the garlic and onion give it another layer of awesome flavor. … Read More Crazy Good: Truffled 3-Cheese Pasta w/ Pancetta & Garlic

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Sweet and Simple: Black Cherry Clafoutis

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The other day I suddenly had a strong craving for dessert. Most likely this was result of my having eyed some gorgeous black cherries on the sidewalk at Todaro Brothers, my favorite local market down the street. I suddenly remembered a simple, delicious French dessert called Clafoutis that I learned how to make in cooking school, and decided this would be the perfect dish to satisfy my sweet tooth and take advantage of the delectable fresh cherries that were calling my name.… Read More Sweet and Simple: Black Cherry Clafoutis

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Fresh from the Farm Market: Herbed Potato Salad + Strawberry Watermelon Salad

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Summertime always remind me of home – when the sun is shining, a warm breeze is in the air, locusts are humming and all the flowers, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables are in full bloom. There’s a small local farmer’s market up in Webster, NY not far from where I grew up that I used to visit with my Mom as a kid. We would buy fresh apple cider and donuts, pumpkins for Halloween and fresh corn and melons for our summer picnics. This year I went home to visit for Fourth of July weekend, and my Mom and I visited once again to buy some fresh fruit and veggies for our holiday BBQ feast.… Read More Fresh from the Farm Market: Herbed Potato Salad + Strawberry Watermelon Salad

Appetizers, Comfort Food, Desserts, Entrees, Holiday Recipes, Pasta, Salads, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Special Occasion

In the Mood For Love

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We’ve all heard that there are certain foods that have aphrodisiac powers, but which ones and what effect do they have on romance? There are several foods that increase passion and the mood for love – almonds, arugula, asparagus, avocado, bananas, basil, chilies, chocolate, coffee, figs, garlic, ginger, honey, nutmeg, oysters, pinenuts, raspberries, strawberries, black truffles, vanilla and wine, just to name a few.… Read More In the Mood For Love

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Holiday Brunch: Italian Frittata with Red Pepper, Potatoes and Bacon

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So Christmas is over, but the cooking is not! As a tradition, I always make breakfast for the family and this year decided to make a delicious recipe for a Potato and Pepper Frittata from my new Williams-Sonoma cookbook Comfort Food: Warm and Homey, Rich and Hearty. A Frittata is similar to a French quiche without the crust or a breakfast casserole but cooked in an ovenproof pan on the stove and then finished by broiling in the oven and served directly from the pan.… Read More Holiday Brunch: Italian Frittata with Red Pepper, Potatoes and Bacon

Beef, Desserts, Entrees, Holiday Recipes, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Salads, Savory Dishes, Side Dishes, Special Occasion, Winter Recipes

An Intimate Gathering: Holiday Dinner Party Menu

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Since the holidays are rapidly approaching, I’m planning an intimate dinner party with friends featuring some of my favorite recipes to make a delicious, warming and elegant meal. Filet Mignon with Mushroom and Rosemary Sauce for the entree, Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese as a side, Pear, Arugula and Pancetta as an accompanying winter salad, and rich, decadent Chocolate Mousse for dessert.… Read More An Intimate Gathering: Holiday Dinner Party Menu

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A Few of My Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and there’s no guessing why – it’s all about visiting friends and family, being thankful for the wonderful things in our lives and of course, it’s all about the food. Turkey and Dressing is the normal star of the table, but I love to experiment with the side dishes to mix… Read More A Few of My Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

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