Chef Interviews, Entrees, Guest Feature, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Soups, Spring Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

An Interview w/ Italian Chef Pia Vallone :: Spring Vegetable Soup Recipe

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I love Italian food. I mean really loooove Italian food.. And who doesn’t? But especially authentic, homemade Italian – cooked with fresh ingredients and simple, healthy recipes that are downright divine. I recently took a cooking class at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City with Chef and Culinary Instructor Pia Vallone, who… Read More An Interview w/ Italian Chef Pia Vallone :: Spring Vegetable Soup Recipe

Chicken, Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Memoirs, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Spring Recipes, Travel, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

California Dreamin’ :: Chicken, Wild Mushroom & Fontina Cheese Lasagna

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On a recent trip to San Diego with a group of friends, we made an awesome dinner one night, and definitely one to remember. We rented an amazing house right on the ocean at Mission Beach that had gorgeous views of the sunset  – – a huge round disk of bright orange, yellow and red… Read More California Dreamin’ :: Chicken, Wild Mushroom & Fontina Cheese Lasagna

Asian Food, Comfort Food, Drinks and Cocktails, Food and Drink Events, Food Reviews, Italian Food, Pasta, Pork, Product Reviews, Things I Love, Uncategorized

Fabulous Food Finds @ NY Restaurant & Food Show

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Last week I attended the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show in New York City, an annual event put on by the New York State Restaurant Association. The show took place in the massive Jacob Javits Center and was a mecca of amazing food, restaurant interiors and equipment, local and artisan food vendors, master chefs, professional… Read More Fabulous Food Finds @ NY Restaurant & Food Show

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

Amazing Macaroni + Cheese > There’s No Place Like Home

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So here is my award winning Mac and Cheese recipe that I am proud to share with all of you! Grand Prize Winner in the Challenge Dairy Real Heritage Recipe Contest for my Amazing Macaroni and Cheese! Not only did they send me a generous cash prize, but also a huge shipment of all the kitchen tools and cooking equipment a… Read More Amazing Macaroni + Cheese > There’s No Place Like Home

Entrees, Fall Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Sauce

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As far as I’m concerned, gnocchi are little pillows of love, goodness and deliciousness. Especially when they are homemade..that is a true labor of love. It’s not that they are difficult to make, but definitely time consuming, but with a little patience the end result is worth the wait! Gnocchi (Italian plural for gnoccho) are… Read More Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Sauce

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

Beef, Breads, Comfort Food, Desserts, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Fall Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Winter Recipes

Ragu alla Bolognese w/ Handmade Tagliatelle :: Onion, Olive & Rosemary Focaccia :: Blood Orange Panna Cotta

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The following collection of recipes are from an Italian cooking class I took recently with Chef Peter Johnson at The Institute of Culinary Education. The Ragu alla Bolognese we made is the official “Classic” Bolognese Ragu recipe (deemed official by the Accademia Italiana della Cucina in 1982). Bolognese Ragu originated in the city of Bologna in Northern Italy. This rich, chunky meat sauce is created with a base of finely chopped onions, celery, and carrots (the holy trinity otherwise known as ‘Mirepoix’), white wine, ground beef or veal (or a mixture if you prefer), tomato paste, milk and a touch of cream and simmered on low for 1-2 hours to let all the flavors meld together. The key is to cook slow and low to ensure a tender flavorful ragu sauce.… Read More Ragu alla Bolognese w/ Handmade Tagliatelle :: Onion, Olive & Rosemary Focaccia :: Blood Orange Panna Cotta

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

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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