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Happy Memorial Day + Some Favorite Recipes

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Happy Memorial Day! A time to reflect all of those brave soldiers and military servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives and families for the safety of ours. Big applause and respect goes out to them and grateful we have a safe and secure country to live in because of them.… Read More Happy Memorial Day + Some Favorite Recipes

Appetizers, Baking, BBQ, Cajun/Creole Recipes, Casseroles, Cheese, Chicken, Chinese Recipes, Chocolate, Desserts, Holiday, Holiday Recipes, Mexican Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Pies and Tarts, Pizza, Pork, sandwiches, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Spanish Food/Tapas, Special Occasion, Spreads/Dips, Uncategorized, Winter Recipes

Favorite Game Day Recipes for the Super Bowl!

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So the big day is right around the corner..Super Bowl, yay! I’m not really partial to either team and am not even a huge football fan, but i LOVE LOVE LOVE the Super Bowl simply because of the parties, the fun, and the food and drinks, of course. So in spirit of the football party season, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite game day recipes that are perfect for a crowd. Finger foods, appetizers, dips and spreads and small bites to party in style!… Read More Favorite Game Day Recipes for the Super Bowl!

Appetizers, Asian Food, Baking, Beef, Breads, Breakfast, Breakfast Food, Cocktails, Desserts, Diet, Dressings/Marinades, Drinks and Cocktails, Ethnic Recipes, Food Styling & Photography, Gluten-Free Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Grilled Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Holiday, Holiday Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Latin Food, Mediterranean, Mexican Food, NYC, Pork, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Spanish Food/Tapas, Spicy Food, Spreads/Dips, Things I Love, Uncategorized

Food Trends of 2014 + Flavor Forecast for 2015

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As the year 2014 is coming to an end, it’s always interesting to see what was hot and what was not in the culinary world and what new food and flavor trends we will see in the New Year 2015. Popular trends seem to come and go each year affecting everything we see: restaurants, blogs, online stores, magazines,… Read More Food Trends of 2014 + Flavor Forecast for 2015

Baking, Beef, Book Reviews, Chocolate, Cocktails, Desserts, Fall Recipes, Family Recipes, Food Reviews, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Holiday, Holiday Recipes, Kitchen and Home, Lifestyle, One-Pot Dishes, Pies and Tarts, Pork, Product Reviews, Special Occasion, Spreads/Dips, Things I Love, Uncategorized, Winter Recipes

Top Ten {Things I Love} :: Holiday 2014

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Here are a few of my current objects of obsession…food, wine, cooking tools, home and barware, recipes, cookbooks, etc…just simply places and things I love that I think are notable and worth a big shout out for their wonderful-ness! And they make great gifts for the holidays as well..Enjoy!… Read More Top Ten {Things I Love} :: Holiday 2014

Cheese, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Pork, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Rotelle with Sausage, Peppers, Spinach and Ricotta w/ Fresh Basil Marinara Sauce

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Also this dampening weather is a great excuse to make some homey comfort food, curl up under a blanket and read a good book! I absolutely love Italian food and usually get a craving for Rigatoni Bolognese or Lasagna on chilly days like these. I thought I would do something a little different and make some yummy pasta with spicy Italian pork sausage, some bright and colorful peppers, a few handfuls of healthy iron-rich spinach, and a homemade marinara sauce with fresh basil, topping the pasta dish off with some fresh ricotta and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and red pepper to give it some extra zing (yes, I do like my food on the spicy side!)… Read More Rotelle with Sausage, Peppers, Spinach and Ricotta w/ Fresh Basil Marinara Sauce

Baking, Cheese, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Pork, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Cheesy Baked Pasta w/ Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta & Mozzarella

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Spring is on the way, and there’s nothing I love to cook more than fresh greens. Broccoli rabe is one of my favorites, also known as cime di rapa (meaning “turnip tops”), rapini, broccoli di rapa and broccoletti in Italy. The young leaves of the plant are used in cooking along with the clusters of… Read More Cheesy Baked Pasta w/ Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta & Mozzarella

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Mix it Up! Non-Traditional Holiday Menu Ideas & Recipes from NYC Top Chefs

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It’s that time of year again to start planning menus and recipes for the holidays. But instead of just serving traditional turkey or ham, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, why not mix it up a little bit and serve your holiday meal with an international flair? I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and interview several Top Chefs and restaurants in NYC to get some creative ideas for non-traditional holiday menus for the holidays. Whether it have a Latin, French, Asian, Jewish or Italian twist; here are some great international menu ideas and recipes for a fabulous holiday meal with family and friends that break the norm.… Read More Mix it Up! Non-Traditional Holiday Menu Ideas & Recipes from NYC Top Chefs

Baking, Beef, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pork, Product Reviews, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Side Dishes, Spicy Food, Uncategorized, Veal, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Healthy Homestyle Meatloaf w/ Ancho Chile-Red Pepper Glaze :: Wild Mushroom Risotto

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OK, so I know Meatloaf is one of those dishes we’re all a little bored of by now. Not so glamorous or gourmet, and usually a quick go-to dish when we have nothing else in the fridge and want to make an easy dinner with a few ingredients on hand. Well that was the case… Read More Healthy Homestyle Meatloaf w/ Ancho Chile-Red Pepper Glaze :: Wild Mushroom Risotto

Comfort Food, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Fall Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pork, Potatoes, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Soups, Spring Recipes, Stews, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Garlicky Greens and Beans with Sausage

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On a recent trip up to Rochester, I had the pleasure of discovering a lovely little Italian place called the Mona Lisa Café. My mother and I stopped in there on a whim one afternoon for a cappuccino, but after entering the café and seeing all the delicious pastries and gelato and enticing smells of amazing food, we decided to stay for lunch instead.… Read More Garlicky Greens and Beans with Sausage

Appetizers, Asian Food, Baking, Chicken, Chinese Recipes, Fall Recipes, Food Styling & Photography, Gluten-Free Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Holiday, Holiday Recipes, Pies and Tarts, Pork, Savory Dishes, Side Dishes, Spanish Food/Tapas, Special Occasion, Spicy Food, Spreads/Dips, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies, Winter Recipes

5 Holiday Appetizer Recipes and Colavita Olive Oil Holiday Giveaway!

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The holidays are here, and what better way to celebrate by throwing a holiday cocktail party with friends and family? I’ve teamed up with Colavita this season to celebrate with all of you, by creating  some delicious Holiday Appetizer recipes using their World Selection and Private Selection Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Flavored Cooking Oil blends. … Read More 5 Holiday Appetizer Recipes and Colavita Olive Oil Holiday Giveaway!

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