Cheese, Chef Interviews, Chicken, Cocktails, Entrees, Events and Awards, Food and Drink Events, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, NYC, Pasta, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Uncategorized

Olive Garden unveils new ‘Tastes of the Mediterranean” menu

I had the opportunity to attend a special preview tasting of Olive Garden’s new ‘Tastes of the Mediterranean’ menu this week at a lovely event held at Haven’s Kitchen in NYC with a group of other food bloggers, writers and journalists.… Read More Olive Garden unveils new ‘Tastes of the Mediterranean” menu

Baking, Casseroles, Cheese, Entrees, Family Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Product Reviews, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Uncategorized, Veggies

Cheesy Baked Pasta w/ Sausage & Summer Veggies

Ah, it’s almost the end of Summer and I keep thinking, where has it gone? Along with Summer comes lots of fresh veggies like zucchini, bell peppers and yellow squash that I just can’t get enough of too! I recently received a lovely care package from my client Colavita, who sent me some delicious pasta, sauces, olive oils and vinegars to sample, which inspired me to make this Cheesy Baked Pasta with Sausage and Summer Veggies. … Read More Cheesy Baked Pasta w/ Sausage & Summer Veggies

Appetizers, Baking, Entrees, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Pies and Tarts, Pizza, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies

Rustic Pizza with Ham, Grapes, Shallots, Honey & Thyme

So it’s Friday. And a lovely Spring day. I was in the mood to make something lovely to eat, preferably with a sweet and savory twist. I’ve also been on a baking kick lately, not sure why but I’m loving experimenting with different flavors and textures of pizzas and tarts and pies. I decided to make… Read More Rustic Pizza with Ham, Grapes, Shallots, Honey & Thyme

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

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

Baking, Ethnic Recipes, Food and Cooking How-To's, Food and Drink Events, Food Reviews, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, NYC, Pizza, Sauces, Uncategorized

Secrets to making a true Neapolitan Pizza like a Master Pizzaiolo

I recently took a really fun and cool pizza making class to learn the secrets of making a true Neapolitan Pizza (Vera Napoletana) with the Food Bloggers NYC Meetup Group sponsored by Vimbly.com. The class was held at 180 Neapolitan Eatery in Little Italy and taught by Culinary Event host Nicole Garguilo and Food Network Star “Culinary Bad Boy” Chef Chris Nirschel. We sat around a big table in a private room upstairs and learned the techniques, traditions and passions behind producing a perfectly thin crispy Neapolitan pizza while sipping on Italian wines and making new friends.… Read More Secrets to making a true Neapolitan Pizza like a Master Pizzaiolo

Cheese, Chicken, Comfort Food, Entrees, Healthy Cooking, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies

Rochester-Style Chicken French & Lemon Broccolini

  This is an amazing dish that is popular in my hometown in Upstate Rochester, NY. The Italian-American immigrants first introduced this dish in NYC and then migrated Upstate. The recipe stems from the French Veal Francaise or Chicken Francaise dish, which uses lightly-floured thin veal or chicken cutlets, which are then coated with a… Read More Rochester-Style Chicken French & Lemon Broccolini

Chocolate, Comfort Food, Desserts, Food and Cooking How-To's, Food and Drink Events, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, NYC, Special Occasion, Uncategorized

Chocolate Love: Baci Perugina Italian Chocolate Recipes & Giveaway!

I recently attended an amazing chocolate class at Eataly, taught by food historian, author and chocolate expert, Francine Segan. The class was hosted by Baci Perugina and the legendary Perugina Scuola del Cioccolato in Italy. We had the opportunity to create our own Baci chocolate confections, including Baci Chocolates, Baci Pie,   Chocolate Cups, and Chocolate Dessert Pasta while sampling bubbly… Read More Chocolate Love: Baci Perugina Italian Chocolate Recipes & Giveaway!

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

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

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

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, Chicken, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Salads, Savory Dishes, Soups, Winter Recipes

A Taste of Tuscany

Tuscan cuisine is a simple and earthy way of cooking, which centers around fresh and local ingredients from the farming region such as olive oil, greens, poultry, beans, beef, pork, rabbit, lamb, and sausages. Crostini is a famous antipasti which are little toasted breads spread with toppings such as olive tapenade or chicken liver pates. Bruschetta is also a popular antipasti made with rustic bread, fresh chopped tomatoes and garlic. Other popular dishes from the area are Panzanella (bread salad), Minestrone soup, Pasta Fagiole (cannelloni bean and pasta soup) and Ribollita.… Read More A Taste of Tuscany

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