Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Parmesan Garlic Shells with Spinach, Zucchini and Ham

This is a super easy and tasty dish that I whipped up one night with some of the ingredients I had on hand. It’s a light and savory pasta dish made with large shell pasta, sauteed spinach, zucchini and ham with garlic and a creamy parmesan alfredo sauce, with a few sprinkles of red pepper… Read More Parmesan Garlic Shells with Spinach, Zucchini and Ham

Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Soups, Stews, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Italian White Bean, Vegetable & Pasta Soup

I always look forward to the season change to Autumn – there’s something calming to the beautiful colors of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, and sunny skies. It’s a time of harvesting and celebration of autumnal fruits of the earth mixed with a sadness for the upcoming cold Winter months. I love the heartier, warming… Read More Italian White Bean, Vegetable & Pasta Soup

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

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

Comfort Food, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Fall Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Side Dishes, Uncategorized, Veal, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Veal Saltimbocca & Roman Sauteed Peas w/ Pancetta

Veal Saltimbocca is one of my favorite dishes, and makes a simple, elegant meal for any dinner occasion. This traditional Roman dish uses thinly pounded veal scallopine cutlets which are sautéed in butter and oil, then topped with crispy prosciutto and sage with a buttery white wine sauce.

This Romanesque Italian dish is usually served with a side of mashed potatoes or Piselli alla Romana – savory buttered peas sautéed with onion and pancetta (recipe follows). Make it a complete meal by serving with an Arugula salad, topped with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano and a dressing of EVOO and lemon juice and some fresh cracked black pepper. Enjoy with a glass of dry white wine and crusty Italian bread.… Read More Veal Saltimbocca & Roman Sauteed Peas w/ Pancetta

Chef Interviews, Chicken, Entrees, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Restaurant Reviews, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Uncategorized, Video, Winter Recipes

Meet the Chef: Jimmy Canora of Valentino’s on the Green

Check out my behind the scenes interview with Chef de Cuisine Jimmy Canora from Valentino’s on the Green – the legendary fine dining Italian restaurant in Bayside Queens. The Chef demonstrates his infamous dish Chicken Breast Valentino with Creamy Polenta, Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Spring Vegetables and Madeira Wine Sauce and discusses his background and history as a Chef and Cookbook Author. … Read More Meet the Chef: Jimmy Canora of Valentino’s on the Green

Chef Interviews, NYC, Restaurant Reviews, Video

Meet the Chef: An interview with Chef Andrew Whitney, dell’anima

Watch the video of a behind the scenes interview with myself and Andrew Whitney, Chef de Cuisine at dell’anima, a charming and popular Italian trattoria located in Greenwich Village, NYC, as he talks about his culinary background and shows how to prep his signature dish, “Chicken Diablo”. dell’anima, meaning “of the soul” in Italian, is… Read More Meet the Chef: An interview with Chef Andrew Whitney, dell’anima

Chef Interviews, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Spring Recipes, Uncategorized

Ecco La Cucina: An Interview with Chef Gina Stipo & Tuscan recipes

I recently took a Tuscan cooking class with Chef Gina Stipo at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, and immediately fell in love with her rustic Tuscan recipes, her passionate, hands-on teaching approach and cooking philosophy; centered around fresh, seasonal produce and local ingredients from Tuscany. We learned the basics of Tuscan cooking, local ingredients, cheeses and wines, and a little bit about Gina’s culinary training. She explained Italian culture and ways of cooking, and we made some really delicious food which we thoroughly enjoyed at the end of the evening.… Read More Ecco La Cucina: An Interview with Chef Gina Stipo & Tuscan recipes

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