Appetizers, Baking, Cheese, Chicken, Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Pizza, Savory Dishes, Spreads/Dips, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Spinach Artichoke Chicken & Bacon Flatbread Pizza

This flavor bomb pizza has a layer of spinach and artichoke dip on the base of the flatbread (I had some leftover from last night but you can certainly make your own) which I baked for a couple of minutes on the oven rack to get it crispy and lightly browned. Then I topped it with some sautéed onions, crispy bacon, seasoned cooked chicken breast, and parmesan cheese. I popped it in the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese was melted and then topped it off with some chile flakes, green onions and more parmesan cheese as a garnish, and a few cracks of freshly ground black pepper. OMG> so delicious and so easy.… Read More Spinach Artichoke Chicken & Bacon Flatbread Pizza

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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

Events and Awards, Food and Drink Events, Food Reviews, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, NYC, Pasta, Restaurant Reviews, sandwiches, Things I Love, Uncategorized

Olive Garden unveils delicious new menu items!

I recently attended a super fun event to celebrate the delicious new items that Olive Garden has introduced on their menu. I joined the Olive Garden team along with several other local journalists and bloggers at Elevated Acre in Downtown Manhattan which is a beautiful outdoor space overlooking the East River with views of the Brooklyn Bridge.… Read More Olive Garden unveils delicious new menu items!

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Top 10 {Things I Love} :: Winter 2015

My Top 10 {Things I Love} list is back for Winter 2015 with some fun and interesting objets de desir, places, people, books, food and drinks that I’m currently crushing on – not necessarily ordered in terms of my favorite – but are all worthy of a huge shoutout for their awesomeness in my opinion… Happy Holidays and New Year 2016!  Magpie Cookbook – Magpie Artisan Pie… Read More Top 10 {Things I Love} :: Winter 2015

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

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

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Top Ten {Things I Love} :: Spring 2014

Here are a few of my favorite things I am crushing on – some new and notable, and others just downright awesome and worthy of a shout out – people, places, things that are just absolutely THE BOMB. Chez Josephine If you’re looking for a magical place to wine and dine near NYC’s Theatre District,… Read More Top Ten {Things I Love} :: Spring 2014

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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

Comfort Food, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Pasta, Product Reviews, Uncategorized

Buitoni Loves Guys Who Can Cook (& so do I!) – Submit your video & enter to win $10K

Buitoni loves Guys that can cook (and so do I!) – Guys, here’s your chance! The research is in: – 92% of girls say they like guys who can cook. – 61% say they wish their guy cooked more often. On October 1st, BUITONI® launches the Girls Like Guys Who Can Cook video contest on Facebook. To enter, Submit a… Read More Buitoni Loves Guys Who Can Cook (& so do I!) – Submit your video & enter to win $10K

Entrees, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Mediterranean, Pasta, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized

Summer in a Bowl: Vodka Cream Sauce Pasta w/ Fresh Basil, Mozzarella & Sundried Tomatoes

There’s a great little place in my neighborhood called Todaro Bros. – a small, locally-owned deli and grocery store that sells fresh and imported Italian food and other gourmet groceries. I usually stop in at least once a week to peruse their cheese department and sample some of their fresh house-made mozzarella, just for kicks… Read More Summer in a Bowl: Vodka Cream Sauce Pasta w/ Fresh Basil, Mozzarella & Sundried Tomatoes

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