Now that Fall is finally here, I’m so excited to start cooking comfort food again with flavorful seasonal ingredients. In particular, I love making homemade pasta and one-pot dishes, especially with earthy ingredients like wild mushrooms, sage, prosciutto, toasted nuts, hearty greens…yum. Keep reading :)… Read More Celebrating Fall Flavors: Buckwheat Bucatini w/ Truffled Wild Mushroom Sauce
Summer is in the air and it’s that time of year to cool down with some refreshing cocktails and light small bites. I love melon in the Summer time, especially paired with cucumbers with their light flavors that make a great refreshing cocktail.… Read More Cool off w/ a Stoli Cucumber-Melon Martini & Prosciutto-Melon-Feta Bites
I love Spring. There’s nothing better than a dose of gorgeous sunshine, cherry blossoms in bloom, and the tempting promises of Summer on the way. It’s the perfect time of year to throw open the windows, do some Spring cleaning and celebrate new beginnings. I also love the bountiful selection of fresh seasonal herbs and… Read More A bright, savory Spring chicken dish to celebrate the season
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
This recipe pairs white peaches with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella in a tangy sweet vinaigrette. It’s refreshing and light and the salty prosciutto paired with the cool, mild mozzarella and sweet peaches is a combination to die for. You can also substitute the mozzarella with Ricotta Salata (fresh ricotta) or Feta Cheese, and add some sliced or slivered almonds for crunch if you like. Serve this salad with some crusty bread and a glass of white wine – perfect for a lunch or dinner side salad with an Italian dish.… Read More White Peach, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Salad
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