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3-Cheese Butternut Squash Tart w/ Bacon

It’s the holidays and we all know what that means..time to cook and bake, and eat all the delicious treats of the season..like this savory 3-Cheese Butternut Squash Tart with Bacon. Can we say yay?… Read More 3-Cheese Butternut Squash Tart w/ Bacon

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

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Lemony Rosemary Chicken Pasta with Greens and Beans, Ricotta & Toasted Walnuts

I had a whole spatchcocked chicken that I had already grilled and roasted last week, plus a bunch of spinach, shallots, some white beans and garlic. I thought I’d make a healthy and delicious Lemony Rosemary Chicken Pasta with Greens and Beans served in a silky, savory sauce made with lemon zest and juice, white wine, butter, olive oil and chicken stock; infused with red pepper flakes, rosemary, aged Ricotta Salata and topped off with some toasted walnuts for extra crunch.… Read More Lemony Rosemary Chicken Pasta with Greens and Beans, Ricotta & Toasted Walnuts

Baking, Beef, Cheese, Ethnic Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Lamb, Memoirs, One-Pot Dishes, Potatoes, Restaurant Reviews, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Things I Love, Travel, Uncategorized, Veggies

Moussaka and Memories of Greece

Classic Greek Moussaka is one of the most popular Greek dishes, and a staple “comfort food” and main course meal in Greece (as Lasagna is in Italy). This tasty Greek dish is a culinary delight to those who sample it for the first time, and I experienced it when I went on a trip to the Greek Islands a few years ago for my birthday.… Read More Moussaka and Memories of Greece

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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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Spinach Artichoke Ricotta Pizza with Parmesan Garlic Cauliflower Crust

Summer has quickly arrived and it’s that time of year again to shed a few pounds and hit the beach. Every year I start experimenting with a low carb diet when it’s bikini season, which works every time. The bad news is whenever I decide to go on a diet, my brain automatically starts thinking about all the evil foods I CAN’T eat – pizza being one of the first things I start craving.

I decided to make a low-carb pizza using a parmesan garlic cauliflower crust. It sounds weird, but it’s absolutely delicious and healthy and a great substitute for traditional pizza dough when you want a healthier option to cut some carbs out of your diet (while satisfying your cravings for pizza which are absolutely NOT allowed when you’re doing low carb!) I’m absolutely in LOVE with spinach artichoke dip and thought I would make a lighter version mixed with some fresh ricotta, garlic, onion and parmesan cheese to top the pizza.… Read More Spinach Artichoke Ricotta Pizza with Parmesan Garlic Cauliflower Crust

Appetizers, Baking, Entrees, Fall Recipes, French Recipes, Pies and Tarts, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

A LOVE-ly Spinach, Artichoke & Ricotta Tart

With all the cooking I’ve been doing lately, I’ve decided to mix it up and experiment with some baking.  I’m obsessed with savory tarts and quiches – perfect comfort food for this cold Winter we’re having in New York. I also haven’t played with puff pastry too much, so I though a free-form Spinach, Artichoke… Read More A LOVE-ly Spinach, Artichoke & Ricotta Tart

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Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Sauce

As far as I’m concerned, gnocchi are little pillows of love, goodness and deliciousness. Especially when they are homemade..that is a true labor of love. It’s not that they are difficult to make, but definitely time consuming, but with a little patience the end result is worth the wait! Gnocchi (Italian plural for gnoccho) are… Read More Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Sauce

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