Baking, Beef, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Healthy Cooking, One-Pot Dishes, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Spicy Food, Stews, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Chile Chocolate Braised Short Ribs

So Winter is in full swing again (can we say freezing ice and rain?) :S

There’s nothing more comforting and heartwarming on a crazy cold day than a yummy bowl of braised short ribs with roasted veggies and mashed potatoes.… Read More Chile Chocolate Braised Short Ribs

Baking, Casseroles, Chicken, Food and Cooking How-To's, Food Styling & Photography, French Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Healthy Cooking, Holiday, Holiday Recipes, One-Pot Dishes, Product Reviews, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Stews, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Wine-Braised Chicken w/ Bacon, Veggies & Herbs

As the weather cools down in the late fall season, there’s nothing I love more than cooking a big one-pot comforting dish on a Sunday afternoon. One-pot dishes are so easy to make, and the enticing smells from the oven are enough to wipe out any winter blues that might be coming on.… Read More Wine-Braised Chicken w/ Bacon, Veggies & Herbs

Chicken, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

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, Chicken, Entrees, Gluten-Free Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Side Dishes, Spring Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies

Sunday Supper: Pan-Roasted Chicken w/ Rosemary & Caramelized Garlic | Roasted Lemon Asparagus Almondine

Last Sunday on a cold rainy night last week, I started craving some homey pan-roasted chicken. And since I had some fresh asparagus from the farmer’s market I wanted to make some roasted asparagus to go with.… Read More Sunday Supper: Pan-Roasted Chicken w/ Rosemary & Caramelized Garlic | Roasted Lemon Asparagus Almondine

Product Reviews

Cooking with a Purpose: Tavern Direct + NCMEC

I recently was fortunate enough to meet Lou Bivona, Managing Partner of Tavern Direct and Founding Member of National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/NY and sample some of his gourmet products to cook with. Tavern Direct has a fantastic line of flavorful, gourmet marinades, dipping and finishing sauces, 14-16 year barrel-aged balsamic vinegars infused… Read More Cooking with a Purpose: Tavern Direct + NCMEC

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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