Lasagna with Asparagus

Lasagna with Asparagus

May 28, 2020

Although lasagna has its original birth in the region of Emilia Romagna, it has certainly become one of the classic, international symbols of the Mediterranean peninsula called Italy.  This dish has evolved from the classic Lasagne alla Bolognese layered with a luscious bechamel, into limitless variations and possibilities.  From vegetarian, to rich meat based sauces, this dish is now loved around the entire globe. Let's get started!

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Roasted Chicken with Potatoes

Roasted Chicken with Potatoes

May 07, 2020

What better dish than a beautifully roasted chicken accompanied by golden wedges of mouthwatering potatoes all prepared to perfection in the wood-fired oven?  Rubbed with fresh herbs, marinated with fresh lemon juice overnight, and finally roasted with the heat of the wood-fired oven, this chicken will be tender, juicy and full of rich flavor.  The roasted wedges of potatoes cooked directly in the reduction in the pan, will create a dish that will certainly be a hit for any gathering with friends and family.  Let's get started!
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Pork Wellington

Pork Wellington

April 29, 2020

Pork Wellington with our personal twist on today's menu.  Simple, delicious and put together in no time at all.  What a pleasant surprise and treasure we found when looking through the freezer. A package of frozen sheets of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry, as well as a small pork tenderloin.  Why not make an elegant and delicious Pork Wellington with ingredients present in the kitchen?  Neither mushrooms or Prosciutto Crudo available, but cooking is in art and one is free be creative and substitute with ingredients at hand.  Substitute pork with chicken or veal, and voilà, a mouthwatering dish with a stunning presentation is ready in no time at alI.  This simple dish will most certainly become a favorite in any kitchen. 
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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

April 15, 2020

Lentil Soup is definitely a classic dish in our home.  As a staple in Italian cuisine, and of the Cucina Povera, (poor man's food or peasant food) - lentils are not only a delicious legume, but also rich in fiber, protein and a good source of iron.  These very small legumes can easily be kept in the pantry and then be transformed into either a delicious soup, side dish, cold salad or even into small, fried patties.  With just a few ingredients these small lentils are quickly made into a perfect comfort dish.  
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Riso Casimir - Casimir Rice

Riso Casimir - Casimir Rice

March 25, 2020

Riso Casimir, a deliciously creamy and slightly sweet curried dish, was introduced to Switzerland in the 1950s as an exotic dish.  Curried chicken is served over a bed of rice accompanied by a variety of fruits and nuts.  Everything is topped off by caramelized bananas.  Growing up, Riso Casimir was always such a loved dish in our home, as my mom prepared it for us on very special occasions.  Today the tradition continues as my kids love it as well and ask for this dish on special occasions.  Let's get started! 
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Fagioli con Salsiccia - Beans and Sausage

Fagioli con Salsiccia - Beans and Sausage

March 20, 2020

Salsiccia e Fagioli is a most wonderful, rustic Italian dish full of intense flavor.  Born in the cucina povera, a peasant dish, these fagioli are typical to Tuscan cuisine, but more specifically a staple in Florence.  In fact, can't think of a single Fiorentino who does not love to pull up a chair to a table inside a Trattoria, or better yet at home, sitting around the kitchen table, enjoying a piping hot plate filled with Fagioli all'Uccelletto and salsiccia.  Generously drizzled with good extra virgin olive oil, and topped with roasted Tuscan sausages, this dish becomes true comfort food not only for the colder winter months, but also a perfect and timeless dish at any time of the year.  Let's get started!  
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Saltimbocca alla Romana - Veal Saltimbocca

Saltimbocca alla Romana - Veal Saltimbocca

March 04, 2020

Saltimbocca alla Romana is an exquisite and mouthwatering entrée - a "secondo" typical Roman cuisine, but also a dish loved throughout Italy.  Thin slices of veal dusted lightly in flour just on one side, topped with Prosciutto Crudo and a fresh sage leaf, are finally secured with a toothpick and quickly prepared in a frying pan.  In no time at all a flavorful dish is served drizzled with a delicious wine reduction. The secret to great success is a very brief cooking time.  Easy to prepare, but incredibly flavorful when accompanied by a fresh salad and a side-dish of your choosing.  No wonder they are called saltimbocca, because they will just jump into your mouth as their literal name states. Let's get started!
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Arista di Maiale al Latte - Milk Braised Pork

Arista di Maiale al Latte - Milk Braised Pork

February 21, 2020

Milk braised pork is a very simple, inexpensive classic Italian entrée.  Accompanied by roasted potatoes this tender, flavorful roast is perfect and delicious to serve to family and friends. With the help of an immersion blender the reduction of the milk is quickly transformed into a silky gravy poured over the thin slices of meat.  Let's get started!  
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Swordfish Involtini

Swordfish Involtini

January 22, 2020

Swordfish Involtini are a mouthwatering, traditional Sicilian specialty that can be prepared either on the stove top or in the oven.  Traditionally this delicious SECONDO - main course, is prepared with fresh swordfish caught right in the Stretto di Messina, which is the body of water between the Island of Sicily and the main land of the boot of Italy.  When the fork and knife split open each spiedino, it will uncover a stuffing filled with the aroma of herbs, capers, lemon zest and cheese.  This flavorful dish is so simple to prepare and will certainly become a loved entrée for any occasion. Let's get started!
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Rigatoni with Leeks and Sausage

Rigatoni with Leeks and Sausage

January 09, 2020

Rigatoni with Leeks and Sausage are one of those unforgettable comfort foods that simply remind me of cherished moments, surrounded by family and friends while eating together around the kitchen table.  Although extremely simple in its preparation, this rustic pasta dish consists of a perfect marriage of leeks and sausage served over some rigatoni.  This simple pasta dish will certainly make its way back over and over again as a loved family meal.  Let's get started!
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Portuguese Soup

Portuguese Soup

December 13, 2019

Nothing is quite as comforting as a hearty and spicy soup during the cold winter months.  Portuguese Soup is most definitely a favorite in our home.  Chunks of good sausage stewed with cabbage, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and specked with dark kidney beans, creates a delicious  combination for a perfect winter soup.  Accompanied by warm cornbread spread with butter, this dish will most certainly become a most-loved comfort food during the frigid months.  Let's get started! 
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Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño Poppers

October 30, 2019

Hot and spicy Jalapeño Poppers stuffed with cream cheese and sausage are the hit appetizer for any occasion.  These hot little guys are simple to make, incredibly flavorful and glorious to eat.  Don't let the jalapeños scare you as the cream will definitely tone down the intensity of the heat and these small bites of intense goodness will certainly become a go-to recipe for years to come.  For a vegetarian version these little morsels are delicious even by omitting the sausage.  Let's get started!
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