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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Cayenne Pepper Paste

Cayenne Pepper Paste

November 14, 2019

Cayenne pepper paste is a delicious, yet simple way to spice up any dish.  When the hot peppers are abundant or the harvest is plentiful, cayenne pepper paste is just one way to preserve this delicious and spicy gift of nature.  Here is a staple we keep in our kitchen.  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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Fennel and Orange Salad with Toasted Almonds

Fennel and Orange Salad with Toasted Almonds

October 11, 2019

Fennel and orange salad is a popular Sicilian dish loved throughout Italy. Quickly put together, this delicious, refreshing vegetarian and vegan salad is not only a dish filled with flavor and textures, but also a great boost of vitamin C.  Drizzled with excellent extra virgin olive oil this delicious salad will certainly become a favorite to serve especially during the season when fennel and oranges are in season. Let's get started!
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Penne alla Fiesolana with Peas

Penne alla Fiesolana with Peas

October 09, 2019

Today we will make Penne alla Fiesolana. Pasta is such a glorious food.  It truly is like a perfectly blank canvas from which you can create an infinite variety of delicious dishes.  Penne alla Fiesolana is just one of the many ways you can transform a simple pasta into a mouthwatering dish.  Combining cooked ham, heavy cream, some peas and Parmigiano Reggiano and voilà, you have a simple yet delicious primo prepared in no time at all.  No doubt it will become a family favorite. Let's get started.
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Orecchiette with Cherry Tomatoes and Ricotta

Orecchiette with Cherry Tomatoes and Ricotta

October 07, 2019

Orecchiette with roasted cherry tomatoes and dollops of fresh ricotta are a delicious and easy vegetarian primo quickly prepared in no time at all.  This Italian dish, typical to the region of Puglia, is known to be made by grandmas, aunts and women of all ages sitting around the kitchen table shaping one by one these iconic orecchiette - little ears, from a simple pasta di semola. How wonderful to celebrate family and be able to enjoy a deep sense of community when women and children gather together to do life as they prepare delicious comfort food for their loved ones.  Not only does it feed the belly but most importantly it feeds the soul to sit together, listen to each other, laugh and share life while passing the tradition on to the next generation. 
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Orecchiette with Truffles and Mushrooms

Orecchiette with Truffles and Mushrooms

October 02, 2019

Orecchiette with Truffles and mushrooms are definitely a winner for just about any occasion. Easy and quick to prepare and absolutely delicious. Just a few simple ingredients and you have a primo fit for a king. Sliced mushrooms, garlic and a little heat, coupled with black truffles and mushrooms by Urbani Truffles and a little heavy whipping cream, and there you have it. Unbelievably delicious and prepared in no time at all. Let's get started.

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Sformato di Finocchio, Patate e Prosciutto - Fennel and Potato Casserole

Sformato di Finocchio, Patate e Prosciutto - Fennel and Potato Casserole

September 27, 2019

Need a delicious dinner that can be prepared ahead of time? Here it is! A flavorful dish prepared with layers of potatoes, fennel and ham accompanied by a creamy, silky béchamel sauce baked to perfection inside the wood-fired oven, is the perfect combination of flavors.  Easily prepared ahead of time and heated up right before sitting around the kitchen table, this dish will certainly be loved and enjoyed by many. By omitting the ham this delicious SFORMATO also becomes a perfect vegetarian dish. 
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Roasted Cauliflower, Butternut Squash and Chickpeas over Tagliatelle

Roasted Cauliflower, Butternut Squash and Chickpeas over Tagliatelle

September 20, 2019

Simply preheat your wood-fired oven to 425°F - 218°C, place the vegetables on a baking sheet with some herbs, garlic, hot pepper flakes and good olive oil and the magic is about to happen. Place everything to roast in the oven to caramelize, and serve it as a side dish or tossed with fresh homemade pasta all'uovo. Roasting vegetables in a wood-fired oven brings out the most intense flavor, certain to satisfy any palate. When looking for a quick, healthy and delicious meal here is a great idea. Let's get started! 
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Panzanella

Panzanella

August 13, 2019

Panzanella is a simple, and delicious, peasant Tuscan dish that has been passed down throughout many generations.  Although some put their special twist to this traditional dish, most prepare it with just a few ingredients. Bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, basil, a little vinegar and very generous drizzle of good olive oil.  Panzanella is a perfect summer comfort food prepared when the tomatoes are ripe and a deep red on the vine.  Made with day old bread previously soaked in water and vinegar, this Tuscan staple will certainly become one of your family's favorite. Let's get started.

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Rice Polpette

Rice Polpette

August 07, 2019

Do you ever have any leftovers and you don't know what to do with? No worries! Here is a quick way to make a delicious meal by repurposing leftover risotto and creating a delicious dish.  Simply add a few ingredients to the rice, roll each polpette in bread crumbs, place them in a preheated frying pan, and slide them into the Fontana Gas fired Oven. Now let the oven do its magic.  Remember, COOKING IS AN ART. Be creative and don't get stifled by a strict, exact recipe. BAKING IS A SCIENCE. It is here where you need to follow closer attention to details and more exact weight in order to have a predictable result. Today it is time to be creative. Let's get started and put leftovers to good use!
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