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Italian Macaroni Vegetable Bake

1 Comment | Written on February 26, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

One of the best parts of moving to New York has been being closer to my sister.  Now that we are both in Manhattan, we have dinner at each others apartments at least once a week.  She first made this healthy Italian dish at her apartment a few weeks back and we both loved it!

I couldn’t wait to make it for myself and photograph it for the blog.  We even made it again for my grandma and cousins when we were all in San Francisco last week!  Needless to say, this is a new dinnertime staple in both of our repertoires.

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Mushroom Asiago Chicken – Italian Reader’s Choice Winner

1 Comment | Written on January 21, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Today I am excited to introduce you to the Reader’s Choice winner in our “Best Blogger Italian Recipe Contest.”  Congratulations to “MidniteBaker” Judy Hannemann for her “Mushroom Asiago Chicken!”

YOU voted for this recipe and I have to say, you all made an outstanding choice!

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Campanelle and Italian Sausage – Best Blogger Italian Recipe Winner

1 Comment | Written on January 17, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

There were countless mouth-watering recipe submissions in our “Best Blogger Italian Recipe Contest”  but one dish stood out from the crowd.  Congratulations to David Dial on his award-winning “Campanelle with Italian Sausage, Peas and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cream Sauce!”

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Paleo Italian Meatballs

2 Comments | Written on January 15, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Curious about this Paleo diet everyone is talking about?

The premise is simple, if the cavemen didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t either.  That means avoiding refined sugar, dairy, legumes and grains.  The focus instead is on meat, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables.  Good news?  If you need to follow a gluten-free diet, any Paleo recipe is right up your alley.

This recipe for Hot Italian Meatballs was adapted from “The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes” cookbook by Judith Finlayson.

It was my first attempt at a Paleo recipe and, I have to say, it was really enjoyable!  Maybe I need to give this caveman thing a try?  (Just kidding gentlemen, I’m not into being clubbed over the head…)

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Breakfast in Bed – Panettone French Toast

1 Comment | Written on December 10, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Today is the first wintry snow day here in New York City.  Schools have been cancelled and the roads are a mess, but the soft, white snowflakes drifting past my window are simply majestic.  After over a decade in sunny Los Angeles, this is certainly new territory for me.  It’s the kind of day where you just want to curl up with breakfast in bed.  In fact, I think I am going to do just that…

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

No Comments | Written on December 4, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

This time of year, when there will be many family gatherings and numerous meals to plan, there is one tried and true recipe that is always on my go-to list:  Homemade Spaghetti Sauce!

If you will have houseguests in a few weeks, make a batch now.  It freezes like a dream and can feed a hungry crowd anytime.

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Pesto Mashed Potatoes

No Comments | Written on November 12, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Want to give your Thanksgiving side dish an Italian flair?  Try these “Pesto Mashed Potatoes!”

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New York Style White Pizza

1 Comment | Written on October 26, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

You can enjoy a New York Style ‘White Pizza’ without a trip to the Big Apple.  No tomato sauce here – this pizza is made for cheese lovers!

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What is Quinoa?

4 Comments | Written on August 28, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Quinoa has become a trendy ingredient in the past few years, not only for its delicious flavor, but for its nutritional qualities.  At first glance you might presume it is a grain, but it is actually a small seed.  It can be used in recipes as you would rice, pasta, or couscous, however, quinoa provides additional health benefits because it is actually closely related to beets and spinach!

This gluten-free super food is also high in protein, rich in fiber and a source of calcium.  This is useful for anyone who is lactose intolerant or follows a vegan diet.

Originally cultivated in the mountains of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, quinoa has been a staple since the ancient Incan Empire.  This crop can only be grown at high altitudes and often has to be shipped to the US and around the world from the Andes.  That’s why I was so excited to find this brand grown right here in the US from the White Mountain Farm in Colorado.  They are actually the first large-scale quinoa operation in North America.

This recipe for “Italian Quinoa Salad” is a great addition to your Labor Day Picnic menu.  I like to store individual portions in canning jars for easy transportation and serving.

All you have to do is toss cooked quinoa with small fresh mozzarella balls, pine nuts, spinach and tomatoes.  Then whisk up an easy balsamic vinaigrette and you are ready to go!  I like to allow the salad to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow the flavors to combine.  You can certainly prepare this recipe in advance and have it all ready to go for your Labor Day festivities!

Excited to make this “Italian Quinoa Salad?

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Best Tomato Recipe Ever – Roasted Bruschetta

1 Comment | Written on July 11, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

We have a winner in our “Best Tomato Recipe Ever” contest!  This dish comes to us from ”Calou347976.”  It is colorful, fresh, and highlights beautiful seasonal ingredients.  Swing by your local farmer’s market, or even your backyard garden – I guarantee you will want to try this recipe for Roasted Bruschetta!

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