Quattro Formaggi Pizza Margherita

It’s Pizza Week here at Once Upon a Spice and I wanted to begin by sharing the simple, but amazingly impressive Pizza Margherita. PLEASE NOTE: This pie is no slouch! The intense flavors of this remarkable, straightforward, herb-filled, cheesy, molten, pie of love can stand up to any meat-packed version. The marriage of the essence of these…

The Best Bold Rich & Thick Game Day Chili: Think Burgers, Fries, Hot Dogs or Straight Up!

Game Day Chili! Thick, bold, rich and rubescent; filled with deep flavors that hold their own paired with your favorite hot dogs, fries, burgers or straight up. Plan a chili bar and include a multitude of tantalizing toppings: sour cream, shredded cheeses, guacamole, corn chips, various crackers, chopped red onion–the sky’s limit! Feel free to make…

Crispy Cheesy Pepper Bacon Bites; An Irresistible Thanksgiving Tapas Treat!

These flavorful little gems are easy to put together well in advance so you have extra time primping for your get-together. They go directly from the freezer to the oven and if you’re lucky enough (they’re irresistible and guests love to snatch them up), right to your entertaining table. They combine three of the most…

Pasta alla Carbonara Una Pentola: “One Pot” Revisited

We all know what pasta embodies, but have you ever wondered what “carbonara” means? Carbonaro means charcoal in Italian, but to this day, the connection to this savory, flavorsome dish remains uncertain. Some food historians believe this pasta may have been popular among charcoal makers working in the Apennine Mountains; or perhaps it is called…