Sicilian Sausage Alfredo & Italian Cheese Braided Pizza Bread

Another Saturday (or any) Night Special at home! I’ve converted my Mama Carmela’s ham bread recipe into a “busy chef” version using Alfredo sauce as the base and also for dipping. If you want to simplify the process, pop on over to your nearest pizza shoppe. Most pizzerias will sell pounds of their dough to…

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Oaxacan Breakfast Casserole

  This is a wonderful, slightly spicy morning casserole or bake filled with traditional Oaxacan ingredients and flavors. I found it very easy to put together– reminiscent of preparing lasagna, but without the noodle boil, or complicated pasta sauce prep. I chopped a few veggies, opened a few cans, beat a few eggs, opened a couple…

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Tuscana Quattro Formaggi Red Pepper & Olive Pasta with Basil Cream One Pot!

Tuscan food, by tradition, is light, appetizing and extremely colorful. Feel free to experiment with any foods that fit into the latter category. Not a fan of olives? Use roasted eggplant! Want more veggies? Add roasted asparagus, chopped cherry tomatoes, zucchini–the list is endless! Create, Create! Here’s my version of a lighter, but very satisfying…

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Naked Bourbon Brew Burger: Bare Beef at Its Best!

  Coffee in my burger you say? You bet! This caffeine infused burger (trace amounts) with all of the other elements (spices) included in this recipe expose flavors unknown—talk about fusion! I call this one “naked” because it’s served bare and unscathed: Topped only with the mild tastes of caramelized onions and peppers–leave the veggies…

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Croque Madame: The French Grilled Cheese

In France, Croque Madame is a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with the addition of a simple white cream sauce and fried egg. The Croque Monsieur is the same, but without the egg. This creamy, cheesy, slightly salty, flavorful French delight originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack or lunch. Typically, Emmental…

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Incredibly Simple Eggs Benedict with Blender Hollandaise & a little history

  This week we’ve celebrated the wonders of American Fare. Served up today is another U.S culinary phenomenon, Eggs Benedict! Contrary to popular belief Eggs Benedict’s origin is not that of foreign ground. Yep, it’s all American! It even possesses its own National Day, April 16th, which I missed this year. Better late than never,…

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Thai Week’s Chicken Satay: Simply Classic

Today we begin our week into the exploration of Thai Cuisine. Thai fare simply bursts with flavors; sweet, sour, salty, astringent and spicy; which according to Ayurveda are vital components to completely satisfy our senses including the palate. Today, we start with a classic appetizer; satay. This recipe uses chicken, but feel free to substitute…

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Pasta Sauce: The Nectar of the gods? a little history

Spaghetti or pasta with tomato sauce, also known as marinara, is a staple of southern Italian cookery or almost anywhere that southern Italians live today. However, spaghetti with marinara hasn’t always been a pillar of southern Italian cuisine. It’s actually a relative newcomer. Let’s briefly touch on pasta. Once upon a time every school child…

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Braided Easter Ham Pepperoni & Cheese Bread with Tutorial

  My Mama always made this tasty bread for every religious holiday and if we begged, sometimes in between. Mom used to buy pounds of aged meats and cheeses and painstakingly cube every bit. Then she would mix fresh beaten eggs and finely grated Parmesan and fill and roll, what seemed like dozens, of loaves….

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