A 2020 Finger Lakes Saperavi by Keuka Spring Paired with Hot Italian Sausage, Rapini & Melted Asiago On Top of Sliced Sourdough

I am very excited about this pairing! Why? Well, I’m on a Finger Lakes rustic red wine kick right now. As the weather gets warmer we will lighten things up a bit.  It is becoming apparent to me that just as the elegant Rieslings are the premium varietal in this region, It seems as thoughContinue reading “A 2020 Finger Lakes Saperavi by Keuka Spring Paired with Hot Italian Sausage, Rapini & Melted Asiago On Top of Sliced Sourdough”

Roasted Chicken Quarter, Salt Potatoes, Baby Roasted Peppers, with a Finger Lakes 2017 Cabernet Franc by Villa Bellangelo

I just love the beauty of roasting a well seasoned aromatic chicken quarter and serving it up with some good sides and wonderful local wine! I also love local fare and simply cannot get enough of it! Being born and raised in Northern New Jersey, I cannot help but revert back to the local fareContinue reading “Roasted Chicken Quarter, Salt Potatoes, Baby Roasted Peppers, with a Finger Lakes 2017 Cabernet Franc by Villa Bellangelo”

Roasted Pork Shoulder “Porchetta Style”

“Porchetta!” I love the herbs and spices used for roasting this pork dish! So perfumy and with just a little bit of “heat,” it’s like no other pork dish! I have seen many types of recipes titled “Porchetta.” Online, one of the most popular seems to be a pork loin wrapped in a pork belly.Continue reading “Roasted Pork Shoulder “Porchetta Style””

Homemade Manicotti

Yum, yum, yum, & yummy! When passionate about cooking, it’s hard to say what your favorites are. But, certain things I just get so much satisfaction and pleasure out of a making. And, manicotti is one of them! With manicotti, my moment of zen is affirmed when I open the oven door and get hitContinue reading “Homemade Manicotti”

Piadina

Once again, I am captivated by the simplicity and beauty of Italian peasant cooking! Piadina is a simple and delicious flatbread best enjoyed when baked on the spot. Fill it with your favorite meats, cheeses, and/or vegetables, and serve immediately while still warm. Piadina is soft and chewy with a rich nutty taste and smokiness!Continue reading “Piadina”

Focaccia Bread

I love this bread! It’s so tasty! Soooo good for a sandwich and to infuse with herbs! The list goes on.  I recently relocated to an area where there are no local “neighborhood” Italian bread bakeries. Now…I admit I have not looked very hard except for a pretty thorough google maps search and drove aroundContinue reading “Focaccia Bread”

Grandma Pie

Rectangular, pan pizza, grandma-style! Every time I make this dish memories of my Great Grandma Marion and Uncle Alphonse pop into my head. I will never forget visiting her and my uncle at their apartment in Newark, NJ over 45 years ago as a little boy. You could see the Sacred Heart Cathedral from herContinue reading “Grandma Pie”

Cavatelli with Sausage and Rapini

Here is a pasta dish that is savory to the max! All the flavors of the sausage combined with the broccoli rabe, garlic, and white wine! I love this dish! This is most commonly served with orecchetti, but I like using cavatelli or even rotelli. Multicolor rotelli infused with veggies is really good too! ItContinue reading “Cavatelli with Sausage and Rapini”

Grilled Vegetables

Fast, easy, delicious, and nutritious. Also, another beautiful item to add to your antipasto repertoire! As far as I’m concerned, antipasto spreads should be dominated by vegetables and “some” cured meats and cheeses. I love putting antipasto spreads out with delicious, carefully seasoned, and prepared veggies!  When we talk about “grilled” veggies, typically cut veggiesContinue reading “Grilled Vegetables”

Spinach Pie

Spinach Pie I love making this one! Inspired by my mother, Raphaella, it’s a mixture of fresh spinach (not cooked first) ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, mozzarella, garlic powder, and extra virgin olive oil. Yes, garlic “powder” not fresh garlic. I believe there is a time and place for both fresh herbs and spices and dehydrated ones. GarlicContinue reading “Spinach Pie”