A Delightful Three Course Meal with Finger Lakes wines by Heron Hill

Pasta Durum Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Broccoli with a 2020 Pinot Gris by Heron Hill A simple garlic and oil sauce tossed with blanched broccoli and spaghetti. This Pinot Gris is well rounded and soft on the palate with lush notes of stone fruit, citrus accents, and moderate acidity. A delightful pair with this light-heartedContinue reading “A Delightful Three Course Meal with Finger Lakes wines by Heron Hill”

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”

“Utica Greens”

Ahhh…Utica Greens! This one is unique! I just love local fare. Being born and raised in New Jersey (now an Upstate New Yorker) we have our share of local classics. But, Utica Greens is just one of those dishes that I just can’t get enough of. It’s such a delectable and different way to enjoyContinue reading ““Utica Greens””

Pork Stew “Abruzzo Style”

Abruzzo!! Abruzzo!! Abruzzo!! I love saying it! When I finally get to Italy, this is where I’m headed. Why not Rome, Milan, Tuscany? Yes, I do want to see it all. But, if you think about it, when friends and family travel to Italy you don’t often hear “We’re going to the Abruzzo region.”  Well,Continue reading “Pork Stew “Abruzzo Style””

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”

Grandma Anne’s Manest

Manest! The first dish I was formally taught how to make by my beloved Grandma Anne! If you grew up Italian-American, I think it’s safe to say making a marinara is just second nature. I mean, no one really has to teach you that. You just saw it so many times.  This dish, however, isContinue reading “Grandma Anne’s Manest”