One of my favorite things about summer is having access to beautiful, fresh, and colorful produce! I don’t crave veggies nor salads, as much, in the winter months. For obvious reasons. I also feel that dinner is so much more enjoyable in the summer. Scott and I try to grill and dine outdoors, as often as possible, throughout the summer months. Typically, Scott prepares our meat or fish entree, on the grill. So, I have ample time to prepare the most delicious, summer side salads.
Believe it or not, there was a time that I didn’t care much for Chicken Marsala. Perhaps it was due to a bad experience, that I can’t even remember. Sometimes, all it takes is a party invitation, with just one thing on the menu, to force you into trying something, again. And, wouldn’t you know. I actually love Chicken Marsala! I can now say, from experience, that it’s all in the way it’s made.
I’m doing something new, on Instagram. I’m allowing my followers to make recommendations for my Food Demos. It’s a win-win. Because I’m showing them what they want to see, and they’re giving me ideas on What to Cook for Dinner. Last week, someone suggested a Bolognese Sauce with Pasta. I hadn’t made it in such a long time, and I’ve been missing Italy and the delicious authentic meals I had there, with Scott. So, I made this, last night, as authentic as I could remember. It came out DELICIOUS!
Last night, I attempted to create a gluten free sweet potato gnocchi, but ended up with a sweet potato pancake. As I told Scott, good thing I had a back-up plan. These Asian Grilled Chicken Kabobs came out so delicious, they definitely made it to my future recipe book. I created a marinade for the chicken and left it in the fridge for a few hours. This is a super easy summer recipe that will make you the star of any barbecue!
I made this delicious chicken piccata, last night, for dinner. As soon as Scott walked in the house, he said “Whatever you’re making, it smells delicious!” That’s a good sign. Because, this is the first time I made this dish without butter, flour, and eggs. (Even though eggs are ok on the Whole 30 & Paleo Diet.) Thankfully, this recipe turned out as good (if not better) than Scott and I thought!
I’ve been making my own Biscotti Cookies for 25 years. I spent the first ten of those years perfecting this recipe.
I like making biscotti around the holidays. My guests love dipping them in coffee or espresso. But, I truly feel that what makes these biscotti cookies stand out from most biscotti cookies is that they are moist and soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Just sheer perfection.
So, here is my rationale to why Italians call their meat sauce, gravy. It has meat in it! If it does not have meat in it, then we call it a sauce or marinara. My grandmother (like her mom and her mom’s mom and her mom’s grandmother, and so on) made gravy using several cuts of meats (veal, pork, sausage, etc.) and two pots. One for the meat and one for the sauce. She’d marry the two together after a few steps and BAM, it became Italian style gravy.
I was recently asked for some advice on kitchen tools and gadgets. It wasn’t easy narrowing it down to my top ten. But, these are my top 10 kitchen items based on convenience, durability, and value.*
The first time I had a salmon dish like this was in Ithaca, New York. A few years ago, Scott had taken me to this secluded, yet rustic and beautiful bed and breakfast, outside of the main town. It was called Casper’s Farm & Villa. Michael, the host, prepared a gourmet meal for Scott and me that I would say was the third most memorable meal I’ve ever eaten. In my life! (First was Frances’ Lodge in Tuscany. Second was a Trattoria in Ravello.)
Scott and I just returned from a glorious, seven night cruise to the Caribbean. It was everything we wanted it to be. Romantic. Fun. Relaxing. The weather was perfect. The scenery was beautiful. And, the food was so delicious. I rarely eat 100% healthy on vacation. I just feel that it goes against what a vacation should be. Indulgence!