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Bolognese Sauce (Tomato & Meat)


It’s sooooo cold! How about something simple, hearty and simply delicious? Taking a step back on memory lane ,I remember my dearest Grandma making the best of what she had, Italian style. So it was customary for her to make spaghetti and meatballs. But if time was short and appetites were calling for food, she would make this delicious Bolognese sauce and serve on top of pasta, polenta or potatoes. The result : full tummies and warm hearts.  We also tried the recipe with ground turkey and it was just as fabulous! Enjoy

Ingredients: (for 6 cups of sauce)

2 lbs fresh Roma tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 lb lean ground meat
2 yellow onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbls olive oil
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 tsp chopped basil
2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
dash of sugar
1 Tbls balsamic vinegar

Heat the olive in a sauce pot, incorporate the garlic and let cook for 15 to 20 seconds; quickly add the onions and stir , let cook till translucent. Incorporate meat, cook till browned, stirring frequently. Add the diced tomatoes and the tomato paste. Let mixture come to a boil, then reduce heat and add the herbs, salt & pepper to taste. Add the sugar and the vinegar and stir. Let cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, the flavors will be well blended and the sugar will reduce the acidity of the sauce. Serve over your favorite pasta or over polenta or potatoes for a gluten free dish. Add fresh grated Pecorino Romano as a topping and enjoy!.

Vegetable Frittata

Into tapas? Try this quick and easy vegetable frittata.  Perfect for a quick lunch, a late night dinner , or as part of a tapas party. It’s a terrific way to eat veggies! . Substitute eggs for egg whites for a low cholesterol version.

Ingredients: (for one 8-inch frittata)

2 cups cooked vegetables, such as broccoli, asparagus or green beans
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 onion, minced
2 Tbls olive oil
grated Pecorino Romano to taste

For best results, use a non-stick 8-inch pan. Sauté the onion in the oil till golden brown. Add the vegetables, salt & pepper to taste. Pour the eggs, let cook till barely set. Gently, slide the frittata on to another dish, then place back into pan to cook the other side, for about 3 minutes. Slide onto serving dish sprinkle with freshly grated pecorino Romano and enjoy!

Pan Seared Chicken Napolitano

Want rich, comfort food that will not make you feel guilty?  Thy this quick and easy an seared dish. It takes 30 minutes to make and only uses one pan. But don’t let that fool you:  the rich, meaty tomatoes and fresh garlic flavor the chicken as in Napoli and pack a quite satisfying punch.

Serve over a bed  whole wheat pasta for a wholesome treat. Serve over roasted potatoes or brown rice for a gluten- free version of this meal. Enjoy!

Ingredients: (for 2)

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large paste tomato, or 2 Roma tomatoes coarsely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 Tbls olive oil
1 Tbls red chile oil
2 Tbls balsamic vinegar

In a large sauté pan, heat the oils and the vinegar. Add the chicken breasts and sear on each side till almost cooked (about 2 minutes per side). Turn the heat off and add the garlic, stir and let cook for 30 seconds add the tomatoes. Stir to coat the chicken well and serve immediately.

This dish serves well atop of Fettuccini Alfredo.

*Cooking Tip: You can use frozen chicken tenderloins for this recipe.

Rich Flavor Turkey Basting



Tired of butter and herbs? Want to jazz up your holiday turkey with some richly flavored basting?
Try some of our favorites! Basting sauces can be made in double quantities to serve as a side sauce together with the traditional cranberry and  gravy. For best flavor results, basting should be done in the last 45 of cooking time. 

Honey-Mustard  ( makes 1 cup):

1/2 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup clover honey ( room temperature)
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, mix  the olive oil with the honey with a whisk  till it changes to a paler color and slightly thicker texture. Add salt and pepper if using and then incorporate the mustard. Stir till it completely mixed.


Spicy Chipotle basting sauce ( makes 1 cup):

1/2 cup tomato paste
2 chipotle peppers chopped
3 Tbls olive oil
3 tbls sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in food processor and mix till smooth ( about 2 minutes). The mixture should now have consistency of ketchup : just enough viscosity to stick to the back of a spoon and to a turkey breast 🙂

Can’t find Chipotle peppers? Use  2 tbls of cranberry sauce mixed with 1/2 tsp hot sauce and 1/2 tsp of liquid smoke





Tuscan Style Standing Crown Roast

When we think Tuscan food, the first thought is usually pasta wine and cheese.  Contrary to what many of us believe, Italians have a great repertoire of meat dishes, that are actually the main course which is served after the pasta course at holidays. This Standing Crown Roast seasoned with rosemary, thyme and garlic is a hit every-time! It’s simple to prepare , yet sophisticated, and with the help of a remote thermometer, enjoy the party worry-free !

Ingredients: for 10 servings

1 -14 crown roast (or 2 seven rib roasts tied together)
1 full head of garlic (10 cloves) chopped
2 Tbls chopped fresh thyme
1/2 bunch ( 1/4 cup) fresh rosemary, chopped
fresh ground pepper
salt to taste
4 Tbls olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix the garlic, thyme and the rosemary with the salt and the pepper in a bowl. Place the roast on baking sheet, rub the oil on all the meat with your hands, next rub on the herb-garlic mixture. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.  Arrange in the shape of a crown with bones up and  cover the bones with foil to avoid burning. Place roast in the oven and let cook until the doneness of your liking. For best results, use a meat thermometer inserted to the thickest part of the meat. It should read 130 degrees for rare (25 minutes), 135 for medium rare (35 minutes) or 140 for medium ( 40 minutes).
Take out of oven and let stand for 10 minutes, shape into the standing crown, cut between chops and serve. Enjoy with trimmings such as Cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing.