It’s an App Attack! Bruschetta with Tomato, Basil, & Mozzarella!

As start getting ready for Thanksgiving, I thought you should have an easy app under your belt so your guests can stave off the munchies while waiting for the big

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Oscar® Day! The 2018 Red Carpet Menu!

The world has been on fast forward since the 2018 Oscar® nominations were announced. I had the menu named in RECORD TIME – less than 48 hours – and then

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Virginia Ham & Swiss Cheese Panini – 2018 Red Carpet Menu for Oscar®

READ ALL ABOUT IT! This appetizer is awesome!! And so is Oscar® Best Picture Nominee, The Post! What a timely movie. It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you’re on…

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Sliced Tomato Salad!

When I was a little girl, my Grandpa Tony had a garden that yielded the most fragrant and tasty tomatoes. I loved tomatoes and ate them all the time in

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Red Pepper & Tomato Salsa!

I am presently at the most amazing place, Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. It’s my sixth visit, the first in 10 years! I went with my mom once and

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Fresh Tomato & Mozzarella Pasta!

This is the perfect summer pasta dish. And after the workout my friend Stefanie Sanabria “made” me do, I really earned it! Ha! Her passion for working out has rubbed

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Avocado-Oh Yes! Avocado Toast!

Preparing for this year’s Red Carpet Menu for Oscars® was a lot of fun but also a lot of calories and rich ingredients!!! As I honed the various recipes, I

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Gn-YES! Gnocchi with Chunky Vodka Sauce!

Gnocchi (pronounced nyoh-kee) has always been one of my favorite pastas. The little potato pillow puffs as backdrop for a dense and flavorful sauce can be the most delicious indulgence. The downside to

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Sunday Gravy – GRAVY DAY!

I grew up in the Bronx in an Italian-American family. The Sunday ritual was making gravy! OK… here we go. The sauce or gravy conversation. I’ll simplify as I see it. A sauce

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Cha-Cha-Chicken Salad!

Here’s a most delicious, fast, and easy way to use that left-over roasted chicken. Have it for lunch or dinner… OR BREAKFAST! I’m not a big believer in “rules” when it comes

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First Appetizer Oscar Menu 2013: Link On

Here’s the recipe for Link On, our take on Lincoln. Ingredients: 1-2 lbs. sausage links cut to 2-3″ pieces (quantity up to you), polenta log or polenta rounds (enough to

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Chicken Out!

Being in the heat and sunshine has kept me out of the kitchen a lot of the summer. I am excited to get back in but I’m going slowly. I

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Mozzarella is the Maine Attraction!

This holiday weekend I am in Maine to visit Marc’s brother, who I’ve met before, and his family, who I was excited to finally meet. What to bring? Most people

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Basil Time!

Fresh Basil Pesto Spring is here and it is time to plant one of my favorite herbs, Sweet Basil. There is nothing like cutting and using fresh herbs from the

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Wide Open Grilled Cheese

Ohhh, today in NY has been a bit dreary. Cool, damp, bone-chilling. I always have a love for any kind of weather because it has such influence over a day. Some

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