Bounty Burger - You will need two hands to eat this hefty handful of
a burger. Start with a half a  pound of seasoned beef stacked with
lettuce and  tomato, raw onion and melted cheese on a roll.
Italian Hot Dog Sandwich - Memories of feasts and street fairs
makes this a favorite of mine still today. Hot dogs stuffed in half a
pocket bread full of  potatoes, peppers and onions for your own feast.
Panini Prima - A grilled Italian sandwich that has an abundance of
ingredients that will satisfy all of us sandwich lovers. You can use any
fry pan, grill pan or your electric contact grill for this delicious treat.
Phil-ling Cheese Steak  - The sandwich that was made infamous by
the "City of Brotherly Love". A king size delight that you can make
whenever you desire without leaving your own kitchen.
Pretzel Braid Hero - A fresh dough pretzel sliced open and layered
with your favorite deli "stuff"  for a "twist" of a sandwich. Cut it into small
bites just for the kids lunch or as munchies for that TV game day party.
Country Grilled Steak - A classic country style dinner this time
grilled and then covered in a thick white country gravy with plenty of
mushrooms and goes great with a baked potato and grilled veggies.
Crispy Skin Salmon Fillets - Salmon fillets grilled skin side down
until good and crispy. This keeps it nice and moist and then flipped just
once for only a minute. Seasoned with lots of pepper and lemon.
Grilled Eggplant Stacker - This de-constructed version of a Baba
Ganoush makes for a great first course or lunch. A grilled eggplant
topped with your favorite hummus, a slice of tomato & crumbled feta.
Pasta Primavera - This cold salad of fancy pasta and fresh veggies  
goes with any meal or even on it's own. A simple dressing of olive oil
and some white & balsamic vinegars and herbs rounds out the taste.
Watermelon Granita - Start with fresh crushed watermelon, a little
lemon juice and a simple syrup for one of the best Italian ices ever.
Once you get the hang of it, you will be making it all year round.
Crock - Pot Pork Chop Murphy - A dish that's a favorite among
us chop eaters. Slowly cooked pork chops with potatoes, mushrooms
and a few red hot cherry peppers for that classic Murphy touch of heat.
Sausage with Potatoes, Peppers & Onions - Italian sausages
oven roasted with potatoes, onions and red and green bell peppers. A
one pan dinner that will have everyone going back for more & more.
Sweet & Sour Ham Soup - This is a perfect way to use up that left
over Sunday ham. This easy to prepare Asian soup is light and healthy.
Sugar for the sweetness & rice wine vinegar for the sour.
Bacon & Pasta with Chick Peas - This tasty carbonara is mixed  
with some chick peas for a delicious touch. 2 eggs at the end with a
little ricotta salata & parsley completes this easy weeknight meal.
Apple Crusted Pork Roast - Brined in some apple juice, then dry
rubbed & pan seared to lock in the juices keeps this roast nice & moist.
Top with some chunky apple sauce and served when crisp.
Mini Zucchini Quiche - I can eat these things all day. Crustless mini
quiches loaded with plenty of zucchini and baked until golden. If you are
doing a buffet style brunch, you can't go wrong with these tasty treats.
Chicken & Waffles - Chicken strips dipped in a buttermilk and egg
wash and rolled in a mixture of flour and corn meal, then oven fried for a
crunchy coating to go with some light and fluffy buttermilk waffles.
Eggs Bénédictine - An extra large egg poached in a  puree of
seasoned spinach placed on a half of a toasted English muffin with a
slice of Canadian bacon covered in a thick heavenly Hollandaise sauce.
Chilled Basil Frittata - An Italian style omelet that is thin, light and
simple to prepare. It is meant to be sliced & served chilled with a squirt
of lemon, but it tastes just as good warm. A real favorite of my Dad's.
Tutti Frutti Sorbet - What a refreshing way to end a meal. A blend of
melons, berries with a little lemon for a clean taste that will refresh your
palate. Dish it out with a cup of coffee and an Italian biscotti or pastry.
Chili Con "Corny" - A vegetarian chili that's just chock full of roasted
corn, potatoes, red and black beans, diced tomatoes, chili powder and
other dry spices to make a meal that's hearty, healthy and spicy hot.
Spaghetti Stuffed Eggplant - Roasted eggplant halves with their
inners scooped out to make a garlic and bread crumb sauce. Toss in
some spaghetti and back into the eggplant halve it goes to be served.
Batter Fried Vegetable Mix - An abundance of assorted veggies
dipped in a thick batter then deep fried until golden brown. This is a
great family style appettizer to go with your favorite dipping sauce.
Holiday Pumpkin Soup - My niece makes this for Thanksgiving  
and it's just simply delicious. Thick & creamy and worthy of making
some as a first course just before you start on that big Holiday bird.
Potato Patties - By using up your leftover mashed potatoes, this
recipe turns them into a delicious meatless patty. Breaded and fried
makes them perfect to go with a hearty dinner salad breakfast.
Roasted Ham & Corn Soup - A few slices of  thick cut roasted
ham from your favorite deli are combined with lots of corn, fresh carrots
with some mushrooms adds complex flavor this simple soup.
Potato & Cauliflower Soup - Sautéed Cauliflower with plenty of
garlic, roasted potatoes, grated cheese and a little ricotta, makes this
dish rich and delicious. Just plate it to some hot broth and enjoy.  
Cracklin' Turkey Soup - Smoked turkey parts makes  this soup an
easy weeknight meal for your family. Removing the skin and putting in
an oven to make some cracklin', adds to the flavor and texture.
Lentil & Spinach Soup - A great vegetarian delight that's very
inexpensive and easy to make. Full of nutrition and tasty veggies. This
was a regular meal at our house growing up, and now it can be your's.
Asparagus Soup - Fresh asparagus makes this soup extremely light
and savory. By pureeing the stalks to make the broth and adding the
tips to the  soup at the end, keeps them crisp and colorful.
Neapolitan Style Pizza - A traditional pizza that has become
synonymous with N.Y.C., and with it's trademark crust, crushed tomato
& cheese topping, it has now become "
America's" most popular pizza.
Sicilian Anchovy Pizza - Better known as a Sfincione or a
Foccacia, this rectangular pizza has all It's herbs and spices worked
right into an oiled dough and then topped with several anchovy fillets
.
Deep Dish Spinach Pizza - A Chicago favorite that has layers of
fresh spinach, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and that deep thick
crispy crust this "
Windy City" treat is so famous for.
Eggplant Stromboli - Named after the Italian Island, but actually the
Stromboli originated here in the states. From outside of Philadelphia we
get this rolled pizza of grilled eggplant, fresh tomatoes & cheese.
Sausage, Peppers & Onion Pizza - A no sauce pizza that tastes
more like an open face sausage sandwich with plenty of peppers,
onions, mushrooms and your choice of sweet or spicy Italian sausage.
Chicken Diablo Soup - This devil of a soup has plenty of roasted
root vegetables and tender white meat chicken. Diced jalapenos brings
on the heat with a splash of Tabasco sauce for more of a zing.
Braised Oxtails - Once a meal for the poor, but now it has become
a delicacy if you can find it. Braised Oxtails in a rich tomato based wine
gravy with an abundance of vegetables and Cajun spices.
Louisiana Hot Wings - Long before chicken wings flew to Buffalo,
Louisiana eateries were frying up their hot wings for decades. Coated in
seasoned flour, deep fried and tossed in a buttery
"Louisiana Hot Sauce".
Marinated Button Mushrooms - Fresh mushrooms in a brine of
olive oil, red wine vinegar, Tabasco and a blend of hot spices & herbs.
An easy Creole style condiment perfect for any dinner, picnic or BBQ.
Peppery Parmesan Cheese Crisps - Called "Frico" from the
Friuli region of Italy, these peppery wafers of grated cheese are baked
and cooled for a wonderful addition to any soup, salad or appetizer.
Broccoli Soup - A  puree of broccoli sautéed in oil and garlic that is
then turned into a savory soup. Add your favorite mini cheese Ravioli
and a hearty amount of grated cheese makes this a soup unfogettable
Cauliflower Mac & Cheese - A great way to get the kids to eat
more vegetables. Some fresh blanched cauliflower added to a blend
of cheeses, mixed with some pasta and baked to a creamy perfection.
Cheesy Baked Potatoes - Bake potatoes with the scooped out
potato flesh is mixed with cream cheese, butter, garlic, fresh parsley
and paprika, then put back into the skins and baked again until crisp.
Mini Ricotta Cakes - For all you cheese cake lovers out there.
Tiny but decadent ricotta cheese cakes are a perfect dessert course
especially after that big meal where you just want a little bit more.
Pork Chops and Mushrooms - This is a perfect one skillet dinner
for 4 that can't be beat for it's ease and flavor. Braised bone in pork
chops with plenty of mushrooms, onions and spicy diced tomatoes.
Chicken & Rice - Whether you use fresh or leftover chicken for this
terrific and easy one pot meal, it will certainly bring a smile to your
family's faces when you set this hearty & delicious rice dish on the table.
Giambotta - A traditional Italian vegetable stew that has a multitude of
garden fresh ingredients that have been slowly simmered into a rustic
delicacy that has a poached egg cooked directly on top before serving.
Lentils, Spinach and Sausage Soup - A delicious, nutritious way
to bring some healthy eating  to your weeknight menu. Every bowlful will
fill you up with all your necessary vitamins, minerals and protein.
Matambre - An Argentinian flank steak Roulade that is filled with lots
of vegetables and several slices of hard cooked eggs, then braised to a
perfection with more vegetables and sliced into pinwheels to serve.
Chicken Mac Salad - An real American favorite that uses that leftover
chicken from the night before. Just add it to your favorite pasta, coat it
with a dollop of mayonnaise, spices, fresh basil and a squirt of lemon.
Asian Spicy Sprouts - A simple & delicious salad with an Asian touch.
Mung bean sprouts mixed with sesame oil and rice wine vinegar along
with a little chili garlic paste for a bit of that Asian heat and flavor.
Tuna Stuffed Peppers - Fresh red pepper halves filled to the gills
with a tuna salad that has plenty of celery and onion that's then tossed
in a delicious and refreshing dressing of olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
Spinach & Sweet Corn Salad - Some crisp baby spinach with
sweet corn kernels makes a great start to a salad that has a fresh
lemony vinaigrette dressing that's topped with crunchy pieces of bacon.
Potato Garden Salad - This no mayonnaise dish is perfect for that
feast away from home or just in your backyard. Boiled potatoes with
plenty of veggies in a Mediterranean style dressing of oil & garlic.  
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes - Rich and creamy with lots of grated
cheese makes this potato side dish delicious and ready to become a
family favorite for any time of the year. It can also be made ahead.
Italian Style Potato Croquettes - Golden brown logs, rich with
cheese and potato were originally a staple in many Italian-American
restaurants of the 1950's. A perfect treat for your up coming Holiday.
Honey Roasted Turkey & Pasta Soup - Easy as 1-2-3. The trick
here is to get your turkey from the deli department, cube it up and
add it to some hot broth, frozen vegetables and a little pasta.
Quick & Easy Tomato Basil Soup with Tortellini - By using canned
tomato purée for the base of this soup makes it quick and easy. Fresh
basil for that sweet taste and some hearty cheese tortellini to fill you up.
Slow Cooker Meatball Soup - Italians call this soup "Ministra
Maritata" which literally translates as “Married Soup,” not the misnomer
of a “Wedding Soup” and it actually refers to the "marriage" of flavors.
Pressure Cooker Onion Soup - A great way to prepare this
traditional soup that's great for any meal or special occasion. In no time
at all this PC version is done with a great taste.
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