Not quite pizza, but a pizzeria favorite from my childhood. Stuffed with ham and ricotta cheese, calzones were a Friday night treat in my house growing up! My Dad would always get one, mostly for himself, but he would always share!
The epitome of poor man's food. Pasta & beans. Pasta e fagioli. Or, as it has come to be known here in the North East, pasta fazool (I cringe to write that). Whatever you call it, however you make it - it's an easy, quick and delicious dinner. Perfect for a chilly weeknight! Buon Appetito!
This classic dish is SO simple to make at home! Put down the box and try making this quick & easy version! Perfect for busy parents with hungry kids!
It's an annual tradition for so many Italian-American families. You'll see them in driveways and garages, on back patios and front porches; cutting, cooking and jarring tomatoes. The Mollano family in Nanuet New York were kind enough to let us come to their home and share their tradition with us. PLUS watch how you can win a cookbook!
Celebrity Chef Carlo Filippone joins me in the Cucina this week to share his healthy turkey meatball recipe! Plus we learn about his meal prep company, Elite Lifestyle Cuisine! It's what's being served this week in Cara's Cucina!
These delicious waffles are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside! Busting with the flavors of fall you're definitely going to want to add these to your weekend breakfast routine! Plus, the leftovers freeze really well so you can pop 'em in the toaster on weekday mornings!
Summer's NOT over just yet and I have one more dish bursting with fresh summer flavors! This dish is so simple and uses one of my favorite flavor combinations! Zucchini with basil, lemon and ricotta! It's the perfect pasta dish for summer.
Summer's not over yet! Mixologist Carlos Ruiz has one more perfect summer cocktail to show us. We're making daiquiris in the Cucina! Salute!
This traditional Sicilian dish is the perfect way to use up Summer's bounty of garden vegetables! Roasted eggplant, red peppers and tomatoes come together for a rich flavor that is perfect on crostini, sandwiches or even by itself! My grandmother used to make this for my Mom and her siblings as a summertime lunch when they were kids.
This New England classic goes ALL Jersey as Chef Marilyn Schlossbach of Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park puts her special twist on lobster rolls! Check out her recipe & step by step video!
Necessity is the mother of all invention. And when my grandfather had tons of green beans from the garden, my grandmother had to come up with something to DO with them. This green bean salad recipe is her solution.
This easy summer dessert is perfect in its imperfection. A great dish to make if you're short on time OR new to baking. Nothing here has to be too precise, and you don't have to work hard to make it look pretty. It's also a great dish to make with the kids cause they get to use their hands! I hope you all enjoy this delicious summer recipe!
Watch how to make a delicious salad using summer zucchini, fresh ricotta and pickled cherries with Chef Ed Crochet of Rat's Restaurant in Hamilton NJ! Set within Ground For Sculpture, this restaurant offers a beautiful dining experience. Try the salad at home or make a day trip to Rat's and check out the Grounds!
We always love when Mixologist Carlos Ruiz comes for a visit, especially before the weekend! This time he shows us how to make a super popular, Moscow Mule! Watch him do his thing with the video above, and then follow the recipe below (and maybe multiply it) to make them at home!
Try this Jersey classic at your next BBQ or cookout! Hot dogs topped with onions, peppers and potatoes! Served on an Italian roll! This isn't your average dog, it's an Italian Hot Dog!
Who doesn't love a summer dish that requires NO heat!? Ceviche is a great way to get in fresh veggies and delicious seafood without ever turning on a grill or burner. This dish is truly the magic of the kitchen as the acid in fresh citrus juices cures the fish to perfection! Try my recipe for dinner tonight!
Try something new! I invited Pope & Young Record Holding Hunter Rich Stollery to the Cucina to teach us a bit about hunting and show us his Buck Burger recipe! Seriously, give them a try!
Mixologist Carlos Ruiz is back in the Cucina to show us how to make this classic summer cocktail right in your own home!
We're celebrating the Red, White & Blue with this star spangled salad! Baby red, white and blue potatoes get roasted off with some fresh dill and rosemary. Then dressed in a light mixture of mustard, Greek yogurt, fresh herbs and olive oil! If heavy, milky potato salad is not your jam - this version definitely will be! The perfect side dish for ANY July 4th cook out or BBQ! Enjoy!
Fast, fresh and easy! This simple summer pasta dish will have dinner on the table fast! Fresh snap peas add the perfect crunch to silky pasta in a light sauce of broth and ricotta cheese!
Chef Jesse Jones is back in the Cucina for Father's Day and showing us how to grill up the perfect strip steak for Dad! You'll never grill steaks the same way again!
Fast, fresh and easy! This beet salad is my Mom's go-to summer side dish! Her tip? Make a BIG batch of beets and keep 'em in the fridge to toss into juices, soups and salads all week long! Yum!
Watch how to make this classic dessert. Eaten in Australia & New Zealand around Christmas time (which is also summer for them!) the light, airy meringue nest is the perfect vessel for summer's sweet berries, and of course, a little fresh whipped cream!
Check out this fast, delicious way to cook your pizzas this summer! We're firing up the grill for Memorial Day. Join me in the Cucina as I show you how to make pizzas on the grill!
Inspired by the book, Ten Years Later, I invited author Lisa Marie Latino to join me in the Cucina as we make Pasta Al Pomodoro! Just one of the many dishes mentioned in her debut novel. This quick and easy pasta dish can stand alone or be incorporated into the huge Italian meal described in Ten Years Later!
I am celebrating Mom's by making this beautiful and delicious stuffed French toast! Soft challah bread is battered in eggs and stuffed with sweetened mascarpone cheese and fresh strawberries! Perfect for Mom!
I was challenged to come up with a Mexican/Italian fusion dish for Cinco de Mayo...this Mexican inspired risotto is packed with flavor! I hope you enjoy my Italian take on "arroz con pollo."
Learn how to make this classic bourbon drink from Mixologist Carlos Ruiz!
A delicious Spring dish that feels kind of fancy but is easy enough to pull together in 30 minutes on a weeknight! Fresh asparagus do a delicious dance with pancetta (Italian bacon) and a touch of cream for a fantastic dinner!
One of my Mom's favorite dishes and another family recipe! Beautiful artichokes stuffed with Italian flavors and steamed to perfection. We've used these at family gatherings as a first course or they make a great vegetarian main dish!