These delicious and dairy-free (just omit the butter) pancakes are so much fun to make with your family! The health benefits of almonds are sweetened with some dark chocolate chips to make the perfect weekend breakfast.
This traditional St. Joseph's Day dish is full of flavor! A beautiful oil and garlic based sauce gets a kick from sardines. Topped with toasted breadcrumbs to represent the carpenter's "sawdust" and finished with toasted pine nuts! This dish is a must for everyone celebrating the "Joseph's" in their lives!
Airy puffs, filled with a ricotta based cream and topped with a cherry. The zeppole were created in Naples in 1840 to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph; and are still a treasured tradition for both Italians and Italian-Americans.
Check out my recipe for this classic Italian dish! Arancini means "little orange" and the dish gets its name from the saffron risotto used to make it! I'll show you an easy way to assemble them too! A perfect snack or meal served with a side of marinara!
I'll show you how to use this simple method to steam fish using beautiful Mediterranean flavors. Tomatoes, capers and olives mix with white wine to create a flavorful broth for the fish. This healthy meal is perfect for the start of Lent - or anytime you want to skip the meat.
An Italian classic and the perfect winter meal! I'll show you how to make fall off the bone chicken cacciatore. Follow along step by step to make this "poor man's food" style dish. Chicken, sausage and mushrooms come together in a hearty tomato sauce for a stick to your ribs meal the whole family will love!
Life Coach Kathy Lindert is back in the Cucina to show us another One Dish Wonder! Check out her recipe for a one dish chicken! Easy and healthy, plus a quick clean up? What more could you want on a weeknight?
Special guest, hypnotist & life coach, Kathy Lindert joins us in the Cucina this week to show us one of her "one dish wonder" recipes! Fast, fresh & easy, this baked egg dish will keep you powering through the morning rush all week long! Then check out Kathy's site to learn more about how she's helping people!
Need to feed a crowd on Game Day (or any day?) Learn this simple and delicious recipe for pernil, or roast pork shoulder. Cara shows you an easy, flavorful marinade and tells you how to get that skin perfectly crispy. Your group will love this dish served with easy sides like rice or potatoes! Yum!
Cut down on the sugar and amp up the nutritional value of this favorite snack. Caryn O'Sullivan from Appetites For Life shares her homemade granola recipe with us. Clueing us in on why making your own is SO much better than store brought - plus you can make HUGE batches of it in under an hour to nosh on all week!
Learn how to make this delicious winter dish. Butternut squash gets roasted and turned into a creamy sauce. While the traditional ricotta filling gets an added nutritional boost from baby spinach! This hearty dinner will warm you up on a cold day - and for days to come because it makes even better leftovers!
Watch how to make this easy, delicious and healthy chili! An easy base of olive oil and onion, combine with tomato, turkey and sweet potato for a hearty meal the whole family will enjoy! Cara show's you step by step how to make this one pot dish!
This soup will knock your socks off! You never knew a bowl full of veggies could be this delicious! The classic combination of carrot, onion and celery form the base for this classic Italian soup! A healthy, one-pot meal for the whole family!
Learn how to make this creamy Italian classic. My grandmother's ricotta cheesecake is a holiday must have! Now I'm sharing her recipe with you! The easiest cheesecake you'll ever make, it only requires a few ingredients. Whip it up for your holiday party or any time!
Put down that mushy stuff from the store! Learn how to make real, Italian struffoli, just like grandma! My Mom is my extra special guest this week as we show you the easiest way to make the dough, form the struffoli, fry 'em up and finish them off! Join me in the Cucina!
The Feast of Seven Fishes is almost here! aka Christmas Eve! And for many Italian Americans this is an easy way to get 4-5 fish into dinner! Plus it's a super easy, and healthy holiday feast for anyone! Learn how Cara prepares her tomato sauce, then cook your favorite shellfish in it and serve it over cappellini! Buon Appetito! Buona Natale!
Learn how to make this iconic Italian tomato sauce. Simple, high quality ingredients are the key to this classic dish! Olive oil, garlic, tomato and fresh herbs pair perfectly with your favorite shape of pasta! Cara shares her tips for the best marinara sauce!
Learn how to make this easy and delicious soup. Perfect for holiday celebrations and cool weather! Simply roast butternut squash, onion and apple. Then puree until smooth. Add in vegetable stock and spices and finish with half & half! Vegan alternates available!
There's Thanksgiving, and then there's Italian Thanksgiving! Of course I have to add sweet sausage and red wine to the stuffing! Here's my recipe for a favorite holiday side dish!
Watch how to make this fall classic! Fresh autumn apples come together with cinnamon, sugar, clove and nutmeg to create the perfect ending to any holiday meal.
Grab a cup of coffee from Ground Connection's third New Jersey location. Check out how they make their cold brewed Nitro, and why you should never have to order your coffee in a size! Then get their 6 Tips for brewing your best coffee at home!
In the middle of Newark NJ is a school that is teaching kids to grow, harvest and prepare healthy foods. And then bring that knowledge home to their families. Join me as I learn more about Phillip's Academy EcoSpaces School.
Health Coach Caryn O'Sullivan joins us from Appetites for Life to share this super healthy fall flavored soup! Easy to make and super nutritious this soup gets the good stuff into your family! A one-pot meal that'll have everyone satisfied!
Learn from one of the best. Chef Giuseppe Gramaglia shows us how to make a traditional Tuscan dish of sausage and cannellini beans in a light tomato sauce. A perfect cold weather meal. And of course, you can always have him make it for you at Senza Ristorante in Bayville, NJ
Join me as I head to Miller's Hill Farm in Mendham NJ to get some tips on picking the best pumpkins for cooking versus carving! Then click the link to learn how to make your own pumpkin puree AND get a recipe from the farm!
I talk to Chef Corey Heyer about the Bernard's Inn in Bernardsville NJ. The local farm they exclusively source specialty produce from, his philosophy on cooking and the role the Inn plays in NJ dining scene! PLUS you get the recipe for their FAMOUS sweet potato ravioli!
This delicious recipe came to us from Tuscany where my cousin studied abroad. Tender pork tenderloin is seasoned with garlic and herbs, tucked into Italian bread and covered with pancetta! This dish has a big wow factor with not a lot of effort!
Make this quick and easy weeknight dinner tonight! Your kids will love the fun "pinwheel" results; and it really is as easy as "pie!" This dish is sure to please after a busy day.
New ideas and old school classics come together in this list of after school snack ideas for the kids! Cereal bars, ricotta toasts and of course, ants on a log! All of these are quick, easy and healthy! And they allow you to make whatever substitutions you need for your little one!
Wrap up summer using the last fresh fruits and berries on this delicious and easy fruit tart. A crowd favorite at the annual block party when I was a kid is now a summer BBQ staple! Enjoy Labor Day weekend!