Sweet Pea & Basil Risotto

Chef Mia Castro is the brilliance behind this dish! She was actually supposed to be our guest and got sick the day of our shoot! But she kindly let me share her sweet pea and basil risotto recipe with all of you! Loaded with fresh Spring flavors, this dish is both beautiful and delicious!

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The All Night Bender

I think the Easter Bunny would just LOVE this carrot based cocktail! But before you turn cotton tail and run, give it a shot! It’s like nothing I’ve ever had before! Light and refreshing, full of flavor and completely unique! A great drink to impress brunch guests with!

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Basil Balsamic Strawberries

This easy, no bake dessert is perfect for Spring time! Strawberries are some of the first berries to come into season and they are LOADED with antioxidants and Vitamin C to help fight late season colds and allergies! And when topped with some fresh basil and a drizzle of homemade balsamic reduction - wow! You can't go wrong! Serve them alone, over ice cream, pound cake or angel food cake!

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Escarole & Beans

I love this soup! It's a classic dish that is super easy and very healthy! A great way to get your greens in while the warmer weather is still holding out! It's "peasant food" that fits into all kinds of diets without having to make massive changes! Make a big batch and have it for lunch and dinner all week, or, stash some in the freezer for another time!

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Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Sarah Pierson, owner of Culinary Concepts Corp is my special guest in the Cucina this week and she's showing us a quick and easy mushroom sauce for steak (or chicken!). Plus she has great tips for how to cook steak at home! Don't forget to subscribe to my e-mail list to receive discounts on our upcoming hands-on cooking classes!

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Spring Awakening

We're celebrating St. Patrick's Day with my favorite mixologist - Beth Nydick! She's got a lean, green cocktail that would make St. Pat proud - without aggravating your body much! This lemon and basil infused drink has a beautiful green color, perfect for celebrating Ireland's patron saint. And is loaded with anti-inflammatory benefits of basil, along with the antibacterial/antiviral properties of lemon! Cheers!

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Seared Scallops w/ Toasted Brussels & Butternut Puree

What fasting? It's TECHNICALLY Ash Wednesday which, for a lot of people, means no meat. But that's no hassle when you've got beautiful sea scallops like these from Sona Far Hills Seafood! They generously gave me these and shared the PERFECT recipe for cooking them up right to make this delicious dinner! Watch the video, grab the recipe, and check them out! (p.s., it's keto friendly!)

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The Latin Lover

Author & mixologist Beth Nydick is back in the Cucina showing us how to spice up your cocktail game! The Latin Lover is loaded with antioxidants from fresh grapefruit & lime juices, to that just right jalapeño honey!

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Lasagna Béchamel

Check out how to make this creamy, dreamy, lasagna béchamel! A quick and easy béchamel sauce combines with earthy mushrooms and bitter radicchio for a perfectly balanced dish! And you'll notice this is lasagna without ricotta cheese because that sauce is all the deliciousness you need in there!

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Homemade Marshmallows w/ Chef Risa Boyer

Chef Risa Boyer is my special guest in the Cucina this week! Full disclosure, she's a lifelong friend and I was SO excited to watch her open her restaurant Vanillamore in Montclair NJ with her signature vanilla bean marshmallows! She was gracious enough to share that recipe with us today! And what's better for Valentine's Day than homemade sweets!?

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Omelette

See how easy it is to make an omelette at home! I use a simple filling of pancetta (Italian bacon), cheese and spinach - but you can use whatever YOU like! This easy technique can be replicated with any filling and makes you look like a fancy French chef! Now let's make some breakfast!

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Baked Brie

With Super Bowl weekend upon us - it's time to up the appetizer game! This is a quick and easy app that anyone can handle! More of a "semi-homemade" dish, quality ingredients are the key here! Funky French brie, topped with sweet fig jam, and wrapped in buttery puff pastry is an awesome appetizer for your Super Bowl party - or any gathering! Give it a shot this weekend!

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Roast Chicken

This is a kitchen staple! Everyone should know how to roast a chicken. And not to impress anyone or make a display. I mean, how to roast a chicken on a Sunday so that you've got meals for the week! How to get dinner on the table without ordering out or buying prepared foods. Knowing how to do this simple thing will go MILES in your kitchen!

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Flexi-Veggie Lasagna

Fellow Health Coach Marissa Costonis join me in the Cucina this week! She came up with this AWESOME veggie lasagna recipe that can literally be tailored to WHATEVER you like or have on hand! And it doesn’t take long to put together - we pretty much do it in real time in the video! WHAT!? Yea, definitely all together in under an hour!

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Bourbon Maple'd Rosemary Cocktail

Beth Nydick joins me in the Cucina this week as we make the perfect winter cocktail! Loaded with immunity boosting ingredients, this is what you want to cheers winter with!

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Cotechino con Lenticchie

Mamma D joins us in the Cucina as we kick off 2019 with this classic Italian New Year's dish! Watch how to make cotechino con lenticchie! Lentils are a tradition in Italy for the New Year because their shape looks like coins, representing wealth and abundance for the new year! Happy New Year! Salute!

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Charcuterie Board

Check out how I build the perfect charcuterie board! This is an easy way to entertain guests over the holidays and makes a great dish to bring to a party as well! You can use my exact idea or tailor what you serve to fit any home, party and budget!

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Snowball Cookies

I'm gearing up for Christmas and sharing one of my FAVORITE cookie recipes with you! These snowball cookies (also called Mexican Wedding Cookies, among other names) are SUPER simple and SO delicious! This is a great recipe for to make with kids too! Who doesn't love rolling balls of dough and then tossing them in a big bowl of sugar!?

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The Day Drinker

My special guest is Beth Nydick - co-author of Clean Cocktails and she is sharing her recipe for what she calls The Day Drinker! Thanks to Pig & Prince in Montclair for letting us hang at the bar!

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Best Gifts For The Home Cook

My 5 recommendations for holiday gift ideas for the home cook in your life! These are all staples in the Cucina and I think every home cook should have 'em!

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