Charred Brussels Sprouts

Check out this awesome recipe for these small and mighty greens! Charred brussel sprouts, tossed with pecans, dried cranberries and goat cheese in a maple balsamic vinaigrette! This is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish OR anytime you want to get in those greens!

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Pasta Alla Griccia

Learn how to make this classic Roman dish! With only three ingredients it's the perfect weeknight meal. Al dente pasta, bathed in pork drippings and cheese - really what more could you want!? A crack of fresh black pepper and dinner is ready!

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Slow Cooker Chili

Watch how to make chili in a crock pot! Beauty & Wellness Expert Grace Gold joins me in the Cucina with this healthy, slow cooker recipe! Grace shares why she eats gluten free and dairy free and how to adapt this chili recipe for anyone!

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Mushroom Ravioli in Browned Butter Sage Sauce

I really can't think of more quintessential Fall dish than this one. Earthy mushrooms mixed with fresh ricotta and parmesan cheeses, filling fresh pasta. Topped off in what is quite possibly the easiest sauce you will ever make! 

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Apple Galette

Watch how to make this super simple Fall dessert. Crisp apples mixed with cinnamon and sugar, layered into a pie crust that is simply folded up around the edges. Topped of with a sweet, salty, bourbon-y caramel sauce that'll knock your socks off! 

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Calzone

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! 

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Pasta Fagioli

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! 

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Jarred Tomatoes "I Pomodori"

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!

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Turkey Meatballs with Elite Lifestyle Cuisine

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!

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Pumpkin Waffles

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! 

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Summer Pasta with Zucchini & Ricotta

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. 

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Caponata

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.

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Lobster Rolls from Langosta Lounge

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! 

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Grammy's Green Bean Salad

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. 

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Berry Cobbler

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! 

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Rat's Restaurant, Zucchini Salad

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!

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Moscow Mule

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!

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