Posts in Holiday
Mashed Turnips

As always I'm sharing some of my favorite (and friends and family favorites) recipes for Thanksgiving dinner! This dish is a GREAT alternate to mashed potatoes! Low calorie and low carb, mashed turnips make a great substitute. Adding in a few carrots helps sweeten the dish and of course, a few pats of butter never hurt! Want to make them vegan? Use olive or coconut oil instead. And of course you can add in whatever kind of milk you normally use in your house!

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Guava Ribs

Check out this tried and true recipe for sweet and savory guava ribs! Perfect for the 4th of July or ANY BBQ! Pork ribs are roasted low and slow and then slathered in a mix of BBQ sauce and guava jelly! Super easy to make and SO delicious!

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Marinated Grilled Chicken

Check out my super simple chicken marinade! This easy dish is PACKED with flavor, from anti-inflammatory spices, heart healthy tomato, and blood sugar regulating apple cider vinegar! Grilled to perfection this dish is sure to be a hit at your Memorial Day BBQ!

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Mahalabia (Mediterranean "Pudding" Dessert)

Mom asked me to figure out how to make a version of this dessert that we had enjoyed together while out to lunch one day. This is what I came up with! Doubles as a great breakfast to be honest. Protein packed Greek yogurt is flavored with vanilla and rose, then topped with bright berry compote, crunchy pistachios and sweet sesame candy! It's the perfect dish for Mother's Day!

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Grammy's Cream Puffs

Watch how to make my Grammy's cream puffs! The perfect dessert for this holiday weekend! Deliciously light and airy puffs, stuffed with traditional custard cream and topped with powdered sugar! The sweetest treat! 

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Pizza Grana (Wheat Pie)

Learn how to make this Italian tradition from Naples with Master Baker GianCarlo Pallazzone! He shares his family recipe (WITH secret ingredient!) and the history of the dish! It's all in this episode of Cara's Cucina!

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Stout Brownies

Beer + Brownies = It's how we celebrate St. Pat in the Cucina! This delicious recipe is a great way to incorporate Ireland's favorite export with their patron saint. Bake up a batch for your party!

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A Trifle Little Valentine

Super easy, semi-homemade, and the PERFECT Valentine's Day gift! These mini trifles are a great way to share love with everyone special from the kiddos, to parents, to spouses and friends! Make a bunch and give them away, or do a build your own party at home! Happy Valentine's Day!

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Potato Gnocchi

I'm sharing my great-grandmother's recipe for hand-made potato gnocchi! Born in northern Italy, she taught me how to make these perfect pasta pillows from scratch, and now I'm sharing them with you! This is a cherished recipe for me and I hope it becomes one for you as well!

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Lentil Soup

Happy New Year! A traditional Italian dish for the start of the new year is lentils. Lentils represents coins, or wealth, and are, of course, healthy for you! So this is the perfect dish to help you start the new year off right! Loaded with veggies and fresh flavor, you'll learn how to make this delicious soup right in your own home.

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Cheese Ball

Check out this quick & easy appetizer! Perfect for you New Year's Eve Party - or any time guests are coming over! It's easy to transport too so you'll never show up empty handed! Just make sure to finish it before your resolution kicks in!

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Lasagna Bolognese

I'm getting you ready for Christmas with another great holiday dinner dish! Lasagna Bolognese is a classic for Christmas Day in Italy and here in the States! Make this easy recipe ahead of time and stash it in the freezer for a simple first course OR any time winter meal! 

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Bolognese Sauce

Pasta Bolognese is one of those hearty, perfect for cold weather meals. In Italy, any sauce with meat is called a "ragu" but Bolognese is distinguished by being based on mirepoix instead of tomato. Use this recipe for a delicious dinner or add it to your Holiday menu!

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Cardamom Spiced Crumb Cake

This crumb heavy cake is perfectly spiced to make anyone's "nice" list! Make it for guests, or give as a gift! Don't forget if you haven't already, subscribe on Youtube and you could WIN Food & Wine's Dessert book!

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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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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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Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

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!

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