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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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Chicken Soup

With cold weather settling in and the holidays coming up - someone is BOUND to catch a cold. And there's nothing more naturally healing than a bowl of homemade chicken soup! This easy soup is loaded with good for you nutrients AND it can be stored in the fridge or freezer for runny nose emergencies! If you prefer, you can add pasta or cooked rice at the end!

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Applesauce

Overdid it with the apple picking? Not to worry! Here's a quick, easy, sugar free recipe to preserve all that Fall bounty! Homemade applesauce is great with roast meats, in baked goods and even all on its own!!

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Mushroom Risotto w/ Chef Eric LeVine

Chef Eric LeVine is my special guest this week! We're showing you how to make a fabulous wild mushroom risotto for Fall. Talking about Taste of Hope NJ AND Chef's new gig!

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Mom's Meatballs

Learn how to make meatballs just like Mamma D! This is our family recipe and, like all good Italian children, I think MY Mom makes the best! But feel free to tell me how YOUR family makes their meatballs in the comments section!

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Hummus & Pita Chips

Watch how easy it is to make hummus at home! This snack is not only good for you, but quick and simple to make at home! PLUS learn how to make your own baked pita chips from pita bread!

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This salad is a meal peppers dream! You can make it on your weekend and portion it out for the week! It can even sit in its dressing because it's quinoa based so it won't get soggy. Top it off with my Mediterranean spiced chickpeas OR grilled chicken if you're a carnivore.

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Protein Packed Tuna Salad

I may have cheated a little on the title here. This isn't tuna salad slathered in mayo. This tuna salad will actually benefit your body and keep you feeling full for HOURS! And the story of where I found it is the best part of all! (hint, got the idea in an airport!) Check out the video to see how I make tuna salad, Cucina style!

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Panzanella Salad

This simple salad makes great use of leftover or stale bread. As in all things Italian - nothing goes to waste! Soaked in good olive oil and white balsamic - along with the juices from fresh tomatoes and onion - the salad is PACKED with flavor! Let it sit up to overnight to maximize the flavor!

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Chef Jesse Jones' Chicken & Waffles

My dear friend Chef Jesse Jones is BACK in the Cucina showing us how to make his classic Southern fried chicken and sweet potato waffles! And we're talking about his new book, "POW! My Life in 40 Feasts" which you can purchase at the link in this post!

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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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Fresh Pizza Dough

Fresh pizza in the house! This was always my Dad’s job as a kid, but this Father’s Day, I’m taking over and showing you how to make homemade pizza dough - courtesy of my new friends in Italy!

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Sausage & Peppers

Learn how to make this easy, classic recipe! It's a dish that every and anyone should know how to make! Watch the step by step video and then give it a shot at home! 

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Pastina Soup

If you grew up in an Italian home and so much as sniffled, you were immediately served a warm bowl of pasting soup! Know as "Italian Penicillin" this simple soup is so comforting if you have a cold (or the flu!). Easy to digest, packed with nutrients and a touch of protein from the egg; it's just what the doctor - and Nonnas all over - ordered! Stay well my friends! 

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Southwest Style Stuffed Pepper

Check out how to make these delicious Southwest Style Stuffed Peppers! Bell peppers, stuffed with quinoa, corn, salsa and black beans make a delicious and easy dinner; AND perfect lunch leftovers the next day! Healthy meal planning at its best!

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Italian Grain Bowl

Watch how to make this incredibly easy, healthful winter salad! I use the ancient grain, farro, as the base for this warming bowl! Perfect to pack for lunch at work since the salad can be eaten warm or at room temperature! Great for meal prep too! Stay healthy my friends! 

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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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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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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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