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Rose Panna Cotta

Check out how easy it is to make panna cotta at home. This classic Italian dessert is perfect for Mother's Day (or any time!). I've dyed mine a pretty pink and flavored it with rose water to really have it compliment Mom (and a great Mother's Day brunch!)

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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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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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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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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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Calamari with Pancetta Ft. Chef Mike Carrino

Chef Mike Carrino of Pig & Prince in Montclair NJ is my special guest this week as we get ready for the Feast of 7 Fishes in the Cucina! He shares an amazing calamari recipe with us, along with tips for selecting and preparing the squid! PLUS check out what he's got going on at the restaurant at the link below!

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Poached Pears

This elegant dessert has a secret - it’s SUPER easy to make! You can make it in advance OR do it right in front of your dinner guests if you’d like to be extra fancy!

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Stuffed Pork Loin

This show stopping roast is perfect for the holidays! Loaded with flavor from the inside out - it's actually pretty easy to make! AND you can make your stuffing ahead of time PLUS it pulls double duty for things like mushrooms or peppers! Stash any extra in the freezer to use once the holiday leftovers are gone!

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Pumpkin Gnocchi

Pasta is ALWAYS part of what we fondly refer to as "Italian Thanksgiving"! And these pumpkin gnocchi go perfectly with America's favorite meal!

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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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