Posts in brunch
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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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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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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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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Heirloom Tomato Galette

Enjoy these last days of Summer by using up her bounty of heirloom tomatoes in this fresh, delicious galette! Fast and easy and LOADED with good-for-you nutrients, it’s a great appetizer and/or vegetarian dish!

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Cantucci

These mildly sweet Italian biscuits pair perfectly with the classic Tuscan digestif, Vinsanto! Not only is the liquor IN the cookies, you dunk them in it as well! If vinsanto's not for you, you can always nosh on these mildly sweet little cookies for breakfast and dunk them in your coffee instead. Thanks again to Certosa di Pontignano for the recipe (and cooking class!)

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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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Strawberry Compote w/ Whipped Ricotta

This simple Springtime dish can go from breakfast or brunch all the way to dessert! Mildly sweet, rich and creamy, it's a delicious way to incorporate the first strawberries of Spring!! Try adding it to your next brunch!

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Mediterranean Spiced Breakfast Potatoes

I'm still rocking' this month's theme of a seriously badass brunch menu! And these Mediterranean Spiced Breakfast Potatoes are definitely a keeper! Super easy to make and loaded with anti-inflammatory spices, these potatoes can stand alone or pair with anything from eggs, to sausage and even avocado. They're the perfect base for brunch! 

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Strata

We're making delicious brunch dishes all month long and this is definitely the star of the show! This super simple strata is packed with fresh Spring produce, and layered with cheese, bread and eggs! It's so easy because you can prepare it the night before! Get the recipe and watch the episode here! 

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Asparagus Bundles

Food's first sign of Spring is here! Asparagus are coming to markets and they are LOADED with healthy vitamins & nutrients! Not only that, they make the perfect Spring brunch side dish! 

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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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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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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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Grammy's Pizza Gain

My father's family hails from the region of Abruzzo in Italy - and we think there's some additional heritage in Naples. This dish comes from the South of Italy. In the States it is often called Pizza Gain, Pizza Gaina, or Pizza Rustica. Whatever you call it, my Grammy was known for hers! This is the recipe she used every year for Easter and the one that we still share. The meat & cheese pie is meant to be indulgent. A way to celebrate after the fasting of Lent. And I certainly hope you celebrate. Buona Pasqua! Buon Appetito!

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Nonni's Spinach Torta

We always celebrate the arrival of Spring and especially Easter with this delicious Northern Italian dish, passed on to me from my great-grandmother. The green spinach is meant to represent the new life and new beginnings that spring offers all of us.  We use this dish as a "primo piatto" or "first dish" during our Easter celebration but it's a great starter, side or main throughout this wonderful season.

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