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!
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!
I invited Vegan Lifestyle Blogger Scarlett Rocourt to the Cucina to show us how to veganize one of my favorite breakfast dishes. Shakshuka, (or for my Italians, Uove in Pergatorio) is a Mediterranean dish that involves poaching eggs in a tomato based sauce. Almost every country around the Mediterranean has their own version of this dish. But Scarlett came up with a GREAT way to create a vegan "egg" to use!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Check how easy it is to make this healthy snack food! Swap chips, crackers or croutons with these protein packed beans! They satisfy the need for that salty crunch and make a great topping for soups & salads!
I know you're working hard to stick to that healthy resolution and I'm here to help! Check out this quick, easy and delicious way to make oatmeal for breakfast! Winter spices like ginger and nutmeg go perfectly with sweet pears and honey for an amazing oatmeal topping!
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.
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!
The star of the show! This prime rib roast will blow your guests away - but you don't have to tell them just how easy it was to make! Follow my simple recipe and enjoy a blessed & beautiful Christmas!
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!
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!
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!
Thanksgiving dinner isn't complete without this incredible pumpkin cheesecake! Check out this decadent recipe that's easy to add into your holiday menu! Perfect for bringing as guest or making to impress!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
This classic dish is SO simple to make at home! Put down the box and try making this quick & easy version! Perfect for busy parents with hungry kids!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Summer's not over yet! Mixologist Carlos Ruiz has one more perfect summer cocktail to show us. We're making daiquiris in the Cucina! Salute!