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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Check out how fun and EASY it is to make fresh ricotta cheese at home! A few simple ingredients yields the most delicious, fresh ricotta! This is my go-to ricotta cheese recipe!

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Basil Balsamic Strawberries

This easy, no bake dessert is perfect for Spring time! Strawberries are some of the first berries to come into season and they are LOADED with antioxidants and Vitamin C to help fight late season colds and allergies! And when topped with some fresh basil and a drizzle of homemade balsamic reduction - wow! You can't go wrong! Serve them alone, over ice cream, pound cake or angel food cake!

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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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Roast Chicken

This is a kitchen staple! Everyone should know how to roast a chicken. And not to impress anyone or make a display. I mean, how to roast a chicken on a Sunday so that you've got meals for the week! How to get dinner on the table without ordering out or buying prepared foods. Knowing how to do this simple thing will go MILES in your kitchen!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crunchy Ceci Beans

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!

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Honeyed Ginger Pear Oatmeal

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!

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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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Marinara Sauce

Learn how to make this iconic Italian tomato sauce. Simple, high quality ingredients are the key to this classic dish! Olive oil, garlic, tomato and fresh herbs pair perfectly with your favorite shape of pasta! Cara shares her tips for the best marinara sauce!

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