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The Seeing Eye

MY good friend and fellow Health Coach Beth Nydick is back at the Chef's Counter at Vanillamore in Montclair NJ. And we're mixing up another healthy cocktail drink for you! We're officially kicking off Summer with this sunset colored concoction! The Seeing Eye is named because of the benefits carrot juice gives to the eyes - but as Beth expains, too many may have you seeing double! Check out the video and get the recipe here!

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Chef Jesse Jones New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

Check out Chef Jesse Jones' recipe for New Orleans style BBQ shrimp! This dish makes the perfect Father's Day appetizer! Plus it's got that BIG flavor that Dad will love and Chef Jesse is known for! Watch the video, get the recipe, AND snag yourself a copy of Chef Jesse's book, POW! My Life in 40 Feasts!

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How To Eat More Greens

Check out this healthy hack to help you eat more greens! The benefits of eating more greens is HUGE! Not only are they a food to lose weight with, they help detoxify and alkalize the body, they help feed healthy gut bacteria, AND are loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs to be its best! Get my ideas for green smoothies, egg dishes, grain bowls and more!

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Chia Seed Pudding

Watch how easy it is to make chia seed pudding! This simple combination of 3 basic ingredients makes the best chia seed pudding! I make mine with almond milk but you can use whatever milk you use at home! Plus, find out what it is about these little seeds that has them referred to as a super food!

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Strawberry Limeade

Beth Nydick is back in the Cucina with me to kick off Summer with this classic throwback cocktail! We're making Strawberry Limeade! Perfect for this weekend’s festivities!

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How To Organize A Healthy Pantry

Are you “chronically disorganized”? Me too! But I grabbed professional organizer Gayle Gruenberg to help me get my pantry organized so my kitchen (and pretty much my life) can run a bit more smoothly! Learn how to save money, time and space! Plus helpful organizer “hacks” and why having an organized pantry can lead to an overall healthier lifestyle!

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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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Baked Egg Boats

I’ll show you how easy it is to make this impressive breakfast dish! Eggs baked in bread, with fresh veggies, herbs and olive oil! You can use whatever veggies you like, even add in some bacon if that's your jam! Watch the video and grab the recipe here!

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Sweet Pea & Basil Risotto

Chef Mia Castro is the brilliance behind this dish! She was actually supposed to be our guest and got sick the day of our shoot! But she kindly let me share her sweet pea and basil risotto recipe with all of you! Loaded with fresh Spring flavors, this dish is both beautiful and delicious!

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The All Night Bender

I think the Easter Bunny would just LOVE this carrot based cocktail! But before you turn cotton tail and run, give it a shot! It’s like nothing I’ve ever had before! Light and refreshing, full of flavor and completely unique! A great drink to impress brunch guests with!

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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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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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Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Sarah Pierson, owner of Culinary Concepts Corp is my special guest in the Cucina this week and she's showing us a quick and easy mushroom sauce for steak (or chicken!). Plus she has great tips for how to cook steak at home! Don't forget to subscribe to my e-mail list to receive discounts on our upcoming hands-on cooking classes!

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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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Seared Scallops w/ Toasted Brussels & Butternut Puree

What fasting? It's TECHNICALLY Ash Wednesday which, for a lot of people, means no meat. But that's no hassle when you've got beautiful sea scallops like these from Sona Far Hills Seafood! They generously gave me these and shared the PERFECT recipe for cooking them up right to make this delicious dinner! Watch the video, grab the recipe, and check them out! (p.s., it's keto friendly!)

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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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Lasagna Béchamel

Check out how to make this creamy, dreamy, lasagna béchamel! A quick and easy béchamel sauce combines with earthy mushrooms and bitter radicchio for a perfectly balanced dish! And you'll notice this is lasagna without ricotta cheese because that sauce is all the deliciousness you need in there!

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Homemade Marshmallows w/ Chef Risa Boyer

Chef Risa Boyer is my special guest in the Cucina this week! Full disclosure, she's a lifelong friend and I was SO excited to watch her open her restaurant Vanillamore in Montclair NJ with her signature vanilla bean marshmallows! She was gracious enough to share that recipe with us today! And what's better for Valentine's Day than homemade sweets!?

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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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