Irish Cream Gelato

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I'm a little late with my St. Paddy's Day recipe, but as I always say, gelato is great anytime, no special occasion needed. We loved this one. It's a bit different than other gelatos I've made, in that I used 1/2-cup of Irish cream, which meant it would be difficult to freeze. Alcohol doesn't freeze well at all, so I used a mere 1/4 teaspoon of powdered guar gum to help it along. You must have a home ice cream maker machine to make gelato. This is a pictorial (step by step) to explain the gelat...

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Swiss Steak…Italian Style

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This was one of my mom’s wintertime dishes. A large pot of braised round steak, flavored with garlic, onions, oregano and crushed tomatoes - served with steamed greens and mashed potatoes or buttered egg noodles. By the way, the title Swiss (in Swiss Steak) is derived from the term "swissing", which means to pound/tenderize (the round steak in this recipe). I skipped that step because I used grass fed beef, which is adequately tender. I'm also using a slow cooker to make things easier, cooking...

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Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

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Only 5 simple ingredients needed to make this tart-like cake - for Valentine's Day or any day for that matter! This recipe started from a magazine clipping last year. I tweaked the ingredients, measurements and size. The results = a lovely (not overly) rich dark chocolate flavor, married with a divine airy light texture achieved by folding in meringue. It's also gluten free, thanks to a mere 2 tablespoons almond meal/flour. As you can see, each ingredient serves a distinct purpose, so be sure to...

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Braciole In Tomato Sauce

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Braciole (aka involtini in Italy), is a delicious rustic meat and sauce dish. This is one (of two versions) I grew up on, with a Southern Italian and Sicilian influence. Both sides of my grandparents grew up in those two regions. There are other regional versions throughout Italy; my mom's other version were prepared the same way, only made of veal and then grilled (no sauce). Pieces of round steak are pounded thin, and stuffed in the center with Romano cheese and bread crumbs, garlic and parsl...

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Einkorn Bread

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If you have a the desire to cook and eat healthier in general...especially carbs such as bread, then this is for you. I've been studying and experimenting with Einkorn flour, finding ways to incorporate it into our diet. Einkorn organic wheat is raised the ancient method, naturally and unaltered, with the vital nutrients preserved. It isn't genetically modified and hybridized like commercially grown modern wheat - sacrificing valuable nutrients for the sake of large scale agriculture, to resist ...

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New York Cheesecake…old school

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  The holidays have come and gone, but N.Y cheesecake is a hit anytime of the year. I attribute my affinity to it to being born in the Bronx. That said, I only make for the holidays, parties or  crowds; a small piece is quite filling! This Christmas I was on the road, multitasking and using an older oven with no light and a temperamental temperature dial - while baking gingerbread cookies at the same time - followed by sauce and meatballs for Lasagna. An all-day cooking frenzy, equipp...

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Chocolate Peppermint Bark

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This is a fun 2-3 ingredient holiday candy you can make rather easily - not to mention changing it up to suit your fancy; almost anything goes...combinations of dried fruit bits, a variety of nuts...you name it! The hardest part of this break-apart slab of melted chocolate, is chopping the chocolate and (later) waiting for the temp. to come down (when tempering). But anyone can do it. I'm using a pound of dark chocolate plus 6 ounces of white chocolate, and a good sized candy cane. That's it. It...

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Three Holiday Drinks

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Whatever your fancy, here are three quick and easy holiday drinks with just a few ingredients. Click the link under each picture to view the recipe. Peppermint Hot Chocolate...a holiday tummy warmer Mulled Apple Cider Sgroppino...toast the New Year ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________  ...

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Easy, Luscious Chocolate Mousse

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I'm lagging behind already this season, in getting my holiday sweets recipes/menu together. But I have been indulging in one of my favorite chocolate comfort foods - Chocolate Mousse...no holiday needed to indulge. Make it whenever you darn well feel like it. I'm talking light and airy, rich and chocolaty - a decadently satisfying treat, not at all complicated to make. It's a trend to modify the % of cacao and add flavors such as espresso, coffee, Kahlua, rum and Gran Marnier. Been there, done t...

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Creamed Corn

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  Creamed corn is the only creamed veggie I like, with exception to potatoes. I wrote this recipe, imagining it like it would be served with my mom's Baked Pork Chops. It's what I grew up on, but don't let me stop you from wowing it - topped with crispy sauteed shallots or crumbled bacon. It's all good, so have at it! It's winter and fresh corn is out of season, so I'm using organic sweet frozen corn (great quality) and it works out beautifully. Check it out, it's easy to make and delici...

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