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Salmon Bruschetta tops Olive Garden new menu.


The Olive Garden's Salmon Bruschetta

The Olive Garden’s Salmon Bruschetta

My family enjoys going to the Olive Garden Restaurant, so when I am in Minneapolis to visit them, we often go for the unlimited Soup, Salad & Breadsticks.  For $8.49*, this is a bargain.  A garden-fresh salad served family style along with a choice of four homemade soups.  You can try all four of them if you want to. “The Zuppa Toscana with sausage and kale is probably my favorite, but the Pasta e Fagioli, Minestrone and Chicken & Gnocchi are all pretty darned good,” she says with midwestern flare. (more…)

April 10, 2014 at 9:30 am 1 comment

Meals in Minutes Cooking Class, March 13, 2014

Penne Arrabiata's secret ingredients - vodka and spicy red pepper.

Penne Arrabiata’s secret ingredients – vodka and spicy red pepper.

After a day’s work, you want a meal on the table fast.  Feed your family something they will rave about.  Put your feet up and relax.    Here’s a cooking class for you.  Meals in Minutes!  Delicious freshly made Meals in Minutes.  Real Fresh Food in a Flash. (more…)

February 6, 2014 at 9:23 am 3 comments

Throw a Pizza Party with a one-minute pizza dough.

Arugula Pizza IMG_7560 10-13Take a look at the fabulous pizzas we made in our Pizza Party Cooking Class! Armed with my one-minute Pizza dough recipe,  we sampled some creative new ideas to add to my pizza repertoire.

It’s difficult to say which was my favorite,  They were all delicious and beautiful works of art on a plate…or a pizza paddle. (more…)

October 24, 2013 at 9:23 am 2 comments

Italian Caponata goes with everything!

CaponataMy new favorite dish is Italian Caponata.    It’s a stew from Sicily where tomatoes and eggplants abound, so it’s a perfect autumn dish when you’re searching for yet another tomato recipe.  I’m headed to the Farmer’s market today to get more Italian eggplant for yet another bowl of this luscious creation. (more…)

September 26, 2013 at 9:47 am 1 comment

Pizza Party Cooking Class – October 9, 2013

Kurt with Pizza 9-12_edited-1There’s nothing that says P-A-R-T-Y more than Pizza.  Generally when we think of a casual at-home party, pizza is involved.  Rather than ordering in, learn how to make great pizza in your home oven and make the pizza-making the center of your party’s entertainment.  Whether you are cooking for four or many more, you will learn how to get the kids and your guests to help in making the meal. (more…)

September 17, 2013 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

Bibb & Arugula Salad with Pecorino Romano

Bibb & Arugula Salad 6-13This Bibb and Arugula Salad with Pecorino Romano is a new favorite. Twenty years ago, not too many people had tasted arugula when it found its way into my garden.  Its bitter taste was a little offsetting when I made it into an arugula pesto back then.  But now, the arugula we eat today, seems to have been tamed. The tiny arugula leaves found in the supermarket in a cellophane plastic bag is not the same as the spicy and bitter arugula that has continued to reseed itself in my garden for the past 20 years.  It’s like a weed, but a welcome weed.   Today’s arugula is sweeter – a different variety perhaps.  However, I think that my tastebuds have also succumbed to its magic. (more…)

September 10, 2013 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

Angel Hair Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Pesto

Cappellini with Pesto & Pine Nuts 2 6-13Do you want an easy weeknight supper dish?  This is it. Truly “Fresh Food in a Flash” and super yummy on top of it. Cappellini (Angel Hair Pasta) with Fresh Tomatoes, Pesto and Pine Nuts.  The farmers markets (or if you’re lucky, your garden) are bursting with fresh grape/cherry tomatoes and fresh basil right now.  Here’s your opportunity to put them to good use. (more…)

August 29, 2013 at 9:36 am 2 comments

La Cucina Italiana Cooking Class – September 12, 2013



Join us as we take our tastebuds into the world of Italy, everyone’s favorite cuisine on Thursday, September 12, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Holy Nativity Community Hall in Westchester. La Cucina Italiana magazine sets the standard for authentic Italian food and we will cook from this magazine at our next cooking class.  One of my favorite dishes that we will be making is the Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi.  I’ve dreamt about recreating this dish since I ate an angelic gnocchi that melted in my mouth when I was travelling in the town of Bagnaia, Italy after visiting the Villa Lante in 1995.  I didn’t realize until recently that it was not made of potato as most gnocchi are known for, but ricotta cheese, which it gives it a lighter texture.  It only took me 18 years to figure it out, but I will gladly share my discovery with you. (more…)

August 6, 2013 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

La Cucina Italiana goes to Camp

La Cucina Italiana display 5-13Food bloggers at Camp Blogaway took home copies of La Cucina Italiana magazine, the ultimate reference for authentic Italian food and cooking in the U.S.  With so much interest in the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, Italian food is back in the forefront.  On September 12, 2013 I will be teaching a La Cucina Italiana Cooking Class – recipes from this beautiful and inspiring magazine.  Look at what we made in my class last year, Fettuccine with Authentic Italian Walnut Sauce. (more…)

June 10, 2013 at 9:28 am 7 comments

Fine Dining on a Budget at Bastianich’s Becco Restaurant in New York City

Becco - Table 3-13Where to dine in New York City?  Too many choices.  My first choice was Felidia, Lidia Bastianich’s flagship restaurant.  I was lucky to dine at Felidia and meet Lidia herself at a business meal nearly twenty years ago and I remembered it being outrageously good authentic Italian.  But without an expense account this time, I couldn’t get my sweetie to go for this splurge.  So I poured over The Michelin Guide to discover Bastianich’s spinoff restaurant, Becco in the theatre district. (more…)

April 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm 2 comments

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Patricia K. Rose

I am a Chef, Cooking Teacher and Food Blogger. Learn how to create delicious and healthy food in a FLASH.

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