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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…)

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April 10, 2014 at 9:30 am 1 comment

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

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

La Cucina Italiana Cooking Class – September 12, 2013

Caponata

Caponata

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

Chobani Sundaes…Sweet and Savory

Chobani Sundaes 3-2 5-13Doesn’t everyone love Chobani?  or Cho, as it’s known by its fans. Authentic Greek Yogurt.  Chobani Sundaes – what a fun, healthy treat.  Make them savory.  Make them sweet.  Make them any way you like.  But simply make them. (more…)

May 17, 2013 at 9:40 am 5 comments

Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Butter & Sage Sauce

This is one of my very favorite Autumn recipes.  I make it at this time every year, when pumpkins and pumpkin recipes are pretty much everywhere.  I have never met anyone who isn’t in awe of freshly made Pumpkin Ravioli.  It is definitely an artform, but really it is not that difficult to make. Just give yourself an hour to learn the steps. Even if you don’t have a pasta machine, you could do it, by simply rolling out the dough by hand…or cheat with wonton wrappers…OK for us Italian purists, this might be considered a sin, but it’s better than going without!   I will walk you through the steps and you can decide for yourself. You can make it with the Browned Butter & Sage Sauce or the Authentic Italian Walnut Sauce from my previous post. (more…)

November 13, 2012 at 11:28 am 1 comment

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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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