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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

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

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

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

La Cucina Italiana Cooking Class – Sept 13, 2012

Every issue of La Cucina Italiana that comes across my desk is like candy for the eyes.  The photos are so tantalizing.  I have been pouring over these beautiful issues to prepare for our La Cucina Italiana Cooking Class on Thursday, September 13, 6:00 – 9:00 at the Holy Nativity Community Hall in Westchester.  I look at these magazines most days, since I sell advertisers on promoting their products in La Cucina Italiana, but today I am reviewing the recipes with a different eye. I’m looking for recipes that we can make easily and enjoy in our three hour class.  As I do this, I’m getting hungry and tempted to make a few different things for dinner tonight.  That’s the problem!  What to make from all the possible choices. (more…)

August 21, 2012 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

Swiss Chard & Ricotta Ravioli star at Pasta Class

The Pasta Class

I felt like a proud mother watching everyone cranking and rolling out beautiful
ribbons of pasta dough at our Pasta Cooking Class on June 9.

Diane and Hannah rolling out pasta dough

It was a first for just about everyone in the class and our 11-year old Sous Chef, Hannah seemed to have mastered making pasta in no time at all.   Starting with just flour, eggs and salt, you just can’t imagine that eventually you will end up with beautiful ribbons of pasta that you can spin around your fork.

Making Ravioli

We made four different pasta dishes.  It was difficult to choose a favorite.  TheSwiss Chard and Ricotta Ravioli has been a favorite of mine for a long time,
when I found it in Marcella Hazen’s book, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.  It certainly has great presentation value and looks difficult to make, but once you get a rhythm going, it comes together quite easily.

Ravioli with Browned Butter and Sage Sauce

Diane and Susan made up a browned butter and sage sauce, which makes this dish!  Add a little parmeasan and Voila! (more…)

June 22, 2011 at 12:18 am 1 comment

Pasta-Pasta-Pasta Cooking Class – June 9, 2011


Pesto and Tomato Angel Hair Pasta

Pesto and Tomato Angel Hair Pasta

Pasta is one of the most versatile “food groups” as far as I’m concerned.  You can add so many things to pasta and come up with a casual or an elegant meal.  Today there are so many pasta options in our supermarkets –  you can purchase whole wheat pasta, gluten free pasta made from rice (check out and semolina pasta in every possible shape and size.   If you’ve never tasted fresh pasta, get ready for a surprise to your senses.  In this class you will be cranking out fresh pasta by hand and see how the nonni’s of old created simple, but yet delicious dishes from the basics in their kitchen – flour and eggs ( flour paste – hence pasta).

We will try a number of sauces too.  Pesto, browned butter and sage, a milk based sauce, sun-dried tomato – all with a different twist of course.
So far on the menu are:
Once we complete the cooking we will sit down and enjoy our meal with a glass of Chianti!
Come join us on Thursday, June 9, 6:00 – 9:00!  What cook doesn’t want to add new pasta dishes to his/her repertoire? Class fee $35 when you reserve by June 6,  $40 at the door.    To reserve your spot,  email .  Then write a check to “Fresh Food in a Flash”; mail it to Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Cooking Class,  6700 West  83rd Street, Westchester, CA  90045.

May 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm 2 comments

La Cucina Italiana Gift Basket winner

Food Blogger, Melba Melendez,, Patti Londre, Camp Blogaway

We had a fabulous time at Camp Blogaway this past weekend in the Big Bear Mountains.  I met amazing new friends who are just as obsessed about food as I am. That made me very happy and validated all my thoughts and feelings about food and cooking.  This includes fellow campers pictured here, Food Blogger Melba Melendez, who won the La Cucina Italiana Gift Basket and Patti Londre, Camp Blogaway and     (more…)

May 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm 6 comments

Camp Blogaway Here We Come!


La Cucina Italiana Gift Basket for Camp Blogaway Includes: La Cucina Italiana magazines and apron, Lundberg Risotto, Amaretti di Saronno Lazzaroni, Voskos Greek Yogurt, Di Majo Norante Sangiovese, Colavita Orecchiette, San Marzano Tomatoes, Gusto Gucino Extra Virgin Olive Oil

La Cucina Italiana Gift Basket for Camp Blogaway Includes: La Cucina Italiana magazines and apron, Lundberg Risotto, Amaretti di Saronno Lazzaroni, Voskos Greek Yogurt, Di Majo Norante Sangiovese, Colavita Orecchiette, San Marzano Tomatoes, Gusto Gucino Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Camp Blogaway 4-11

This weekend I will be hanging out with about 100 other Food Bloggers at Camp Blogaway in the Big Bear mountains, above Los Angeles.   I’m hoping to hone my blogging skills and meet like minded friends who relish the idea of talking about the fine details of cooking, entertaining and food science.

I really need some technical help, so I’ll be searching out anything and everything I can along these lines.   I’ve been a little overwhelmed with all the jobs I’ve been doing since I started my food business in January.   In March, I added the job of Western Regional Manager for La Cucina Italiana Magazine.  I now have three different business cards in my bag to hand out – Fresh Food in a Flash (Blogger, cooking teacher and chef), Pampered Chef consultant (cooking equipment salesperson) and now the La Cucina Italiana gig.  I’m finding out that I can successfully manage all of them by letting one flow into the other.  It’s a lot of fun and keeping me very busy!

Yesterday I prepped the La Cucina Italiana Gift Basket you see here to give to our fearless leader, Patti Londre.  She will be raffling this off among the volunteers who will be prepping a dish with Idaho Potatoes.   Can’t wait to taste this!    I’m also bringing boxes of magazines with me so that my fellow campers can experience this authentic Italian publication’s quality and salivate over the Italian themed recipes and gorgeous food photos.

April 28, 2011 at 9:27 am Leave a 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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