Busiate con Zucca & Salsiccia

During our recent visit to NYC, Heidi and I visited Eataly on 5th Avenue to peruse their Italian goods. We both picked up this Busiate pasta and made a plan to each make something different with it…so, for today’s meal I roasted some butternut squash (Zucca) and cooked up some mild Italian sausage (Salsiccia) seasoned with a touch of nutmeg …added a white wine-cream sauce and voilà! A star was born… Continue reading

Eggplant & Chicken Tajine

A Tajine is an earthenware pot which is used in many Mediterranean slow-cooked, savory dishes. The Mediterranean diet is touted as a very healthy diet… I try to incorporate this type of meal into our menu at least once a month… slowly introducing the different flavors without too much fanfare…and so far everyone seems to enjoy each dish! On today’s menu is an Eggplant & Chicken dish that is so healthy and delicious – if you don’t have a Tajine simply use an oval shallow casserole dish… Continue reading

Fall Bisque

We enjoy Restaurant Week in our local area…who doesn’t? Sometimes I save the special menus from the different restaurants who have unique offerings and I try and duplicate them at home…a while back we enjoyed a wonderful soup during Restaurant Week and it’s been on my list to make…Fall Bisque with Candied Pumpkin Seeds & Cinnamon Whipped Mascarpone…doesn’t that just sound scrumptious…the end result was so delicious! Continue reading

Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Onion & Prosciutto-Ricotta Flatbread

Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Onion & Prosciutto-Ricotta Flatbread

Roasted Butternut Squash is one of my favorite things to eat. It’s chock full of fiber, vitamins A, E & C, potassium, manganese & magnesium. And it tastes delicious…what better fruit (yep, it’s a fruit!) to put in your body. On today’s menu is a Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Onion & Prosciutto-Ricotta Flatbread. It’s great for lunch or dinner…easy to make…easy to eat! Continue reading

Meatless Monday: Pappardelle with Roasted Butternut Squash & Sage Sauce

Pappardelle with Roasted Butternut Squash & Sage Sauce

MEATLESS MONDAY! Last time I visited New York City I stopped by Eataly and grabbed a bag of  my favorite Pappardelle. For some reason I have a really hard time finding this pasta near my home so every time I can I’ll stop by there and pick up a bag. These long pasta ribbons are perfect for this roasted butternut squash & sage sauce on this cool December Meatless Monday… Continue reading

Meatless Monday: Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion Farro

Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion Farro

MEATLESS MONDAY! Farro is one of the oldest grains. It was even found in the tombs of Egyptian kings! For years it’s been cultivated in Italy and has a lot of history (History of Farro). History or no, I really enjoy eating Farro. It has a nutty tenderness that is hearty and perfect for the Fall and Winter months. For this recipe Farro was joined with roasted butternut squash (another true favorite) and red onion, perfectly seasoned, and topped with crunchy toasted pine nuts. It can be enjoyed as a side dish or all on its own. It’s high in protein and fiber so it fills you up. If you’ve never tried Farro before, this is a great way to give it a go… Continue reading

Butternut Squash Bisque

Butternut Squash Bisque

Along with the autumn weather comes an abundance of fresh fall vegetables. With these delightful treats you can make warm soups and chili to fill your tummies! Bisques are creamy soups made from roasted vegetables or fruits which are then pureed. Sometimes there’s nothing that will warm you up like a big bowl of soup. This Butternut Squash Bisque is smooth and lush… Continue reading