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Pasta With Lemon And Ricotta

Pasta with Shrimp in a Lemon and Ricotta Sauce

Now that the holidays are over, we all looking to partake in some comfort food.  As an Italian, I grew up on comfort food, and it did not include unhealthy or processed meals.  This simple recipe can be done in a single pot! How great is that? It begins with great ingredients! The best part about pasta dishes is the flexibility of ingredients. Unlike my French cooking counter-parts, Italian cooking affords the novice chef flexibility and the experienced chef with…

Cheese Heals

Cheese Heals: Ricotta Cheese

Thanksgiving is in our rear-view mirror, and we look ahead to Christmas. As Italians, we integrate some form of Italian food favorites into every holiday, birthday, and event. Trustworthy and versatile, let's review ricotta cheese. (C'mon, I know some of you still have the five-pound container in your fridge) What is Ricotta? I am going to defer to the experts at Food.com for the professional definition: A rich, fresh cheese made from skim or whole cow's milk that is slightly…

Sassy Bacon Jam

Bacon is one of heaven's finest gifts. Real bacon, not turkey bacon, and do not even think of vegan bacon, although, if you must, I won't judge. The image of bacon sizzling in a skillet on a Sunday morning says, "Ahh, it's Sunday." When you add a little cayenne, this bacon jam becomes very sassy! Jam conjures up images of sweet and sticky jars of fruit. Slightly burned toast that my Gramma Amelia made with her favorite jam or jelly.…

Cheese Heals

Cheese Heals: The French cheese Mimolette

If you are in search of a smooth and subtle compliment for the weekend’s charcuterie board, you may wish to consider Mimolette. Once again, I found this cheese hidden in the vast Wegmans cheese department, and it caught my eye. At 110 calories per ounce and a price point of $17.99 per pound, I took home a small piece for $3.24. I am not sure I would spend the 110 calories per serving. My cheese cave has been home to more…

Italian Summer Salad

The perfect WFH summer salad

Working from home (WFH) is not for everyone, yet so many have been thrown into this new work environment. It is estimated that over 67% of new WFH employees do not have a home office set up or any home office equipment. This new world presents a challenge and challenges can be stressful.  Stressful feelings lead to mindless snacking and poor food choices. (Of course, cheese does not now, or will it ever fall into the poor choice food category.)…