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Burrata Cheese Crostini

This Burrata Crostini is a quick and easy recipe that I frequently turn to when I’m hosing a party.  Crostini, is just a fancy word for toasted bread. The great thing is, that there are tons of things that taste great on top of good toasted bread!  For this recipe we top the crostini with some Burrata cheese, which is a type of mozzerlla that is more creamy and very mild tasting.

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Walnut Pesto

We all think of Pesto as the green pasta sauce, made with basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, etc…but over the past several years, I’ve come to think of pesto as a technique as much as a specific recipe.  If a pesto is simply a pureed, generally uncooked, pasta sauce…well, then you can make all kinds of pestos.  And one of my favorites is walnut pesto.

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Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo sauce is as simple as it is delicious.  I mean cream and cheese…how you can go wrong?  I keep this alfredo sauce recipe to just a few ingredients, but it’s actually a very easy sauce to modify with things like garlic, shallots, herbs, or other vegetables.  And it has a ton of uses.

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Italian Porchetta

In the land of large roasts, this Italian Porchetta may just be king.  I’ve seen many different versions on this recipe, but this one, using pork loin and belly is one of my favorites.  I’ll show you have to make a wonderful herb butter, that used to flavor the loin, that is literally wrapped up in a large slab of pork belly.

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Chicken Alfredo

One way to jazz up a boring chicken breast is with a great sauce, which is exactly what I do with this Chicken Alfredo.  Alfredo sauce is very simple to make, with just a few ingredients and it’s a perfect match for chicken.  The cream in the sauce provides a bit of fat, that the lean chicken doesn’t have, and of course the flavor of alfredo sauce is almost magical.  Just a little bit on the pl

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Turkey Meatballs

An Italian Meatball is a great and wonderful thing.   Traditionally, I make my meatballs with a mixture of beef and pork, but when I’m trying to make them a bit lighter, a bit healthier, I go for ground turkey.  Turkey has less calories and fat, so you can feel better about chowing down.  And handled right, they are still really tasty.  Hope you enjoy these turkey meatballs.

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White Bolognese Sauce

Until recently, a Bolognese sauce has always meant a tomato and meat sauce.  So I was blown away when I saw Lidia Bastianich take a totally different spin on the recipe, creating a White Bolognese.  This sauce, still with meat, drops most of the tomato, adding a bit more cream and ricotta…which leaves it…well…white.

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Spaghetti with Broccoli Pesto & Chicken

Traditional basil pesto is one of my favorite pasta sauces, and I’m making a spaghetti pesto, or penne pesto every month or two.  But I’ve recently added a twist to the traditional version, that I’m absolutely loving…Spaghetti with Broccoli Pesto.  Broccoli pesto tastes a bit stronger/more flavorful than the standard basil pesto, and just like the standard, goes great with pasta.

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Tomato Pizza

Homemade pizza’s have become a favorite of mine.  They are easy to make and the diversiy of ingredients you can use, means that you can please just about anyone’s tastes.  For this recipe, I show you how to make what I’m calling my “Chunky Tomato Pizza”.  It’s a take on a standard margarita pizza, but instead of a smooth tomato sauce, I keep large chunks of diced tomato in the sauce.

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