Posts categorized as Recipes

3 Dishes, 2 Hours, 1 Traditional Southern Italian Meal

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I was nervous as we approached the door but in true Italian flare, we were welcomed as family.  Mrs. A explained what Susanne and I would be cooking. “I want to start with something easy, I cook dinner for myself every night, it doesn’t have to take a long time.”  We got straight to work after walking in the door of Mrs. Abbracciamento’s Breezy Point home. Mrs A. is the wife of the late Sal Abbracciamento, acclaimed New York City restaurateur. I was sincerely honored to be invited into her home, to […]

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Episode 3: Quinoa & Veggies

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For this episode of newlyFED, we have a different view on food, literally, it’s filmed from the top of my refrigerator. This recipe is a good quick side for these dog days of summer! I made it for our Mother’s Day BBQ and the crowd loved it! Ingredients 2 tbsps olive oil 6 cloves of garlic diced 1/3 cup of basil chopped 5 oz Spinach 12 oz Roasted Red Peppers 4.9oz Box of Quick cook Quinoa ( I use Near East and got the Roasted Red Pepper and Basil Flavor) 1.5 […]

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Spinach and Ricotta Noodle Kugel

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I received the book Make It Ahead – Barefoot Contessa as a gift and I’ve been using it all the time lately! Cooking in advance is stress-free! Here’s one that was a hit at our Easter Brunch. This recipe is a spin off of a traditional Passover kugel. Spinach and Ricotta Noodle Pudding 2 1/2 cups seasoned croutons 1 lb. roll sausage 4 eggs 2 1/4 c.milk 1 (10 1/2 oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (10) oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 1 (4 […]

Thank Thomas Jefferson for introducing Mac & cheese to America

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Macaroni and Cheese dates back to the 14th century’s. It was first recorded in the Liber de Coquina, one of the oldest medieval cookbooks. America was introduced to Mac & Cheese in the late 1700’s thanks to Thomas Jefferson. The future American president Thomas Jefferson encountered macaroni both in Paris and in northern Italy. He drew a sketch of the pasta and wrote detailed notes on the extrusion process. In 1793, he commissioned American ambassador to Paris William Short to purchase a machine for making it. Evidently, the machine was not suitable, as Jefferson later imported both […]

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The Shepherd’s Pie Tradition

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Everyone knows about our typical St. Paddy’s Day tradition in Rockaway. A day that  starts at the Honan house for breakfast, then the parade and then to my parents house for the traditional Irish feast. I have to say this years menu may have been the best. One item that has been there year in and year out, is our shepherd’s pie. One year back in college after doing the all day partying, me and my Manhattan College crew came back to my parents house and warmed up the shepherd’s […]

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Curried Chick Peas and Spinach

Curried Chick Peas and Spinach

Last night in an effort not to leave my apartment as the snow was falling, I thought, what can I make with what’s in the house? As you all already know, I love Indian food. I’ve come across a lot of curried chick pea recipes that I’ve always wanted to try. I saw this recipe and thought, I think I can make this with what I have in the apartment right now. Below is the adapted version based on my pantry items. It was delicious. Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil […]

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Baccalà (Foot)balls

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I’ve finally gotten around to posting our Christmas Eve Baccalà ball recipe which some of you have expressed interest in. It’s a long process but tradition warrants this meal a must on Christmas Eve. A Sicilian tradition on the Feast of the Seven Fishes: “The most famous dish Southern Italians are known for is baccalà (salted cod fish). The custom of celebrating with a simple fish such as baccalà is attributed to the greatly impoverished regions of Southern Italy.” I was thinking though, why only make this once a year? It’s essentially a finger food, perfect for […]

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Three Cheese Dip

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The below is a dip my mom made for Grandma’s birthday, another hit like her Fusilli Salad. I made the dip this past Saturday for a dinner party. My only recommendation on the below is to get “cocktail” or “baby” artichokes. I read in Cook’s Illustrated once that baby artichokes don’t have those harsh inedible leaves like their grown up brother. (kinda like me !) Sometimes in the marinated artichokes, you can get one of those leaves, which isn’t fun. The reviews were consistent the second time around, delicious! Its […]

Fusilli with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

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I made this recipe I found on Cooking.com a few weeks ago for Grandma’s birthday party. It was a hit! Making pesto is expensive but worth every nickel – it’s scrumptious. As an added zing, you might want to add a cup of chopped black olives to the salad. I always alter recipes to make them my own or cater to my guests. A little hint: you may want to thin the pesto with a little extra water, since it’s thick. Let us know how yours turns out. Enjoy! Serves 4 […]

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The Fall Harvest

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As summer comes to a close, here in Rockaway we are getting ready for the cold weather. Our bountiful garden is still producing the last of the vegetables that we all enjoyed this summer. The wonderful bright green basil has been picked and placed in freezer bags to sweeten every pot of tomato sauce we will enjoy this winter. Some of the basil has been transformed into tasty pesto, (not my favorite). With the daily picking of the tomatoes, I am able to create small batches of delicious simple tomato […]

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