Le Ferre Infused Olive Oils + Recipes!

“A good oil is the result of a long-soil coming labor. It is the labor of a whole year: only if well done, it produces an excellent oil. This is the only secret of Le Ferre extra virgin olive oil.” {from Le Ferre’s website} In its third generation of farmers, Le Ferre produces in the Castellaneta […]

Spiritosi Recipes!

Here you go folks! A couple recipes to impress your guests: Chocolate Cherry Lava Cakes 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped and divided 1 tbsp heavy cream 3 tbsp unsalted butter, very soft 2 large eggs, room temperature 1/4 cup sugar 1 tbsp Barolo Chinato (drained from the Spiritosi Amarena Cherries jar; optional) 1 tsp vanilla […]

Let’s Put Those Thanksgiving Leftovers to Good Use!

A successful Thanksgiving dinner can be identified by the amount of leftovers from the big feast – the more the better – for post-Thanksgiving kitchen experiments! Here are a few suggestions on how to put a twist on traditional Thanksgiving leftover recipes! 1. Roasted Turkey Lasagna or Turkey Bolognese – Try a lasagna or bolognese […]

Grilled cheese on Macrina with Mama Lil’s on top + new ready artichoke side

This lunch will take you a few minutes to make, it’s SO good!! Ingredients A bit of fancy butter Sliced Macrina Bread Sharp cheddar Mama Lil’s Original Mild Peppers Casina Rossa Whole Artichokes Instructions Place butter in frying pan. Slap cheese in between sliced bread. Place sandwiches in pan. Cook until golden brown on both […]

Holiday Farro Salad

I love chestnuts – and am always looking for unique ways to incorporate them into my holiday menu. Although the chestnut is beautifully complimented by flavors of fig and apple, it is undeniably the star of this salad. I hope you enjoy this perfect (and healthy!) holiday treat.   **Adapted from Herbivoracious.com and Matiz Gallego […]

Stringozzi Pasta with Chard and Serrana Ham

This pasta dish is the perfect fall dinner. Although the flavors are complex, the dish itself is simple and quick to prepare. Ingredients 2 tbsp “The Shop Agora” Olive Oil 2 bunches Swiss Chard 4 ounces Paleta Serrana by Fermin 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 2 tbsp minced garlic 1 tsp crushed red pepper 1 package […]

Toasted Wheat Orecchiette with Edible Flowers and Ricotta

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen The rich, smoky color of the Farina Arsa Orecchiette is enough to catch the eye, but this toasty, nutty, earthy pasta also comes with a history. According to our friends at Ritrovo Selections, farina arsa,  or toasted wheat flour pasta comes from a little-known Pugliese tradition from the times when local […]

Slow Cooker Braised Lamb

Tender lamb braised in Tuscan Sangiovenese Spiced Sauce makes for  heavenly comfort food. Serve with rice or pasta. Wine Pairing This dish pairs beautifully with the 1865 Carmenere or the Valdecampana Crianza. Ingredients 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced 3 carrots, sliced 1/4 inch thick 6 large fingerling potatoes, 1 inch cubes 4 garlic cloves, diced […]

Fasolakia Recipe

Fasolakia is a traditional Greek recipe combining string beans, carrots and potatoes. They are slowing cooked in an onion and tomato based sauce, and of course, served with fresh bread and a solid chunk of feta cheese on top. I am in charge of this recipe in my household and I always receive praise for […]

The Best Breakfast Sandwich Ever!

Before I start off writing about the BEST breakfast sandwich ever! I have to leave the disclaimer that I don’t have photographic proof of how amazing this really is! Halloumi, Egg & Avocado Breakfast Sandwich For those of you obsessed with Halloumi as the latest and greatest new food group, you need to try this […]