Born and raised in South Philly. Living in the \'burbs of Drexel Hill. Graphic designer by trade, love to experiment in the kitchen and on the grill as a hobby.
Northern Italian, Southern Italian, seafood, sushi, grilled, fresh herbs and spices, autumn flavors and spices, Thanksgiving Dinner!
This recipe comes from my wife's grandmother, Dora D'Ottaviano. This dish is one of her many specialties, and one that my wife would forever brag about. We've been making this dish on our own for quite a few years now. It makes for a nice, warm and hearty Sunday meal, especially on a cold winter's day. It can be cooked in either a stove-top pot or a slow cooker* and goes great with a nice glass of wine or beer and a loaf of crusty Italian bread.
I like to use the 93/7 ground turkey (meaning 7% fat). 99/1 ground turkey is also available, but I find that to be too moist to work with, and the mixture usually ends up mushy. I also prefer the taste of the 93/7 mixture. The 93/7 is also more moist than ground beef, so I never use an egg and try to avoid using many liquid ingredients in my mixture. Ground turkey is also very bland in taste. You really need to jack it up to get a nice flavor. This recipe only uses a few ingredients, but they pack a flavorful punch. Now, I don't have exact measurements, so adjust the seasoning to your liking. Also, while these burgers taste great on the grill, I actually prefer broiling them. They retain all of their tasty juices and are just that damn good! If you do decide to broil the burgers, but are still craving that smokey, grilled taste, you can add a dash of liquid smoke to the mixture. Liquid smoke is very powerful and potent, so you only need a drop or two at most.
This is a healthy and tasty recipe that cooks up quick and easy on the grill or broiled in the oven.
I put this recipe together from a handful of other stuffed eggplant recipes that are available online, picking and choosing a few ingredients and steps from each. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can adapt your own touch by adjusting ingredients and seasonings to your liking. The basics to the filling are the garlic, onion, breadcrumbs and eggplant pulp. The peppers, shrimp and tomatoes were a personal preference. You can add whatever else you wish to the filling (olives, pine nuts, sausage, ground meat, raisins, etc.).
I was recently asked by a good friend of mine if I could come up with a recipe for Pumpkin Risotto. She had fallen in love with this style of risotto when in Italy. I did some research and found a good amount of pumpkin risotto recipes, however most of them were very similar in taste and style. Pumpkin itself can be bland, so you need to add some spice to it to bring out its flavor. Most of the recipes that I found were heavy on the cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg, which are standard pumpkin pie spices. That didn't sound all that Italian to me, and I wasn't aiming for a pumpkin pie flavored risotto. I finally came across a true Italian pumpkin risotto recipe which follows the traditional Lombard/Northern Italian method and used that as my launching pad, making a few other flavor/ingredient adjustments to my liking. Instead of cinnamon and nutmeg, this recipe called for crumbled up Italian amaretti macaroons. While I don't usually have amaretti macaroons on hand, I do always have a bottle of Disarona Amaretto in my liqueur cabinet. I decided to give that a try, and just one tablespoon added the perfect slightly sweet/slightly nutty taste that I was hoping for! The alcohol will burn off, but the Amaretto taste stays. There's no doubt, this dish will be a fall standard in my house!
Cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes are a fun and versatile fruit/vegetable (whichever you prefer) that I enjoy all year round, especially during the summer season. Whether mixed in a salad, or popped as a quick snack, their juicy flavor always brings a smile to my face. For this recipe I added a little extra complementary taste and texture which really added a nice, yet subtle complexity and made for a beautiful summer side dish. You can prepare this dish either on a grill (using a grill basket) or in an oven. The tomatoes cook quickly using both methods, but I prefer the slightly charred taste of being cooked over an open flame. Whichever method you prefer, you’ll be sure to enjoy these tasty and juicy treats.
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