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Daphne Oz Caesar Salad That You Will Not Be Able To Stop Eating!!!

I have been following Daphne Oz for about a year now. I love the recipes she shares on her Instagram. A few weeks ago she shared her grandmother’s Caesar Salad recipe saying that her kids cannot get enough of it. My entire family LOVES Caesar salad and honestly, this one is a home run. Daphne recommends making the salad in a HUGE wooden bowl. I found THIS one on Amazon and just ordered it. The bowl I have now is a little too small!!

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4 garlic cloves, creamed
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tablespoon capers plus brine
4 anchovies, chopped (optional)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Juice of 3 lemons
1/2 cup olive oil (more to taste – we like it tart!)
1/2 tsp honey (optional)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
3 Romaine hearts, torn or chopped

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Mash garlic, mustard, capers, and anchovies (if using) together with a large pinch of kosher salt until combined. Add lemon juice, vinegar & Worcestershire sauce, and whisk in olive oil. Taste for salt and pepper. Add honey if desired, then cheese. Toss with romaine and top with more cheese! Devour.

Irish Whiskey Sour

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!! I really wanted to share a great recipe with you today. But I really cannot beat my “Thank Heaven for Mrs. Mullen” best Irish Soda Bread recipe. Click HERE for the post. But today, I was speaking to my friend Kelley, one of my besties from High School (I’ve talked a lot about her over the blogging years!!!), as she was getting dinner together she was going to make herself an Irish Whiskey Sour. I asked her about it and thought that was the perfect thing to share with you today.

To all my lovely lovely readers:

May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us.

Now back to Kelley’s recipe!!!!

Irish Whiskey Sour or Irish Sour

(adapted from a couple of cooks)

  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) Jameson Irish whiskey (or use 2 1/2 ounces for a stronger flavor). My friend Kelley recommends using less so it’s not so strong.
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) simple syrup 
  • Use a Lemon wedge, cocktail cherry (my favorite!!!) for garnish
  • Ice, for serving
  • Shake ingredients without ice. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker except the ice. Shake 15 seconds.
  • Add ice and shake! Add the ice and shake 30 seconds. The foam will rise to the top!

PS I just love THIS cocktail shaker!!!! And this drink looks so good with a large ice sphere.

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Celebrate National Meatball Day With Chef Dino’s Delicious Rao’s Meatball Recipe:

Happy Meatball Day, I really do not think there is a better meatball than the ones they serve at Rao’s. Since Rao’s has offered take out during Covid, I have been able to try a lot of their menu and I have to say I really think the meatballs are the best. If you have not had a chance to do a group order with us for Rao’s and you are local to the Westchester, NY area the next date is 4/3. I will send a reminder on social media the week before. But in the meanwhile, I am going to share with you Chef Dino’s meatball recipe. I think you are really going to love this one….BON APPETIT!!!!

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  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • large eggs
  • 1 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 small clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 pinch Kosher or sea salt, to taste
  • 1 pinch Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 cup good quality olive oil, for cooking
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  1. In a large bowl containing the beef, add the eggs, cheese, parsley, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Using your hands, blend ingredients together. Blend bread crumbs into meat mixture. Slowly add water, 1 cup at a time, until the mixture is quite moist. Shape into 2 1/2 to 3-inch balls.
  2. Heat oil in a large sauté pan. When the oil is very hot but not smoking, fry meatballs in batches. When the bottom half of the meatball is very brown and slightly crisp, turn and cooktop half. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
  3. Lower cooked meatballs into simmering marinara sauce and cook for 15 minutes. Serve alone or with pasta.
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A Celebration of International Women’s Day, Italian Style

My dear dear friend and grand restaurateur Dame Marisa May, along with her special guest, famed Chef Odette Fada, created a LIVE fun short informal cooking Zoom event with La Marca Prosecco for an Italian Style celebration of Women’s Day, (Festa Delle Donne in Italy) Monday, March 8th at 5:30 PM EST. This online event benefits Les Dames D’Escoffier NY & International organization of professional women restaurateurs, women chefs, women food writers & women in wine/fine beverage, whose mission is to advance and support aspiring woman in the food, beverage and hospitality industries, in which she is a member.

This live zoom event is luckily open to everyone!🤗🌟🤩🌼💛Learn how to make the traditional delicious “Italian Torta Mimosa”, a creamy lemon-citrus cake for Women’s Day!🍰

The bright yellow Italian mimosa flower is the symbol of Women’s Day in Italy! So yellow is the theme. Try wearing a touch of yellow on Monday, March 8th. 

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Let’s all celebrate International Women’s Day together!! Click on link for more details: 

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Tickets are $25.00 and available through the link above on Eventbrite!🤩🌟💛🌼🤗 The proceeds raised go directly to the Les Dames D’Escoffier New York Scholarship Fund to help aspiring FEMALE, restauranteurs, chefs, sommeliers, and food writers make their dreams come true in the restaurant- hospitality -food & fine beverage world.

Hope you can join us on Zoom on Monday March 8th at 5:30PM EST! 

For more information on Marisa and to learn more about her exclusive special Cooking & Culinary Trips to Italy and her San Domenico NY Events & Catering business. Click HERE.

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Leprechaun Popcorn

With St. Patrick’s Day just about 2 weeks away, I saw this fun popcorn recipe. I love that you can use microwave popcorn. It makes it so easy. I am looking forward to making it this weekend. I wish I had all the ingredients or I would have made it tonight it looks soo good!!!

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Ingredients

  • 1 bag of microwave popcorn light or regular butter (full-sized, not snack)
  • 1 cup green chocolate candy melts*
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate candy melts*
  • St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles
  • Green Mint M&Ms

Instructions

  • Pop the popcorn and remove the unpopped kernels.
  • Place the candy melts in small bowls or glass measuring cups, one for each color.
  • Microwave the green candy for 40 seconds then stir, repeat in 20 second intervals until melted and smooth. (takes 1-2 minutes dependent on melt brand and your microwave).
  • Drizzle the melted green chocolate candy over the bowl of popcorn and toss to coat (use a silicone spatula to ensure you get it all out.) Toss the popcorn with your hands until nicely coated. Then spread out onto a large serving platter (or baking sheet, if you are going to bag the popcorn up after). Optional* Add some green sugar sprinkles at this point.
  • Melt the white candy melts and drizzle over the platter of popcorn, immediately top generously with St. Patrick’s themed candy sprinkles. They will adhere to the melted white chocolate candy.
  • Finally, toss on the M&Ms. Allow the Leprechaun Popcorn to cool a few minutes before serving.

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

My friend Margarita, made these cookies a few weeks ago and shared them with me, and OMG!!!! I was in shock at how good they were for cookies made with rolled oats and no flour. The entire week after, I could not stop thinking of them. So far we have made them 2 times already. This is probably one of the best recipes I have shared with you, honestly. They remind me of protein bites but even better!!! Bon Appetit!!

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Adapted from ambitious kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips, dairy-free if desired
  • Flakey sea salt for sprinkling on top

Instruction

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl mix together the oats and baking soda; set aside.

In a large bowl mix together peanut butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Mix in dry ingredients with a wooden spoon, then gently fold in chocolate chips.

Roll cookies into 2-inch dough balls and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. BARELY flatten the top of the cookie with your hand. The dough should be pretty sticky so if you find this method annoying, simply use a cookie scoop to drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. The cookies may not be as round in shape and perhaps a bit thicker, but that’s okay, they will still be delicious!

Bake cookies for 9-12 minutes and remove when edges barely begin to turn a golden brown. The cookies may look a little underdone, but they will continue to cook once you remove them from the oven. 

Cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Sprinkle each cookie with flakey sea salt. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough. Makes 16-20 cookies.

Recipe Notes

You can use less sugar or less chocolate chips — I have tried using 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup chocolate chips and they turned out great.

Feel free to substitute almond butter or another nut butter in replace of peanut butter.