Gnocchi with Truffle Arugula Pesto and Spring Vegetables

  • When I decided to join the Gluten Free for 30 day challenge with my gym, I didn’t do a great job at looking at my calendar ahead. With Saint Patrick’s Day (Goodbye Beer ….), a weekend excursion to Washington D.C. and my first big dinner party at our house planned, I had my work cut out for me. But, I survived the month and managed to stay on track.

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Veal Saltimbocca Recipe

This recipe is a long time coming. It has been a staple for dinner parties at my house for a few years but, I have yet to have the time to photograph to share! Typically, I’m in the midst of preparing a multi-course meal (Which I still was this time) and I either forget or don’t have the lighting to photograph.

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Classic Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Who hasn’t wanted to perfect the stuffed mushroom recipe? I know I have tried a handful of variations and never quite yielded the quintessential results I was hoping for. But, I have finally done it! I found my lifetime recipe for this easy and classic hors d’oevre.

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Winter Butternut Bruschetta with Herbed Ricotta

Every few months I have a special lunch outing with a core group of work colleagues. It’s rare that we can all align our busy calendars so it’s typically only four times a year that we are able to escape. Over the course of the nearly four years I have been venturing out with this group we have come to create a lunch tradition. It involves going to our favorite downtown Princeton spot, Teresa’s, followed by a scoop of ice cream at Halo Pub. I have long since wanted to write a post about this dynamic lunch duo. However; I ALWAYS end up diving into my lunch before remembering to photograph. So here is my promise that on our next return I will manage to pull it together for a review!

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Olive Parmesan Cheese Straws

Today I’m here to save you all from having to brainstorm a last minute Thanksgiving contribution for your celebrations!  This is an easy as pie, 4 ingredient recipe that can be used as an appetizer or to supplement the dinner’s bread baskets.

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Crockpot Short Rib Ragu over Pappardelle

There’s something about short ribs that just encompasses the true meaning of comfort food. I’ve cooked it quite a few different ways (take a look at this BTP recipe from last winter for another inspirational idea) and yet it always transforms the dish into a stick to your ribs, hearty dinner.  It could be the way that the meat becomes melt in your mouth tender when slow cooked. It could also be that the beef provides another dimension of flavor in any sauce you cook it in. It could also be that it tends to be best served over scrumptious starchy sides like polenta, potatoes and pasta. But whatever the reason may be I have found that short ribs are quickly becoming my crowd pleaser weekend meal for all occasions.

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Crispy Eggplant, Polenta and Caprese Stacks with Mom’s Garden Tomato Bolognese

Today is round two of the Italian Garden series recipes inspired by my Mom’s home cooking. If you didn’t read last week’s recipe post for Mom’s Garden Tomato Bolognese, head there first: http://www.behindtheplates.com/moms-garden-tomato-bolognese-recipe/#more-1571 (You’ll need this recipe to complete this meal!)

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Mom’s Garden Tomato Bolognese Recipe

Visiting my parents’ house whenever there is a meal involved always gets me excited. My parents’ share an almost equal level of excitement around their passion for food and cooking as I do. So it goes without saying that there is rarely a bad or boring meal that it is put on the table. Not only do I get to take advantage of a tasty dish but I also get to just sit back, relax and enjoy the meal. It’s definitely a win-win for me! During one of my most recent visits my parents had come up with a recipe to use up the overflowing garden vegetables from the backyard. It was one of the best homemade meals I had in a while. I have had a lack of recipe inspiration the past few weeks. So when I couldn’t stop craving this dish for a whole week after devouring it, I decided to replicate and post about it in my parent’s honor.

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Balsamic Pickled Vegetables Recipe

I love a challenge. Really, anything competitive such as a casual bet, a workout challenge, or trying to replicate a dish (hint hint), really gets my gears going. A few months back I had a work dinner at a local Italian restaurant, Il Cappriccio in Whippany, NJ.  While the dinner was great, what really stood out was the simple bowl of pickled vegetables that they put out as a little amuse bouche with their bread baskets. It was tangy, crispy, sweet and sour. Our table polished off the bowl in about 2 minutes flat. When we politely asked for seconds, I squeaked out a question to the waiter. “What’s the recipe?” While he wouldn’t give me a steadfast reply; he did tell me the secret was balsamic and lemon juice.  Ok, so they wouldn’t tell me how to make it…challenge accepted!

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Sautéed Baby Bell Peppers and Onions Recipe

Every week the brightly colored bags of baby bell peppers call my name while at the grocery store but, I so rarely would actually purchase for fear of waste. My assumption was that a 2 lb bag would be too much for my party of 2 household.  Of course after thinking about it more I realized that I could probably incorporate them into so many different recipes that it would be a money saving purchase that could be spread across meals. I personally accepted my own challenge to make a large batch and use throughout a week of meals.

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