Category Archives: Seasonal

“One of the smartest things you can do on ‘Chopped’ is to take one of those ingredients and make a pickle out of it, because almost every dish benefits from that. I’m feeling like those intuitions are becoming more natural.” – Ted Allen

Hey there – hope all is well! I’ve definitely been enjoying my summer and I hope you have too!  Wedding plans are coming along well.  The ceremony is going to be at St. Thomas More Church where Siena Catholic Academy … Continue reading

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“Strawberry swisha sweets with my aston flying, bumping, Slim Dunkin trying to live this life of mine.” – Rick Ross

Hey, everybody!  Long time, no see! I guess I haven’t had an entry since January!  Wow, has it really been that long?  There’s just been a lot of stupid, unnecessary sh-t going on and I haven’t been able to muster … Continue reading

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“Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

Hey there! It’s the new year.  My resolution?  To not get sick between now and November 2nd! I believe the most important thing to do to prevent from getting sick is not only to wash your hands a lot, but … Continue reading

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“The squid has the most sophisticated skin in the invertebrate world, if not the whole world.” – Roger Hanlon

Hey there!  How have you been? I’m happy the semester is finally over!  My presentation went really well for my healthy cooking class, at least for me it did, Chef DiGaetano really liked my healthy version of creamy Caesar dressing!  … Continue reading

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“I go ‘I just want a cup of black coffee.’ She goes ‘Do you want to try a biscotti? They’re from Italy and they’re considered a delicacy.’ Have you ever eaten one of these things? It tastes like a burned cookie. Where I’m from, that’s considered a mistake.” – Bill Engvall

That quote made me laugh out loud – maybe it’s because I’m Italian and about to marry into an even more Italian family.  All jokes aside, a chocolate dipped hazelnut biscotti is actually one of my favorite cookies.  They only … Continue reading

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“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Henry David Thoreau

Hey everyone!  How was your weekend?  Did you do anything exciting? Saturday morning, I went for a breakfast sandwich from Scott’s at the Public Market with loverboy.  Best breakfast sandwich in Rochester, no joke (it may be white bread and … Continue reading

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Happy Halloweenier!

I want to start off this post by saying how grateful I am to live in Rochester, NY; especially after Hurricane Sandy.  Nothing like this in the history of New York City/New Jersey/Brooklyn, etc. has something like this happened, it … Continue reading

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“A thriving household depends on the use of seasonal produce and the application of common sense.” – Olivier de Serres (1539-1619)

One of the main points of Eat Fresh Cook Bellissima is to always purchase produce that is in season, not only are the herbs, fruits and vegetables at their peak freshness and flavor, but you will save money from buying … Continue reading

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“Pork – no animal is more used for nourishment and none more indispensable in the kitchen; employed either fresh or salt, all is useful, even to its bristles and its blood; it is the superfluous riches of the farmer, and helps to pay the rent of the cottager.” Alexis Soyer 19th century French chef. ‘The Modern Housewife’ (1851)

HI EVERYBODY!!!!!! WELL, I was going to go on a whole sch-peal about pork and how it’s “the other white meat” and how I think beef is unhealthy and you should choose pork over beef but I started watching Betty … Continue reading

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