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Herb Cubes

Herb Cubes www.bellalimento.com

I’m kinda into herbs. ‘Tis true. I am quite fond of almost all of them. Fresh herbs bring so much to both dishes and drinks (basil lemonade – swoon). I grow as many varieties as I can during the spring and summer and soon enough I’ll have them coming out of my ears. I will have too much to keep up with even as much as I cook. But I’m okay with that. Some I dry for later and some I preserve in olive oil (herb cubes) for those cold months when they’re not readily available or cost an arm and a leg at the market for 2 sprigs. Gasp.

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Italian Steak with Grilled Radicchio Salad + Special Plated Offer

Italian Steak with Grilled Radicchio Salad www.bellalimento.com

Would you be amazed to know that I had everything delivered to my door to make this incredibly tasty Italian Steak with Grilled Radicchio Salad. Each ingredient pre-portioned (no measuring people). The delivery box also included an 8 x 10 recipe card complete with step by step photographs with clear and concise cooking directions, cooking tips and glossary of terms. Pretty much every thing is done for you but the cooking and the dishes. I’d say that’s pretty amazing and that I’m sorry I didn’t think of this incredible service myself.

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The Ultimate Italian Grilled Cheese

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese www.bellalimento.com

At any given time we have at least 6 different types of cheeses in our house. To say that we love cheese is an understatement. As much as I love dessert and I do I’m hard pressed to turn down a cheese plate when it’s on the dessert menu. It’s cheese, seriously what’s not to love about it. I love it to snack on, to add oomph to dishes and yes most definitely in GRILLED CHEESE sandwiches like this one.

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Oven Roasted Preserved Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Preserved Tomatoes www.bellalimento.com

I’m almost hesitant to say this but I believe winter is on it’s way out. I hope I didn’t just jinx it. It’s been a long, COLD unwanted one, and I for one am rejoicing in the prospect of spring and even longing for the dog days of summer, flip flops, top down on my convertible and for my GARDEN. Yes, my glorious garden. We have both raised beds and a large deck container garden and plant as much as we possibly can. I just can’t get enough. There’s something about fresh food you’ve grown yourself. It doesn’t get much better than picking a rip juicy tomato, sprinkling it with salt and popping it into your mouth. Or when they’re coming out of your ears (and they will) to oven roast them and preserve them in olive oil for later. Sweet sweet goodness.

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Pan Fried Ravioli with Brown Butter Herb Sauce

Pan Fried Ravioli with Browned Butter Herb Sauce www.bellalimento.com

I’m not going to lie.  The Homemade Roasted Carrot Ravioli with Mascarpone Thyme Filling I shared earlier this month are the best ravioli I’ve made to date and I hope you do give them a try. The finishing touch to those babies was the simple brown butter herb sauce that accompanies it. It’s quick, simple and IF you already happen to have a batch of ravioli in the freezer (because honestly if you’re going to take the time to make homemade ravioli why not double it and freeze some. You’ll thank yourself later when the craving hits.)  it comes together in no time at all. Fast food at it’s finest.

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Caprese Quiche

Caprese Quiche www.bellalimento.com

One of my favorite flavor combinations in the world is tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese. It works. Caprese salad is probably the most recognizable way to enjoy these ingredients but they multi task like nobody’s business. Try them on pizza, in pasta, on toast and yes even in quiche. Quiche is also a workhorse of a dish. What does that mean? It’s good served hot or cold and it’s great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. You can’t say that about too many dishes now can you.

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