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Pork Medallions with Mushroom Marsala Sauce

Pork Medallions with Mushroom Marsala Sauce www.bellalimento.com

Pork. Mushrooms. Marsala. What’s not to love about this dish? It’s meaty, earthy and is sure to become a recipe in your go to repertoire. Serve the saucy medallions over a bed of glorious garlic mashed potatoes OR creamy polenta and call it a night. But not before adding a baguette. That sauce is the kicker. I mean it’s okay to lick the plate when no one is around but if you have guests it’s probably best to mop it up with a nice piece of toasty bread.

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Tortellini in Brodo

Tortellini in Brodo www.bellalimento.com
Tortellini in Brodo means “Tortellini in Broth” or as my kids call it, Tortellini Soup. Whichever way you prefer to say it it’s always going to start with the broth. Since there are only 2 elements to this soup (well 3 if you add cheese and we always add cheese so okay 3) it’s important to make them count. Start with homemade stock. Making homemade stock couldn’t be easier I promise. If you can chuck everything into a stock pot, turn on the stove and later strain you can make homemade stock. Pretty much anytime I roast a chicken I’m making a batch of chicken stock afterwards. I leave a few jars in the fridge for that week and freeze the rest for later. Which is often. Amazing how many times I use chicken stock a week so I’m really grateful to have some in the freezer to thaw out as needed.

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Lemon Tart with Raspberries

Lemon Tart with Raspberries www.bellalimento.com

I’m pretty much a lemon-holic if there is indeed such a thing. I always have lemons in my refrigerator. They go with OH just about everything and they make one lip smacking tart to boot. This one is luscious, luxurious and a cinch to make. The hardest part will be arranging those raspberries on top. If you’re impatient and want to skip that step I’d totally understand. The lemon goodness is waiting just below and for us lemon-holics, it’s pretty irresistible.

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Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies

 

Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies www.bellalimento.com
Ugly. But. Good. That is the literal Italian to English translation of the name of these cookies. In my opinion they should be called light and irresistible or the incredible disappearing cookie instead of ugly but who am I to argue with the most beautiful language on the planet? I will just continue to refer to them as “Brutti Ma Buoni” because that sounds so much more appealing than Ugly. But. Good. Let’s focus on the good part now shall we? If you have a strong arm you can whip up a few baking trays of these meringue-esque beauties in no time at all. Luckily all my risotto making has trained me well for the whisking that goes into this recipe.

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Candied Lemons

Lemon Olive Oil Cake www.bellalimento.com

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is like liquid gold to me. I’m never without it in my kitchen. Ever. It’s the foundation for so many of my dishes and beyond. I even use it on my skin. It’s a fabulous moisturizer. Truth. There is no substitution for a good quality olive oil period. When Jovial Foods reached out to me and asked me to try their organic reserve blend of olive oil of course I said yes. This blend is created exclusively from three ancient varieties of olives grown in the Veneto region of Italy (which is right next to my beloved Fruili); Favarol, Grignano and Nostrano.

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DIY Vanilla Extract

DIY Vanilla Extract www.bellalimento.com

Did you know that you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? You absolutely can and it only takes TWO ingredients.  Which means: 1.It’s ridiculously easy and 2. You should really use the highest quality ingredients you can find. Quality counts. These make amazing gifts this time of year and who wouldn’t appreciate a bottle of homemade vanilla extract? You can send me a case of it if you like and I would be a very happy camper. Now that I know you want to make your own, let’s talk about the three B’s that you’ll need to get started: Bottles, Beans and Booze.

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