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Ricottta Cheesecake

Italian Cheesecake www.bellalimento.com

Go ahead and get a pencil and paper ready to jot down this ingredient list because you are going to want to make this. I’ve made no less than a dozen of these cheesecakes since December. It probably has a lot to do with why I’m on the treadmill everyday but we’re not going to talk about that. Next to Tiramisu, cheesecake reigns supreme on my dessert list. I just can’t turn a slice down and I’ve tried. While I like all kinds of cheesecake, ricotta cheesecake wins the gold every single time in the cheesecake Olympics. Yes I’m having Olympic withdrawals and I also now believe I can snowboard. If you knew how insanely clumsy I am you’d laugh at the thought.

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Grilled Asparagus with Toasted Pecans and Shaved Parmesan

Grilled Asparagus with Pecans and Parmesan

Asparagus is one of my most favorite vegetables. Not the mushy ones that come in a can mind you, we’re talking fresh asparagus here. I love it every which way and up.  Roasted, shaved, sauteed, pureed and absolutely grilled. It’s a quick, easy and effortless side dish that goes with just about anything you’d like to serve.  Honestly I’m totally okay with eating it as a meal I love it that much but that’s just me. I’m cooky like that.

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Go Coo Coo for Osso Buco

Osso Bucco www.bellalimento.com

 If you want comfort food it doesn’t get much better than Osso Buco. In fact, I’m kinda Coo Coo for Osso Buco. If you’ve never heard of Osso Buco, it is a Milanese specialty of braised veal shanks. It translates to Bone (osso) with a Hole (buco) so clearly we’re going to continue to call it Osso Buco because everything sounds better in Italian.  Once you’ve had this low and slow stunner you’re going to want more, and if for some reason you’re so full you can’t finish your portion I’m happy to finish yours. I’m a giver, what can I say.
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Penne with Tomatoes and Olives

Penne with Tomatoes and Olives www.bellalimento.com

If we’re all completely honest with each other, dinner can be daunting sometimes. Yes, even for those of us who cook for a living. So it’s nice to have an arsenal of quick and easy meals that we can look to when all we really want to do is put some cereal and milk on the table and call it a night. What does quick and easy look like to me? It’s typically a dish that takes 30 minutes or less (top to bottom) and consists of a just a handful of ingredients that I’m more than likely to already have in my pantry.

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Seared Scallops with Creamy Bacon Vinaigrette

Seared Scallops with Creamy Bacon Vinaigrette www.bellalimento.com

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. You know what that means…Bacon! What, bacon didn’t come to your mind first? Pfft. Bacon always comes to my mind. Bacon makes everything better. It’s the truth. Including seared scallops. We’ve drizzled those golden goodies with a warm creamy bacon vinaigrette and topped them off with a bacon crumble. Yeah. It’s good stuff. Really really good stuff. I wish I had some eloquent string of adjectives to dazzle you with but truth is these don’t need some fancy schmancy intro. They’re just really really good.

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Potato and Mushroom Lasagna

Potato and Mushroom Lasagna www.bellalimento.com

If you didn’t read the title of this post and only saw the photo, would you be surprised to know that isn’t pasta between the layers of mushrooms? That it is potatoes. Yes, potatoes. Meticulously hand cut potatoes that appear to be pasta. Making this dish, gluten free, grain free and vegetarian. Before you faint, don’t worry. No flavor was sacrificed at all, there’s plenty of butter in there. One thing I always have on hand in my pantry are potatoes. Do you know how many dishes you can make with potatoes? A LOT (yes that’s a technical term). Last year I had the opportunity to fly to Idaho where I had a chance to visit potato fields, meet potato farmers (good folks), ride a very large horse on the side of a mountain and somehow managed not to fall off and yes taste potatoes prepared more ways than you can shake a stick at. Good thing I love potatoes.

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