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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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Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Compote www.bellalimento.com

This post is brought to you by the US Highbush Blueberry Council.

Pancakes are a big deal in our house. My kids beg ask for them just about every day. To keep my sanity, we’ve started to make a big batch of our scratch mix and keep it in the fridge so it’s super easy to whip up. Add a little milk an egg and boom you’re done. That’s the basic version. Basic is good but sometimes you want a little something something extra right? Like ricotta and blueberries. How can that be bad? It can’t.

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Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta www.bellalimento.com

It’s only when I make homemade pasta that I realize how much I miss making it and should do it more often. I never ever cease to be amazed at how flour and eggs can transform into pasta right before my eyes (and yes no box required). We’ve already shared BEET PASTA and SPINACH PASTA now we’re spicing it up a wee bit and we’re kneading up Roasted Red Pepper Pasta. Now you could use jarred roasted red peppers BUT if you’re going to take the time to make your own pasta why not char fresh red bell peppers yourself. It’s not hard and you’ll have the added benefit of scaring your children who think you’re about to serve them burnt food. 

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