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1 1/4 lbs. lean ground beef
3 garlic cloves (minced)
1/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dry oregano
1 egg (beaten)
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 cup fresh ricotta
provolone cheese (thinly sliced)
tomato sauce (about 2 cups, heated)
olive oil
6 fresh basil leaves
1. Mix all the ingredients (except ricotta,basil, provolone cheese, olive oil and tomato sauce) and shape into meatballs.
2. In a large skillet, put 3 tbs. olive oil.
3 Cook the meatballs for 5-6 minutes or until cooked through and browned on the outside. Remove.
4. In a large serving bowl, cover the bottom with warmed tomato sauce. In the center put a large dollop of ricotta cheese. Place meatballs around ricotta. Pour warmed tomato sauce over meatballs. Decorate with slices of provolone cheese and basil. (see photo) Sprinkle a little sea salt and black pepper on ricotta.

Pumpkin Raisin Bread


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, nutmeg and baking soda.
2. In another bowl, mix pumpkin puree, butter, eggs, and vanilla.
3. Continue to mix pumpkin while slowly adding flour to it.
4. Slowly add raisins and mix in.
5. Grease a loaf pan with a little butter. Pour batter into loaf pan.
6. Bake for about 50-55 minutes. Test with a toothpick. Toothpick should be dry when taking it out of the bread.
7. Cool for 5 minutes and remove from loaf pan. Let cool on a wire rack.
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1 1/2 lbs. of shrimp (tails removed)
2 cups white wine (Moscato or a Riesling)
3 heads radicchio
3 heads endive
1 cup whole candied pecans
4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
olive oil
1. Put uncooked shrimp and white wine in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
2. In a skillet, put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Add 2 cloves of chopped garlic and brown. When garlic has browned, add shrimp. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir and turn shrimp for about 4 minutes. (Shrimp should be pink.) Remove and put to the side.
3. In the same skillet skillet, put 2 tbs. of olive oil and remaining garlic. Brown garlic. When garlic is browned, add shredded radicchio and endive. Add a drop of olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Stir occasionally. (approximately 5 minutes) Add pecans. Stir.
3. When radicchio and endive are tender, add shrimp. Cook for another minute. Serve warm.
Serves 4.


2 lbs. sweet potatoes
2 lbs. russet potatoes
1 1/2 sticks butter (softened)
About 2 cups heavy cream
2 large leeks (sliced thin)
olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1. Rinse all potatoes. Dry well. Put an X on top of each potato.
2. Bake all potatoes in the oven until soft. (about 45 min. to 1 hour)
3. Let potatoes cool for a little while.
4. Take sweet potatoes and scoop out the center. Put in a deep mixing bowl.
5. Add 3/4 stick of butter and 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Mix until creamy. (set to the side) If you need a little more cream, add it and mix well.
6. Take russet potatoes and scoop out center into a deep mixing bowl. Add 3/4 stick of butter and 1/2 cup of cream. Mix until creamy. (set to the side) If you need a little more cream, add it and mix well.
7. In a large baking pan put sweet potatoes. Spread it out and smooth out top. Sprinkle sea salt and black pepper on top.
8. Put mashed potatoes on top and smooth on top. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and black pepper.
9. Put baking pan in oven. (400 degrees) Bake for about 15 minutes.
10. Meanwhile in a skillet, put 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Add leeks and cook until slightly crispy.
11. Remove potatoes from oven. Pour leeks on top.
Serve hot.

Vegetable Focaccia


1 large green zucchini
1 large yellow zucchini
1 large eggplant (peeled)
2 large red peppers
1 large red onion
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
garlic powder (optional)
focaccia bread or another crusty kind of bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Slice all vegetables into thin slices. Put vegetables in a bowl. Pour in olive oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Put all vegetables in a baking pan and bake in oven for approximately 15 minutes. Since vegetables are sliced thin, they should cook quickly. If not, cook a little longer until vegetables are tender.
3. Remove from oven and put vegetables in a bowl. Add balsamic vinegar and garlic. Stir gently, not tearing vegetable slices.
4. Place slices of focaccia bread on a baking pan. Drizzle a drop of olive oil on each slice. Sprinkle a pinch of garlic powder (optional) on each slice. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on each slice.
5. Drain vinegar from vegetables. Put slices of each vegetable on each piece of bread. Top with the red onions.
6. Return to oven for 10-12 minutes until bread becomes a little crunchy.


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10 pork cutlets (cut in strips)
1 medium red onion (sliced)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
2 cups fresh snap peas
1 cup carrots (shredded, small pieces)
1 cup mushrooms (rinsed and dried) * cut in half if large
1 cup string beans (rinsed and cut in half)
2 tbs. fresh ginger (shredded)
5 tbs. sesame oil plus extra
3 tbs. soy sauce (low sodium)
1 tbs. fresh basil (chopped)
1. Using 2 tbs. of sesame oil, cook pork strips (about 5 minutes) in a large skillet. Remove and put to the side.
2. In same skillet put 3 tbs. of sesame oil. Heat up for a minute and add garlic, red onions, carrots, mushrooms, string beans and snow peas. Stir frequently. Add 2 tbs. of soy sauce and stir. (If you need a little more sesame oil, add a little.)
3. When vegetables are tender, add cooked pork, basil and ginger. Drizzle a drop of sesame oil and 1 tbs. of soy sauce. Cook on a high heat for 3 minutes and continue to stir.
Serve hot.

Veal With Tomatoes and Mushrooms


8 slices of veal cutlets
2 cups of mushrooms (sliced)
1 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced)
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (chopped)
5 pieces of basil (ripped into pieces)
2 cloves of garlic (sliced)
sea salt
olive oil
3 tbsp. butter
1. In a large skillet put butter. Once melted, add veal cutlets. Season with a pinch of sea salt on each piece. Cook on both sides for about 3-4 minutes each. Remove and set to the side.
2. In the same skillet, add olive oil and garlic. Brown for a minute. Add mushrooms, tomatoes and sundried tomatoes. Cook for abut 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt.
3. When tomatoes are tender, return cutlets to the pan. Raise the heat high for 3 minutes.
Serve on a platter with basil on top.


6 chicken cutlets
1 lb. fresh spinach
1 cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
1 cup black olives (pits removed and sliced)
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
3 tbs. olive oil plus 2 tbs.
2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1. In a Ziploc bag, add chicken cutlets, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and black pepper. Let marinate in refrigerator for at least one hour.
2. Grill chicken cutlets on both sides until done. Keep warm.
3. In a large skillet, add 2 tbs. of olive oil. Add garlic. Let brown for a minute. Add tomatoes and spinach. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt. Stir. Add cooked cutlets to the pan.
4. Cook for an additional 3 minutes. (heat through)
Serve hot.



1/2 lb. turkey (8-10 slices)

8 pieces cooked bacon

2 avocados (sliced)

2 tomatoes (sliced thin)

8 slices multigrain bread (toasted)

mayonnaise (optional)


  1. On each sandwich (toasted bread) place 2 slices of turkey, 2 strips of cooked bacon, sliced tomato and avocado. (You can put mayonnaise on the sandwich, if you like.)

Makes 4 sandwiches.

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