Shrimp Marinara

Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 jar of 825 MAIN Marinara Sauce1 ½  lb of 12/16 shrimp ( On the chart it would be either a jumbo shrimp or colossal) 5 shrimp per person¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil3 cloves of garlic peeled and sliced¼ cup of sherry wine¼ tsp of salt (optional)Pinch of red pepper … Read more

All My Firsts! ‘Chicken Scarpariello Recipe’

 As I reach this new phase of my life with the last of my kids planning her wedding, I wonder how I got here?  I think it all started with a bunch of firsts: I was the first born American in a huge Italian family. I was the first to go to school without knowing … Read more

Chicken Scarpariello

Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 Boneless Chicken breasts about a pound½ cup of flourSalt pepperCanola Oil for frying4 cloves of garlicExtra Virgin Olive Oil½ cup of white wine½ chicken stock½ cup of butter4 hot cherry peppers packed in vinegar (slivered with seeds removed)4 small Yukon potatoes (peeled and sliced in rounds boiled until tender) Procedure:

Spaghetti and Meatballs (American-style vs Italian-style)

One of our most popular dishes that we served in the restaurant was “Spaghetti and Meatballs”.  A big dish of spaghetti with 2 large meatballs doused with our delicious tomato sauce was a big seller.  Twice a week the chefs would be busy mixing the ground meat in a huge mixer and then rolling 500 meatballs … Read more

Nonna’s Neapolitan Meatballs

Ingredients: 4 slices bread (2 packed cups’ worth)2 pounds ground beef or you can use a mix of pork, veal. and beef3 cloves garlic, minced1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley1/4 cup grated Parmagiano Reggiano1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (optional)1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt15 turns white pepper4 large eggs1/2 cup dried … Read more

Gluten-Free Meatballs

Ingredients: 1 ½ pounds of meatloaf mix (veal, pork, and beef chopped meat)3 eggs¼ cup of chopped fresh parsley¼ cup of grated Parmigiana Reggiano cheese1 clove of garlic grated on the microplane or minced½ cup of almond mealSalt and pepper to taste1 jar of 825 MAIN Marinara Sauce Procedure:

Vegetarian: Ricotta & Zucchini Balls

Ingredients: 100% Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil4 zucchini1/2 cup ricotta drained2 eggsbread crumbs½ cup grated Parmigiano Reggianosaltblack pepper½ cup basil chopped Preparation:

Vegan Eggplant Balls

Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant, diced1 garlic clove, peeled1 shallot, minced¼ + 1/8 teaspoon saltFreshly ground black pepper, to taste1-1 ½ tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil¾ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (gluten-free if desired), divided½ teaspoon dried oregano¼ cup of chopped fresh parsley Procedure:

Chiacchiere al Forno – a Carnevale Neapolitan Cookie

I had a seminar this past weekend and I made an Italian cookie that is usually made to celebrate Carnevale (Mardi Gras, fat Tuesday).  The cookies are usually fried or baked and served with a cup of chocolate sauce to dip into.  For convenience of serving this as part of the cooking seminar I dipped … Read more

Ham and Cheese on Scooped Out Italian!

This holiday season I bumped into a longtime customer of ours while shopping.  We were on a long line together at Toys R Us and chatted as we waited patiently.  Patience is a great virtue to have during the holiday rush. But I was happy to have this time with her because she shared her … Read more