Tony and Sarah Nasello, All About Italian
We normally begin a new year with a super-healthy dish, but after nearly a week of battling post-Christmas stomach and cold flus, all our little family wanted was some comfort to ring in the New Year. Thank goodness for Giovanni’s Comforting Pasta Bolognese. Our 12-year-old son, Giovanni (or Gio), created this recipe last fall after watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network.
Jalapeño Mummy Poppers Makes 24 poppers Ingredients 12 medium jalapeño peppers, sliced in half lengthwise, seeds removed – leave stems on when possible (Note: Use gloves when handling jalapeños) 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 8 ounces plain or pepper jack cheese, shredded ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated 2 scallions, finely chopped ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 1 to 3 teaspoons milk, as needed 1 package refrigerated crescent rolls 48 candy eyeballs (available at hobby/ craft stores) For the egg wash, beat together:
With all of the political hullabaloo this election season, I’ve decided that the only party I wish to be a member of these days is the Dinner Party.
Two weeks ago, our son Giovanni officially became a middle schooler, and in just two more weeks he will enter his final year as a ‘tween. Our skinny, knobby-kneed little boy is now filling out and changing before our very eyes as his body prepares for an imminent growth spurt. And as Gio’s appetite grows right along with him, it has become a challenge to find a snack satisfying enough to hold him over until dinnertime. Thank goodness for monster cookies.
Last Saturday, Tony paid a visit to his good buddy Jim Driscoll of Driscoll Farms at the Northern Plains Farmers Market, which takes place in the west parking lot at West Acres mall from 10 a.m.
FARGO—Over Memorial Day weekend I was craving gremolata, a simple Italian condiment traditionally served with the Milanese specialty Osso Buco (braised veal shank). Neither Tony nor I were in in the mood to cook for hours on end on this beautiful weekend, so we opted for a humble, quick-cooking flank steak instead. Thankfully, gremolata is an excellent complement to many dishes including grilled meats, vegetables, fish and chicken.
FARGO—Soup may seem like an unusual choice as we head into the long, sunny days of our northern spring and summer, and often gets overlooked as a warm-weather meal option. But, if there's one thing we know for sure, it's that there is a soup for every season, and this Minestrone Primavera with Chicken Meatballs is our top choice for spring.
FARGO — Last weekend, I was making a variety of desserts for a Leap Day wedding reception, and nearly forgot that we had invited some friends to join us for breakfast on Sunday. I adore baking, especially when it comes to brunch foods, but after hours of fussing over French macaron cookies and angel food cake, I was looking for something less challenging to make for our guests, but still delicious.
There are only a handful of days left before the XXII Winter Olympics come to a close in Sochi, Russia, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be experiencing Olympic withdrawal come Monday morning. We love everything about the Olympics and what they represent, from the camaraderie among the athletes, to the personal stories of triumph over adversity, and even Team USA’s sweaters at the Opening Ceremony. When we were planning our topic for this week, we were watching the Russians dominate in pairs figure skating and decided to take inspiration from the Olympics.