12 ounces gemelli pasta (or any other desired pasta) Three-quarter medium-size onion chopped 4 cups sliced mushrooms One cube unsalted butter 1 tablespoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper 1/2 half cup Crown Royal Whiskey® 1 cup water, white wine or chicken broth Two extra-large vegetable bouillon cubes 1/4 cup flour and water for thickening 1 pound cooked shrimp skinned 1 – 2 teaspoons dried chives Fill a larger pasta pot 3/4 full and bring to a medium boil.  Add the desired amount of pasta to the hot water.  Continue to cook the pasta while preparing the rest of the dish.  Check it for doneness occasionally and turnRead More →

I love everything about Tuscany and this soup is a great reminder.  I found it on the Saveur Recipe website.  It has such a hearty appeal so I couldn’t resist to share it with all. Maybe it was the crunchy bit of bread to the side or the bits of tomato and carrot popping up to the surface.  Can’t wait to give it a try.  If you beat me to it, let me know what you think. 2 cups dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped 1 rib celery, roughly chopped 1⁄2 yellow onion, roughly chopped 3⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic (3 minced, 1 halved) 10 oz.Read More →

This is a quick to prepare chicken pasta dinner that has nice eye appeal and delicate flavor. It is recommended to use Francis Coppola Gemelli pasta that can be purchased online at their wine website. If you are unable to buy Gemelli, then substitute a wide egg noodle pasta.  To buy the pasta you can visit Francis Coppola’s food website.  They have a lot of fine Italian foods to choose. Ingredients 12 ounces Gemelli Pasta; Francis Coppola 1 teaspoon Paprika 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon butter for thickening 1 small onion; chopped 1 cup Chicken broth 8 ounces Fresh mushrooms; sliced 1Read More →

This was our second dining experience at Uncle Sal’s in Scottsdale AZ and the dining experience was just as great as the first.  It had been several years since we had first enjoyed the fine food of Uncle Sal’s and I was anxious to see if they could live up to my expectation based on the prior experience.  Our friends Fred and Basia highly recommended the restaurant both times and I quickly said yes when it came up again.   Our first visit was a little on the pricey side because we were in the main dining room and selected from the dining room menu.  I’ve no regretsRead More →

Almost without fail, when I have a dinner party or a gathering  for a fun cocktail hour evening, I will serve this appetiser.  It’s a great one to mix up for your friends and to get your friends to mix together.  Sometimes, a Bruschetta is served with the tapanade already on the bread. I like to serve mine with toasted baquette and the Bruschetta on the side so the bread does not get soggy.  Hate soggy bread for some reason. So, if you like to have the tapenade flavor mix into the bread, then feel free to serve the toasties already topped.  The difference though is that your friends mayRead More →

Marinate the chicken in a lemon juice and Tuscan Style Italian seasoning. McCormick Gourmet brand Tuscan Italian Spice adds just the right flavoring. Sear the chicken on the grill and then finish in oven for a flavorful moist chicken.  Serves 2 for dinner.  Loved this combination served with Italian spiced turkey gravy over mash potatoes. 2 boneless chicken breast halves 1 teaspoon Italian dried spices Tuscan Style 1/2 medium Fresh lemon juice; fresh squeezed 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup soda water or Perrier Preparation Prepare marinade by mixing together all ingredients except chicken in a gallon size baggiesRead More →