The Classic James Beard Inspired Burger

If you want a relatively traditional burger that is easy to make and tastes great, try this one.

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Lidia Bastianich – A Culinary Icon Visits St. Pete

I have to tell you up front, I am biased when it comes to Lidia. Our family has watched her for years on PBS, anxiously awaiting each new episode highlighting a different region in Italy. Her new book, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, comes full circle with ten more regions in Italy, and new, unique recipes from every region. (New to us, I should say, as these recipes have been around in some form for generations.) If you have all her cookbooks, you’ve got a veritable culinary encyclopedia of the best Italy has to offer in food.

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How to make your own pasta at home with two easy sauces

It’s true, everyone is rushed these days. However, it really doesn’t take much time to make your own pasta. It is easier if you have a Kitchen Aid mixer with pasta attachments. You can also make this with the inexpensive, manual pasta machine.

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The Ultimate Meatballs

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If you have ever tried to make a meatball correctly, you know how important this recipe is. The “meatball recipe” in my family was a secret for many years! I just learned how to make them the right way through trial and error three or four years ago. Try this one and see if you notice a difference.

 

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A Romantic Dinner for Two

It’s no secret that a truly romantic meal can be very expensive. Here’s a way to recreate your own romantic dinner at home. All of these ingredients are readily available right here in St. Pete. A good, local caviar source is Mazzaro’s. Probably the best beverage to serve with this meal is a quality champagne.

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Rotisserie Leg of Lamb, Roasted Potatoes and Shallots and a Minted Pea Puree

St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon and I had a request for a more non-traditional menu. These recipes embrace some of the bounty of Irish food. And make no mistake, Ireland is becoming a destination on the culinary map these days.

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Escalopes of Tuna with a Madeira Mushroom Sauce over Fettuccine with Broccolini

Many people I have spoken to lately have cut back on red meat consumption for one reason or another. This is a recipe I have made for years as a meatless alternative. You won’t miss the meat at all. In fact, some people have questioned whether it was really fish or not!

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Decadent Brownies

This recipe is not one of mine, it is Ina Garten’s. I have not found a better brownie recipe in all these years. These brownies are so rich, they should be handled with care!

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