Christmas Traditions: December 24 to January 7 and in Between!

The second Festival of Light this month is Christmas on December 25, however, in Orthodox Christianity it’s celebrated on January 7, observing Christ’s birth according to the Julian calendar. But, did you know that in many cultures, Christmas Eve is a celebratory holiday as well, complete with unique foods and traditions? For Christians around the […]

Kale Chicken Pasta

Ingredients: 1 pound of your favorite pasta 3 boneless chicken breasts 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons butter 4 cloves garlic, finely minced 3/4 cups white wine 3/4 cups chicken broth 1 bunch kale 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved To Make:  Prepare pasta. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet. Cut chicken into nite […]

Cilantro Pesto

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh cilantro 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup toasted walnuts or pine nuts 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated Salt and pepper To Make: In a blender or food processor, pulse the cilantro, garlic, and nuts a few times. Then, with the blade running, slowly add in the […]

Feta Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients: 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed 4 cloves garlic, finely minced Dried oregano 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped 1/2 cup white wine Juice and zest of 1 lemon 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped 1 pound linquini, or other pasta Olive oil To Make: Bring a pot […]

Roasted Garlic Pesto

Ingredients: 1 head garlic, roasted (see video here) 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 4 cups fresh basil 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/4 cup parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon lemon juice Salt and pepper To Make: Remove all of the cloves from the garlic bulb. Combine garlic, basil, olive oil, pine […]

Better-than-the-box Mac and Cheese

Ingredients: 1/2 pound rotini, fusili, or elbow macaroni 4 tablespoons butter 2 eggs 6 ounces evaporated milk 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard 10 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded Salt and pepper To Make: Cook the pasta according to package directions to just al dente. Drain the pasta and return to pot with the butter. Set pot over […]

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Ingredients: 1 16-ounce can crushed tomatoes 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves cloves, minced 4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped Sugar, salt, and pepper To Make: Heat the olive oil in a heavy sauce pot, add the garlic and cook until soft. Add in the crushed tomatoes and a pinch of sugar. Season […]

Radicchio and Mozzarella Pasta Bake

Ingredients: 3 heads radicchio, sliced into strips 2 pounds plum tomatoes, cored and chopped 1 medium onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup heavy cream 8 ounces fresh Mozzarella, diced 1/2 cup Parmigiano 1 pound of your favorite tube-shaped pasta To Make: Preheat oven to 400. Cook pasta until about 3/4 […]