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Place the pre-charred cedar planks topped with salmon on the cool portion of the grill for indirect cooking

Cedar Planked Salmon with Prosciutto Wrapped Asaparagus Bundles

Planking is Perfect Grilling on cedar planks adds a delicate smoky and woodsy flavor to anything you cook and it’s the perfect way to keep salmon super moist, juicy and tender throughout.  It’s a fun way to grill too; the smell of smoldering cedar creates a throw-back, outdoorsy feel and the charred planks make for a dramatic presentation every time. […]

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Recipe Thursdays: Meaty Mushroom Saute

Here’s a meaty-tasting,  umami-packed mushroom dish that’s great as a side for steak, a topping for burgers, or as a filling for an omelet.  White button mushrooms are perfect but mix it up with whatever’s fresh. Criminis (baby portobellos), shitakes, and oyster mushrooms are pretty easy to find and a touch of reconstituted dried porcinis […]

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Recipe Thursdays: Pop’s Italian Meatballs

Here’s my grandfather’s famous meatball recipe that we made just about every weekend growing up as part of our Sunday pasta and meat sauce dinner.   I loved hand-blending the ground meat mixture and pan frying a few patties first to be sure the seasoning was just right before rolling out the meatballs for pan frying and baking….and also, eating […]

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Recipe Thursdays: Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage & Spinach

Stuffed mushrooms make the perfect party bite…they’re great for holiday entertaining and really fun and easy to make.  Serve them as a side dish, an appetizer or as passed hors d’oeuvres and stuff them with your favorite flavor combo.  Here’s a house favorite using Italian sausage, grated parmesan cheese and a package of frozen spinach. Stuffed […]

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Recipe Thursdays – Italian Eats

Instead of a recipe this week, here is a photo highlight from my trip to Italy, where my wife Erika and I are here celebrating our 10th anniversary. Each city has its specialty and the best recipes are the easiest. The Italians are adamant about using only the freshest ingredients when it comes to produce, meat, […]

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