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Posts tagged “Italian

Blueberry Poached Pear Salad

Blueberry Poached Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts, Blue Cheese & a Raspberry Malbec Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #gourmet #pear #salad #recipe

with blue cheese, candied walnuts and a raspberry malbec vinaigrette It’s still winter in my little corner of the world and today was a total chiller! Temperatures dropped back down below zero and I didn’t even want to look at the wind chill factor. When temps go down that low when I’m getting to the point when […]


Turkey Florentine Sandwich

Toasted Turkey Florentine Sandwich ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hot #cheesy #grilled #turkey #sandwich with #spinach & #sundriedtomato

Let’s take a break from all the holiday goodies for a gosh awful good sandwich! A grilled turkey sandwich with melty Italian cheese, spinach, sundried tomato, cream cheese, Greek yogurt and garlic. I made this sandwich the first time as a way to use up some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, but it was so good, […]


Rosemary Fontina Grape Skewers

Rosemary Fontina Grape Skewers ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #marinated #cheese #appetizer #recipe

If you’re looking for a festive appetizer for the holidays, these little grape and cheese skewers are a beautiful addition to any appetizer table. Not only do they look beautiful, they taste amazing too! Especially when served with a nice glass of wine. The cheese is marinated in extra virgin olive oil with rosemary, garlic, […]


Spinach & Sausage Strata

Spinach & Sausage Strata ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #dinner #recipe

If you have never had a strata, it is the savory cousin to bread pudding. It’s made with stale bread, so if you have old bread about that you don’t want to go to waste, all you need to do is add some sausage, eggs, cheeses and spinach to make a flavorful and easy yet cozy […]


Bacon Apple Gorgonzola Bites

Bacon Apple Gorgonzola Bites ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday#appetizer #recipe

Inspired by The Way to His Heart I saw a recipe for Gorgonzola Truffles and she mentioned she served them with apples, grapes or pears and I thought, well, gosh, why not put the apple INSIDE the truffle? How marvelous would that be, to have a crunchy surprise bite of sassy apple right inside your […]


Jack O Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Jack O Lantern Stuffed Peppers ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Italian #beef #stuffed #Hallowwen #peppers #recipe

These easy cheesy beef n rice stuffed Jack o lantern peppers are an easy Halloween dinner idea. They are milk enough to be kid-friendly, hearty enough for the meat lovers, yet healthy enough to give everyone in your family a healthy boost. The best part is that you get to eat the “brains” for dinner! […]


Meaty Lasagna Bolognese

Meaty Lasagna Bolognese ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lasagna #recipe

A comforting meaty 4-layer lasagna with layers of herb-garlic ricotta cheese, beefy Bolognese sauce, Italian sausage, wide lasagna noodles and Italian cheeses. I’m trying another fresh attempt to get my kids to eat more home-cooked food (I have SUPER picky eaters!), so that means I need to make things that appeal to them. They both love lasagna, but […]


Zucchini Ravioli

Zucchini Ravioli ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #zucchini #ricotta #cheese #gf #recipe

Slightly adapted from The Healthy Maven I’ve discovered the simplest, most elegant way to make zucchini noodles. I admit, I do have one of those spiralizer things for making zoodles and I’ve used it a few times and loved the results. I jealously watched other foodies post their gorgeous zoodle photos for years and finally […]


Pesto Trapanese with Gnocchi

Pesto Trapanese with Gnocchi ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fresh #tomato #pesto #sauce #recipe

An amazing fresh tomato pesto sauce you can enjoy with any pasta or gnocchi … recipe just slightly adapted from Linda’s Italian Cuisine I’m not quite done with the tomato recipes yet … I hope you still have a few fresh garden tomatoes left yet to make this one because it is SO good and it’s incredibly simple […]


Copycat Ragu Pasta Sauce

Copycat Ragu Pasta Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #ragu #copycat #pasta #sauce

Adapted from The Fiery Redhead To be honest with you, I’ve been a lover of Ragu pasta sauce ever since the early days of the World Wide Web. I was tasked to create a web site for the organization I worked for and went to a conference to learn more … and everyone at the […]


Cheesy Garlic Summer Bruschetta

Cheesy Garlic Summer Bruschetta ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tomato #bruschetta #garlic #basil #recipe

Adapted from The Foodie Physician Bruschetta is the essence of summer, when all the hard work in the garden comes to a brilliant colorful climax in an appetizer that is so simple you don’t even really need a recipe to make it. It’s time to let the tomatoes shine in magnificent glory and bask in a […]


Double Pesto Shrimp Naan Pizza

Double Pesto Shrimp Naan Pizza ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #simple #shrimp #pizza #recipe

If you love pesto,  shrimp, and sun-dried tomatoes, you’re going to love this pizza. It’s got a layer of Pesto Rosso (sundried tomato pesto) underneath, a layer of Italian cheeses, and then a topping of basil pesto shrimp and little tomatoes. I added a few snipped garlic scapes, for fun, and some tiny basil leaves […]


Italian Tomato Asiago Focaccia

Italian Tomato Asiago Focaccia ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #yeast #bread #recipe

All homemade breads are wonderful in my book, but Focaccia is one of those breads that is just heaven to bite into. This focaccia has extra Italian flavor from Italian seasoning and Asiago cheese baked right into the bread. Topped with sweet cherry tomatoes, Italian seasoning, a bit of garlic and coarse sea salt, the […]


Spinach Asiago Souffle Cups

Spinach Asiago Souffle Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #breakfast or #appetizer #recipe

Here’s another recipe I made for the Wine & Design event last Friday … I didn’t expect these Spinach Asiago souffle cups to go so quickly, but they were gone in a flash! Word spread quickly how good they were … and before I knew it, I had to tell people “sorry, I’m all out […]


Garlic Greek Yogurt Chicken Kebabs

Garlic Greek Yogurt Chicken Kabobs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #grilled #chicken #recipe

Have you tried marinating your chicken in yogurt before grilling? It’s a super-magical thing that keeps it wonderfully moist and delicious. I decided to kick up my yogurt marinade with flavor this time … I added loads of garlic and Sundried tomato pesto (Pesto Rosso). This makes a lot of marinade, but I didn’t actually […]


Creamy Romesco Tomato Lentil Soup

Creamy Romesco Tomato Lentil Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tomato #soup #recipe

Hey foodie friends, I have some exciting news to share! I’ve partnered up with ZipList so you can easily view all of your saved recipes in one convenient location – your very own personalized recipe box right here on Sumptuous Spoonfuls. The greatest thing about that is that Ziplist partners with all SORTS of bloggers, so you can save your […]


Baked Eggs Bolognese in Brioche

Baked Eggs Bolognese in Brioche Bread Bowls ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #eggs #breakfast #recipe

A fancy name for a simple, warm, comforting dish. Over the past several weeks, I have been watching someone struggle with a difficult life lesson. Of course, it reminds me of some of the more painful lessons in my own life that transformed me into the person I am today. It is really hard to […]


Silvia’s Focaccia Pugliese

Silvia's Focaccia Pugliese ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Italian #Bread #Recipe

Recipe from Silvia’s Cucina. Silvia is a genius with bread. I’ve been inspired by her beautiful Italian breads many times, and when I stumbled across this recipe (through no help from facebook, who hides her lovely recipes from me), I was immediately smitten. When I was invited over to a friend’s house for dinner and […]


Crock Pot Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Crockpot Pepperoni Pizza Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #appetizer #recipe

Adapted from Real Housemoms This dip has been calling me! When I laid my eyes on this Crockpot Pizza Dip from Real Housemoms, I knew it was time for me to graduate from meats and stews and try my crockpot out for something DIFFERENT. I made a few modifications to the recipe … I lightened it […]


Stracciatella Gelato

Stracciatella Gelato ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Italian #Ice Cream #recipe

Adapted from The Italian Chef I love the word Stracciatella … Italians have such a way of making things sound so romantic and beautiful. The first time I laid eyes on this Stracciatella Gelato from The Italian Chef, I wanted to try it. But of course, the timing wasn’t right … I didn’t have all the ingredients […]


Bacon Onion White Cheddar Risotto

Bacon Onion White Cheddar Risotto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #risotto #recipe

I am trying to convince my teenage daughter to love risotto. She has tried it a couple times and says she doesn’t like it. I think it’s a texture thing for her–it’s too creamy or something. I made this for her, in hopes that it will change her mind. I used bacon and her favorite […]


Pear, Bacon & Blue Cheese Pizza

Pear Blue Cheese & Bacon Pizza with Honey Rosemary Mascarpone ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pizza #recipe

A savory pizza with a hint of sweetness from juicy pears and a light spread of honey rosemary mascarpone Pears with bacon and blue cheese on a pizza … what’s better than that? Especially with honey rosemary mascarpone. If you don’t know mascarpone, I would really love to introduce you to a cream cheese that […]


Butternut Bacon Mac n Cheese & A Tribute

Butternut Bacon Macaroni & Cheese ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pasta #recipe

with Rosemary, Smoked Gouda and Italian cheeses. Adapted from Cooking Light. A sophisticated, grown-up version of macaroni and cheese topped with a mixture of rosemary roasted butternut squash, sauteed onions and crispy bacon. We needed a comfort food dish for a coworker who lost her child. Earlier this month, she lost her almost 2-year-old daughter […]


Mushroom Artichoke Sundried Tomato Ranch Pizza

Mushroom Artichoke Sundried Tomato Ranch Pizza ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pizza #recipe

Last Friday night I was out at my favorite beer pub with a couple of my friends from work and we ordered this “Artichoke Pizza” off the menu that had mushrooms, artichokes, sundried tomatoes and olives on it. It was really good, but after some deliberation, we decided it would be better with ranch dressing […]

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