Dana and I are huge fans of pizza. Dana’s favorite pizza is a white pizza. White pizza is different from your average pizza, as it does not have a red tomato based sauce. White pizza has a garlic oil base and is then topped with a trifecta of cheeses. It is basically, cheesy garlicky awesomeness.
My wife Dana is a great cook and loves to dabble in recipes that center around Italian cuisine. She previously made Rigatoni Alla Vodka, but she has improved on it by using pancetta. Yep, she added bacon! No wonder I married her. This is quite possibly my favorite meal of all time. You have to try it!
My wife Dana is from New York City! When we visit NYC, we like to purchase food items to bring back Virginia. One of those food items is fresh pasta. Our favorite is Manicotti. You just can’t beat the flavor of the pasta, from the pasta stores in New York. Since we haven’t been to NY in a while, our stash has run dry. So I wanted to surprise Dana with some handmade Manicotti. I must say the three cheese Manicotti was freaking fantastic. Even Dana said it was the best that she had eaten. That says a lot.
Growing up, my family loved to hit up Red Lobster. Red Lobster is famous for cheddar biscuits, shrimp scampi and bringing seafood to the Midwest. Who wouldn’t love it. My favorite thing on the menu was the shrimp scampi. Not a traditional scampi, but a scampi inspired dish that was pure shrimp and no noodles. The other day my Father asked me if I could recreate it. I accepted the challenge and here it is.
As a Midwesterner, I love meat and potatoes. The combination is amazing! However, sometimes it gets hard to spice up the combo. I discovered that the Swedes have been spicing up their potatoes for years. They fan out the potato and bake it making a mixture between a baked potato and a thick cut chip. … Read moreHasselback Potatoes
Dana’s favorite meal of all time is baked ziti. I have never made it, so I decided to tackle it. I used a basic marinara sauce and then went from there. My first problem was that the local grocery stores did not carry ziti. They carried penne and rigatoni. I opted for the bigger rigatoni … Read moreBaked Ziti
Last week I made a pot roast and it needed a few sides. So I searched the internet to find a couple of sides to serve along with the roast. One was the Roasted Cauliflower that I posted about last week. Today I am posting about some exquisitely creamy, garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes. So tasty and full of flavor. They honestly take no more time than regular mashed potatoes so if you have a choice, I would always make these.
I shaved some slices of Parmesan onto the potatoes for this shot. It is unnecessary, but added yet another punch of cheese flavor to the dish.
A month or so ago my friends got together at Fogo De Chao for a bachelor party. If you have ever been to Fogo De Chao you know that it is meat heaven. 20+ different types of meat delivered to your table on a sword. How cool is that. One of the meats that came around was Parmesan Pork. We all really enjoyed it, so I decided to figure out how to make it at home. After searching the internet for tips, I came across an article that had the actual recipe from one of the Chef’s at Fogo De Chao Miami. Granted the recipe had a few strange ingredients, I went for it anyway. Wow, it was dead on. Some of the tastiest pork I have had.
After cooking the pork, coat it in Parmesan cheese and grill again to slightly melt the cheese.