Lobster Livornese alla Peppino

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to pull out all the stops and make a special dinner for your sweetie. Here’s one of our favorite recipes for a perfect romantic dinner. Serve with fettuccine (or a loaf of crusty Italian bread), a simple green salad and a bottle of Champagne for a Valentine’s Day celebration that’s sure to impress.

Lobster Livornese

 

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Roasted Halibut with Tomatoes, Olives & Capers

This time of year we are all looking for ideas for meals that are healthy, delicious and easy to prepare. Over the next 4 weeks we will bring you recipe ideas that are just that…stay tuned!

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Roasted Halibut with Tomatoes, Olives & Capers

Lean protein from the halibut plus a big dose of lycopene—a powerful antioxidant–from the tomatoes means this dish is packed with nutritional goodness! 

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Baked Goat Cheese + Classic Tomato Sauce

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This idea is so simple and quick that we hesitate to even call it a recipe. Preheat oven to 375, Pour a jar of our Classic Tomato Sauce in an oven safe baking dish. Cut a log of goat cheese into medallions then place them on top of the tomato sauce. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until completely warm and slightly bubbly. Serve with good crusty bread for an incredibly easy, delicious and elegant appetizer!

Easiest appetizer for a crowd. Ever.

spinachartichokedipEasy (and Elegant) Spinach-Artichoke Dip 

  • 1 jar of creamy ‘Livornese alla Peppino’ sauce
  • 16 oz bag of frozen whole leaf spinach
  • 2 14 oz cans of Artichoke Hearts chopped roughly
  • 12 oz grated Fontina Cheese (Provolone cheese may be substituted)
  • 3 oz grated Parmesan Cheese (use Parmigiano-Reggiano if possible

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with a large spoon. Pour into a large oven safe dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and slightly golden at edges. Serve with sliced baguette or crackers. This will serve 10-12 as an appetizer. Enjoy!

 

 

Italian Comfort Food

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This time of the year nothing sounds better to us than a cozy night at home in front of the fire. What could be more perfect than to have a homemade lasagna bubbling away in the oven at the same time? We’ve made this classic Italian comfort food easy for you with this recipe that cuts down some of the steps with a few easy tricks—so that you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your night!

(Easy) Lasagna alla Peppino

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Soup for a winter’s day

 

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The weather has gotten cold and there’s nothing we like more than the smell of a pot of soup simmering on the stove on a winter afternoon. This recipe makes it easy for you—we’ve have cut the prep time down to under 2 minutes—but your house will smell like you’ve been cooking all day!

 

Gargano & Co’s Homemade Lentil Soup

  • 1 jar Gargano & Co Cacciatore Simmer Sauce
  • 2/3 cup dry lentils
  • 2 cups stock (Chicken, Beef or Vegetable stock will all work)
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Add lentils, stock and Cacciatore Simmer Sauce (chock full of hand chopped celery, peppers, mushrooms and carrots)  to a dutch oven or large heavy bottom pot. Add red pepper flakes to taste. We like a generous pinch or two to add a little heat. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Reduce heat immediately to a low simmer and cover with a lid. Allow to cook—stirring occasionally for about 45 minutes or until lentils are cooked to your taste. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve with crusty Italian bread for an easy lunch or dinner on a cold winter’s day. Serves 4.

Holiday Wine Tasting Party….Italian Style!

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We know. Entertaining can be a challenge—especially around the holidays. If you’re like us—you want to serve something elegant that tastes like you’ve been in the kitchen for hours—but in a lot less time. We’ve got you covered with a game plan for a casual yet elegant holiday wine tasting party (using our sauces to cut down on your time in the kitchen)

Here’s the menu for an Italian inspired wine tasting party with appetizers that will give your guests a taste of ‘la dolce vita’ or ‘the sweet life’.  We’ve got links to recipes—and easy entertaining tips to get you started. Cheers!

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