Seasonal Dishes by Chef Donatella Arpaia

Roasted Veg

Roasted Root Vegetables

With November upon us, our thoughts quickly turn to the upcoming holiday season (especially Thanksgiving!)

Celebrity Chef, Restauranteur, brand new mom (of a 1 month old baby boy!), and frequent Iron Chef America/The Next Iron Chef judge Donatella Arpaia knows a thing or two about entertaining.

So we were excited when she sent us these two seasonal recipes. They’re great for casual or formal get-togethers.

The aromatic soup is perfect for chilly evenings. The blend of cloves, star anise and peppercorns, perfectly fragrances the butternut squash. The roasted root vegetables is simple and quick. It also represents Fall produce at its best….

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Spooky Tips and Treats from Everyday Food Magazine

Beware! The witching hour approaches. Ghouls and goblins are gathering. Black cats and black bats stalk the dark corners.

Bedeviled Eggs

Bake a batch of bats and cats

But there’s no need to fear… you’ll be prepared for fiendish festivities and hungry hordes with a few great tricks (and treats!) from the team at Everyday Food magazine….

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Halloween Cocktails


These Halloween Cocktails are perfect for pre and post Trick-or-Treating!

With Summer in the rear view and the chill of Autumn slowly creeping in, our cocktails, along with food and wine, take a turn for the heartier. And as the first of our Fall “holidays” approaches, I present two Halloween cocktails for the occasion: both treats with no bartending tricks necessary.

Whether you are a seasoned Trick-or-Treater who refuses to give up the tradition or are gearing up to take the kids around, these concoctions should add autumnal flair to the evening and throughout the season….

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Chocolate for Health!

Dark Chocolate fondue

Yes, this Dark Chocolate fondue is good for moderation and shared with others!

Even if you’ve heard the news about chocolate and heart-health before, it still sounds almost too good to be true, right?

Halloween is near, and as our collective thoughts turn to sweets, it’s nice to know there are sweet treats out there that can also boost health.

Before we all get too excited, keep in mind 2 big caveats in order to truly reap the benefits of enjoying chocolate for health:

  1. Adding chocolate to your diet must be done isocalorically (a fancy way of saying, “without increasing how many calories you eat for the entire day”).
  2. Choose dark chocolate (sorry, but the milk, sugar, and other fats in some varieties cancel out possible benefits).

Now that that’s out of the way, on the to the good stuff….

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Easy Tips for Autumn Veggies from Everyday Food Magazine

Pureed Butternut Squash Soup

Pureed Butternut Squash Soup

Now that the days are growing shorter and weather has become cooler, the selection of farm-fresh vegetables is becoming heartier.

As our thoughts turn back to the kitchen, our friends at Everyday Food magazine have provided a bounty of great tips for using and enjoying autumn’s most delicious in-season produce.

From warming soups to simple roasted vegetable side dishes, you’ll find great ideas to warm your kitchen with irresistible scents and delicious flavor.

Read on for inspiration!…

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Easy Meal Ideas from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery

Quark dip

Entertain with ease by making a quick dip of Fromage blanc, Quark or goat cheese with herbs.

There are many times when I realize I love my job. Sometimes it’s when a co-worker will offer me a cupcake (or two) to try. Other times it’s when I get to interview food enthusiasts like Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz.

Recently it was when work involved trying lots and lots of delicious cheeses, butters and other products from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery.

Cheesemaker Adeline Druart walked us through all of the tasty products whose ingredients are sourced from local family farms. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about these artisanal dairy products crafted in the European style.

The cheeses and butters are great on their own with crusty bread. But to amp up your breakfast, entertain with ease, elevate your dinners or whip up a sweet treat, check out these easy tips and ideas:…

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Verlasso Salmon

Sustainable Salmon

Sustainable Salmon: Good for you and the environment!

If you’ve ever been confused about making the right seafood choices for you and your family, you’re not alone. Among the competing concerns out there are: health benefits vs. sustainability issues vs. mercury levels. And if you’ve grown to love the taste of farmed salmon, you may be especially conflicted, because on the one-hand, it’s a heart-healthy fish with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and selenium that is also low in mercury; but on the other hand, it’s gotten a bad wrap for being a poor choice when it comes to sustainability….

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5 Easy Fall Recipes

Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes are one of my go-to, easy-to-make Autumn dishes.

I love Autumn. The leaves turn from green to brilliant shades of yellow, red and orange. The weather is cooler. And I can happily turn on the oven to make hearty dishes my family will enjoy.

From rich squashes to crisp apples and savory sausages, Fall’s bounty fills my home with warm, welcoming scents.

Usually I like to keep dinner dishes simple and just roast chicken along with root vegetables (like potatoes, butternut squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc.) in the oven. It’s so easy to toss the chopped vegetables with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and a few herbs (rosemary, Herbes de Provence, and oregano are some of my favorites) and then roast them in the oven….

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