Tag: italian

Cordon Who?

Sort of like a Cordon Bleu, only minus the cheese, and made with Italian ingredients instead of French.  Okay, so it’s nothing like a Cordon Bleu but it’s definitely delicious! 1 lb of scallopini style chicken breast (or, you can pound your own) 4 slices […]

Ensalada Capr'easy

This super easy to prepare salad says Summer to me.  The colors are as pleasing to the eye as the flavors are to the pallette. 1 ball of fresh mozzerella, sliced about 1/4″ in thickness zest of one lemon chiffonade of fresh basil 1 tbs extra virgin […]

Italian Spinach Salad


This is my take on a traditional spinach salad but with an Italian twist!



  • 1 bag of baby spinach
  • 1 pack of sliced baby bellas
  • 1 pack of pancetta, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • parmesan curls to top off
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs dijon mustard
  • 5 tbs olive oil



  1. In a large skillet, add pine nuts over low heat and toast about 5 – 8 mins.  Stir often and keep an eye on them – they can go from toasted to burnt rather quickly.  Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet over low-medium heat, add 2 tbs olive oil to the pan and brown off your pancetta, drain and set aside.  Reserve any drippings that have rendered off and pour into a small bowl.  You will incorporate this back in later.
  3. In that same skillet, add 1 tbs olive oil, your mushrooms and onions.  Cook down about 10 mins, remove and set aside.
  4. To your pan, add 2 tbs olive oil, the drippings you’ve reserved, your red wine vinegar and dijon mustard.  Stir to combine.  This makes the warm dressing for the salad.
  5. To serve, top your baby spinach with your mushroom and onion mixture.  Add your pancetta, pine nuts and egg slices.  Drizzle with the dressing and top with parmesan curls. 



  • Pancetta, unlike bacon does not have a high fat content, thus the use of olive oil to help it along.
  • Parmesan curls can be made by simply using a vegetable peeler to shave cheese into thin curls.

Puttanesca Salad

Puttanesca Ensalada…doesn’t that mean whore salad?  Who knows, Italian is so colorful.   Ingredients: 1 pack of vine ripe tomatoes, quartered 1/2 red onion, chopped 1/2 cucumber, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 5 anchovy fillets, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 handful of […]