Eggplant Rollatini Video

I love this video for a lot of reasons and could not have done a better job putting these “Eggplant Rolls” together.

I especially like how these two ladies work you through the process of getting the excess moisture out of the eggplant slices.  A step many people ignore, which impacts the end product.

When we prepared Eggplant Rollatini at the shop they sold out quickly.  They were also one of our top catering items.  One thing I would add  to the recipe in the video is a pinch or two of nutmeg to the filling.



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Breaking Down Balsamic Vinegar

By definition Balsamic Vinegar (Italian: aceto balsamico) is a condiment originating from Italy, that is considered a wine vinegar that is not made from wine, but from grape pressings that have never been permitted to ferment into wine.

Of course we are not talking about you commercial grade Balsamic used in salad

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Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP – Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

dressing and made to imitate the original product, but the traditional Balsamic made in Modena and Reggio Emilia sections of Italy.

The prized Balsamico Tradizionale is very much like a fine wine. It is generally produced from Trebbiano grapes (which are picked and then often left in the sun for further ripening  to increase the sugar level). These are crushed and pressed into a juice (called “must”) and then simmered in open pots for 24-30 hours. This unfermented juice is cooled, allowed to settle and then placed in the first of a series of barrels to age. Continue reading

Spinach and Fig Salad

LZ98_001_0015_11DM Here’s a great salad that my wife discovered on the internet a few years ago.  We enjoy this salad often and you can expect to find recipes like this in our upcoming eBook “The Mediterranean Diet for Weight Loss – Gracie’s Guide to Healthy Italian Meals.”

Be sure to share this with your friends, as anyone who subscribes to the site will get a free copy of the book.  We expect a release date around the middle of March.  Sign up now!



6 slices of bacon (can use turkey bacon)
1 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed
8 oz. spinach with stems removed
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. olive oil
8 dried figs, stemmed and sliced
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (optional) Continue reading

Mario Makes Butternut Squash Ravioli


I love Butternut Squash Ravioli and was real excited when I stumbled upon this video of renowned chef and author Mario Batali whipping up  a fresh batch.  The video was shot four months ago when Batali appeared on the Martha Steward show.

The thing I like about Butternut Squash is they are totally nutritious in addition to being tasty, a fact that Batali and Steward both mentioned many times during the video.  The one downside to this recipe, and with just about any that Batali shares, is he makes it look so darn easy.

I plan on giving it a shot and so should you.  The toughest part may be in finding the Butternut Squash.  Enjoy the video, and please like it/us on facebook.



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Whole Wheat Pasta


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Is Whole Wheat Pasta Really Better for You?

LZ98_001_0024_11DM In supermarkets today the Italian section is loaded with Whole Wheat pastas, and every cut and package is claiming the health benefits associated with switching to the brown stuff.  Problem is that not all whole wheat pastas are the same and if you are really looking for the health kick, be sure to read the label closely.

In order for whole wheat pasta to live up to its health reputation it needs to contain 100% durum wheat and that should be listed as  the first ingredient.  Many of these products come with a 100% whole wheat orange stamp on the package. Continue reading

Free EBook Offer


In honor of the Lenten season, “Gracie’s Christmas Eve Recipe Book – Night of the 7 Fishes” will be FREE Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Lots of great seafood recipes that work well with those of you fasting or giving up red meat.  Also works for those who just like seafood.

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Celebrating Spanish Foods

Spain – Leading the Way with Mediterranean Foods

LZ98_001_0015_11DMIn today’s blog we are going to take a quick peek into the Spanish culture and the foods that make up this Mediterranean nation.  We are also delighted to introduce you to our latest affiliated partner La Tienda.  Click Here to Visit La Tienda!

Spanish foods are heavily influenced by seafood available from the waters that surround the country, and reflects the country’s marine culture. Spanish food is also  a combination of the many cultures that have inhabited the country leading to many unique  taste and flavors.   Noted for its health benefits, Spain is consider the leading nation influencing the Mediterranean diet. Continue reading

Seafood Twice a Week


Try Seafood Twice a Week

Adding seafood to your diet twice a week, provides you with a good dose of healthy eating.

LZ98_001_0038_11DMSince I started my New Year’s resolution to lose some weight I have been eating seafood at least twice a week.  In places where I would have normally had a piece of meat, I now enjoying salmon, tuna steaks and swordfish.

There are so many choices and fantastic recipes, making this change was pretty easy.  Seafood is also loaded with many antioxidants that aid in the fight against cancer and other serious diseases. Continue reading