Candied Pecans

candied pecans

1/4 cup pecans 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons water Combine ingredients in a small sauce­pan. Bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer for 5-7 minutes until coated and golden. (If too runny,continue to simmer). Let pecans dry on parchment paper.

Anna’s Spinach Tortellini Carbonara

Annas Carbonara brian weavel pasta

Courtesy of Brian Weavel, Anna’s Pizza & Pasta, Winnabego, Illinois 3 ounces baby spinach 2 ounces Romano cheese 2 ounces extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 3 ounces finely chopped bacon 2 cups cheese tortellini 4 large cloves of garlic Pinch of black pepper In a medium sauté pan, add the oil and butterMore »

Willow Street’s Coconut Prawn Pizza

Willow Street's Coconut Prawn Pizza nuts

Ingredients 1 dough ball 3 ounces sweet chili sauce 1/3 cup mozzarella 1/4 cup smoked Gouda 15 prawns, sliced in half 2-1/2 ounces red onion, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons fresh shredded coconut 2 ounces rough chopped peanuts 1-1/2 ounces cilantro, picked leaves 1-1/2 ounces fresh mint, picked leaves Instructions Roll out dough ball to 11More »

Pasta Con Asiago e Spinaci (Pasta with Cheese and Spinach)

Pasta Con Asiago e Spinaci (Pasta with Cheese and Spinach)

Ingredients 10 ounces fresh spinach, washed, heavy stems cut off, leaves torn ½ pounds Asiago or Fontina cheese, shredded 5 ounces oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, sliced ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper ¾ pound cavatappi or other short pasta, such as fusilli or rotini, cooked al denteMore »

Clam-stuffed Mushroom Caps

Crab Stuffed mushrooms, appetizer

1 pound of chopped clams 1 pound large mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, rinsed 6 cloves of chopped garlic 1 small minced onion 1 stick butter 1 cup of clam juice Salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon Old Bay spice or Cajun spice 1 ½ cups Italian breadcrumbs ¼ cup freshly choppedMore »

Chicken Gumbo Pizza

Chicken Gumbo pizza

Chicken Gumbo Pizza 14-inch pizza crust 6 ounces béchamel sauce (recipe follows) 6 ounces grilled chicken, diced 4 ounces Andouille sausage, sliced 2 ounces bacon, crumbled 2 ounces red onion, diced 7 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded 3 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded Roll the pizza dough out to 14-inches in diameter. Add the béchamel sauce (recipeMore »

Franken Sausage

Franken Sausage, Pizza, recipe, pepperoni, bacon

3 cups (or 29 ounces) of fresh ground pork 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground pepper 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon toasted fennel seed 1 cup good natural casing, cupping pepperoni 1 cup bacon crumbles ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Mix the ground pork with allMore »

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

Yield: two 8-ounce servings 4 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast halves ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ teaspoon basil 1 egg 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 3 ounces Tomato or spaghetti sauce Four slices of mozzarella cheese Basil sprigs, for garnish Flatten chicken to ¼-inch thickness. InMore »

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

buffalo chicken lasagna

You’ll need: 6 pasta sheets 1 pound of cooked chicken breast marinated in mild buffalo sauce Make a cheese blend of: 3 pounds ricotta 4 eggs 2 pounds of diced or shredded mozzarella/provolone blend 1 cup Parmesan Salt, pepper, garlic to taste You’ll also need: 1½ cups of mild buffalo sauce to use between layersMore »

Chorizo Meatballs

Chorizo Meatball Pizza Photo by Josh Keown

Courtesy of John Gutekanst, Avalanche Pizza, Athens, Ohio 1 pound ground, fatty pork 1¾ ounces smoked paprika 1/8 ounce garlic powder 1/16 ounce salt ½ ounce chopped roasted garlic 2½ ounces browned pizza cornicione, (pizza crust) chopped in small dice (You can also use a bread.) 1 egg 1 ounce fresh chopped cilantro 1 ounceMore »