Shrimp Margarita

shrimp cocktail avocado margarita recipe

INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. of boiled large shrimp 2 tbsp of EVOO ¼ cup of fresh lime juice ¼ cup of good quality tequila 2 tbs. of Tabasco sauce 2 cups of cherry tomatoes sliced in half 2 medium ripe avocados … Continue reading

Grilled Swordfish and Watermelon Skewers

swordfish watermelon skewers recipe

INGREDIENTS: 1 pound seedless watermelon, cut into 1” cubes or ½ pound precut seedless watermelon cubes 7 ounces Manouri or halloumi cheese, cut into 1” cubes 7-8 ounces swordfish steak, 1” thick, cut into 1” cubes Extra virgin oil, for … Continue reading

Tarragon Aioli

Homemade aioli sauce.

INGREDIENTS:   1 garlic clove sea salt to taste 1 large egg yolk 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar 2 tsp of dijon mustard 1 cup EVOO ½ cup chopped fresh dill ¼ cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley   METHOD: Peel, … Continue reading

My Take on the 4th of July Party

fourth of july mini cheesecake decorating

This summer I’m throwing my annual 4th of July party at the lake, and I can’t wait to spend a day relaxing with delicious food, friends & family. Here’s what I have on the menu this year: To Start July 4th is a long … Continue reading

Italian Grilled Asparagus with Lemon

Italian Grilled Asparagus Recipe Donatella Arpaia

INGREDIENTS:  2 lbs medium size asparagus, trimmed 1 tsp lemon zest 1 tsp EVOO Himalayan sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste METHOD: Add asparagus to a pot of boiling salted water and blanch for one minute. Using tongs … Continue reading

Cooking on the Today Show- Quick Summer Dinner

donatella matt lauer today show

My roasted cherry tomato sauce is perfect on pasta, steak, chicken or fish- and it’s a huge hit at dinner parties. It takes no time at all to make, but the simple fresh ingredients will make your mouth water! For … Continue reading

Cotton Candy

Cooking In Heels Cotton Candy Recipe Entertaining Donatella Arpaia Donatella Cooks

If cotton candy is just for carnivals and street airs, why is it a fixture at The Four Seasons and other Michelin-starred restaurants like Anthos? Because it’s fun, it’s beautiful, and it’s dead easy to make! I’m not big on … Continue reading

Spaghetti with Spicy Roasted Tomatoes

donatellas spaghetti and meatballs with spicy cherry tomato sauce

INGREDIENTS: (Serves 4) 2 pounds small cherry tomatoes 2 cloves garlic finely chopped 3/4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes 6 to 8 large basil leaves, chiffonade 1 pound frozen … Continue reading

Top 5 gifts for Father’s Day

father son

This is a “no tie” zone! Father’s day is right around the corner and instead of getting him yet another tie, give him what he really wants. Dads can be tough to shop for and I’ve been told that I’m … Continue reading