Enjoy Arts & Tastes, St. Petersburg, Florida

I just came back from the most amazing and exhausting weekend-  the first annual food and wine festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. My team of youngins’ had no idea what they were getting into. A trip to Florida for the … Continue reading

HSN Recipes for Donatella’s Tomato Sauces

Braised Short Ribs Photo Credit: BonAppetit.com Ingredients: (Serves 8) 3 pounds bone-in short ribs Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 8 crushed garlic cloves 1  jar Donatella’s Marinara Sauce 2 cups red wine Method: Preheat oven … Continue reading

HSN Recipe: Donatella’s Crusty Bread

Use my HSN Pizza Dough Mix to make bread with this simple recipe. INGREDIENTS: (one pizza crust packages yields two large loaves) 1 cup warm water (not to exceed 105°) 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil electric mixer … Continue reading

HSN Recipes: Donatella’s Simple Cinnamon Buns

INGREDIENTS: (24 mini cinnamon buns) 1 cup warm water (not to exceed 105°) 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil electric mixer with paddle (optional) 2 tbsp. melted butter, room temperatire brown sugar and cinnamin METHOD: Add … Continue reading

Low Calorie Recipes: Donatella’s Chicken Parm Hero

This recipe swaps out the fried chicken and uses grilled instead. It also uses and bocconcini (small mozzarella balls) for better portion control. To watch me make this on Dr. Oz, click here. Photo Credit: DrOz.com Ingredients: (Serves 2) 2 large cloves … Continue reading

Donatella’s Low Calorie Recipes for Dr. Oz

I just started Dr. Emma’s HGC Diet again so I know how difficult it can be to stick to a diet. If you think low calorie equals bland, these recipes that I came up with for Dr. Emma and  Dr. Oz will … Continue reading

Recipes for Fall Entertaining: Pear and Cinnamon Compote with a Selection of Cheeses

My answer to the bad calorie laden dip selections, this is light, low in calories, & perfectly complements most cheeses. INGREDIENTS: (Makes enough to spread on 24 toasted baguette slices) 2 ripe Bosc, Bartlett, or Comice pears, peeled, quartered, cored, … Continue reading

Recipes for Fall Entertaining: Autumn Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seeds and Anise

This soup is the perfect mix of Fall flavors, colors, and scents. INGREDIENTS: (Serves 4 to 6) 3 sprigs of fresh thyme 4 whole cloves 1 star anise pod 1 teaspoon multicolored peppercorns 1 large butternut squash or 1 1/4 … Continue reading

HSN Recipes: Steak Pizzaiola

This is one of my father’s favorites & the few times he took over the kitchen was to prepare this. INGREDIENTS: (Serves 4 to 6) 4-6 (8 ounce) shell steaks Salt and freshly ground black pepper 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive … Continue reading

Ricotta Gnocchi (Gnudi) Recipe

Ricotta Gnocchi -aka- Gnudi (Pictured here with a seasonal creamy corn sauce)

  INGREDIENTS: (Serves 8 TO 10) GNOCCHI:  2 lb.  sheep’s milk ricotta 100 grams “double zero” flour 1 tsp. salt 1 egg yolk flour for dusting SAUCE: 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil garlic clove 1 qt.  heavy cream 1.5 … Continue reading