Parmesan Chicken with Roasted Marinara

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/28/2017 to Italian

I have an abundance of end of the season tomatoes and needed to use them.  

I adore a Roasted Tomato Marinara and decided to make it with Chicken Parmesan and using South Lyon’s Own Spaghetti Sauce blend.  This is hand blended using minced onion, Mediterranean oregano, red pepper flakes, sweet basil, garlic flakes, parsley flakes and sea salt.  Fantastic mediterranean flavor and great in any Italian dish.

A great Tip: 

When roasting veggies use a tomato to cup the garlic.   This actually prevents the garlic from burning, and as a bonus really infuses the tomatoes with flavor.

A glass of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is perfect with this dish!

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Baked Turkey Meatballs with Roasted Marinara Sauce

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/4/2017 to Italian

My family loves spaghetti and meatballs.  So today I am making ground turkey baked meatballs with a roasted tomato marinara sauce.  Roasting the veggies for the marinara produces a richness that is fantastic.  I used Buon Appetito for this because it has the perfect Italian flavor that build up in both the meatballs and the sauce.  Buon Appetito is hand blended with Greek oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and sage.

Baking the meatballs produces a caramelized crust and juicy balls.  I used a mini-muffin tin to cook my meatballs. Perfect tool for this job!

This dish is sure to become a family favorite.

A glass of Italian Chianti is perfect with this dish!

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Fresh Tomato Lasagna

Posted by Wine & Spice on 8/15/2017 to Italian

I love this the of year when you are overflowing with fresh tomatoes!  Whether from the garden or Farmers' Markets…  Amazing flavors!

Today I made a fresh tomato lasagna with fresh mozzarella and ricotta.  I seasoned with Buon Appetito, this is blended by hand with Greek oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and sage.  A wonderful salt free blend that is terrific on just about anything…

I used a No-Boil lasagna noodle because I like how thin they are.  You can certainly use any lasagna noodle you wish, they will all work.  I soaked my pasta sheets in very hot water for about 15 minutes to allow them to soften so the dish required shorter cooking time.

The flavors of fresh tomato, cheese and Buon Appetito is sure to become one of my new favorite dishes.  Makes a great side dish or a main dish with a side salad.

A chilled glass of White Shiraz goes very well with this dish.

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Cacio e Pepe

Posted by Wine & Spice on 7/3/2017 to Italian

This is truly a lovely dish.  It is Italy’s version of comfort food and it really hits that note.  So simple and easy to make for a quick family dinner or serve to guests.  I got this idea from my friend Susan, who invented this version with her son.  We adore this dish!  Yummy and soothing satisfying!

I used Habanero Garlic Pepper in this dish which is hand blended from black pepper, garlic, habanero, orange zest, onion, chipotle and marjoram, this blend gives a bite backed up with lots of layers of flavor.  This blend is fantastic on anything from steak, chicken, fish, pasta and veggies.  Not too spicy, just the right bite!

A glass of Chianti went very well with this dish.

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Cauliflower Mushroom Risotto

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/12/2017 to Side Dish

Eating healthier in the new year!  Trying some new things to lighten up some of our favorite dishes.  Cauliflower is surprisingly similar in texture to rice and can be substituted in this usually high carb side.  Today I made a “risotto” by pulsing the cauliflower in food processor, then sauteéing and adding mushrooms, chicken broth and parmesan/romano cheese.  Very flavorful and satisfying.  Even my uber-picky hubby loved it.

I used one of my absolute favorite spice blends, An Evening in Tuscany.    Amazingly flavorful this is hand blended from garlic, Kosher salt, Mediterranean oregano, basil, crushed red pepper, black pepper, rosemary, onion and parsley. Fantastic on just about anything….

I paired this wonderful risotto with some easy baked jumbo shrimp.  Low calorie and waist friendly.

Hope you enjoy!

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Johnny’s Pizza Quinoa Bites

Posted by Gourmet Protoge on 5/18/2016 to Veggies!

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Orange Shrimp Scampi

Posted by Wine & Spice on 4/26/2016 to Seafood

It is always fun to try to recreate a favorite dish to give it a different flavor profile.  I decided to play around with Shrimp Scampi.  Lemon, garlic, butter and wine, what is not to love!  I replaced the lemon with Orange Zest and the wine with an orange liqueur.  You can use any good quality orange liqueur like Dry Orange Curaçao or Grand Marnier.   The sauce this creates is luscious, glistening and so pretty!  Using dried Orange Zest adds a richer, more concentrated flavor over fresh zest.

As with most shrimp entrees you will want to purchase the larger shrimp.  They will have a “meatier” texture than the smaller shrimp.  A trick that I recently learned is to “dust” the shrimp with baking soda which plumps them up and makes them more tender.

I served these shrimp with pasta tossed in a little butter and parmesan cheese.

A glass of Pinot Noir went very well with this dish.


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Johnny Pizza Kale & Sausage Soup

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/29/2015 to Soup

I adore the cooler weather and making soups from scratch!  It is so healthy and fresh!  I have been playing around with different spices and found that Johnny Pizza is amazing not only in soup, but for all my Italian dishes.  The crushed red pepper adds just a little heat and the mix of Mediterranean oregano, basil, garlic, onion, thyme, fennel seed, red bell pepper, parsley and marjoram is an amazing combination!

I served this soup with crostini.

A glass of Chianti pairs so well with this meal.

Buon appetito

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Tuscan Pizza Dough

Posted by Wine & Spice on 9/26/2015 to Italian


This is a fabulous seasoned pizza dough! Use it for pizza or calzone! Your tastebuds will thank you!

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Tuscan Calzone

Posted by Wine & Spice on 9/25/2015 to Quick & Easy


My family loves pizza and calzone. Now that the weather is getting a little cooler a comfort dinner is just what the doctor ordered! This is such a fun meal to prepare together as a family. The kids love this because they can choose all of their own fillings and help build their very own calzone!

In this recipe I chose to infuse the dough with some Evening in Tuscany. It adds such an amazing depth of flavor. I made the dough but you can achieve the same flavor profile if you knead the seasoning into a store bought pre-made dough. Just let the refrigerated dough warm to room temperature first.

You can make you own marinara sauce. To make this a quick and easy weeknight dinner, you can use your favorite store bought. You can kick it up a notch by adding a little Evening in Tuscany to freshen and enhance the flavor. I always serve the marinara on the side so it does not make the calzone soggy.

This is a truly easy meal to make and the calzone is a blank slate, your imagination can take it anywhere!

I hope you enjoy!

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A glass of Shiraz pairs beautifully with this meal.

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Grilled Tuscany Skirt Steak with Pasta

Posted by Wine & Spice on 6/18/2015 to Italian

This time of year the grill beckons!  We love to cook almost everything outdoors.  I think it is natural to want to eat lighter and healthier dishes during the warm summer months.  This simple and elegant meal fits that bill.

This skirt steak is fantastic and would be great on a salad.  Today I served it with a pasta tossed with a fresh tomato “sauce”.

I enjoyed a glass of Shiraz with this meal.

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20 Minute Skillet - Tuscan Pasta Pescatore

Posted by Wine & Spice on 5/11/2015 to Seafood

It is wet and cold outside and I was in the mood to have something special.  This Tuscan Pasta Pescatore is super simple and quick to make.  An Evening in Tuscany is my absolute favorite Milford Spice Company blend!  Absolutely gorgeous!

I used a frozen seafood mix containing shrimp, scallops and calamari.  You can also add clams or mussels towards the end of cooking and it is done when the shells have opened.

A simple Gremolata tops this dish and really brings all the fresh flavors together!

Some crusty bread is all you need to serve this with!

We enjoyed a glass of Chianti with this meal.

Hope you enjoy!!

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Johnny Pizza Chicken Spaghetti Sauce

Posted by Wine & Spice on 5/4/2015 to Italian

Gymnastics meet season is upon us and I am trying to make sure we all eat healthier.  Today I made a spaghetti sauce using ground chicken and Johnny Pizza seasoning.   It is a fabulously flavorful spring version of the heavier meat spaghetti sauce.  I ran out of my favorite Italian seasoning, Evening in Tuscany, so I used Johnny Pizza.  Wow, what a great choice!  Really made the flavors pop!

At the end of last summer I had a ton of cherry tomatoes that I did not know what to do do with so I decided to see what it would be like to just rinse them and freeze them raw.  Much to my surprise it worked wonderfully!  Adding these is like tasting summer!  I will show the recipe to use canned tomatoes, but if you have the chance, freeze fresh ones when you can!  Yummy!

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

We enjoyed a glass of Chianti with this meal.

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TUTORIAL - Sunday Sauce with Meatballs

Posted by Milford Spice Company on 4/28/2015 to Italian

Sunday sauce (or gravy as some call it) is a long standing Italian-American tradition.  In Italy, many years ago, very poor Italian women made their sauce mostly with tomatoes and vegetables and if they were very lucky pork.  After immigrating to America most found that meat here was so much less expensive, and the addition of beef to the sauce became a symbol of prosperity! 

Italian Mama’s and Nona’s put the sauce on first thing in the morning and it puttered all day while the rest of the family chatted and caught up.  Each family adds a little something unique to their sauce so really no two family recipes would be the same.

There are many varieties of pasta available to us today.  Spaghetti is traditionally used, but any shape you like will work.

Today, most families are too busy to be cooking all day!  This is a quicker version of a Sunday Sauce.  Though tradition has it that it only gets richer the longer it simmers…

Mangia! Mangia!  (eat, eat!)

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TUTORIAL - Cajun Chicken Marsala

Posted by Milford Spice Company on 3/23/2015 to Italian

Cajun food has such a wonderful kick of flavor!  We have updated our basic Chicken Marsala recipe using Kenny’s East Texas Cajun seasoning to give it the wonderful flavors of the Cajun/Creole cuisine.  It is so wonderful how playing with different spices can totally transform a dish you are getting tired of, to something new and exciting!

We hope that you enjoy this too!

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TUTORIAL - Baked Focaccia Bread

Posted by Milford Spice Company on 3/18/2015 to Italian

Focaccia Bread is an early form of pizza as we know it today.  The original version is thought to have come from the Ancient Greeks.  This earlier version did not contain yeast and were flatter and crisper.  The Romans added the yeast to the dough.  The name Focaccia is believed to derive from the Roman words “panis focacius”.  The Roman word “pan” means bread and “focacius” means fireplace.

This flat bread was cooked on hot stones.   The baker used their fingers or a handle of a utensil to poke holes on the top of the bread before baking.  Then they brushed the top with olive oil to help preserve it.

We are mostly familiar with the savory version topped with olive oil, salt, rosemary, garlic sage and sometimes cheese.   You can also adapt the topping for almost any style of cooking.  A South American version might contain sliced jalapeños and cheddar cheese.  Your culinary imagination is the limit!

The Italians also made a sweet version that contained sugar or honey, orange or lemon peel and eggs.  Now you can find Sweet Focaccia recipes containing everything from Figs, Plums and Hazelnuts to Cinnamon Sugar Focaccia Sticks…

Today we are making a basic Focaccia recipe, topping it with our fabulous Fleur de Sel Salt and using the Evening in Milan in olive oil as our dipping sauce.

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Citrus White Bean Bruschetta

Posted by Gourmet Protoge on 3/3/2015 to Italian

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Tuscan Turkey Spaghetti Sauce

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/2/2015 to Italian

Happy New Year!  Hard to believe it is 2015!  Like most of America, I am trying to eat lighter after the holidays.  This Tuscan Turkey Spaghetti Sauce is easy on the hips and delightful on the lips.  If you want an even lighter meal you can use spiralized zucchini (or shredded) instead of the pasta noodles.  Perfect for a chilly January night.

A glass of Malbec pairs very well with this meal!

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A Taste of Italian Cooking Using Herbs and Spices

Posted by Milford Spice Company on 12/4/2014 to Spice Basics
Italy is a country steeped in tradition and history that dates back to hundreds of years, and its food is a critical element of its rich culture. From the food served in homes and restaurants to Italian dining etiquette, the Italian touch can’t be denied. While there’s no clear-cut list or rigid identification of the top dishes in Italian cuisine, all favorite dishes can be categorized into antipasto, primo, secondo and dessert. Regional dishes like pasta, minestrone and risotto are some of the popular Italian dishes that have continued to satisfy and inspire both Italians and guests in homes and restaurants. 

Tuscany Pork Chops

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/30/2014 to Italian

Roasted fall vegetables are one of the most delicious ways to enjoy the seasons bounty!  So easy and with the right seasoning, brings out more flavor than any other preparation.  An Evening in Tuscany  has become a family favorite! These vegetables marry so well with pork chops!  This is a quick and easy meal to prepare.  My family loves it and it is good enough for company!

Make sure you let the chops sit on your counter for about 25-30 minutes before you cook it.  Allowing them to come to room temperature helps the meat cook more evenly.  Also, letting your chops rest for 10 minutes ensures that all the juices remain inside and not on your cutting board!

I served this with mashed potatoes seasoned with Roasted Garlic Pepper , salt and a balsamic vinegar reduction.   Simply add 1/2 cup vinegar to a sauce pan and reduce on medium heat, till syrupy, about 10 minutes.

A glass of Sangiovese pairs beautifully with these flavors!

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Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Rollups with Cheese Sauce

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/24/2014 to Italian

Today is cold and drizzly.  First really cold day of fall!  Definitely time for some comfort food!I We love Italian food and lasagna is my one of children’s favorites.  I don't have the time today to make a full lasagna so this is a delicious quick and easy version.

I used the low fat versions of the cheeses and used fresh mozzarella.  I also skipped the heavy cream for 1% milk.  Choosing prepared bacon crumbles vs freshly cooked also saves on the fat and calories.  The sauce tastes sinful but will not be too sinful on the hips! 

I used the Johnny Pizza pack for the first time.  It is fantastic!  Certainly not just for pizza! 

The rollups were served with a green salad and garlic bread.  Definitely satisfying!

Savored some Chianti with this rich delight!

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Tuscan Chicken Pesto Panini

Posted by Wine & Spice on 10/11/2014 to Italian

There are few things that taste as luxurious as homemade pesto and scrumptiously seasoned chicken.  Pile that on a toasted bun with lots of fresh veggies and you have an instant crowd pleaser

I was cleaning out my garden area and noticed that I had an abundance of basil and decided to make Pesto!  This sandwich tastes like summer!

We enjoyed this with some gourmet chips!

A glass of Merlot really brought out the flavors!

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

Posted by Spice Girl on 8/28/2012 to Veggies!

Ahhh, the delicious bounty of summer harvest! Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes! Thanks to a friend/neighbor/urban farmer, we have baskets filled with vine ripened Michigan tomatoes. Some of our favorite uses:

Sliced and served on whole wheat toast spread with cream cheese. Top with a couple of basil leaves and a dash of Smoked Sea Salt

Chopped and added to diced onions and jalapeno - add a touch of Milford's Mexican Blast for a fresh and light salsa

A classic BLT. Never lets you down.

I relish this time of year and add a tomato to just about every meal. BUT, I can't keep up! And though I love to cook, I just haven't mastered the preserving angle like so many of my friends. So I tried making an easy tomato sauce that I could throw into pasta, onto pizza, etc... HOLY COW!!! I am in love!  The roasting adds an intense tomato flavor with a little sweetness!  Click here to check out how you can make it too!