Cajun Baked Fish

My family loves fish! Being in a landlocked state the “fresh” fish we get are lake fish. Everything else has been frozen and lacks that “fresh from the ocean” taste. They are great but we miss a good fresh variety. I had never heard of the fish I used in this recipe until now. It is called Silver Corvina and tastes like sea bass. Granted it too was frozen but truly had the fresh taste I wanted. Delicious! This is a quick, easy and healthy meal that the family will love!

We enjoyed a glass of Pinot Grigio with this meal.

Wine & Spice Makes Everything Nice!

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TUTORIAL - Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi, Chicken Thighs with Brown Butter Lemon Sauce

Our next tutorial is Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi with Buon Appetito Italian Seasoning Chicken Thighs.

Gnocchi is an Italian dish that can be made of either mashed potato or ricotta cheese. The name is thought to be derived from the Italian word gnoccho which translates as lump or nocca which means knuckle. This delicate dumpling is one of the oldest foods in recorded history dating back to cookbooks found from the 14th century. Though originated in Italy, it was introduced all over Europe as the Roman soldiers got around! It was brought to American by Italian immigrants and most cultures have put their spin on it. It is said that a very hungry priest choked from eating the now infamous strozzapreti (priest strangling) ricotta-spinach gnocchi too fast because they are so delicious!

These wonderful pillows of culinary perfection can seem daunting to make, but it is much easier than it looks.  Let's get started….

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TUTORIAL - Homemade Pizza

Fresh Made Pizza from Scratch

Pizza is believed to have been started as a street food for the working poor in Naples, Italy, around the 1700s. It was an inexpensive and quick meal. Although, the topped baked bread has been around since before 600BC, then topped with oil and herbs. It is said that King Umberto and Queen Margherita fell in love with pizza while traveling the Italian countryside in the late 1800's and it was she whom the Margherita pizza is named after. This pizza, simply topped with mozzarella cheese, basil and fresh tomatoes, was created in her honor with the Italian flag colors!

Since then Pizza has become very popular throughout the world. It can be healthy or not, depending on your toppings. The average American eats about 21 pounds of pizza a year!

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