TODAY AT “CHEZ BELLA” – Bucatini With No-Cook Tomato Sauce

: x : : This is probably one of my most-loved simple dishes of all time. Not only does it taste wonderful if you use the best ingredients (good quality EVO (or Butter), pasta, chopped fresh tomatoes or bottled passata,  and cheese, (if possible Grana Padano), It is also done in a flash and, best […]

Cheese & Tomato Salad – Heirloom Tomatoes, Gouda, Radish, Onion, Basil And Scallion In Herb Vinaigrette

: : : Originally, I named this salad “Summer Salad” when I prepared it in August. But now, summer has passed around here and we are in deep autumn. Most tree leaves have changed from bright green to a golden brown, and the temperatures at night have dropped to a chilly 5 °C . However. […]

Pumpkin & Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Sauce, Aji Amarillo And Pangrattato

> > > > After  three relaxing days of mostly doing nothing, today I decided to spend a bit of time in the kitchen and treat myself to a wonderful dish I absolutely love, but which, because of the space-constraints in my tiny kitchen, I don’t prepare often enough. It gives me great pleasure to make fresh […]

Tomato Spaghetti With Broccolini, Crispy Fried Eggs And Pangrattato (Spaghetti alla Soupi)

> > This  pasta-concoction deserves to be named after the cook who dreamed it up – ME 🙂 It has many of the “foodstuff’s” I love in one simple dish – pasta, pangrattato, cheese, butter, olive oil, basil, crispy fried eggs and lots of garlic confit. > Bon Appétit !   Life is Good ! > > […]

Tomato Soup With Spicy Sausage & Pasta

> > Comfort  food – the moniker say’s it all – it gives you comfort and leaves you in a better state than you were before you consumed it. And the best thing about it is that not only does it make you feel good and satisfied, it usually is also uncomplicated and easy on the wallet. […]

Shrimp-Loaded Twice Baked Potato & Cucumber/Tomato Salad In Chili/Lime Vinaigrette

> > Versatile  is an understatement when describing this dish. Tasty, great, satisfying,  lecker  , delicious and wonderful on the other hand are highly accurate. Because of the large amount of shrimps added to the potatoes, there is fair amount of stuffing left over. You can shape this into patties (2 ounces for hors d’oeuvres, 4 oz for […]

Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa/Tomato Sauce, With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

> > Last  month my friend Curtis introduced me to a store which I have been missing all my cooking  life. It’s the “Foodtown Supermarket” in Davie, corner sterling/dairy rd extension. Here I can find EVERYTHING my culinary cravings will ever desire as far as Asian and Latino food ingredients are concerned. EVERYTHING !!! 🙂 […]

Iced Tomato Soup With Vodka And Tropical Fruit

“ “ The  day before yesterday I started to make a tomato bisque for dinner but had to abandon the plan when unanounced visitors arrived. So I put the tomato stock  overnight in the fridge to finish the bisque yesterday after work. However, it was a rough day at work and whenI came home I wanted […]

Steamed Cod With Caraway Potatoes, Lima Beans And Tomato Sauce

> > Cod  used to be one of the cheapest and most widely used fish. How times have changed. Today I paid $ 11.00 for these two small pieces of fish at my local fishmonger. How sad 😦 However, I am glad I spend the dough, the dish was excellent and well worth the cost […]