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Turkey, Potato and Pumpkin Leftover Salad

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Turkey, Potato and Pumpkin Leftover Salad

  •  1/2 lb leftover turkey meat cut into cubes or small piees
  • 4 ounces pumpkin cubed
  • 4 potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes
  • ½ onion
  •  2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 glass dry white wine
  • baby spinach leaves
  • balsamic vinegar
  •  pinch of salt
  •  pinch of pepper

Place olive oil in a large saute pan, add in finely chopped onion. Heat till onion just turns golden. Then add in pumpkin that has been cut into small cubes. Saute for 5 minutes then add in potato cubes. Add in white wine. Saute for 10 minutes. When liquid is absorbed add in turkey meat (remove skin). Continue to saute till potatoes and pumpkin are cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. remove from heat and serve on a bed of shredded lettuce or fresh baby spinach. Top with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and serve with a glass of sparkling, dry white wine.


For more recipes get your copy of the Gourmand World Award winning book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition


Holiday Wishes and the Season is Upon Us…..

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Now that the Holiday Season is officialy upon us.. here is a Holiday Wish from our family to yours…from the Liberati family to your family (designed by my 6 year old niece Sofia Liberati)

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by Sofia Liberati


For your Holiday recipes get your copy of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition


Thanksgiving..the day to give thanks…..

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! This is the day to remember to give thanks..sometimes we take for granted so many things that are really special gifts..

if you can see the food on your thankful for the gift of sight

If you can eat the food on your thankful

If you can hear the laughter of children and family and friends …be thankful for the gift of hearing

If you can walk and sit and thankful for that is also a gift we take for granted

if you can shop for the food you cooked and cook the thankful

If you have a home to cook your food and eat it….be thankful

If you have a plate of thankful

However you spend Thanksgiving, be thankful for what you have!

Sometimes we think we have so little, when really, we have a lot…

So many gifts we have been given to be thankful for this special day..don’t take these gifts for granted..

Peace, Love and lots of Spaghetti..for this Holiday


My Tuscan Secret Pizza Sauce in retail stores

Thanks to Mandros Imported Foods in Lancaster Pa for being one of the first retail stores in Pennsylvania to carry My Tuscan Secret Pizza Sauce. You can visit them at 351 N Charlotte St, Lancaster, Pa. or call them at 717-397-8926 or you may want to visit their website at

If you are interested in carrying My Tuscan Secret Pizza Sauce in your retail outlet email us at [email protected]

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Holiday Guide #2

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Thanksgiving is a Holiday filled with traditions. Besides eating a great big meal with family and friends, other traditions are all around us like pie eating contests and a tradition called Ragamuffin Day. During the early 20th century, children used to dress down in rags on Thanksgiving, go door to door, and ask, “Anything for Thanksgiving?” They were rewarded with a piece of candy, a penny, or an apple. (credit:


For holiday traveling, my favorite go to snack are Freeze Dried Fruit Crunchies. The next best thing to fresh fruit, so convenient and tasty too! The best way to ear healthy when traveling! And if you re staying home for the Holidays, throw one of your favorite fruit crunchies into a muffin recipe or cake recipe to add fruit flavor without the fuss of having to cut up fresh fruit

They are gluten free and no added sugar, made just the way Mother Nature would have approved of!

Another  favorite fresh, healthy way to perk up the flavor of desserts or make any plain dessert special is to add in Driscoll’s Raspberries. Add into ice cream, puddings, muffins and more.




And if you are looking for Holiday recipes get your copy of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking” Holidays and Special Occaasions: Second Edition




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Holiday GIft Guide #1

If you are preparing for the biggest eating Holiday in the are not alone…sharing a quick easy recipe for Thanksgiving here and the first Holiday Guide for 2015 (more products to come)


Great Holiday Item for your Holiday table- Jeju 16 water

CINNAMON PEAR GINGER INFUSED WATER  This recipe only needs 1 sliced pear, 6 cinnamon sticks and fresh grated ginger. Mix all of these delicious ingredients together with 2 bottles of Jeju 16 Water and you have your perfect Thanksgiving beverage! So delicious and healthy too! We have been drinking this at The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm kitchens all week!

Magic  Opener Makes the perfect gift for anyone,the best can and bottle opener you will ever need


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Hotel Miralago Cernobbio at Lake Como

Are you ready to start planning your spring or summer getaway? What better way to take you out of your winter doldrums than to plan a vacation to a special place like Lake Como. But to experience the beauty of the lake you want to stay close by and the charming Hotel Miralago Cernobbio is that place.

Hotel Miralago Cernobbio has 40 rooms that provide all the comforts of home like free WIFI, television, hair dryers, a safe, air conditioning and your own private bath and shower-to make your stay a memorable one, some rooms have  balcony views of the splendid Lake Como. Although all rooms are single rooms, 5 of the rooms can include an extra bed if requested.

And besides the ambiance and the location location, location of Hotel Miralago Cernobbio, the restaurant at Hotel Miralago Cernobbio is a must for anyone that wants to experience fresh, local, yet internationally inspired cuisine all while enjoying the most beautiful panoramic view of Lake Como. You will want to also make a stop at the Hotel Bar to enjoy an espresso or aperitif with friends,acquaintances or anyone you want to impress. Make an appointment to meet at the bar and then commence with a late supper at the Restaurant,so chic, so Italian!

And did I mention location,location, location! For shopping Hotel Miralago Cernobbio is convenient to shopping in Cernobbio but also shopping in Milan is only 45 minutes away and Switzerland has a fashion outlet mall only 10 kilometers away.

The Wine Bar Cantina Frasca Cernobbio makes your trip a truly unforgettable experience where you can experience the most superior wines of the Lombardy region with their expert sommelier.

And if you are a golfer, you can experience golf the way they do it at Club Villa D’Este close by.

So with so much to do you’ll want to begin planning early for your Spring and/or Summer experience at Hotel Miralago Cernobbio, book early to get the dates you want and you may find Offers Seasonal Lake Como


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Pizza! Pizza! at Lancaster Food and Spirits Show

MariaLiberati_label-page-0 (2)This weekend  My Tuscan Secret Pizza Sauce will be making its’ debut at my booth at the Lancaster Food and Spirits Show at the Lancaster Conventon Center in Lancaster, PA. Come and sample my Tuscan style cornbread with the pizza sauce or Pita pizzas with Kangaroo pita bread.

The sauce is made with prized San Marzano tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and My Tuscan Secret Spice Blend..doesn’t get better than makes 2 pizzas..all you need is a pizza crust and any toppings you choose to have a Tuscan flavored dish.

Here is one of my favorite recipes for pizza crust

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 cup warm  water

1 tblsp sugar

2 1/4 tsps active dry yeast

pinch of salt

In a glass add water and sugar to yeast, stir til dissolved. Place flour in bowl and pour in yeast mixture, blend with hands till smooth dough is formed. Drizzle olive oilMy Tuscan Secret Pizza Sauce Card Front and back 4 x 6-page0001 (2)on pizza pan and spread evenly on pan. Stretch out dough and cover and place in oven and let rise (do not turn oven on) for about 3 hours. When risen, remove from oven, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pour 1/2 jar of My Tuscan Secret Pizza Sauce and top with your favorite toppings- mozzarella , veggies, meat or soy substitutes are great but you can also experiment with other cheeses. Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven.

I will be onstage on Sunday at 2:30 doing a polenta pizza..stop by for a taste!! For tickets to the Lancaster Food and Spirits SHow at Lancaster Convention Center go to

For more recipe get The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition




Did You Nominate Your #Thanksgiving Hero?

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Thanksgiving..all about giving thanks and what better way to celebrate the Holiday than giving thanks to all those who give up their Holiday to help others that are less fortunate enjoy it. Do you know someone like this, that gives up their Holiday for others? Help honor them with LaBreaBakery and nominate your #Thanksgiving Hero

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LaBrea Bakery, one of the leading artisan breads in the US, sold in over 7,000 retail outlets and chains nationwide is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Hero contest. You can find out more about LaBrea Bakery here, you will surely want to add some to your Holiday table. For this special Thanksgiving promotion, users are encouraged to nominate their “ Thanksgiving Hero”, people they know and love who work unselfishly work regularly on Thanksgiving Day serving others ( Heroes such as firefighters, police, waiters and volunteers,etc.)


My favorite Thanksgiving Hero(es) is Meals on Wheels, they work tirelessly to help the shut ins

CONTEST ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS: To submit an entry click the “Thanksgiving Heroes” tab to create your form submission by including: your first and last name; zip code; email address; an essay of 100 words or less telling about your family member that you will be unable to share Thanksgiving dinner with and submit at least one photograph showing both you and your family member that you will be unable to share Thanksgiving dinner with. Submissions must be received by November 15th 2015. Finalists will be announced November 17th 2015, after which the public will have a chance to vote for their favorites through November 20th 2015.

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Slowwwww…Cooking with Stay and Go from Hamilton Beach

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As my role as Brand Ambassador for Hamilton Beach I love coming up with recipes for the Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker…so much fun seeing what I can put together with a few or many ingredients.  And there is a ceramic pot inside so it can go from slow cooker to table- no extra bowl needed. Just take out ceramic pot when finished cooking and place on table with a ladle and your meal is ready to be served, so easy to make fresh, healthy meals!

The slow cooker makes cooking so convenient, and a great way to have hot meal ready when you get home from work.  Since I like to cook with fresh veggies, this also makes a delicious way to put togehter soups, stews,sauces

I had lots of  fresh veggies that I needed to make use of and what better way than to whip up something in my Stay and Go Slow Cooker. This is especially suited for vegetarians but if you want to add meat just take out the meat substitute and add in meat instead.

CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS-And you too can win a Stay and Go! Slow Cooker by Hamilton Beach. Email or post your best slow cooker recipe in the comment section of this blog or email to [email protected] with STAY and GO in the subject.  One winner will be selected for a Stay and GO Slow Cooker by Hamilton Beach. All recipes become property of Art of Living,PrimaMedia,Inc. Every entrant will receive a Stay and Go recipe ebook from Hamilton Beach. Be sure to include your email with any entries so that we can contact the winner and send them their prize. Winner is picked at random. Contest only available where allowable by law.

Lazy Day Vegetable Stew

1/4 head of cabbage chopped

1 onion chopped

2 cloves garlic chopped

3 leeks chopped

4 ounces baby carrots-washed and cut

2 stalks fresh celery diced

3 fennel bulbs cut into quarters

8 ounces vegetarian ‘ meat’ ( I used a type of soy ground meat)

1-16 ounce can crushed tomatoes

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Place  olive oil in saute pan and place in  onion, garlic . When onions become translucent, place in soy based meat and stir fry.  Place chopped veggies in the slow cooker, then plae in the sauteed soy meat with onion and garlic. Pour in crushed tomatoes. Cook in the Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker and enjoy with warm bread on the side..

I set the timer for 2 hours on low, can hardly wait to get home for lunch..

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