Savory Escarole Strudel

This savory escarole strudel can be put together in no time especially with the handy ready roll puff pastry. Escarole is a very versatile leaf vegetable from the endive-chicory family and you could practically substitute it with any other of these vegetables. To make a vegetarian version you could also omit the ham. The brilliant colors of this preparation also makes it ideal for the upcoming holidays. Continue reading

Quinoa Sausage and Pomegranate Stir Fry

This Quinoa Sausage and Pomegranate Stir Fry was created to substitute our traditional wild rice and sausage stuffing or side dish for Thanksgiving. It’s not always easy to find wild rice in Italy. Usually I’d bring it back to Italy from my summer visits to Minnesota where it grows in many of its northern lakes. There are over 10,000 lakes in my home state, so wild rice is pretty plentiful. At least it’s easy to find in your local supermarkets. Anyway, due to the lack of this delicious grain in Italy (by the way it’s not rice but a wild aquatic grass!) I came up with a delicious alternative – quinoa. It cooks quicker, only 10 minutes compared to the 40 of wild rice and it has an equally nutty flavour that pairs perfectly with the sausage and herbs. The pomegranate kernels add a refreshing tanginess. This stir fry tastes great with the turkey and could also be used as a stuffing. Continue reading