I grew up a block away from the ocean. Changing the clocks ahead, having longer & brighter days always inspires me to cook more meals that don't require a lot of oven time!
Over the next few months I'll make easy low-cook/ no-cook recipes that will keep your family satisfied & keep you cool.
Here's to a great summer!
Bruschetta, Italian style is great anytime, but it is better in the summer when the tomatoes are in season.
Serve Vegetable Quesadilla with salsa, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, guacamole and shredded chicken breast
You can make Italian Chick Pea (Ceci Bean) Salad a million different ways by putting anything you like in it, even pasta!
Lentil soup has a lot going on. I like it hearty, rustic Italian style and full of veggies so it’s not boring. You can add small pasta like tubetini.
This is a basic Italian meatball recipe that my grandmother always made. She said if there wasn’t pork in it that it wouldn’t taste as good.
You don’t have to wait till you go to a restaurant for this delicious Italian desert. It’s classic, no-bake, and it's a simple treat to make.
Donna DeStefano is a designer and natural-born entertaining enthusiast, she hosts holidays, birthdays, weddings and other celebrations for family and friends that feature extraordinary Italian and American menus and presentations that make events special, memorable, and fun.
Donna is an advocate for the prevention of substance abuse, and she currently serves as 2nd Vice Co-Chair on the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. She also runs a not-for-profit organization www.pickawareness.com that helps families who struggle with these issues.
Donna, a lifelong Jersey Girl, lives on the Jersey Shore with her hubby Brian. They have 3 daughters and two grandsons
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