Bruschetta is one of my favorite summer appetizers.It’s one of the  freshest,simplest, and healthiest appetizers out there(no frying or mayo).

The combination of sweet tomatoes and aromatic basil with tangy sweet balsamic and olive oil is simply divine.Great thing about bruschetta… that it can be served as an appetizer,snack,salad or lunch.Whatever you’re in the mood for.And at parties they’re are gone in a zoom!


3 roma tomatoes diced

4 thick slices fresh mozzarella cheese

5-6 fresh basil leaves sliced

2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes chopped(optional)

2 tablespoons fire roasted peppers chopped (optional)

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil(good quality)

2 tablespoons black or white balsamic vinegar

salt and fresh ground pepper

1/2 french baguette or any Italian bread sliced diagonally (I used whole wheat french baguette)

2 cloves garlic

olive oil for drizzling

Heat oven on broil.

Arrange bread slices on a lined baking sheet.

Drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle a little salt and black pepper.

Toast in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until  bread is slightly browned.Let cool.

In a bowl, combine tomatoes,mozzarella cheese,basil,sun-dried tomatoes,fire roasted peppers,salt,balsamic vinegar,and olive oil.Set aside.

Rub each piece of bread with garlic.

Spoon tomato mix on top of each slice of bread.




Fresh Pasta with Alfredo Sauce


Nothing beats homemade pasta,believe me – not even fresh store bought.Making fresh pasta dough and alfredo sauce from scratch is easier then you might think.The taste of fresh pasta is incomparable and amazing! You can use this dough recipe for any type of pasta dishes including lasagna and chicken noodle soup. You can use any pasta maker (I’m using kitchen aid ) or do it all by hand. Here’s a great step by step tutorial from Olgas flavor factory.This recipe needs a lot of egg yolks, so if you’re baking something like meringue,macaroons or anything else; you can use egg yolks to make pasta for your next dinner.

Alfredo is an italian pasta dish.And if you visit Italy and order Alfredo at a restaurant you might be surprised to see your dish prepared differently then you expected.In Italy Alfredo is considered to be made of lots and lots of butter and lots and lots of parmesan cheese.No cream at all.Thats what happened to me when we visited Italy.I was surprised and thought they got my order wrong.Alfredo we know in US is different. Pasta is drowned in rich creamy buttery cream sauce  and usually with prawns,shrimps or chicken. It’s our Americanized Alfredo.

Pasta with alfredo sauce is very versatile. You can use any type of pasta from wide egg noodles to thin angel hair. To make it more festive,add sautéed prawns or shrimps to the sauce.Grilled,baked, or pan fried chicken breast.You can also add variety of vegetables like sauteed mushrooms,steamed broccoli,or sautéed,grilled or broiled tomatoes.


Ingredients for basic pasta dough-

6 egg yolks

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 1/2 cup all purpose flour sifted

1/2 cup water

Basic Alfredo sauce-

3 cups heavy whipping cream

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 stick) butter sliced

1 1/2 cup fresh ground or grated parmesan cheese (Very good one)

1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg

Fresh ground white or black pepper.(I love extra)

4 garlic cloves crushed or minced

minced fresh parsley or basil

Salt to taste

Other optional ingredients-

If you love lemony taste add 1/4 cup lemon juice to heavy cream and lemon zest from 1 lemon.

Make sure not to boil  the sauce if adding lemon juice or it will curdle.

Hot pepper flakes.

Any Other desired ingredients mentioned above.


Directions for pasta-

Place egg,egg yolks,water and salt in mixer bowl.

Attach bowl and flat beater.

Turn to speed 2 or 3 and mix 30 seconds.

Exchange flat beater to dough hook.

Turn to speed 3 and knead approximately 2 minutes.

Remove dough from bowl and hand knead for another 2 minutes.

The dough should be hard, not soft.

Let dough rest covered for 20 minutes.

Divide dough into 4 equal pieces before processing with pasta sheet roller attachment.

Roll out dough in to sheets using kitchen aid attachment. Starting on 1 setting, then 3,5,and 8.

Sprinkle flour on both sides of the pasta sheet.

Cut into desired length.Repeat the steps with the rest of the dough.

Remove Pasta sheets roller attachment and  replace with fettuccinne pasta attachment.

Pass pasta sheets through the roller.

Cook right away or arrange on a lined table to dry.


Fettuccine and Alfredo Sauce-

Cook the pasta(about 18 oz.) in a large pot of boiling salted water and 1 tablespoon olive oil until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally.Drain.

Pour heavy whipping cream into a  heavy large skillet or a sauté pan.

Add the butter and cook over medium heat just until the butter melts, stirring occasionally.

Add garlic*,salt,pepper,nutmeg (lemon zest;optional) and cheese.

Stir to combine.

Add drained pasta  and mix well to coat with cream.

Cover with lid and let pasta sauce thicken and fettucine to absorb sauce.

Garnish with minced parsley or basil,more cheese and fresh ground pepper.


* If you like more mild garlic taste,sauté garlic with little olive oil before adding cream.





Caprese Sandwiches with Avocado Basil Spread







Arrange sliced bread on baking sheet.Drizzle with some olive oil.


Broil for 3-4 minutes in 500 degrees oven.


Using a blender or food processor,pulse spinach,basil and garlic. Then add avocado,lemon juice,salt and olive oil.pulse until well blended.