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Cara’s Cucina: Pastina Soup

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Pastina Soup!

Has anyone in your life been feeling under the weather? This is the perfect meal for them! Check out the official recipe for this delicious soup, which serves two, below.

Pastina Soup

2 c. stock/broth of choice, such as chicken or vegetable
1/2 c. pastina
1 egg
grated parmesan cheese for serving

Watch the video above to learn how to make your own, and click here to see the official Cara’s Cucina recipe!

If you make this at home, be sure to post it on Instagram along with the hashtag, #CarasCucina.

Buon Appetito!

Cara’s Cucina: Foods to Put You in The Mood

Today on Cara’s Cucina, Cara Di Falco travels to Edison to visit with Dr. Derrick DeSilva and get his professional opinion on whether or not food can really put you in the mood!

“There is some validity to foods being certain aphrodisiacs. And it all has to do with the properties of the food,” DeSilva says.

What foods make the grade? Dr. DeSilva shared some of the more unusual ones that you may not have thought of, like cayenne pepper.

“When you use something like cayenne pepper, what happens? You start to sweat, your nose starts to run, you may start to get a little warm. The reason for that is that, it’s called a vasodilator, it opens up the blood vessels and improves blood flow. And, of course, we know how important blood flow is as far as an aphrodisiac goes.”

Asparagus, avocados and bananas also made the cut, as well as honey and oysters.

Finally, what’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate? But be sure to get the right kind.

“We’re not talking about milk chocolate. We’re talking about 70-80% cocoa. You have to go for the dark chocolate, not the stuff that you would perhaps get on Valentine’s Day. You have to go for the good 70-80% chocolate.”

Pick up these foods today and have a great Valentine’s Day. To read the complete article, click here.

Alyssa Alia

Alyssa Alia, Author of “If The Table Could Talk”

#HipNJ considers Alyssa Alia, author of the cookbook “If the Table Could Talk,” a culinary life saver! Alia writes recipes that are easy for any busy #JerseyGirl to whip up without feeling wiped out. 

Alia explains to Joanna Gagis in “A Life and Living Moment” how she put her culinary genius to practical use.  She says, “The recipes are very very simple, I simplified them, and even how I wrote the recipes [was to ensure simplicity].” 

Alia goes on to discuss how the entire cookbook is styled so that it is headache proof for even the most inexperienced chef! So, grab your aprons and pick up a copy of “If the Table Could Talk”, because Alyssa Alia has made cooking simple!

For more on Alyssa Alia and her cookbook, you can visit her website.