Category Archives: Cara’s Cucina

Cara Di Falco’s Easter Food Guide

Jelly beans and chocolate bunnies may be Easter staples, but we’ve got some delicious ideas from none other than Cara Di Falco.

HipNJ’s Maria Falzo gets a quick culinary tour of Italy, courtesy of Cara’s amazing Easter dishes.

Our first stop is Nonni’s Spinach Torta, which was introduced to Cara by her great-grandmother from the Piedmont region of Italy. This dish bursts with green colors and herbaceous flavors, meant to symbolize the beginning of spring. With hearty flavors like spinach, sautéed onion and parmesan cheese, this dish will quickly become a favorite for your family. If you need a gluten free option, you can omit the bread crumbs!

Next, we head to Southern Italy and are making Grammy’s Pizza Gain or Pizza Rustica. After fasting for Lent and not eating a lot of meat, this dish rewards you with ham, pepperoni, sweet Italian sausage meat and fresh cheeses. Cara’s recipe makes two, but can easily be modified. Trust us, you’ll want to make two.

Our last stop is a bit on the sweeter side. Cara’s opting to keep it light and fresh with her Strawberry Compote with Whipped Ricotta. This dish is perfect for a lighter dessert or a sweet appetizer, but it really shines as part of an Easter Brunch.

For these recipes and so much more, like a FREE healthy meal plan, visit CaraDiFalco.com. 

Cara’s Cucina: Grilled Peaches

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Grilled Peaches!

“I don’t know if you’ve been eating those Jersey peaches this Summer…but they have been AMAZING,” Di Falco states in the recipe’s accompanying blog. “Super sweet and delicious – so I just had to incorporate them into a dish!”

Check out the recipe, which serves four, below!

Grilled Peaches

4 peaches
olive oil
whipped cream or ricotta or ice cream for serving
Fresh mint leaves, for serving

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

Buon Appetito!

Cara’s Cucina: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Mediterranean Quinoa Salad!

“This salad was inspired by leftovers,” Di Falco states in the recipe’s accompanying blog. “No, seriously. I had leftover salad, and leftover quinoa and decided to toss them together. A star is born.”

Check out the recipe, which serves two, below!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

1 C. quinoa
2 C. vegetable stock
1 Tbs. + 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 C. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 C. cucumber, cubed
1/2 C. red onion, chopped
1/2 C. crunchy ceci beans
salt
pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon

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

Buon Appetito!