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March 12, 2019

Classic Fettuccine Alfredo

I remember the day of the epiphany—the revelation. As with believing in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, it was probably naive of me to believe that Kraft created the whole idea of mac & cheese, but I held onto the notion. Then, in the spring of 1973, in a dimly lit alc  more...

March 5, 2019

Lent Recipe Package

I know that it can sometimes be pretty challenging to come up with delicious meatless meals that your family will enjoy in this Lenten season. So from fish and shellfish to savory pasta and vegetable dishes, you can look forward to some of the new recipes during the Lenten season. You’ll want t  more...

February 26, 2019

Great Fried Chicken on a Gluten-Free Diet

I love fried chicken. Crispy fried chicken. Now, there’s two ways to go about making fried chicken, three if you count batter dipped, but that’s not as common. The two most-popular fried chicken methods are flouring and breading. And they’re both extremely popular. But what if you  more...

February 19, 2019

Gnocchi: Pasta’s Misunderstood Relative

One of the dishes many of us grew up on is spaghetti. Actually, pasta is an amazing thing. Whether you use it cold in a salad or hot with your favorite pasta sauce, it’s one of those go-to dishes that nearly everyone, in nearly every culture, enjoys. If pasta is everyone’s favorite uncle, gnoc  more...

February 12, 2019

Great 5 Ingredient Dinner Ideas

Once in a while, even chefs come home from work and don’t really want to spend time whipping up something complicated for dinner. Getting the mail, changing into something comfortable, feeding the pets, and numerous other chores chew up meal prep time to the point where some days you just want   more...

February 5, 2019

Simple & Elegant for Two

They often say it’s not the size or the expense of the gift but the effort, care or thoughtfulness that someone puts into it. It’s especially appreciated when the gift is something out of the ordinary and unexpected. Cooking a meal for someone, particularly if you’re not known for your cul  more...

January 22, 2019

Are YOU ready for the BIG GAME?

It’s almost here—Super Bowl 53 that is, to be held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, February 3rd. Now even if you’re NOT a huge football fan, each year you can still enjoy the excitement and drama of all the player and coaching subplots, the memorable commercials, a  more...

January 15, 2019

Sweet Choices

Sugar is probably the most addictive (legal) substance known to man, an earthly product craved by early Europeans and raved about by anyone who’s had a Coca Cola, candy bar or Krispy Krème Donut. And that is, regardless of how you feel about it, nearly everyone. And while we’ve all heard the e  more...

January 8, 2019

Great Vegetarian Meals for the Beginner

For the record, I’m not a vegetarian, although I often eat like one. For me, it’s not about health or animals or allergies or the many other reasons people choose to be vegetarians. Sometimes, meats just don’t make a dish better. Sometimes, meat just gets in the way of enjoying other thi  more...

January 1, 2019

Grapefruit: Breakfast & Beyond

One fruit has definitely been associated with breakfast more often than even the ever-popular orange. And that is the grapefruit. I’m not sure exactly how this came about. I mean, grapefruit is just as delicious, right? Maybe it’s because oranges are more adaptable to adding sweet flavor to s  more...

December 24, 2018

Crab Cooking Tips

Everyone has their favorite shellfish, for many it’s lobster, for me, it’s crab. I’ll take crab, nearly ANY crab, prepared in just about any way, or in anything, over lobster, shrimp, even my beloved scallops…any day of the week. Crab is my “go to” shellfish, especially when I decide   more...

December 18, 2018

Amazing Roasting Tips

December’s definitely one of THE best months to prepare a roast for your family dinner. Whether it’s chicken, turkey, pork, lamb or beef, the savory aroma of a well prepared roast makes takes you back to some of the best meals you’ve ever had because Roasts have a way of making memories. Ma  more...

December 11, 2018

Fabulous French Toast Casserole for the Holidays

As a chef, no matter how wonderful your menu reads, how great the food is or how glowing the press might be, you always get suggestions from your customers for something they’d like to see on the menu or a dish you’ve just GOT to try. Such is the story behind my recipe for Pain Perdu. Whil  more...

December 4, 2018

Treat Your Guests to Homemade Bar Snacks This Holiday Season

Okay, I’m a chef, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there wasn’t a time when I occasionally got stuck for an idea on what to serve my guests when they’d stop by Chez Loren for an impromptu visit. The truth is it’s MUCH easier for me to plan a 6-course meal than it is to decide just what I  more...

November 27, 2018

Alternative Stuffing Recipes

I’ve often blogged about the holidays, covering everything from appetizers to desserts. I’m not alone. It’s a season where there is NO shortage of chefs with recipes and tips. Whether you want to know what the Pilgrims ate at the first Thanksgiving or what the Kardashians are eating this ho  more...

November 21, 2018

Leftover Tip: Turkey Dinners To Go

Figuring out what to do with your Thanksgiving dinner leftovers isn’t usually a big problem unless you’ve really overestimated your crowd. From tomorrow’s sandwiches to soups and just plain old second helpings days later, it’s likely you’ll find a home for just about every morsel of foo  more...

November 3, 2018

Easy-Bake Oven’s 55th Anniversary!

One day, back in 1993, I received a phone call from the Food Editor from the Detroit News. They were planning on writing a feature article on the 30th anniversary of the ever-popular Easy-Bake Oven. Their angle was to give 1 oven to each of a few of well-known Chef’s around town and ask them to cr  more...

October 30, 2018

Chili Days Ahead

Chilly weather is definitely chili weather, so as is my usual custom, sometime before Halloween, I have a couple of pots of chili on the stove while I’m watching some weekend football. Of course, I make at least a gallon of any style I make, so I can squirrel away some for those colder days ahe  more...

October 23, 2018

Halloween Treats

Many of us remember Halloween not so much for the decorations, the pumpkins, the donuts, or the cider as much for the ritual of “trick or treating”, in costume, throughout the neighborhood on a leaf blown, moonlit night. Actually, Trick or Treating goes back a way. And not just in our own cou  more...

October 17, 2018

Caramel Apples: Just like the Good Ole Days

Back in the real Halloween trick or treat days, people actually used to make popcorn balls and caramel apples as treats. Sadly, those days are mostly gone, as people nowadays find it quite a trick to find the time to make this traditional fall treat. Having said that, it’s something I’d really  more...

September 25, 2018

Put Your Potato Peeler to WORK!

Like a tooth brush, potato peelers are obviously a simple, but very useful tool. However, sometimes the obvious… isn’t so obvious. My fiancé grew up in Romania, which, when she lived there, was ruled by a Communist dictator. It wasn’t very pleasant. Things you and I take for granted,  more...

September 15, 2018

Coming Soon: Nino’s NEW Artisan Commissary

On a cool, crisp morning in the fall of 1996, I “borrowed” a perfect cluster of perfectly ripened grapes from the vineyards of Robert Mondavi in Napa, California. For me, it was clear from the beginning that this particular cluster of grapes was never destined for great wine, but for great br  more...

September 7, 2018

My Top 10 Tailgate Rules

Like Lucy to Charlie Brown, will the Lions once more pull the proverbial football out from under Detroit fans just when we think we might enjoy the thrill of something the first time in our life? Will U. of M. finally live up to the hype, beat its rivals, and reestablish itself among the college foo  more...

August 31, 2018

Celebrating International Bacon Day 2018

Among the many things on my “plate” today is exactly how I’m going to celebrate International Bacon Day. Thankfully, August 31st falls on a Friday so if I happen to “over-serve” myself I’ll have the weekend to recover, but more important, what bacon brand/s should I choose and what s  more...

August 26, 2018

Power for School? Nino’s has the Fuel!

Each fall, hundreds of thousands of children head off to schools all over Southeast Michigan. This year’s public K-12 school enrollment in our local tri-county area of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb country topped 575,000 not counting private and home-schooled children. That’s a lot of future pote  more...

August 21, 2018

Proud and Grateful…WDIV Best of Detroit Honors Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace

This past month Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace was honored by WDIV’s viewers by being voted the 2018 “BEST OF” in three different Specialty Foods categories. We’re very proud and grateful to be considered THE BEST of what Detroit has to offer in the following categories: Fr  more...

August 17, 2018

Nothin’ Sweeter Than Michigan Sweet Corn

This time of year, Michigan has got my ear…Corn that is. My love affair with Michigan Sweet Corn, like many Michiganders, goes back to my early childhood growing up in Dearborn and Livonia. When my parents moved to Livonia in the late 50’s, there were still some “actual” farms, even so  more...

August 14, 2018

Life Before the Food Network with Julia Child

Wednesday, August 15, marks the 106th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s foremost TV Chef’s, author and culinary personality, Julia Child, who took her last kitchen bow in 2004 at the age of 92. Before there was a “Food Network”, the first to try his hand at TV food stardom was   more...

August 7, 2018

Any Way You Slice It, I Love Pizza!

For me, love is a round, any way you slice it. Or it’s square, rectangular, or crisp or deep dish. Okay, the fact of the matter is I love pizza. Like a lot of kids, I grew up on pizza, and I looked forward to my folks going out on weekend nights, just because I knew that meant a pizza de  more...

July 20, 2018

Like a Kid in a Candy Shop

WAY back in the day, before I was even thinking about being a chef, I never really had much say in what I ate. Mom packed my lunch, made my dinner, dad occasionally grilled steaks and the school posted their cafeteria hot food menus in the local paper. About the only meal choice I ever made wa  more...

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