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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...

July 17, 2018

It’s a Picnic!

I mean, who doesn’t love a picnic? Right? Even ants love picnics! Unfortunately, what stops many from enjoying a “basket and blanket banquet” isn’t the ants; it’s the idea that the whole thing is a hassle. I understand, and I have some ideas. Let me begin by saying that I don’t   more...

June 26, 2018

Better Burgers, At Nino’s

While I love pizza, fried chicken, and a slab of BBQ ribs, nothing throughout the summer months beats a juicy, well-prepared burger on a toasted bun—one made right at home. Homemade burgers have their advantages. For one, you can prepare it EXACTLY the way you like it or flavor it to suit your   more...

June 5, 2018

My Fabulous Chocolate Brownie Recipe!

When it comes to chocolate, I have my personal favorites, least of which are the small, bite-sized confections known as “chocolates.” One thing that really irks me is biting into an unknown chocolate to discover its delicious exterior is hiding some disgusting filling that I just can’t seem to  more...

May 29, 2018

Feta Cheese, France to Greece

One of the many advantages of working around so many professionals at Nino’s is learning more about their specialties. This includes our butchers, who can bone out a chicken in seconds; our produce buyers, who know when everything is in season; our artisan bakers who create wheaten masterpieces an  more...

May 22, 2018

Burgers are on the Menu at Nino’s

Grilling season is marked by four popular holidays: Memorial Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Many of us theme each of these holidays with one of the popular meat choices and build our menus from there. Others have no strategy at all and just grill everything from brats to chicken  more...

May 15, 2018

Foil Pouch Grilling Tips

One hundred and twenty-eight years ago, U.S. Patent number 400,666 was granted for an efficient and cost-effective way of producing aluminum (which was discovered only 65 years earlier) and paved the way for the aluminum foil that’s sitting in your cupboard right now. Before aluminum foil, ther  more...

May 8, 2018

1 Cheesecake Recipe, 5 Additional Variations!

Surely, I can’t be all that different from everyone else. Growing up, whatever exposure I had to cheesecake must not have been very good, because I wasn’t a big fan. Then, one day (when I was a mid-teen) I must have been starving, because I decided to eat a slice of Sara Lee cheesecake my mom b  more...

May 1, 2018

Michigan Asparagus

One of the events I look forward to each spring is seeing the first of Michigan’s local crops come into our produce departments at Nino’s. Among the very first is Michigan Asparagus, which, depending on our weather, you’ll see on our shelves as early as this week in May and (hopefully) throug  more...

April 17, 2018

Never Roasted a Leg of Lamb? Start Here.

When you’re “On the Lamb”, you’re definitely hiding from something. If YOU’RE “on the lamb” (from learning how to properly roast a leg of lamb that is…) then, it’s time to turn yourself in…because I’ve got some simple lamb roasting tips for what could surely become one of your  more...

April 3, 2018

Home Roasted Chickens, Best Practices for Best Outcomes

Of all my favorite comfort foods I can honestly say that my favorite is a simply roasted chicken. I say “simple,” but even simple has a “catch”. For example, it’s a simple decision to decide between going left or right. On the surface, it seems like a 50/50 proposition, but in reality,   more...

March 13, 2018

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.   Y  more...

March 6, 2018

2018 Lenten Recipe Package #2

We’re nearly halfway through the 2018 Lenten season, and with many more meals to plan before Easter, it’s time for me to share with you some more of my delicious meatless recipes, this time focusing on a fish many of you may have enjoyed without knowing it. What fish is that, you may ask? Poll  more...

March 2, 2018

Fish & Chips? YES, Please!

For all I knew when I was a kid, if the box of frozen fish sticks said English Style Fish & Chips, it was the real deal. Not that it really mattered to me then; I just liked fish. And if the box had a picture of ANYTHING resembling French fries, so much the better. Those were desperate tim  more...

February 27, 2018

Bananas… A Bunch of “Good Stuff”…

I have this habit of buying more bananas than I can eat. Actually, I don’t feel too guilty about it because when the bananas get too ripe to enjoy eating out of hand, I just throw them in my freezer where they stay until I get in the mood to make some kind of dessert,...or banana bread. Well,   more...

February 16, 2018

Nino’s Lent Recipes

In this set of recipes, I’d like to turn you on to 3 different dishes, all of which feature a common theme. They’re ALL stuffed (as will you) because they’re ALL delicious! Even better, they’re easy to make. Let’s get started! Nino’s Seafood Department has some fabulous 8- to 10  more...

January 30, 2018

The 5 Healthiest Greens for Your Salads

Dressings aside, I think everyone can agree that salads are good for you. They provide lots of nutrition and lots of fiber, and they make some great-tasting meals. They’re also pretty much fat and sodium free. But, as you’re standing in the produce aisles at Nino’s looking at all the lea  more...

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