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September 15, 2020

Homemade Soft Bavarian Pretzels!

When two of my greatest foods combine into one, it’s nirvana. It’s been no secret of mine that I love bread—all kinds of bread. And when it comes to snacks, I’ll pass on the potato chips and head for the pretzel snacks—all kinds, all shapes. I love pretzels as much as I love bread.   more...

September 8, 2020

Delicious Recipes for the Potato

You’ve got to hand it to the Peruvians; they really had something going on back in the day. Not only did they have what is now considered one of the most advanced civilizations in the ancient world in the pre-Columbian Inca site of Machu Picchu, but the southern region of Peru also lays claim t  more...

September 1, 2020

Basil: A Favorite Kitchen Herb

Basil Memories There’s always been something interesting about leaves. The majority of them cling to big trees of one species or another, just hanging there, high in the air, waving at the clouds, the birds, and maybe some passersby. They’re pretty to look at, providing shade and a lot of ot  more...

August 25, 2020

Make Great Fries at Home

It’s probably no surprise that potatoes are the world's fourth-largest food crop, following rice, wheat, and corn. Potato chips; potato pancakes; pies; breads; soups; casseroles; dumplings; stuffed potatoes; baked, steamed, broiled, sautéed, stir-fried, and mashed potatoes … oh my! The potat  more...

August 18, 2020

Make Your Own Delicious Mustard

Granted, salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, and bread and butter are historic seasoning and food partners, but in the condiment world, perhaps none is greater than ketchup and mustard. Whether used separately or together, these red and yellow, liquid-like foods are essential ingredients in  more...

August 11, 2020

Great Kabob Recipe Ideas for Late Summer

I love kabobs on the grill, and we certainly have some fabulous ones to choose from at Nino’s. From Italian Marinated Chicken to Chinese BBQ Marinated Beef, there’s something for everyone. For me, when I’m not buying one of Nino’s huge, meaty kabobs, I construct my own custom creations, w  more...

August 4, 2020

Nino’s Delicious Cole Slaw Recipes

I really love cole slaw. There’s something about its crunchy texture that sets it apart from the usual salads. And for me, it’s a welcome change. Unlike most salads, cole slaw also seems to have some traditional entrée partners. These are dishes that you almost EXPECT to come with cole sl  more...

July 28, 2020

Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Recipes

Americans eat a LOT of cheese. On average, approximately 35 lbs of cheese…Every year. Of all that cheese, mozzarella edges out cheddar as the most consumed in this country… (Pizza Hut, Little Caesars and Domino’s, you can stand up and take a bow…) However, due to the enormous product  more...

July 21, 2020

Ice Cream Worth Screaming About

Some of my blogs are written about recipe shortcuts, time-saving tips, or quick-and-easy tricks. This isn’t one of them. In my mind, there are times when something worth doing is only worth doing if you can make it better (or in some cases more unique) than what you can buy. I think of ice crea  more...

July 14, 2020

Delicious Flour Tortilla Recipes

It’s hard to say how it happens; it just does. Sometimes foods and their ingredients just seem to get stuck in a rut. Meaning, you only think of them as used in a certain way--just in one dish, for one purpose, or only served hot, for example. Crepes, for instance, are generally considered a  more...

July 7, 2020

Nino’s Summer “Lite” Recipes

Well... it’s just another hot summer in Southeast Michigan but one thing is for sure: hot weather is the perfect time to enjoy a “Lite” and satisfying meal. Just what is a “Lite” meal? “Lite” (Light) meals are generally low in calories but high in nutritional value. They provide enou  more...

June 30, 2020

4 for the 4th

I can’t think of a more appropriate holiday celebration to try out four of my fire-cracking recipes for some amazing dips. More than any warm-weather gathering of family and friends, the lazy, hazy days of early July just invite us to relax with our favorite beverages while snacking the day awa  more...

June 23, 2020

Building Better Burgers at Nino’s

Those who know me well know that I’d pretty much sacrifice a great meal out at an expensive restaurant for a great burger at a hamburger stand. Now, that restaurants are slowly opening, still nothing beats a juicy, well-prepared burger on a toasted bun made right at home. Homemade burgers have  more...

June 16, 2020

Buttery Caramel Corn…Yum!

Truthfully, popcorn is one of my favorite snacks in the whole world--almost an entrée honestly. Just as lightly salted and buttered popcorn is an entrée, so is caramel corn on my dessert menu. And when you consider that I’ve spent a good deal of my career as a pastry chef, putting caramel cor  more...

June 9, 2020

Deliver Big Flavor in Small Bites

Summer is here! and with the ease in restrictions get-togethers and small parties are on the horizon. Now, regardless of the size of the party putting together a tasteful, light menu is always fun. This can be quite easy when you display cheese as your main attraction. No other food delivers such bi  more...

June 2, 2020

Fresh Salads

No matter the weather or the season, greens are always a great source of healthy nutrients and amazing tastes.  This week I  have 4 delicious recipes, each with a different theme and main ingredient for you and your family to enjoy Our first salad has a Tex-Mex theme and showcases Nino’s He  more...

May 26, 2020

Make Your OWN Classic Biscotti Cookies

Being at Nino’s, I’m surrounded with great people, products and ingredients. It’s also very culturally diverse, and I love that. Of course, even though we’re an international marketplace, because of our late founder Nino Salvaggio’s heritage, many people think of us as being a bit more Ita  more...

May 19, 2020

Ways to Improve Kitchen Functionality

It’s no secret that we all spend a great deal of time in our kitchens, specially these days. And that time can be either a pleasure or a curse depending on how much we enjoy cooking or how well our home kitchens are equipped. Having said that, while it truly is a blessing to have a fantastic r  more...

May 12, 2020

Balsamic Vinegar

Vinegar gets kind of a bad rap in the food world. It is kind of a villain in the ingredient world, and it’s far too often considered an evil necessity to balance the more pleasant ones. However, in truth, vinegar is the silent hero, actually preserving foods and bringing dishes to life with th  more...

May 5, 2020

Mussels Marinara

Here in America, mussels are kind of the black sheep of the mollusk family. For whatever reason, folks here on this side of the pond seem to prefer their oysters and clams unlike the Europeans who absolutely adore mussels. If you DO like mussels, there are dozens of species, but two in particular,   more...

April 28, 2020

Mexican Food Favorites

I’ve had a near lifelong passion for the culture and cuisine of our Southern neighbors. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed many of the native “peasant-style” dishes that include fried corn tortillas; roasted chilies; and traditional herbs and spices like cilantro, garlic cumin, and chipotle. I rem  more...

April 21, 2020

Overdue Kitchen Projects

Due to the ongoing situation a lot of us have to stay indoors. This just maybe a good time to take care of some (possibly) long overdue kitchen projects that might make this time a bit more enjoyable. Here are a few tips: Edit the Cupboards Make it easier to store and get to things you really  more...

April 14, 2020

Quesadillas: Expanding the Possibilities

Each time I make quesadillas, I think of one more great way to enjoy them. As a short refresher, quesadillas, unlike burritos or tacos, are flat and usually cut into wedges (like pizza). Another difference is that because they are pan-fried (or baked), you cannot fill them with cold lettuces or s  more...

March 31, 2020

Classic Fish & Chips

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. It's sort of truth-in-menu ethical code, which is not unlike having one little chef conscience on each shoulder--one devilishly looking for the easy way, the other guarding  more...

March 17, 2020

Italian-Inspired Desserts

Having been a pastry chef (I like to multi-task), I can’t help but look at many desserts as flavor combinations and the plate-up as compositions or edible architecture. It’s just how I’m wired, I guess. Once pastry chefs have determined the flavors they’re looking to create, many go through  more...

March 10, 2020

St. Patty’s Day & Corned Beef Hash

Each year, Nino’s celebrates the Wearin’ of the Green with Emerald Aisles of traditional Irish fare to help make St. Patrick’s Day a day even a leprechaun wouldn’t mind finding at the end of a rainbow! It starts with fresh shamrocks in our floral department and includes corned beef, cabbage  more...

March 3, 2020

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...

February 25, 2020

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 18, 2020

Cantonese Sweet & Sour Sauce

Back in my days at The Culinary Institute of America, I had a class we all called Demo. What it was, true to its name, was a day-long lecture in an amphitheater-like hall filled with 80 students staring down on a cooking suite. It was complete with two chef instructors demonstrating the menus we   more...

February 11, 2020

The Soufflé: Dessert’s Rising Star

Whether at home, on vacation, or at the home of friends, when dinner is done, the dishes are cleared, and the subject of “who wants dessert” comes up, all eyes in the room slowly turn in my direction. “Make us something really cool, Pete, something delicious, something chocolate...”   more...

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