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Easter Lamb

By Chef Domenica Catelli It’s almost Easter Sunday. Growing up in an Italian American family, we had our Easter meal traditions. There may have been a variety of side dishes depending on the weather or what month Easter fell on in a given year, but there was one entree for certain: lamb. Usually we made [...]

Comfort Food Without the Guilt

By Chef Domenica Catelli It’s freezing and damp here. The sun is trying to poke through, but the rain is winning. On a day when you can stay in by the fire, this weather is fantastic. However, when you have to run errands in it, not so much. I find that my craving for comfort [...]

Top 4 Reasons You Aren’t Cooking

By Chef Domenica Catelli I am no longer surprised by some of the responses I get when I ask people throughout the country why they aren’t cooking more. Studies show that we are watching more cooking-related shows on TV and yet are at an all-time low for the number of minutes, (yes, minutes, not hours), [...]

Homemade Chicken Soup Time

By Chef Domenica Catelli Never underestimate the power of homemade chicken soup. From the comforting aromas that fill the kitchen to the soothing taste, there is something about it that is uplifting and comforting at the same time. My daughter was home sick with a cough this week that seems to be traveling in an [...]

An Early Spring

By Chef Domenica Catelli I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but right now in Northern California where I am based, we are having an unusually warm winter. I have to say that by this time we are usually bogged down with rain and chilly temperatures. But today (and for the [...]

Food & Romance After the 14th

By Chef Domenica Catelli Valentine’s Day has come and gone. For many of us that day is filled with chocolates, flowers, and a dinner out. For others it’s trying to get 40 school Valentine’s cards filled out with our child while managing their sugar meltdown after all the classroom parties. Since food is my thing I try [...]

Addicted to Kale?

By Chef Domenica Catelli A few weeks ago I added a kale salad as an appetizer at my restaurant. It was born from the memory of a salad I had had at Il Buco in New York last year. I was craving kale (yeah, I know that may sound weird but it can happen to [...]

Summer in January

By Chef Domenica Catelli I had the privilege of spending the past three days working with the wonderful team from Better Homes & Gardens magazine on a story they are going to be running, featuring me, in the June issue. Nancy Hopkins, the food editor, gathered the team up at Catelli’s (my restaurant) to bring [...]

The Grocery Rut

By Chef Domenica Catelli Do you walk into the store after a long day at work or with the kids and feel overwhelmed and exhausted? If the answer is yes, you are in the majority. For those of us who actually get excited while in the aisles of mystery produce and products, I have to [...]

Cuties, Clementines, Satsumas, Navels, Cara Caras…aka Orange Citrus!

By Chef Domenica Catelli Winter is upon us. Many of us are enduring freezing temperatures and yet a burst of summer comes to us at the best time via citrus. Nature knows we need our extra Vitamin C during this cold season, so bring on the oranges and tangerines! There are several different varieties that [...]

Homemade Granola

By Chef Domenica Catelli I created this recipe when I was the Executive Chef at Raven’s, located at the Stanford Inn in Mendocino, California. If you have not been to this area of the country, I highly recommend it. The coastline is wild, the town is small and there are some wonderful hidden treasures. Stanford [...]

Happy New Year!

By Chef Domenica Catelli It is time for a new you, a fresh start, and you want to start in the kitchen. This is as easy as getting a garbage can, opening your cabinets, and unloading! Over the years, I’ve found the same mistakes, problems and trouble spots in pantries from celebrities to stay-at-home moms. [...]

Roast Chicken 101

By Chef Domenica Catelli I was in San Francisco last week with my daughter and some friends of the family. We were doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, and then enjoyed our traditional dinner at Zuni Café, a restaurant dedicated to classic California cuisine. Zuni is known for their whole brick-oven-roasted chicken. On a winter’s night [...]

Last-Minute Food-Related Gift Ideas

By Chef Domenica Catelli Christmas is just a week away, but many of us will have parties to go to up through New Year’s Eve. Between work, family commitments and last-minute shopping, figuring out what to bring as a hostess gift can be rushed and daunting. I have a few thoughts as to how to [...]

Ingredient of the Week: Persimmons

By Chef Domenica Catelli When I was growing up I had a very peculiar maternal grandmother. I spent most of my life thinking that I didn’t like persimmons because of her. When it was late fall/early winter, she would get persimmons from a neighboring tree. At this early stage the under-ripe fruits would taste like [...]

Hipsta-food!

By Chef Domenica Catelli I had an amazing evening a few nights ago. I was honored to be the chef at a pop-up dinner at the Hipstamatic offices in San Francisco. For those of you who don’t know, Hipstamatic is an app for the iPhone that allows the most inept picture takers to appear as [...]

Confessions

By Chef Domenica Catelli Here is my big, dirty, secret: I am a mom. I am a chef. My job as a mom is to educate, clothe, nourish and foster health in my child. As a chef, my goal is to make food that tastes fantastic but is good for you as well. And while [...]

Crab Time!

By Chef Domenica Catelli It’s that time of year: crab season! I live about 45 minutes from the California coastline, where Dungeness crabs are in abundance. The first round of crabs we enjoy in this classic and simple way: We get them live and cook them fresh in a boil of bay leaf, garlic, salt, [...]

1-2-3 Mushroom and Spinach Soup

By Chef Domenica Catelli I mentioned that I’m trying to do a light recalibration after the Turkey Day extravaganza that went on about four days too long. My trainer, Josh, mentioned to my friend and I that we should try having smoothies for dinner 2-3 nights out of the week for a few weeks to [...]

Post-Thanksgiving Eating Plan

By Chef Domenica Catelli If you are like me, any meal and any leftovers that involve turkey, stuffing, or pumpkin pie are the last thing you want to sink your teeth into. The fatigue from random relative drama mixed, the thirds, the eating-out-because-I’m-too–tired-to-cook and the jeans-too-tight bloat is on. Before the holiday party circuit begins, [...]

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