Derek’s “Famous” Sunday Sauce (w/ wine pairings)

So for Christmas Dinner this year I decided to poll the kiddies and see what they wanted… After some debate and negotiation they came to the conclusion that they wanted my famous “Sunday Sauce”… Ok, so “famous” is most certainly an exaggeration (unless this post goes viral, lol), but it’s pretty darn popular in my family! I knowContinue reading “Derek’s “Famous” Sunday Sauce (w/ wine pairings)”

Ricotta Herb Meatballs

For our family Christmas dinner this year my kids requested that I make my famous “Sunday Sauce” (well, famous in my family at least) with meatballs. My pleasure! I wanted to try something a little different with the meatballs this go-around… I recently had ricotta meatballs at a tapas/cheese bar in Jersey City that were absolutelyContinue reading “Ricotta Herb Meatballs”

Country Style Chicken (w/ wine pairings)

Way back when I worked at an Italian restaurant that was a mix between classic Italiano, hearty comfort food and haut cuisine, and one of our most popular dishes was Country Style Chicken. I never understood it. Why come to a restaurant where you can have some truly special, not easily replicated at home foodContinue reading “Country Style Chicken (w/ wine pairings)”

Escarole & Bean Soup with Sausage (w/ wine pairings)

The other day a buddy of mine shot me a message asking me for wine recommendations to go with escarole & bean soup, and when he asked I thought to myself “wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve had escarole & bean soup!”. So the next day I was at the market and textedContinue reading “Escarole & Bean Soup with Sausage (w/ wine pairings)”