Thursday, September 17, 2015


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An Italian Hot Dog you want to know? What is it? Well it’s a Jersey thing, and you’re not gonna find them anywhere else other the in-and-around Newark, New Jersey and some of the towns surround it. Burgers and Hot Dogs are really big in Jersey and there once was a guy named James “Buff” Racioppi who first served this thing called the Italian Hot Dog. James and his Italian Buddy’s used to have many a card game in Newark’s 9th Ward way back when. One day Jimmy’s wife threw together something for her husband and card playing cronies to eat. She fried up some Sweet Bell Peppers, Potato, Onions, and Hot Dogs, and when everything was finished frying she put it all between some bread and served it to all the hungry card players. Well everyone just loved the sandwiches and whenever they played cards they begged for her to make the Italian Style Hot Dogs. These Hot Dogs were so popular and everyone just love them that Jimmy decide to open a little stand and sell them. You know the rest, the Italian Hot Dogs were a huge success and Jimmy Buffs Hot Dog empire was born (1932 in Newark, New Jersey). And oh by the way, Jimmy Buff Racioppi is the one who always gets credit for inventing this awesome culinary delight, but the real inventor was Jimmy’s wife Mrs. Racioppi.   My Dad used to take use to all the Diners, Hot Dog & Burger Joints around. We’d go to Jimmy Buffs maybe 3 or 4 times a year. My mom learned how to make these tasty Italian Hot Dogs and we’d have them at least once a month when we couldn’t make it down to Jimmy Buffs. My mom made them so good, they were just as good as Jimmy Buffs. Now you can make them too.


4 Hero Rolls
1 small Red Bell Pepper and one Green, seeded and sliced
2 medium Onions, peeled and sliced
8 best quality Hot Dogs
2 Idaho Potatoes, peeled and slice ¼” thick
Salt & Black Pepper
¼ cup Canola Oil

Place the potatoes in a small pot of water. Add 1 tablespoon Salt. 

Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes at the boil for 2 minutes. 

Turn heat off and drain the potatoes in a colander, shaking off as much water as possible.
Add 1/3 of the oil to a medium frying pan. Turn heat on to medium and add the Hot Dogs. 

Fry the Hot Dogs until they get golden brown and crunchy on all sides, about 8-10 minutes. Turn heat off and leave in pan covered with aluminum foil. Place the ¾ of the oil in a large frying pan and heat to high. 

Put the potatoes in the frying pan and season with a little salt & Black Pepper and fry the potatoes on high heat for 6 minutes. Add the Bell Pepper to the pan, turn down the heat and cook the peppers with the potatoes on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring as you cook. Add the onions, season with Salt & Black Pepper and cook the onions with the Peppers & Potatoes over low heat for 8 minutes.

Put the Hot Dogs in with the Peppers, Onions, Potatoes and cook on very low heat for 2 minutes. In the mean time, split the rolls in half but not all the way through, leaving a sort of hinge on one side of each roll. Place in the pan that the Hot Dogs cooked in, turn heat on to high and toast the rolls until they get a little crunchy.

Place two Hot Dogs on each roll and fill each roll with some of the Peppers, Onions, & Potatoes mixture. Serve to your buddy’s and enjoy. The HALF & HALF The half & half is even better that the regular Italian Hot Dog. To make one, instead of putting 2 Hot Dogs in each roll with the Peppers, Onions, & Potatoes, you cook up some Italian Sausages and put one Hot Dog and one Sausage Link into each roll with the Potato, Onions, and Peppers and you’re all set with a Italian Hot Dog Half & Half. You’re gonna Love It!

Excerptd From THE RAUGU BOLOGNESE COOKBOOK  by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke        



Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Gucamole Recipe

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  Badass Guac From The BADASS COOKBOOK    by Daniel Zwicke

  INGREDIENTS :  1⁄2 cup finely chopped white onion 2 Jalapeño Peppers, seeded and minced 2 tbsp. finely chopped Fresh Cilantro Salt, a pinch 2 medium Hass Avocados (ripe) 2 Plum Tomato, chopped to a medium dice  Cut Avocados in half. Remove the pit. Scoop out pulp and put into a medium size glass mixing bowl.  Mash avocado with a potato-masher or back of a wooden spoon to break down the avocado.  Add all remaining ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. Serve with Tortilla Chips, and or use as an ingredient for Burritos &Tacos. And Enjoy!

  This Recipe is courtesy of author Daniel Zwicke and is excerpted from the Badass Cookbook 


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Avacados are Highly Nutrisious and a great source of Fiber, Vitamin K and Potasium, and are loaded with Heart Healy Monunsatterated Fatty Acids. Avacados are loaded with Antioxidants and Help Fight Cancer, they taste good and are the main ingredient of the hugely popular Guacamole used in Tacos, Burritos, and as a dip ...





ABIDE in It !!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015



Winemaker of Sassicaia & Punica Wines SEBASTIANO ROSA
with Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke and Roberta Morrel of Morrel Wines
Get Toegther for a lillte Wine and Chat at Kobrand Italian Portfolio Tasting
at The Bowery Hotel, New York, New York


Alberto Chiarlo with Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
Alberto Chiarlo the proprietor of Michele Chiarlo  Wines 
of Piedmonte got together for a tasting of Alberto's latest vingtages
of wine, including Barbera Le Orme, Barolo Tortoniano 2010,
Michele Chairlo Barbaresco 2011, Barolo Cerequio 2010,
and Barolo Canubi Michele Chairlo 2007 & 2001 Vintgaes ..
Daniel said the whole line-up of wines was absolutely Amazing! everything was in perfect balance, full of flavor and a joy to drink.


Emelia Nardi with Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
Tatsing some Great Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino

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The 1999 Il PARETO From Nozzole Was ROCKING !!!

I normally don't go crazy for non-native Italian Varietals when drinking Italian Wine. That said, I absolutely loved the 1999 Vintage of Tenuta Nozzole's "Il PARETO" a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon based wine that was amazing. It was full of flavor,perfecting and a absolute Joy to Drink. I loved It!

The WINES From MASI Where Also AMAZING !!!

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Masi Agricola
I loved all of the Amarone 's that Masi was showing at the Italian Portfolio Tasting ..
The were showing Amarone Mazano 2007 which was really nic and heavy on the prune flavors.
The 2007 Amarone Campolong was awesome as was the Amarone Costera 2009 ..
My favorite Amarone of the day was Seregho Aligheri 2008 which is one of the few wines in the world aged in large Cherry Wood Cask .. The wine was AMAZING !!!

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Recipes From My Sicilian Grandmother
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke


When Italian-Americans Cook

by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe KFC


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 KFC Secret Recipe : 

 7 cups of Water ¼ cup of Kosher Salt
4 tablespoons Sugar 
 2 tablespoons Black Pepper 

 Mix Salt, Sugar, and Black Pepper into the water, This is a brine that you will put the chicken in. 1 - 3 pound Chicken cut into 8 pieces Add the chicken to the water brine in a large bowl or pot. Put into eh refrigerator for at least 2 hours before cooking. If you can do this over night it would be even better, but not absolutely necessary. 

 NOTE: You can skip the brining step if you’d like. Your chicken will still taste very good, but? 

2 large Eggs and 1 cup of Milk 1 teaspoon of Salt and 1 teaspoon Black Pepper Beat the Eggs. Add the milk, salt and pepper and mix. Set aside until later. 


 1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour 
 1 teaspoon dry Oregano 1 teaspoon ground Sage 
 1 teaspoon dry Basil 
 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 
 1 teaspoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt 
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 teaspoons Sweet Paprika 
 ½ teaspoon ground Cumin 
 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder 

 Mix all the above ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. 
Remove the Chicken from the brine and set in a colander or wire rack to let the brine drain off.  
One by one, dredge each piece of chicken in the Flour-Herb mixture. Shake off excess flour. Next dredge each piece of chicken into the egg-mixture, shaking off excess egg, then placing the egg coated chicken back into the flour mixture. 

Shake off excess flour from chicken and place on a plate to rest. 
While chicken is resting, place 5 inches of vegetable oil, lard or Cisco in a small pot. 

Heat the Oil on a high flame. Once the oil is hot enough, place four pieces of chicken in the hot oil and until chicken is cooked through and golden brown, about 12 minutes. 

 Remove the chicken from the hot oil and set aside. Place remaining 4 pieces of chicken in the hot oil and cook for 12 minutes, until done. Serve with whatever side dishes you like and enjoy.  

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by Daniel Zwicke






Best French Bistro New York

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Keith Richards Shepherds Pie Recipe





  Keith Richard’s That Is !!!  

Yes Keef, as in Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, the World’s Greatest Rock-N-Roll Band ever! But you know that. This is the way Keith likes his Shepherds Pie, as does The Dude, and you will too. If it’s good enough for Keef, it’s good enough for the Dude, and you too. Abide!


 Keith Richards Shepherds Pie  


  3 pounds Potatoes, peeled and diced
  1 tablespoon Butter Salt & Pepper to taste
  2 large Onions, chopped 2 pounds Ground Beef 2 large Carrots, grated
  2 – 12 oz. cans Beef Broth
  5 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon Cornstarch  

Put potatoes in a large pot of salted water. Bring the water to the boil. Lower to a simmer and cook the potatoes until tender, about 8 minutes.  

Drain potatoes once cooked.  Put cooked, drained potatoes in a large mixing bowl with the butter and season with salt and black pepper. 

Mash potatoes with a potato - masher or whip with an electric mixer. If using a hand potato-masher, mash potatoes with masher, then mix with a wooden spoon until nicely whipped. Heat a large frying-pan. 

Add 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add ground-beef, cook over medium heat for 4 minutes. Add onions, continue cooking for minutes on high heat. Lower heat to low flame and cook 4 minutes more.  Add carrots and beef broth to pan. 

Mix cornstarch with water and add to pan. Cook over low flame for 8 minutes.  Add peas to pan, cook for 1 minute.  Pour Beef Mixture into a glass or ceramic baking dish. Evenly top beef with the mashed potatoes.  

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12 minutes, then place under the boiler until potatoes get nicely browned. Take care not to burn the potatoes once they are under the broiler.  Let cool slightly for 3 minutes and serve.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015



  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour 
  •  1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 4 ounces (1 Stick Butter)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 8 ounces Best Quality Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1.  Sift together flour and baking soda and set aside. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until lemony yellow, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl and paddle. Add sugar, brown sugar and salt. Continue creaming mixture on medium speed until it is smooth and lump free, about 1 minute. Stop mixer and scrape down sides of bowl and paddle.
  • 2.  Add egg and vanilla and beat on low speed for 15 seconds, or until they are fully incorporated. Do not over-beat. Scrape down sides of bowl and paddle.
  • 3.  On low speed, add sifted flour mixture. Beat slowly until all of the flour is incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add chocolate chunks and mix in.
  • 3.  Heat oven to 350 degrees with the rack positioned in the lower third of the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Spoon heaping teaspoons of dough 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. If not baking right away, remove small handfuls or spoonfuls of dough from mixer and plop them down on the middle of a sheet of parchment or wax paper, creating a log about 1 1/2 inches wide and 12 inches long. Fold parchment over, creating a sausage. Chill for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight. Using a serrated knife, slice chilled dough into 1/3-inch-thick rounds and place them 2 inches apart, in staggered rows, on parchment-lined sheets and proceed. (Dough will keep nicely, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator for 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw frozen dough at room temperature for 30 minutes before slicing.)
  • 4.  Bake one sheet at a time for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned, rotating the baking sheet front to back halfway through. Remove from heat and slide parchment off baking sheet and onto a work surface. Allow cookies to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving, or for at least 20 minutes before storing in an airtight container. They will keep for up to 3 days at room temperature.