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It’s a winner! For day 2 of our Cherry Love Fest we bring you a very quick summer recipe from Chef Chris Bugher, Special Events Chef at The Cooking and Culinary Institute in Huntington WV. Chris’s orzo pasta recipe with cherries, basil and feta won first place in the Cherry Marketing Institute’s “Powered by Red” contest this Spring.

Cherry Basil Orzo Pasta
Chef Chris Bugher

1 cup fresh or frozen tart cherries
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup dried pitted chopped dates
4 ounces feta cheese
1/2 pound orzo pasta
1/4 cup fresh basil chiffonade (chiffonade is basically a cutting technique for herbs that is simple. Stack the leaves, roll them, and then cut them to produce fine strips.)
Salt to taste

Mix together cherries, dates, and garlic in a small sauce pan on low and heat until dates are rehydrated.

Meanwhile boil orzo pasta in salted water for 8-10 minutes.

Drain pasta, stir in cherry mixture and feta cheese.

Season with salt and garnish with fresh basil.

Serves 6-8

Continue on with the superfruit cherry chef recipes! Part one features a to die for delicious Tuscan dessert recipe, Cherries with Chianti.

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It’s simple, it’s gorgeous, and best of all it’s homemade and authentic Italian. This comforting ravioli recipe with four cheeses recipe is from one of our favorite chefs, Anthony Priolo from Piccolo Sogno in Chicago. His restaurant features fresh seasonal rustic Italian cuisine paired with gorgeous regional wines.  It’s a win in our book, always.  We love.

Ravioli Quattro Formaggi aka Ravioli with four cheeses recipe:


1 C Ricotta cheese – fresh
1/8 C Reggiano Parmesan – freshly grated
1/8 C Capriole Farms goat cheese
1/8 C Gorganzola dolce latte cheese – chopped
1 t Italian parsley – chopped
Sicilian sea salt to taste
Ground black pepper – fresh & to taste

Mix all ingredients together & adjust the seasoning.


4 Eggs – whole
4 Egg yolks
1 T Olive oil
1 t Sicilian sea salt
2 3/4 C Semolina flour
1 1/4 C Flour – all purpose
2 T Water


Method #1 – In a food processor, add all ingredients. Pulse until a ball forms & then take out and knead by hand until dough is slightly firm.

Method #2 – In a large bowl add all dry ingredients into center of the bowl. Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the remaining ingredients. With a fork beat the liquid until smooth, slowly touching the sides incorporating the dry ingredients.

KEEP MIXING UNTIL A BALL IS FORMED. Take the ball out and then knead by hand until the dough is slightly firm (Texture should be slightly firmer than your ear lobe). You may need to adjust the water amount due to the humidity in the air.

After the dough has rested, roll out the pasta dough progressively with a pasta machine until the dough is thin enough that you can see your hand through it. Brush the dough with egg yolk and add the filling on half of the dough with a spoon (the size of a Quarter).

With the other half of the dough, place over the side with the filling so that you form a ravioli. With a small shot-glass, form the center of the ravioli & press all the air out. Cut with a circle cutter so there is a small edge around the center. Press the sides gently pushing the air out and set aside.

Cook in boiling salted water about 2 minutes and then toss into the sauce.


1/2 C Chicken broth – fresh
1 T Butter – unsalted
1 T Pine Nuts – toasted
Sicilian sea salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Shavings of Reggiano Parmesan Cheese


In a saucepan, reduce the chicken broth down by half. Add the butter and bring to a boil. Then take the sauce off the heat. Stir quickly so the sauce does ot break. Add the cooked ravioli and toasted pine nuts. Adjust the seasoning & serve.

Arrange the ravioli on the plate (about 6 pieces) like a flower overlapping only on one side. When you get the sixth ravioli, slip it under the first. Drizzle the sauce & pine nuts over the ravioli, adding a little extra sauce.

Garnish with “Marsala Glaze” (using a squirt bottle, make sure the glaze is warm, ot hot). Drizzle the ravioli’s like it was a zigzag line.


1 C Marsala wine


Using 1 C Marsala wine, cook down by 3/4 until it is thick, or you can use a corn-starch slurry to thicken.

Finally, add the shavings of parmesan cheese over the ravioli & serve immediately.

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Did you catch Mario Batali recently on the Martha Stewart Show?   She interviewed our favorite chef last week, and they talked  NYC  Eataly and Babbo restaurant news, shared a few jokes, and Mario shared a favorite Italian recipe:   in Italian it is called “Bavette Cacio e Pepe”,  which translates to a delicious linguine with Romano sheep’s cheese and black pepper.

From the interview:

“Martha: He opened Eataly. How many people came this weekend?

Mario: On Saturday we had 13,200 people.

Martha: . Last Saturday it was 10,000 people!

Mario: It’s just. more and more. I mean, we’re almost at saturation right
now. We’re trying to figure it out!

Martha: There is a line out the door.

Martha: The last time I tried to get in. I snuck in the side door.

Mario: Right. you’re allowed!

Martha: If you go to Eataly.

Mario: Don’t tell everyone to go in the darn side door!

Martha: If you go to Eataly go on the side door!

Mario: Only if you’re with Martha come in the side door! She sneaks in with
a delivery of honey [making a sneaky-funny gesture].


“Martha: You know you’ve ruined my life Mario.

Mario: No! Hopefully I’ve improved it.

Martha: You’ve ruined it because I once had a dish at Babbo, which is one of
my favorite restaurants in New York, Babbo. Very difficult to get into
because it’s so popular!

Mario: Unless you come in the side entrance with Martha of course!

Martha: Right.”

And here is the authentic Italian recipe shared by Mario for Linguine with Romano Cheese, aka Bavette Cacio e Pepe:

Serves 4.


* 2 tablespoons coarse salt
* 1 pound bavette or fine linguine
* 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
* 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Cacio di Roma cheese (literally, this means “”cheese of Rome”. It is mild, both sweet and savory, and melts well. You should be able to find it at your favorite grocery, deli, or Whole Foods Market.)
* 1 1/2 cups freshly grated pecorino Romano cheese, plus extra for serving
* 3 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper


1. Fill a large pot with 24 cups water; bring to a boil over high heat.
Add salt and return to a boil; add pasta and cook until al dente, 1 minute
less than suggested on the package directions.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup olive oil and butter over
low heat until butter is just melted. Turn off heat.

3. When pasta is finished cooking, turn heat back on under skillet and
add 1/2 cup pasta cooking water; bring to a boil. Add a small handful of
cheese to skillet and let melt.

4. Drain pasta, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Add pasta to
skillet along with pepper and toss, using tongs, to combine; add 1/2 cup
reserved pasta cooking liquid.

5. Add remaining cheese to skillet and remove from heat; let melt on top
of pasta and toss to combine. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil; toss, adding additional pasta cooking liquid, until pasta is well coated. Serve immediately with additional pecorino and pepper.

Grazie Mario and Martha!

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