Cristina Ferrare

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP!

Every year I post this Butternut Squash soup in time for Halloween, it is my most requested recipe. It’s filling, satisfying and my home smells like the holidays because of all the warm spices simmering. My kids remember with fondness how I would insist on Halloween night before we went “Trick or Treating” that they first have a warm bowl of soup. They loved it because I made them a part of making the soup the night before and had fun making the spider web before we served it! As a matter of fact as I am writing this blog and sharing this recipe again it is a couple of weeks before Halloween and of I have the soup simmering in the kitchen and the aroma is permeating my home with the smells of the holidays approaching. I’m tripling the recipe for the weekend for our Sunday brunch and freezing the rest for Halloween night. My kids are adults now but they still stop by on Halloween night to enjoy a bowl of soup they remember so fondly, talk about Halloweens past and the crazy fun we use to have. Then they leave to go on their way to who knows what crazy fun they are having now! You never stop being a mom.

When they were really small I had to find a way to make them sit down before they went to “trick or treat” to get some warm goodness into them. So, I came up with a design in the soup that looked like a spider web and a Quenelle made with vegetables (they didn’t know) and shaped it into the body of a spider! They loved it, thought it was creepy and ate every bite! Making the Quenelles for the first time is a bit much, it does take a little time to prepare. If you want to try to make them you can 2 days before and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. All you  have to do is take them out of the refrigerator and bring them to room temperature before putting them in the soup!  Read more »

BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN, IF ONLY FOR AN AFTERNOON!

BLUSHINGTON’S TIMELESS BEAUTY CAMPAIGN!

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HAVING FUN WITH MY DAUGHTER ARIANNA BEING MADE UP AS A FAVORITE ICON FROM 50’S THROUGH 80’S

I was honored to be asked to be a part of @blushington “Timeless Beauty Campaign”! This Halloween Blushington is celebrating iconic looks from the 50’s, 60,s, 70’s or 80’s! If you have something in mind their expert makeup artists will create a look just for you! I’ve had the  privilege to work with legendary make up artists during my time modeling in the 70’s and 80’s and the men and women make-up artist at @blushington are right up there with the best!

They made up my daughter Arianna as Screen Siren Brigitte Bardot and me as me now. Yikes! I was a bit nervous to be honest because you have to know when to hang it up. It’s been over 30 years before I formally sat for photo’s other then head shots for T.V. I have to admit it brought back many wonderful memories! The photo up top was taken after the shoot was over, Arianna came up behind me and whispered in my ear, “You did great Mom”, the photographer captured the moment. It’s a  photo I will always treasure.

        

BLUSHINGTON

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CAULIFLOWER PUREE

Add Cauliflower Puree to your Thanksgiving meal!

A DELICIOUS ALTERNATIVE TO MASHED  POTATOES! SMOOTH, CREAMY AND JUST AS SATISFYING!

I’m adding this delicious smooth, creamy, cauliflower puree to our Thanksgiving meal this year.

This recipe is from my “Food for Thought” cook book that I would like to share with you before it is released late

November, too late for Thanksgiving that’s why I’m giving it to you now! 🙂

Just a side note because you know I like to share the health benefits with any food I recommend. I have data to back it up.

Cauliflower contains VitaminC and K which may help prevent bone loss. It helps with detox, aids in reducing high blood pressure, strengthens your immune system and it helps reduce the risk of cancer.

I hope you love it as much as I and my family do! Read more »

FOODS TO EAT WHEN YOU ARE SICK WITH THE FLU:(

Well it’s that time of year again, FLU SEASON! YUUUUCK! Influenza begins to increase in October. Because I have to do a lot of traveling in the next few months my doctor said for sure I need a flu shot because of my compromised immune system from the stem cell replacement. If I catch the flu I would be in trouble. I haven’t had a flu shot in over 25 years because of the reaction I get from the shot. Some people have a reaction, most do not, I gave in and went last Friday for the shot. Well, I’ve been in bed for 3 days flat on my back, not able to move because I feel like I have the flu! Terrible headaches, body aches, my back and hips hurt when I’m still and walking. I curled up into a big ball on my bed with ginormous warm blankets and so many pillows no one could find me when they came into the bedroom. I have no appetite at all. I have to eat something because of the medication I still have to take for my Myeloma to keep my blood sugar level , head clear, and over all  strength. Here are some foods that worked for me, it’s heart, brain and gut healthy and helped me feel so much better! Iv’e included a recipe for a smoothie from “Food for Thought” to lift your spirits! 🙂  Read more »

FALL RECIPE! PUMPKIN SOUP WITH TWO ADDED BONUSES

Fall Recipes: The Perfect Heart Warming Pumpkin Soup

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I am a cook that uses seasonal fruits and vegetables in recipes fitting for what time of year it is. Summer being my favorite because of the abundance of sweet fruits and vegetables available. Once summer is over and fall hits the air I look forward to heartier vegetables like sweet potatoes, cauliflower, butternut squash, broccoli, pumpkin and more. I love to make soup using fall and winter veggies and one of my favorites is Pumpkin. Not only is it satisfyingly delicious, eating pumpkin supports heart health because of the fiber, Vitamin C and potassium which helps hypertension and high blood pressure. Whether at the dinner table, sitting by the fireplace to warm up,  or wrapped in a big snuggly blankets on the couch in front of the TV with Tony and the dogs, there is nothing better. When my kids are there to join us (they visit often thank God)  it is the happiest place on earth to me!

Don’t forget to save the pumpkin seeds because they are super good for you! Recipe included on how to roast pumpkin seeds.

According to MEDICAL NEWS TODAY   “Pumpkin seeds contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber. This combination ha benefits for goth the heart and liver. The fiber in pumpkin seeds helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease”.

THE TWO ADDED BONUSES

ROASTES PUMPKIN SEEDS

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CRANBERRIES THREE DIFFERENT WAYS

EVERYONES FAVORITE! CRANBERRIES FOR THANKSGIVING AND ALL YEAR ROUND

Left over turkey sandwich's with cranberry sauce

Roasted turkey sandwich’s with
Jalapeno cranberries for those who like it hot! Photo of sandwich from “Food for Thought” cookbook!

Cranberries in the market around early fall signal the start of the holiday season. I serve them continuously throughout the season as a side or with leftovers, pop them into drinks, make ice cubes, smoothies, put cranberry sauce in sandwich’s and over desserts! I buy many bags of fresh cranberry’s while they are available at the market and freeze them.They are seasonal, and you can’t get fresh cranberries year round. They can stay in your freezer for up to 9 months.

When I make cranberry sauce I double the recipe, and make them 2 days before I serve them so all the flavors can bloom and store them in an airtight glass container. I want to have enough left over cranberry sauce for the weekend when not only do I have left over food but leftover people! Turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce are definitely on the menu especially on Saturday and  Sunday for football! Any of these prepared cranberries can also be used for desserts as well. Iv’e included 3 different ways to prepare them. My personal favorite is the one with jalapenos for those of us who like it HOT!!!!!

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