Cooking Class with The Lost Italian

Come join us at Sarello’s on Monday, January 28, 2012 for a Cooking Demonstration Class with The Lost Italian!

Tony will demonstrate several popular recipes from our column “Home with The Lost Italian” and will also provide instruction on wine pairing, cooking techniques, food presentation and tablescapes.

We’d love to have you join us for this evening of food and fun! The cost is $50 per person, which includes a glass of Prosecco and recipes for all featured dishes.Doors will open at 6:00 pm, class will begin at 6:30 pm.

To register, please call Sarello’s at 218.287.0238 or inquire by email to

Monday is Q&A Day!

Do you have a question about food, wine or entertaining? If so, we would love to help you. Every Monday night here on the blog we will answer any questions we receive throughout the week from our readers, so please send us your questions!

In last week’s Q&A post, “Ready, Set…Answer!” we were asked for holiday breakfast ideas, and appetizers that can be prepared in advance. Our answers included recipes for a festive Apple Sausage Breakfast Ring, Savory Crab Cheesecake, Blackened Sirloin, and Tony’s Marinated Olives.

Thank you to the readers who have sent us questions already – there are NO bad questions!

You can submit your questions to us in the blog’s Comments section below, via email to, or by posting on our Facebook page, HERE.


Help! How do I…???

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, filled with cocktail parties, brunches, and festive dinners. A time to revisit fond memories of Christmases past, and create special moments this holiday that your loved ones, and you, will cherish well into the future.

But it can also be a time of challenge, one that finds us racing around to get things done before the big day. With school programs to attend, shopping to finish, cards to mail out, meals to plan, and much more jamming our already-busy schedules, it’s not uncommon to feel a little stressed out the closer we get to Christmas Day.

While we can’t fill your seat at that program, or do your shopping for you, or sign every Christmas card with a personal note on your behalf, we can answer your questions about food, wine and entertaining. Every Monday here on the blog we’ll publish a post with the answers to any questions we receive from our readers throughout the week. Wine recommendations, local sources for specialty items, cooking equipment ideas, recipes, tablescapes, whatever your question is, there is an answer for you.

Remember this: entertaining should be fun, and we believe that the host/ess of the party should also be able to enjoy the event. So, If you’re planning to entertain at all this season, please feel free to send us any questions you might have and we’ll do our best to answer it here on the blog. If your question is time-specific and requires an answer before the following Monday, just let us know and we’ll send you an email with our suggestions before we post it to the blog.

You can submit your questions to us in the Comments section of our blog, via email to, or by posting on our Facebook Page. We will include the first name and hometown of the questioner in each post, so if you wish to remain anonymous just be sure to let us know.

Have a great week and take time to enjoy the season!


You Ask, We’ll Answer

Every Monday we’ll post the answers to any questions we receive regarding food, wine, recipes, cooking, family, etc. So let us know what’s on your mind and be sure to check the blog every Monday for our reply. You can submit your question in the Comments section of the blog, or contact us by email at

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Here are this week’s Questions:

Q: Where can I buy Panettone?

A: In the Fargo-Moorhead area, we’ve found it at TJ Maxx, Costco, and Sam’s Club. Our local bread store, Breadsmith, makes fresh Panettone during the holiday season (it is delicious!), and we are waiting to find out when they expect to have it available. We’ll keep you posted.

Q: How do you make the whipped potatoes at Sarello’s taste so good?

A: When your potatoes have finished boiling, drain them and return them to the same pot. Turn the heat to medium-low to cook off the excess moisture before adding the cream and butter (about 2 to 3 minutes). This will ensure that the only liquid in the mix is the cream and butter, which will result in better taste and texture.

Q: Do you ever use an attachment to your electric mixer when making fresh pasta?

A: Yes, we have an attachment for our Kitchen Aid mixer that works great. Tony has made  fresh pasta using a pasta maker, a mixer attachment, and the old-fashioned way of rolling it out and cutting it.