Italy on the Prairie: A Special North Dakota Dinner Event

Join Tony, Sarah and Giovanni at 6 PM on Sunday, July 20th at the spectacular Coteau des Prairies Lodge for a prairie dinner experience unlike any other! The Lodge is located an easy 90-mile drive south of Fargo-Moorhead – come just for dinner, or make arrangements to stay the night in one of their comfortable and well-appointed rooms. 

We had the opportunity to spend a night at the lodge last spring, and were blown away by the stark beauty of the area as well as the amazing hospitality and luxurious accommodations at the lodge.

We are so excited to be partnering with the Breker Family for this special event featuring a Six-Course Italian feast and wine pairings for $65 per person. Enjoy delicious Italian food and wines surrounded by some of the best prairie scenery we’ve ever experienced.

Prepare yourself for an evening of feasting and fun, complete with course introductions and a live cooking demonstration by The Lost Italian!

Italy on the Prairie Menu

An assortment of Italian Cured Meats and Cheeses with Prosecco

Insalata Caprese

Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato Slices and Basil, drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

Primo Piatto
Tony’s Gnocchi alla Puttanesca
Light pillows of homemade potato pasta tossed in a traditional Sicilian sauce of garlic, white wine, tomatoes, kalamata olives, anchovies and capers

A cool refresher to cleanse your palate

Secondo Piatto
Pollo Tricolore
Scaloppine of Chicken breaded and stuffed with

Roasted Red Peppers, Fontina Cheese and Basil Pesto 

Grand Marnier Zabaglione with Fresh Berries
A light, frothy custard infused with Grand Marnier liqueur,
served over a variety of fresh berries

$65 per person
includes wine pairings with each course

For more information and to make Reservations, click the photos above, visit or call 701-680-1175.

Our Favorite Summertime Foods!

We love the Fourth of July, and celebrating with food is at the heart of our festivities. Here are some of our favorite summertime recipes – Sarah’s favorites are the Walleye Cakes, Bacon Pancakes, and Easy Potato Salad, Gio loves the Flourless Chocolate Torte Bars, the Bruschetta, and the Roasted Red Peppers, and Tony is big on the Grilled Sirloin Roast, Grilled Bison, and the Watermelon Feta Salad – to name a few. :)

Of course, it wouldn’t be a true feast without a little homemade Limoncello to finish the meal, would it? Not only does this Italian liqueur aid in digestion, but it will leave you feeling relaxed and mellow – just in time for the fireworks!

From our family to yours, we wish you a safe, happy and DELICIOUS Fourth of July!

Nasello Family Fourth of July Favorites:

Homemade Limoncello

Zack’s Rough Cut Guac
Tony’s Marinated Olives
Corn Hummus

Baja Fish Tacos
Walleye Cakes
Tom’s Crusted Macadamia Nut Mahi Mahi

Grilled Bison with Chimichurri Sauce & Salmoriglio Sauce
Grilled Top Sirloin Roast with Horseradish Sauce
Indonesian Pork Satay
Mojito Chicken with Grilled Corn Salsa

Salads & Side Dishes
Tuscan Bean Salad
Insalata Caprese
Easy Potato Salad
Pesto Pasta Salad
Watermelon Feta Salad
Roasted Red Peppers
Green Beans Nasello
Grilled Vegetables and Red Wine Vinaigrette
Insalata Italiana -Tomatoes, Avocado & Fresh Mozzarella
Peach Summer Salad

Patriotic Flourless Chocolate Torte Bars
Cherries Jubilee
Red Wine Peaches
Rhubarb or Lemon Granita

Homemade Bacon Pancakes
Raspberry Friands (Australian Almond tea cakes)
Easy Fresh Fruit Salad
Rhubarb Coffee Cake 

Cooking Video: Grilled Corn Salsa

We love fresh corn on the cob, and this week Tony demonstrates our recipe for a delicious Grilled Corn Salsa. Serve it atop fresh fish or grilled chicken, as a side dish, or with tortilla chips as a great Fourth of July dip. To watch Tony’s video, just click on the play button in the box below, or CLICK HERE for the recipe!


Doing the Happy Dance for Bruschetta

I realized today that, what with end-of-school chaos and a variety of other distractions, I’ve fallen a little behind in getting our weekly columns from The Forum posted here on the blog. So, this week I’ll be posting the last few for your enjoyment. Please let us know if you try any of our recipes, and the results you experience. We love to hear from our readers! :)

Featured in The Forum on May 13, 2014
There are few appetizers that make us happier than the ever-versatile bruschetta. Like, giddy in the heart, do a little dance, kind of happy. We love everything about this traditional Italian antipasto, whether we’re eating it or preparing it.

Bruschetta has been a mainstay in Italian cuisine since the times of ancient Rome, and its name derives from a Roman dialect verb bruscare, meaning “to roast over coals,” which refers to the grilled bread, or bruschetta. While many Americans associate the word with the common tomato relish typically served with bruschetta, the mainstay of this appetizer is the grilled bread, which can be topped with an endless variety of foods.

Recently we attended a party hosted by our friends, Jon and Nikki Anderson of Fargo. Nikki’s food theme for the evening was a “bruschetta bar,” which consisted of several different types of breads and crackers and an equally generous variety of toppings.

There was something so delightful about this idea – as guests we loved working our way around the table, sampling the different combinations and trying to choose a favorite. This was no easy task as Nikki is an artist skilled in several mediums, food included, and her bruschetta bar featured about six different toppings. But the one that edged out all the others for us was her olive tapenade, a Provencal dish consisting of finely chopped olives, olive oil, capers, and anchovies.

What made Nikki’s tapenade so memorable was her creative use of orange juice and orange zest in the mix, which brightened up the entire dish with color and a punch of flavor. We’ve added this to our own tapenade recipe, and it just made everything about it better.

Making traditional bruschetta (properly pronounced “broo-SKET-ta” but also called “bru-SHET-ta” in America) is easy. Start with a loaf of good, crusty French bread or other artisan loaf, and cut it into half-inch slices. Brush a thin coating of extra virgin olive oil over each piece and grill on each side for one to two minutes, until the grill marks are visible on each slice. Rub the grilled bread lightly with a clove of garlic and top with nearly anything you desire.

Grilling the bread is the traditional way to make bruschetta, and it definitely brings more flavor to the final dish, but you can also bake the bread in a 350 degree oven for about 5 to 8 minutes until it is a light golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside.

Inspired by Nikki, we’re sharing two delicious recipes to feature at your own bruschetta bar this summer. In addition to Tony’s olive tapenade, our second recipe is a variation of a recipe from my aunt and uncle, Jean and John Sherman, of Colorado Springs, CO, whose tomato bruschetta was a major hit at our family’s biennial Schmeckfest reunion last year.

Both recipes feature anchovies, which makes Tony very happy because they are also a staple in Sicilian cuisine. Anchovies are a terrific flavor-builder as they enhance the main ingredient with a wonderful layer of saltiness and tang, and used in small amounts you shouldn’t detect any fishy flavor.

The summer party season is about to kick off over the next few weekends with graduation parties and barbecues, and we think a bruschetta bar is a great way to engage your guests and bring them into the party. They might even reward you with their own happy dance.

Grilled Bruschetta

1 loaf of French bread or baguette, cut into half-inch slices
½ cup olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled

Use a bread knife to cut the bread into half-inch slices. Brush both sides of each slice with a light, even coating of extra virgin olive oil. Place on a hot grill (direct, high heat) for approximately one minute per side, until golden brown, with some char marks on the edges and center.

Remove from the grill and lightly rub the clove of garlic over one side of each slice.

Tony’s Green Olive Tapenade
Tomato Anchovy Bruschetta Topping