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Fresco by Scotto’s Fusilli with Zucchini Calabrian Style

Fresco by Scotto is a critics pick for delicious Tuscan fare prepared by the famous Scotto family.  This friendly restaurant has been a Manhattan institution for over 20 years.  Frequent guests on the Today Show, the Scotto’s have a passion fantastic food in a welcoming atmosphere.

Today’s 5 star secret recipe is for one of Scotto’s amazing pasta dishes.  Fusilli pasta is prepared with zucchini, caramelized onions, lemon zest and bread crumbs.  This is a perfect dish to make for great-tasting dinner that the whole family will enjoy.

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Fresco by Scotto’s Fusilli with Zucchini Calabrian Style

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups onions, diced small
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 to 3 pounds small to medium size zucchini, cleaned, ends removed and cut into medium dice
4 cloves garlic, sliced paper thin
4 ounces unseasoned bread crumbs (12 tablespoons)
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 pound uncooked Fusilli pasta
1 ounce grated Parmigiano cheese
Red pepper flakes to taste

For the bread crumbs In a small sauté pan , heat bread crumbs over low heat until lightly golden, about 1 to 2 minutes Add 1/4 cup olive oil to a saucepan and sauté bread. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

For the onions and Garlic: In a small sauté pan, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat, and gently cook onions until dark golden brown; 1 to 2 minutes.  Then add garlic for 1 minute, add the grated lemon zest and set aside.

For the zucchini: In a medium size sauté pan, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over high heat and cook zucchini until golden on all sides, add red pepper to taste.

Transfer the sautéed zucchini and onions to a covered dish, season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

For the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the Fusilli and cook until al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes.

To assemble: Drain the pasta and add to a large mixing bowl, then add the zucchini and onions and toss thoroughly. Add the remaining olive oil, toss in the parmigian cheese and top with the toasted bread crumbs and serve immediately.

Serves 2-3

Source: Fresco by Scotto

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Captain Jefferds Inn Frosted Banana Bars

Today’s 5 star restaurant secret recipe comes from Captain Jefferds Inn located in Kennebunkport, Maine.  This bed and breakfast is known for their lovely ambiance, fabulous service and delicious foods.  They serve these yummy dessert bars with the perfect blend of banana and vanilla, topped with cream cheese frosting.  Make sure to use ripe bananas in this dish for the best flavor.

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Captain Jefferds Inn Frosted Banana Bars
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1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 10X15 jellyroll pan with greased parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Finally, mix in the mashed banana.

Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow bars to completely cool before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

6 oz. Cream Cheese
1/2 cup softened butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups sifted powered sugar + 2 cups of powered sugar

Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.Gradually add 2 cups of sugar, and then gradually beat in the 2nd 2 cups of powered sugar to make a frosting that is easy to spread. Cover and refrigerate.

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Primrose House Gift Shop & Guest Cottage Scandinavian Almond Bars

Today’s 5 star restaurant secret recipe comes from the Primrose House Gift Shop and Cottage in Dayton, Virginia.  This historic Victorian gift shop offers a variety of merchandise from country to shabby chic.  Attached to the gift shop is a wonderful bed and breakfast.  One popular item served at Primose is the Scandinavian almond bars.  These almond flavored bars are topped with sliced almonds and almond icing.

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Primrose House Gift Shop and Guest Cottage Scandinavian Almond Bars
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Bars:
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Butter or Margarine
1 Egg
1/2 tsp. Almond Extract
1 3/4 cup Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Milk
1/2 cup Sliced Almonds

Icing :
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 tsp. Almond Extract
1-2 Tbsp. Milk

Cream sugar and butter, beat in egg and extract.

Combine dry ingredients. Add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in fourths, form into 12×3 rectangles. Place 5″ apart on greased baking sheets. Brush with milk; sprinkle with almonds.

Bake 325 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until firm to touch and edges lightly browned. Cool in pan for 5 min. Cut diagonally into 1″ slices. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over bars.

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De Zwaan Cafe Dutch Apple Cake

Today’s 5 star restaurant secret recipe comes from De Zwaan Cafe, a well-known eatery in the Netherlands.  They serve a fabulous menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner with outdoor seating available.  One of the popular menu items is the Dutch apple cake.  Enjoy this for breakfast or as a dessert.  It goes great with a nice cup of coffee.

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De Zwaan Cafe Dutch Apple Cake
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1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup applesauce
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 medium apples, peeled and very finely chopped
1 cup raisins
1 cup pecans, chopped

GARNISH
powdered sugar
ice cream
OR
whipped cream

In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter or margarine, sugar and eggs with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add applesauce and beat until combined.

Stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cloves. Stir into beaten mixture just until combined. Stir in the chopped apples, raisins and chopped pecans.

Turn batter into a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center and top springs back when pressed lightly. Cool slightly and cut into squares.

Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar or topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

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