Grilled Tuscan Pork

The first time I made this I almost cried because it was so good.  I had made it for some guests who raved about it.  As you know, that makes it all the more rewarding.

I have cooked this on my Big Green Egg with a light addition of smoke from apple or cherry wood.  It is amazing.  But I also made it on

someone’s gas grill recently.  I brought along my little smoker box with wood chips and set it on top of the burners.  The resul


ts were nearly as good.  Even if you were to oven roast it, or grill it with no wood smoke it would be delightful.

To make this you cut into the roast and lay it out, fill it with wonderful things, then roll it back up and tie it.

I am basically a klutz and no pro at cutting meat or rolling and tying it up, so if I can figure it out I am confident you can as well. One of the keys to this is not to overcook it.

Recommended cooking temperatures for pork are lower than they used to be.  I cooked mine to 145 F and it was perfect… moist, tender, and full of flavor.

You can serve this a variety of ways. I have typically served it on a bed of white beans but you can serve it with potatoes, polenta, greens, roasted squash… the options go on-and-on.

If you are on a Keto diet, this recipe is easy to modify. Simply substitute a Keto friendly flour such as almond flour for the regular flour. You’ll notice little difference.

Buon appetito!





Beef Braciole … why did it take me so long?!

Braciole is a beef roll up which hails from southern Italy. I saw a recipe which claimed to be a hundred year old family recipe, so it’s been around a long time.  For some crazy reason though, which I cannot for the life of me understand, I waited years before trying it.  Then I wondered what the heck took me so long!  It is not only delicious, but it’s really not that complicated or time consuming.  If you’d like you could serve it with pasta or over some polenta.

I’m not sure I’d classify this as a fancy dinner or rustic peasant food?  Either way I think it will impress your family or friends.

The steps are easy.  You (or your butcher) cut the steak thin, pound it out thinner, and then layer it with cheese, breadcrumbs, herbs and prosciutto… roll it up, tie it and cook it in some good tomato sauce and you’re ready to eat with a grateful heart.

This recipe would work well with a Keto diet. It does have some breadcrumbs. Leaving them out, or substituting Keto friendly bread crumbs would have little impact on the results. 

Buon Appetito!  Frankie

Braciole Recipe



Frankie’s Signature Caesar Salad

When I published my cook book a few years ago I did not have my Caesar Salad recipe in it which caused some frustration with my fans.  There were a couple of reasons for that.  One, the recipe had a lot of ingredients. I needed to simplify it a little while keeping it just as amazing, which I have now done.

Secondly, it was one of our signature items, and our dressing was so much better than our competitors’ that I didn’t want to share it with the world.  But now Frankie’s is closed so, hey, I may as well share the wealth.

Feel free to make it even better with the addition of grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon.

KETO OPTION: It’s pretty obvious how to make this Keto friendly. Simply skip the croutons or make them with Keto bread.

Buon appetito!

Download Recipe

Caesar Ingredients

Emulsifying Caesar dressing with a stick blender

I’m back! And with a long-awaited Garlic-Parmesan Soup recipe

garlic-parmesan-soupWell, it has been over three years since I last posted on this blog. Running our restaurant, Frankie’s Pizza & Pasta, just had to take top priority.  But for those of you who are unaware, we had to close our doors a few months ago due to property redevelopment.  It was a wonderful 24 years!  I miss my staff and all of the loyal customers we had.

Not having the restaurant has our customers feeling lost and clamoring for those wonderful recipes of ours.  One which has been especially in demand is our Garlic-Parmesan Soup which we sold each year at our Garlic Festival.  So here it is!

KETO Friendly? Absolutely, this is a perfect recipe for those of you on a Keto diet!

Garlic Parmesan Soup Recipe

Oh BTW, now that I’m back on my blog, look forward to hearing from me on a regular basis.

Ciao e grazie! Frankie

More cooking from my garden… Salmon with Lemon-Basil Pesto

Lemon-Basil Pesto

One of the things I always make in the summer is fresh Basil Pesto.  A recipe can be found in my cookbook, Frankie at Home in the Kitchen

This summer I did a little twist on the recipe.  I grew some basil known as Lemon Basil.   I made a batch of pesto with it and it was the most delicious pesto I have ever made!  The color was very bright green and the flavors were fresh, lemony and bright.

One other benefit is that it is Keto friendly of course! For more Keto friendly recipes, checkout the Keto tab in the recipe index … Keto Recipes 

Salmon with Lemon-Basil Pesto

I used this pesto on some salmon we grilled to share with friends.  It was amazing!  So may I suggest that next year you try to find a Lemon Basil plant.  I found mine at Molbak’s Nursery in Woodinville.

Buon appetitio!