Blog by Bonicelli

Welcome to my blog. Everyone has a relationship with food. This is to help make yours - a little bit better.

Buon Appetito!
Chef Laura Bonicelli

Bonicelli Fresh Meal Delivery

Orlando’s Famous Meatball

Bucatini and Meatball

Who is Orlando?  He’s my Dad.  Here’s little about him. Orlando Augustus Bonicelli was a high school (Chisholm, MN) and college (Notre Dame) basketball star.  Even though I didn’t know him until he was almost 40,…
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What is the spice of life?

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It is true that much of what I cook is influenced by my Italian background.  I really did have a Grandmother that taught me how to make pasta, gnocchi, and ravioli and I feel blessed…
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Tasting Minnesota Cookbook


Over a year ago, I was asked by food stylist Betsy Nelson AKA “That Food Girl” to contribute a couple of recipes to a cookbook project she was putting together with her husband, photographer and…
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FALL: Porchetta Chops with Potato Chestnut Dressing

Porchetta Chop

As you can see in the picture, this dish recently went out in a delivery for Bonicelli Fresh Meal Delivery.  I thought I’d share the recipe with you. Porchetta was our family’s usual Holiday roast…
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Coming in October


It has been an AMAZING summer!  Thank you to everyone who came in and visited us in the garden. We LOVED seeing and talking with you!  We were able to get our systems in place, train…
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Almost a year later, and a few blocks away


2015 was such a crazy year! It started with the idea of Bonicelli Kitchen taking shape, followed shortly by a successful Kickstarter campaign, licensing approvals, we were ready to go! As you know the rest of 2015 didn’t…
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More on Bonicelli Kitchen


As most of you already know, we released a statement earlier this week explaining exactly what was happening with Bonicelli Kitchen. Shortly after the statement was posted we began to receive countless words of encouragement…
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To our Friends and Supporters


  To our friends & supporters, We would like to begin by thanking you from the bottom of our hearts for not only believing in us, but helping us bring Bonicelli Kitchen to life! Our…
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Farmers Market 101!

Chef Laura Shopping at the Untiedt farms booth

Farmers market season is here! At Bonicelli we buy every ingredient we can from the Minneapolis Farmers Market, and I (Alex) asked chef/owner Laura Bonicelli why she preferred shopping at a farmers market. The answers…
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Post Kickstarter Activity!


I had two goals for our Kickstarter campaign.  They were equal in priority because both were, and are, necessary for our success.  Goal one was short term: raise the necessary funds to open the doors…
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Positano 2008 – My Food Philosophy

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This is a picture of me in 2008 walking the streets (steps) of Positano, Italy. This is the trip I was on when  I decided to start my food business.  In this part of the…
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Holiday Recipe Ideas: Petit Fours

Petit Fours

Petit Fours are small cakes.  The name literally translates to “small oven” which refers to the manner in which they were prepared in the 18th century when they originated in France. They were baked in…
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New Year Recipe Ideas: Tuna Pasta Salad with Orecchiette

Tuna Salad

The secret to the success of any recipe lies in the quality of the ingredients used.  There is probably no ingredient that this is more true with than canned tuna.  I was fortunate enough to…
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Holiday Recipe Ideas: Potato Crisps with Romesco Sauce

Potato Crisps with Romesco and Basil

Romesco is a nut and red pepper-based sauce from Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. It is typically made from any mixture of roasted or raw almonds, pine nuts, and/or hazelnuts, roasted garlic, olive or sunflower oil, and…
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Holiday Recipe Ideas: Spinach with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Lemon Gremolata

Spinach w/ Raisins, Pinenuts, and Lemon Gremolata

The two types of recipes I’m asked for the most around the Holidays? Hands down!!!!- vegetable side dishes and appetizers.  This post is one of my favorite side dishes (I LOVE SPINACH!) and the next…
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Trip Log: France/Spain October 2014

Italian Merry Go Round - Toulouse, France

This is my blog first entry documenting our recent trip to Spain.  My husband Mark and I booked our plane tickets 2 years ago – cashing in on some miles that were about to expire….
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Holiday Recipe Ideas: Chicken, Leek, and Mushroom Pasties

Appetizer Pasties

The one thing that MUST be done before the Holidays begin?  Make an appetizer/entrée to have on hand throughout the season.  Pasties are perfect for this.  They freeze beautifully and everyone loves them.  I grew…
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Holiday Recipe Ideas: Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Maple Pecans


                                  Let’s combine some of our favorite Holiday ingredients into a wonderful and colorful side dish. Bright green Brussels…
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Fall Vegetable Pasta on Fox 9 Buzz

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Burrata is a fresh mozzarella that is stretched, filled with shreds of fresh mozzarella and cream, then formed into a ball. This amazing cheese recently started showing up in stores in Minneapolis. This is one…
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Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki and Naan

Chicken Gyros

  This morning I bought  freshly picked cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and herbs at the Minneapolis Farmers Market.  When I came home I put this sandwich on the menu.  Every culture has a signature…
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Pistachio Chicken on Fox 9 Buzz


The highlight of my week?  I did a really  fun demo on Fox 9 The Buzz..  I made Pistachio Encrusted Chicken Medallions with Mango Salsa and chatted with Anchor Tom Butler.  Ross Svebeck, who put…
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Food + Film Party


We are so proud to be participating in the Food + Film Party on April 6th. This is a part of the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society’s International Film Fest.  The festival runs from April…
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Heavy Table Article


An Interview with Laura Bonicelli of Bonicelli Fresh Meal Delivery Bonicelli Fresh Meal Delivery This post is sponsored by Bonicelli Fresh Meal Delivery and was written by Sarah Fisher. Even though we like good food, we don’t…
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Making Babyfood for Rex


   And I thought baby food came from a jar!  Another food myth that I bought hook, line, and sinker  (fishing metaphor) in earlier years of my life.  Unfortunately, that was when I had my…
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Après Noël in Chicago


I have always thought about taking off after the Christmas festivities have died down.  Well, this is the year!  My husband Mark and I enjoyed time with the families and created a few new traditions…
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Pizza Fritta

Grape Pizza

This year, we are starting a new Christmas Eve tradition.  At the request of my son, we are doing “make your own” Pizza Fritta.  I am so excited about this! Everyone is a chef at…
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Cucumber Jalapeno and Strawberry Coconut Paletas


Perfect Summer Treat: Cool, sweet, and and even spicy! Paletas (Mexican ice pops) are a show stopper! I like to make these in small pops (ice-cube tray sized). They are a perfect small treat! Keep…
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Buckwheat Almond Flour Pancakes with Berry Pecan Topping


Make breakfast special: I am always trying to create recipes that take the wheat free crowd into account. The real goal is to have everyone love them – that’s the test and this recipe passes….
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Live at Mpls. Farmer’s Market


On July 3rd I will be Cooking With Italian Style @ the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. Please come! I start at 10:30 and will be using market ingredients and sharing food and my recipe. Thanks MFM!…
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Asparagus Bundles


  Here in Minnesota, we are still emerging from the deprivation of winter. This year seemed like it was simply not going to end. Well, Spring and Summer are finally here! The farmer’s markets are…
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Star Thrower Lambing

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Many thanks to Star Thrower Farm for including me, my husband Mark (our photographer), and my staff and friends to take part in a weekend of lambing. I’m not sure exactly how many, but at…
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Squash pancakes with Apple Maple Syrup Sauce


These pancakes are the culinary equivalent of “Fall” to me. I always pair them with my Apple Maple Syrup Sauce. It has a touch of brandy and Minnesota maple syrup, which is the best! The…
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Coconut Curry Soup with Chicken

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Coconut Curry Soup with Chicken is delicious!  Don’t let the number of ingredients scare you – it’s worth the work and goes together fairly quickly.   Print Coconut Curry Soup with Chicken Author: Laura Bonicelli Recipe…
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Wild Rice Stuffed Mushroom Caps


Stuffed mushrooms make a great appetizer any time of year. In this recipe, the flavor of the wild rice (actually not a rice at all) and the chewiness of the short grain brown rice work…
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Broccoli Cauliflower Cheddar Soup

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Every cook needs several signature soups in their library. For fall and winter, this is one of my favorites. I keep frozen broccoli and cauliflower in my freezer just to be sure I can make…
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Oeufs en Cocotte

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This is more of a technique than a recipe. Oeufs en Cocotte was something I had in New York – years after my kids became adults. I stumbled across a Julie Child video and was…
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Poached Whole Salmon

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I  practiced on several smaller fish before I tackled (hee!) this 17 pound fish. One of the things I learned is that the larger the fish the less problem you have with bones because they…
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Making Mozzarella Part 2

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Enjoy the second video blog on how to make Mozzarella

Making Mozzarella Part 1

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Enjoy part one of a two part video blog on making homemade mozzarella. Print Making Mozzarella Part 1 Author: Laura Bonicelli Recipe type: Cheese Making Cuisine: Italian Prep time:  45 mins Cook time:  6 hours Total time:  6…
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Crepe Suzette


A classic french dessert! Print Crepe Suzette Author: Laura Bonicelli Recipe type: Dessert Cuisine: French   Enjoy the classic French dessert recipe Ingredients ¼ Cup Superfine Sugar 1 Orange ¼ Pound Unsalted Butter (chilled and cut in pieces)…
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Brutti ma Buoni

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There are many versions of this cookie. This one is a nutty Meringue cookie. I make them with a lot of different combinations and kinds of nuts, such as hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, pine nuts, and…
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