Cooking with Nick Stellino

Nick Stellino is an Italian American chef. Each episode opens with Nick visiting some of his favourite grocers, butchers, cheese makers and fishmongers. While on location, he happily shares his tips and tricks for selecting the ideal ingredients and the best culinary tools for the everyday cook. After each shopping trip, Nick returns to his sparkling set, modelled after his own home kitchen. With the home cook in mind, he prepares elegant yet easily recreated recipes — from savoury soups to authentic pasta and rice dishes to delectable desserts — in a step-by-step fashion. With his signature charm, warmth and humour, he also shares easy plating techniques and other professional tips to help viewers turn their homes into their favourite restaurant.

Wondering how to select the perfect piece of Provolone? What’s the best technique for slicing a bell pepper? Which variety of Arugula should you select to get just the right peppery bite in your salad? Join Nick as he guides viewers in creating restaurant quality meals in the comfort of their own kitchen in his new 13-part series.

This week: Episode 8 – A Shrimp Feast

Nick visits the fish monger and guides the viewer though a series of tips and techniques on how to make incredibly flavorful shrimp recipes which are fool proof and look and taste like a million dollars. Chef Stellino prepares Shrimp with Garbanzo Beans, Arugula & Sun-dried Tomatoes in a Chardonnay Sauce and a Salad with Shrimp, Watermelon & Goat Cheese.

Episode 7 – The Ultimate Steak Dinner

Nick visits the butcher and the pear orchard and prepares New York Steak with Vodka Martini Sauce and Pears in Marsala Wine Sauce.

Episode 6 – Luscious Soups

A soup can be a form of art! Chef Stellino shares his secrets for the perfect soups, smooth, luscious and elegant. Nick visits the green grocer and prepares Butternut Squash Soup topped with Peppers, Arugula & Spicy Sausage and a Pea Soup topped with Peppers & Shrimp.

Episode 5– Seafood Made Simple

A great dish does not have to be difficult to make in order to taste great! Fresh ingredients and simple techniques are at the core of these fabulously, delicious recipes. Chef Stellino visits the green grocer and prepares Grilled Shrimp with Stewed Peppers and a Salad with Tuna, Tomatoes, Olives & Capers.

Episode 4 – It’s all about Pasta!

Chef Stellino makes traditional Italian pasta dishes with the elegance and panache. Nick visits the butcher and the cheese monger and prepares Pasta with Sausage & Butternut Squash and Pasta with Sweet Sausage Ragu.

Episode 3 – Black Cod & Sautéed Green Beans

Nick visits the fish monger and the P-Patch and prepares Black Cod with Mango & Ginger Sauce and Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic

Episode 2 – Pork Chop & Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Nick visits the butcher shop and the chicken coop and prepares Pork Chops with Apple & Whiskey Sauce and a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake that will rekindle your memory and seduce your palate.

Episode 1 – Delicious Chicken Dinner

Nick visits the cheese monger and the P-Patch and prepares Chicken Provolone with Tomato Sauce and a Salad with Spinach, Arugula & Shallots. Old school recipes made simple for today’s busy home chefs.

Recipes:

Still to come

Episode 9 – Elegant Veal Chops & a Delectable Cheesecake

Cooking the perfect chop and preparing the ultimate sauce with port and Gorgonzola is a easy as 1-2-3! Making the perfect dessert is even easier. Nick visits the cheese monger and the butcher and prepares Veal Chops with Port & Gorgonzola and a Ricotta Cheesecake with Coffee & Chocolate.

Episode 10 – A Sicilian Meatloaf & Cake with Rum Sauce

Meatloaf when done right can be a work of art, something worthy of the finest restaurant. Chef Stellino re-interprets a fabulous Sicilian recipe from his youth and prepares a Sicilian Stuffed Meatloaf. Then seals the deal with an incredible chocolate butter cake, dripping with the most luscious and buttery rum sauce…. Oh what a life!!!

Episode 11 – Nick’s Favorite Pasta & Strawberry Dessert

Nick visits the P-Patch to talk about tomatoes and prepares his favorite pasta dish from his youth, Rigatoni with Bolognese Ragu. Then shares the simple techniques of making a luxurious dessert, Strawberries with Zabaglione & Orange Liqueur.

Episode 12 – Halibut with a Kick & Aristocratic Risotto

Chef Stellino is all about the details of simple techniques and his teaching style shines with brilliance in this Episode , inspiring people to enjoy life with fabulous recipes and simple techniques. Nick visits the fish monger and the green grocer and prepares Halibut with Tequila & Jalapeño Pepper Sauce and Risotto with Zucchini, Goat Cheese & Prosciutto.

Episode 13 – Espresso Ribeye & Fried Green Tomatoes

Sometime in life, the most unexpected combination of flavors creates true culinary masterpieces. In this Episode Chef Stellino does just that, a magic rub containing espresso turns a great steak into a work of art. Then Nick teaches us how to create a southern favorite, Fried Green Tomatoes.

This week's episode

 Episode 8 – A Shrimp Feast

Nick visits the fish monger and guides the viewer though a series of tips and techniques on how to make incredibly flavorful shrimp recipes which are fool proof and look and taste like a million dollars. Chef Stellino prepares Shrimp with Garbanzo Beans, Arugula & Sun-dried Tomatoes in a Chardonnay Sauce and a Salad with Shrimp, Watermelon & Goat Cheese.