The Ultimate Sacrifice: The Story of St. Valentine

st-valentineBy Alberto Macchione

We give our loved ones cards and chocolates each year to mark the international day of Romance, St Valentine’s Day, February 14th. But who is Saint Valentine and what did he do?

There is much conjecture about whether there are two or three Saint Valentine’s or whether they are in the fact the same person.

‘THE” Saint Valentine however is known to be a Roman Priest who existed under the reign of Emperor Claudius II in the 3rd Century AD and day was declared as St. Valentine’s Day by Pope Gelasius I in the 5th Century AD.

Rome was amidst heavy engagement in all directions. The Romans were waging civil war in Milan and several threats existed from the Goths while attacks were being waged in the west against the Gallic Empire. [Read more…]

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AROMA Pierogis—A Pittsburgh Inspired Dinner

Screen Shot 2016-01-30 at 8.45.33 AMWant to show your loved ones a little Pittsburgh style amore this Valentine’s day? Then I suggest that you cook them this Steel City inspired dinner, AROMA Pierogis.

Let’s face it, Pittsburghers enjoy their pierogis. What’s not to love about these tender dumplings? Dough (pasta like) wrapped around a delicious sweet or savory filling.  The dumplings are boiled and pan fried with a little butter.

AROMA Pierogis are a twist on the traditional method of eating these tasty treats. By adding the AROMA Italian Seasoning and some grated Italian cheese, the pierogis become transformed into a hybrid dish. An Eastern European –Italian cheesy garlic bread melt in your mouth kind of dish. It is a perfect representation of what Pittsburgh has become, a blending of old school foods and the new adaptations on these dishes.

Yes, our city is that awesome! [Read more…]

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Celebrity House For sale: Sylvester Stallone’s Knockout California Villa

Golden Globe-winning actor Sylvester Stallone of “Rocky” fame has listed his stunning California villa for sale, according to Realtor.com. The 2016 Oscar nominee — for “Creed” — is taking a hit on the price, having bought the home in 2010 for a reported $4.5 million.

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Aroma Spaghetti Squash and Eggs

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A new year has begun and the way I look at it, it’s a great opportunity to cook some new and wonderful foods.  January also is the perfect time to explore some of the hearty squashes that are available at the grocery stores.

Spaghetti Squash is a delightful and robust winter vegetable that can be easily cooked in a variety of ways. It has a mild flavor and makes it the perfect accompaniment for so many sauces.

I am partial to oven roasted spaghetti squash. The sweetness and nutty flavors really are brought out when prepared this way. Once the squash is cooled, the insides are scooped out and the strands resemble noodles, hence the name spaghetti squash.

One way to serve this squash is this new recipe: AROMA Spaghetti Squash and Eggs. This is a gluten free, carb free alternative to the traditional Italian Peasant dish of Spaghetti and Eggs.

Start with some cooked spaghetti squash, for a simple oven roasted recipe follow these directions see below. [Read more…]

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