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Homemade Mascarpone

Tweet Requiring only two ingredients, a candy thermometer, some cheesecloth and a bit of patience is all that is needed to make your own mascarpone. This milky-white, super smooth, soft Italian cheese has a rich, slightly sweet buttery flavor. I use it in both savory and sweet dishes. It is the ingredient that adds a […]

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Light Basil Pesto

Tweet Pesto is an Italian sauce that is a specialty of Genoa, Italy. It is never cooked (or heated for that matter) and is made with fresh basil, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and cheese. Pesto’s primary purpose (and only purpose if you ask a Genovese) is to sauce pasta. Purists will tell you […]

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Tweet Traditionally, hummus consists of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini (ground sesame seeds), olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. The beauty of the basic recipe is that you can change it up by adding a red bell pepper or substitute another vegetable, such as, artichoke or eggplant for example. I find raw garlic to be […]

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Roasted Garlic lemon Cream

Tweet Some days it is just too darn hot to cook. This is especially true if you live in the Grand Canyon state of Arizona! So, standing in front of the refrigerator with the door wide open, I stare at the contents looking for inspiration. My first thought was to make a no-cook pasta sauce […]

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Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic

Tweet I prefer to use roasted garlic in dishes when I want a more mellow, slightly sweet garlic flavor. This is particularly true in those recipes that do not get cooked, such as, hummus, certain salad dressings and sauces. Roasting garlic is super simple and can be used in various ways, such as, adding it […]

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Giardiniera

Tweet The Italian giardiniera, pronounced jar-dih-NAIR-ah, means from the garden and is a classic combination of vegetables. Cauliflower, red bell peppers, carrots, celery and serrano chili peppers are mixed and marinated in a mixture of vinegar, olive oil and seasonings. Giardiniera, a common term for pickled foods, has graced many antipasti platters, but, if you’d […]

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Orange Marmalade

Tweet I feel quite blessed to have several citrus trees in the yard. There is one prolific lemon tree directly out the kitchen french doors, literally within arms reach, bearing an abundance of fruit. I have a pair of grapefruit, three oranges and a lime tree, that although it looks pretty, has never produced a […]

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Better than Nutella Chocolate Spread

Tweet I have made several attempts over the years to come up with a chocolate spread that I feel is worthy of sharing. The flavor was always great, rather it was the texture I had issues with. No matter how much I ground the nuts (even in a Vita-mix) the results were on the grainy […]

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Cranberry Vinaigrette

Tweet Fresh cranberries are in season from late October until early winter. They can be stored in the refrigerator for a month or so but, do not wash until you are ready to use. This tangy-sweet dressing will add pizzazz to tender lettuces, pairs well with poultry and pork and turns your leftover holiday turkey […]

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tweet As a rule, I only dress salad greens and vegetables with extra-virgin olive oil, a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, a sprinkling of sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper. However, there are times when a vinaigrette is in order. Oil and water don’t mix, so the proverb goes, and something […]

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