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Delicata Squash

Tweet I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve ever made this squash. Last month my husband and I made a trip to our cabin in the California Sierras. We were enjoying our “little piece of heaven” when we realized we were not alone! A chipmunk (not sure if it was Chip or Dale) […]

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Holiday Brussels Sprouts

Tweet I really like Brussels sprouts. I enjoy them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I realize not everyone is a fan of this healthy cruciferous vegetable and most folks either love them or hate them. If your mom (or whomever did the cooking) prepared stinky, smelly, nasty-tasting Brussels sprouts, don’t blame the pint-size vegetable … […]

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Lemon Roasted Broccolini

Tweet Broccolini, sometimes referred to as baby broccoli, is a hybrid that has thinner stalks and a slightly sweeter taste than broccoli. If I am only cooking a small amount, I will use a saute pan on top of the stove but, if I’m feeding a crowd (holidays are upon us), using a sheet pan […]

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Oven-Fried Zucchini

Tweet We eat a ton of vegetables in this house. Most of the time these vegetables are roasted, grilled, sauteed, marinated and eaten raw but, every now and then, they get fried. I cook zucchini this way when I want to serve it as a side dish, offer it for breakfast in place of potatoes […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash

Tweet Hard winter squashes, such as butternut, hubbard and spaghetti squash, make their seasonal appearance as early as October, just in time to grace our tables for the holidays, and linger around for the winter. Their quirky shapes and strange markings may be rather intimidating to some, but are actually very simple to prepare. The […]

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Farro Vegetable Salad

Tweet Emmer wheat, called farro in Italian, is a nutritious grain with a distinctive nutty flavor and chewy texture. Farro is low in fat, high in protein and rich in magnesium and B-vitamins. This dish was the result of rummaging through the pantry and the refrigerator to come up with a quick one dish meal. […]

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Blood Orange Citrus Caprese

Tweet Winter in Sicily is all about the citrus; Oranges, lemons, grapefruit, kumquats, tangerines and citron. The entire island is covered with citrus trees filling the air with their intoxicating fragrance. These winter fruits are perfect plucked right from the tree–no utensils needed. Of course, you ┬ámay also turn them into marmalade and preserves, squeeze […]

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Balsamic Beets with Gorgonzola

Tweet Beets, native to the Mediterranean, are an excellent source of nutrients and minerals. Both the fleshy root and the greens are edible. Although they are not the prettiest vegetable in the garden, beets possess an earthy sweetness that once peeled, can be used raw (grated into salads) or cooked. This simple method of roasting […]

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Cauliflower with Crispy Crumbs

Tweet I enjoy all sorts of vegetables, but cauliflower is one of my favorites. As a child, my siblings and I were introduced to this cruciferous vegetable with my mother’s Macaroni and Cauliflower soup. I use this healthy, versatile, vegetable in a myriad of ways. I make a tangy lemon and caper cauliflower that can […]

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Heirloom Roasted Carrots

Tweet Heirloom plant species, be they flowers, fruits or vegetables are grown from seeds that are passed down from generation to generation. Grown from seeds that are at least fifty years old, these heirloom beauties use traditional techniques and rely on natural pollination (insects and wind). Not only do the heirloom varieties look different from […]

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