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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Eggplant Bruschetta

Tweet There are endless possibilities when it comes to making bruschette (plural). For me, it’s a matter of what ingredients I have on hand. Bruschette are terrific any time of the day or night and can be a quick breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. Whether I’m making a single serving or enough to feed a crowd, I always […]

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Arancine

Tweet Arancine, meaning “little oranges” in Italian, is a popular Sicilian specialty. This savory snack is a saffron-scented rice ball with a meat filling, breadcrumb coating and is fried to golden perfection. This is Sicilian street food at its finest! Using extra-virgin olive oil and frying at a constant 375* is the secret to this […]

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Lemon & Rosemary Roasted Cece

Tweet Cece is the Italian name but, you may know this lovely legume by chickpeas or garbanzo beans. I always have cans at hand for hummus, salads and snacks, as well as a bag or two of the dried seeds. If you are only familiar with the canned variety, try cooking them up from their […]

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Baked Broccoli Frittata

Tweet This is an easy frittata to put together and can be prepared in advance. For a simple breakfast or brunch, I cut them into squares and set them out with a platter of jam-y fig and ricotta bruschette and fresh fennel and orange salad. The frittata reheats nicely too and paired with a cappuccino […]

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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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Spinach Ricotta Fritters

Tweet Fritters are essentially a mixture of ingredients that are either pan-fried or deep-fried. They can be breaded or battered and contain just about anything such as, fruit (apple fritters), vegetables (corn fritters) or a combination of rice and cheese, meat or seafood (arancini). There are also plain fritters that contain nothing at all and […]

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Salame Dolce

Tweet Italians, as a rule, do not eat dessert after a meal, choosing perhaps a piece of fruit instead. However, it is a well-known fact that we find time “between” meals to satisfy our sweet tooth. Biscotti may accompany the morning cappuccino as well as the evening espresso and any time is the right time […]

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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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Jam-y Fig & Ricotta Bruschette with Crispy Prosciutto

Tweet This is another example reminding us that food does not have to be complicated to be good. A perfect bite of slightly-sweet fig jam smeared on grilled rustic bread and topped with luscious, creamy ricotta with crispy Prosciutto is good fast food. Enjoy as a light breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack for one or […]

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