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Insalata Caprese

Tweet TheĀ Isle of Capri, Italy, situated in the Bay of Napoli, is probably most noted for the Grotta Azzurra, (Blue Grotto) a sea cave that is filled with a brilliant blue light. I was lucky enough to visit this magical place before it became the tourist attraction it is today. If you climb the long […]

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Lasagna Summer Salad

Lasagna Summer Salad

Tweet This salad has the taste of summer written all over it! Vine-ripened, sweet, juicy tomatoes, fresh ricotta and a simple light basil pesto transform the traditional hearty lasagna. Okay, it’s not really lasagna but, I did use lasagna noodles. The pasta is layered with mozzarella and ricotta (same as lasagna) but, in place of […]

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Fennel Salad with Creamy Dressing

Tweet Called finocchio in Italian, fennel has a mild, sweet aroma and a taste reminiscent of black licorice. Quite often it is simply eaten raw, thinly sliced with a bit of sea salt. The crunchy bite of fennel pairs perfectly with the creamy dressing for this salad (which can also be used to make coleslaw […]

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Arugula Salad with Warm Balsamic Dressing

Tweet Whether you call it arugula, rucola or rocket, this wild peppery plant has grown in the Mediterranean since Roman times. Rucola, the Italian name, is an edible herb and is as common place to Italians as basil and parsley. This nutritious green, high in vitamin-K and folic acid, can be used in appetizers, such […]

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Fresh Herbs & Citrus Chicken

Tweet Fresh herbs and citrus infuse the chicken with their bright and robust flavors. This recipe utilizes both the zest and the juice of oranges and lemons. By first, marinating (for several hours) the chicken thighs in the fruit juices and then coating them with the zest and fresh chopped herbs, you’ll end up with […]

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Tortellini Salad with Red Pepper Hummus Vinaigrette

Tweet This boldly flavored warm pasta salad is a crowd-pleaser and a great dish to bring to a pot-luck. The Kalamata olives compliment the red pepper hummus and for more of a Greek taste, add the optional feta cheese and use a Greek olive oil. Store-bought tortellini and a dressing quickly made from hummus will […]

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Lemony Chickpea & Asparagus Salad

Lemony Chickpea & Asparagus Salad

Tweet This fresh tasting, with a burst-of-lemon, salad is picnic-perfect. The star of this dish is the Mediterranean staple known as ceci in Italian or you may know it as garbanzo beans. They are rich in calcium and excellent sources of protein and fiber. I always have cans of this versatile legume on hand for […]

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Orzo Chicken & Fruit Salad

Tweet Whether it’s a simple meal for game night, a light lunch with the girls or the solution to what to bring to a potluck pool-party, this orzo salad works every time. Cook the orzo first and let it chill in the refrigerator while you prep the other ingredients. I usually poach the chicken but, […]

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Sardine & Fennel Salad

Tweet Sardines, these oily-rich, small, silvery, saltwater fish, are named after the Italian island, Sardinia. The soft-bone fish is considered to be at the bottom of the aquatic food chain, as they only eat plankton. This means they don’t have the heavy metal toxicity levels, such as, mercury, found in larger fish. Sardines are a […]

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Grilled Vegetable Salad

Tweet Grilled seasonal vegetables are the foundation of many of my spring and summer-time meals. It might be one special vegetable, such as carciofi alle brache, two or three different vegetables layered with ricotta into colorful stacks or an entire platter of my favorites served warm with a balsamic vinaigrette as shown here. The vegetables […]

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