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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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Creamy Baked Ricotta

Tweet Luscious, creamy and rich-tasting baked ricotta is delicious on its own but, paired with your favorite vegetables, it’s even better. My favorites are (front to back) sauteed kale with garlic, roasted cherry tomatoes and lemon-roasted broccolini. Serve with bruschette for an easy appetizer or side dish.  Add a soup and/or salad and call it a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Crustless Ricotta Torte

Tweet I use fresh ricotta in many of my recipes; from pancakes, bruschette and gnocchi to cookies, pudding and pie, Some dishes such as lasagne and cannoli, are rich and flavorful, while others such as fresh ricotta sauce and ricotta al caffe are light and satisfying. This ricotta torte is in the latter category. Baked […]

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Grilled Vegetable Antipasto

Tweet Grilled eggplant and zucchini are layered with just enough ricotta to add a subtle creaminess with very little fat. Packed in individual ramekins, these colorful stacks make for a stunning first course, a healthy addition to brunch or paired with a salad, a satisfying light lunch.     Ingredients: 1 tomato 1 zucchini 1/2 […]

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