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Roasted Baby Eggplant

Tweet Roasted, stuffed, grilled and fried, are just some of the methods Italians (particularly southern Italians and Sicilians) use to turn this versatile vegetable into a vast variety of dishes. The smaller, baby eggplants of summer are the perfect side-dish for picnics and potlucks or simply to enjoy al fresco at home. Our recent trip […]

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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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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Soup with Crostini

Tweet Who among us doesn’t love soup? It warms our bodies from the inside out on cold chilly days and it soothes our souls when we’re in need of a bit of comforting. Even if you are not a huge fan of Brussels sprouts, I encourage you to give this recipe a try. The tiny […]

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Macaroni and Peas

Tweet When I was growing up, we called “all” pasta maccherone, regardless of its shape. My grandmother made this particular recipe with spaghetti and canned peas. I use orecchiette instead of long pasta (strands), because it captures the tiny peas perfectly. I also prefer to use frozen peas rather than canned because I think they […]

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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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Farro with Roasted Butternut Squash & Fried Sage Leaves

Tweet Farro is an ancient grain with a delicious, nutty flavor and chewy texture. Butternut squash is a hard winter vegetable and when roasted has a sweet flavor similar to that of a yam or sweet potato. Now add fresh, fried sage leaves with its warm, subtle, earthy essence and you have a delicious dish […]

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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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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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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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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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