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Spring Vegetables

Tweet You know it’s springtime when the local farmer’s market is filled with fresh veggies that only come around once a year. Hardly requiring a recipe, many only need to be cooked, dressed with extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt. These seasonal vegetables are here for a very short time … I […]

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Southern Greens

Tweet For generations, the American South has cooked up some mighty fine eating, but it’s more than fried foods and decadent desserts. Greens became a staple food when slaves utilized the tops of beets and turnips, discarded after harvest. Simmered in a pot of water with a piece of pork (ham hock or salt pork) […]

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Fricassea di Funghi

Tweet The only fricasee dish I can recall was with chicken in a wonderful lemon-y butter sauce. I only have mushrooms tonight so I thought I’d try and recreate that fricasse senza (without) the chicken. Mushrooms are fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in calories, yet they are nutrient rich in B-Vitamins (Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid). They […]

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Italian Sausage & Peppers

Tweet The ubiquitous sausage and peppers sandwich prevails at just about every Italian festival I’ve ever attended, including this past weekend’s Sicilian Festival in San Diego. It’s the quintessential street food with it’s rustic simplicity and rich and lusty flavors. The pairing of great tasting Italian sausage with the caramel sweetness of onions and peppers […]

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Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Tweet     The best thing about making these peppers is that you can enjoy them today, put some in the freezer and enjoy them even more on another day. I prepared them before I left on my Mother’s Day trip so Jack would have quick easy meals while I was away. I made a […]

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Eggs Nola (New Orleans La.)

Tweet Brunch is just about my favorite way to entertain. It’s both casual and elegant and when the weather is nice, it’s perfect for eating outdoors. Once, for a special birthday party I hosted, I even had a jazz trio entertain my guests. But, in my opinion, no one puts on a better jazz brunch […]

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Minestrone

Tweet The quintessential Italian vegetable soup! I have never made a casual  pot of  my minestrone. What do I mean by that? It’s simple really, each time I prepare this signature recipe, I do so with intention and purpose and a lot of love. This particular pot simmering on the stove today is more than […]

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Sicilian Caponata

Tweet   It is believed by some that this Sicilian antipasto originated with the local fisherman. Their caponata alla marinara made with seafood kept well because of the vinegar which acted as a preservative. Caponata is easy to prepare and keeps for at least a week (it’s always gone by then but I think it […]

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Roasted Red Peppers

Roasted Red Peppers

Tweet     Serve with toasted Bruschetta. These full-of-flavor peppers can also be used in omelettes, pannini and pasta. They are always in my refrigerator in the summer months when they’re less expensive and more locally available. It can be a fun family outing to visit a local farm where everyone gets to  pick their own. […]

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Potato, Leek & Gorgonzola Gratin

Potato, Leek & Gorgonzola Gratin

Tweet A gratin is usually topped with cheese and breadcrumbs to form a lightly browned and tasty crust. But I have found that a cream sauce with a bit of cheese creates the same delicious tasting results. ( I’ll save the carbs for my biscotti). Gratin also refers to the shallow oven-proof dish used to […]

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