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Roasted Crunchy Cece (Chickpeas)

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  The tradition of nibbling on salty snacks while sipping a glass of wine or aperitivo (cocktail) and sharing a plate of appetizers with friends is not a recent phenomenon.…

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle Tart

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  I have been making this tart since 1990 and it’s no coincidence that it is the same year Alice Medrich’s cookbook, Cocolat, came out. For those of you who…

Osso Bucco

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  This slowly braised, melts-in-your-mouth tender and falls off the bone with very little persuasion dish, is one of my favorites. The original version was seasoned with cinnamon, allspice and…

Baked Stuffed Pear & Gorgonzola Salad

  Gorgonzola is a straw-white soft cheese with greenish streaks. It’s derived from a process called “erborinatura”, in Italian, meaning creation of molds. This is an ancient cheese and was…

Stuffed Eggplant Stacks

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  This recipe started out as zucchini and ricotta fritters. Well, I have to tell you, it was more like fritter failure because the almond flour I used in the…

Carrot Cake Muffins

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  With the exception of sugar beets, carrots have more sugar than any other vegetable. During the Middle Ages, when sweeteners were scarce and expensive, Europeans used carrots to add…

EspressO’s

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  Did you know that Oreo was the best-selling cookie of the 20th century? They have sold over 461 billion (with a “B”) Oreo cookies since they were introduced 100…

Roasted Mashed Cauliflower

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  I love how sweet cauliflower gets when it’s roasted. Quite a different taste from a flowerette on a crudite platter. I’m not a fan of this vegetable in its…

Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

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  You might not recognize this salad the way it’s presented. I certainly didn’t when it was served to me at a fine restaurant in Las Vegas. I ordered insalata…

Bell Peppers and Eggs

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  My mother was not a huge fan of fish, so our meals during Lent consisted of vegetables, beans and legumes and of course pasta. The meal that I associate…

Fillet of Sole with Marsala Sauce

  I use Marsala in many of my dishes. This rich and velvety sauce is one of the easiest to prepare and is a delicious compliment to the delicate fillets.…

Lent

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  Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras,  marks the first day of Lent. For Christians around the world, it is a time of prayer and penance, fasting and abstinence, reflection…
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