Cauliflower Breadsticks

I’m a big cauliflower fan but I wasn’t always…I didn’t dislike it I just wasn’t enamored with it.  As a kid and young adult cauliflower in my world was served with a cheese sauce.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the combination but I always felt that the cauliflower on its own was oh so…

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Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Slow-roasted tomatoes are about the closest I’m ever going to get to sun-dried.  The ones available here are mass produced and to be honest, aren’t that appealing.  According to TLC, the practice of drying tomatoes for use throughout the winter began in Italy, where tomatoes were placed on the tile roofs of houses until the…

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Sausage Stuffed Mushroom Caps

There are oodles of recipes for stuffed mushrooms but most require too much cooking for my liking.  I want a simple yet mouth-watering appetizer to whip up while I chat to my friends.  Sausage and mushrooms are perfect companions and pair them with garlic and fennel…it becomes a snack your guests will find hard to…

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Baked Ricotta Dip

Fall might be just around the corner but this is a recipe that knows no seasons.  Ricotta is an Italian cheese that is made from the leftover milk whey from cheese and the name in Italian means recooked.  Ricotta cheese is so versatile. It’s perfect in savoury and sweet dishes. I’ve used it in lasagnas,…

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Polenta Sticks with Mozzarella and Salami

I love simple ingredients as they tend to work symbiotically to create great flavors. Less is more…I know this sounds cliché but it’s true and not just in the food world. The more ingredients you use the greater the risk of losing the essential flavor of your food. When the ingredients are good, they need…

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Baked Fontina Dip

I was on the train into the city and caught a glimpse into my future.  I spotted an elderly couple who were deep in conversation.  They looked so cute together; her silver hair was a bit disheveled and his white mane slicked back.  Both were in great shape.  He pulled out two books from his…

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Caprese Salad (insalata caprese)

caprese salad

Insalata caprese is a tomato and mozzarella salad from the island of Capri. This simple yet delicious Italian antipasto makes perfect use of local heirloom tomatoes which are available now in grocery stores and markets.  Extra-virgin olive oil highlights the sweetness of the heirloom tomatoes and is the only dressing needed. What makes this salad…

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Grilled Garlicky-Herbed Shrimp

Grilled, poached, fried, battered, roasted, sautéed, steamed – you name it I’ve tried it.  Shrimp are one of my favorite crustaceans, they take little time to cook and there are health benefits, too.  Shrimp is a nutritious alternative to meat proteins as it is low in calories and saturated fat.  It is an excellent source of…

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Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine

“Cooking food and presenting it beautifully is an act of servitude. It is a way of expressing affection through a gift… That we should aspire to produce perfectly finished and presented food is a symbol of a willing and enjoyable participation in servicing others. Food pornography exactly sustains these meanings relating to the preparation of…

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