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Eggs poached within avocado – – easy and delicious

This recipe is so straight forward and simple to utilize for a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  I put the finished avocado halves over a dressed salad for an easy healthy lunch.  One could use lime for squeezing and garnish with cilantro then serve over rice and/or beans. Maybe throw in some warm tortillas for […]

Roasted Fennel with Parmesan Crust

Ingredients 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4 fennel bulbs, cut horizontally or vertically into 1/3-inch thick slices, reserve the fronds Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan 1 lemon Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch glass […]

Late Winter Ragout with Pappardelle

Pappardelle is a wide noodle pasta which is very comforting with richer sauces. Perfect for fall or winter dining. Note: serves two healthy portions – – 4 smaller portions. Italians prefer to just “coat the pasta” with any sauce as the pasta is the star of the meal. If you want big portions of the […]

Salted Caramel Ice Cream – – a fall treat

The whipped cream folded into the dulce de leche creates a “cloud result” in the mouth when the ice cream is finished.  The saltiness is just perfectly paired with the sweetness of the caramel.  Everyone who tried this was asking for more! Notes: If you are making the dulce de leche yourself (highly recommended!) rather […]

Fall Mexican Butternut Squash Empanadas

The flavors of the fresh produce make their way into this slightly spicy, and smoky empanada.  The flaky crust holds the delicious stuffed filling so nicely. Topped with the Mexican crema and crisp/slightly-tart green tomato salsa, this dish is a pleaser. Ingredients 6 Empanada Wrappers (store bought or can sometimes be purchased at Mexican restaurants) […]

Soy & Vinegar Glazed Chicken

This recipe is so easy and yet the results reflect more effort… Never a bad thing!  The sauce is absolutely delicious. I served this most recently over Basmati rice to which I “yellowed” with a bit of turmeric. Just before serving, sweet peas were folded in for a brightness in color. INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon vegetable […]

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

If your family is Italian too, then you’ve experienced this dish. Possibly Nonna in the cucina (kitchen) working diligently to satisfy the family’s hunger for comforting food.  The word gnocchi in Italian means dumplings. Gnocchi lightly tossed in homemade pesto and finished with a grating of Parmigiano and torn basil leaves. INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 pounds […]

An amazing farro salad… thank you Charlie Bird’s in SOHO

Charlie Bird’s, a restaurant in SOHO (New York City) makes a delicious salad. It was published in the NY Times. We tried it and found the idea of cooking the farro in vinegar to be incredibly good. It added so much depth to the salad experience.  The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of chopped […]

No more dry chicken breasts? Yes… Poach them!

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds boneless/skinless chicken breasts 3 cups (or more  if needed) Black Peppercorns Optional aromatics:  sliced lemon, carrot/celery, onion, thyme, rosemary, etc. Bring Chicken Stock to a boil over high heat in a saucepan just large enough to hold 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves in one layer; add […]

Ratatouille – – putting summer veggies to good use

Ratatouille is a traditional French Provençal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice. Ratatouille is popular among the entire Mediterranean coast as an easy summer dish. Ratatouille is eaten in so many different ways. Eat it in a bowl, warm or room-temperature, toss with a favorite pasta, or spread on crackers or crostini!     Ingredients 1/4 […]

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