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Best Ever Citrus Cake

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My dog-eared copy of Patricia Well‘s Bistro Cooking is broken in the spine at the page for her near perfect Gateau au Citron. I’ve made this cake so many times I shouldn’t have to look at the recipe, but it’s there, like a nice security blanket, reassuring me with all the adaptations I’ve made through […]

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Green Posole Stoup

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If you like corn tortillas or grits then you will likely adore posole. Posole is the pre-Hispanic name for what we know as hominy – which is derived from an Native American word for “prepared maize”. Posole is also known as a stew which can feature chicken or meat, commonly pork. I love hominy. Usually […]

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One Pot Lasagne with Malfadine Pasta

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There are many ways to make lasagna. By far my new favorite is made with Malfadine (or maflade) noodles and it isn’t layered. This recipe makes lasagne doable on a weeknight. Mafladine isn’t easy to find so I ordered mine on Amazon. These short malfindi pictured would be perfect but I have yet to find […]

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Meatless Monday: Red Lentil Dal

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I have made many dals, they are a key part of the vegan detox that I do a few times a year. To my understanding, dal is a staple in most Indian households and just like curry blends, each cook has his/her own variation with endless possibilities. Dal is usually made from yellow or red lentils seasoned […]

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Ricotta Gnocchi for Beginners

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Marco keeps a list of recipes that he would like me to make on our fridge. Ricotta gnocchi, a recipe I learned to make in Sicily, is one of Marco’s absolute favorites. Homemade gnocchi is very easy to make once you get the hang of it. To get little gnocchi pillows, it requires a gentle, […]

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Meatless Monday: Zucchini and Chickpea Couscous

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It is that time of year when zucchini is very abundant. One of the many nice things about zucchini is its versatility. It can be made into cakes and cookies and it can be used in countless savory recipes. Always trying to pump up the vegetable consumption in this house, I added some sauteed onion, […]

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Gluten-Free? Soups and stews for you!

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In recognition of Celiac Disease Awareness Month, we would like to bring some attention to some folks doing great work for those living a gluten-free lifestyle. A few weeks back, I picked up a frozen Kettle Cuisine soup for a friend who was sick with a yucky head cold.  I did not have the time […]

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Moroccan Spiced Swordfish with Three Grain Salad

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This was an easy, wonderful dinner. I bought the Tan Tan spice mixture from Savory Spice shop. They were inspired by ras el hanout which is a blend of any type of toasted spices specific to Morrocco. I simply rubbed it on the swordfish and grilled it. The results were fantastic! I paired it with […]

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Time for Tea, Assam

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I have been loving Assam tea since my Boston restaurant days.  One of my servers took a trip to England and brought me back a box of Harvey Nichols Assam tea.  It has been stocked in my pantry ever since. Assam tea is a black tea harvested in the foothills of the Himalayas in Assam […]

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Mommy’s Time Out

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On Friday night, flavorista Julie brought a fun bottle of wine for dinner.  I laughed out loud when I saw the label: Mommy’s Time Out Pinot Grigio.  Very reasonably priced at $10/bottle, this Italian wine is light and simple, a perfect aperatif wine.  Now you know what to bring to the next “Girls Night In.”

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