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Homemade Ricotta – Just do it!


Those near and dear to me know my predisposition to classic, simple ingredients and dishes. Ricotta cheese is one of those ingredients. I have been in love with ricotta cheese since my first taste of it as an ingredient layered into lasagna. Then I saw it shine as the star of ricotta pie from Maria’s Pastry in Boston’s […]

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Almost White Chili -Perfect for Cold Winter Nights

chili bowl

It’s no secret that I am slightly addicted to Pinterest.  It really allows me to use the web very efficiently. The dozen of cookbooks on my shelves are marginally ignored as I have been testing recipes found on Pinterest and adapting them to my tastes at a much more rapid rate. That said, the cookbooks do […]

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Lemon Risotto


My sister-in-law, Julienne, made a lovely lemony risotto this summer.The combination of Parmesan, lemon and tender rice is a wonderful accompaniment to a humble roast chicken or it can be elevated with pan roasted fish or shellfish. If there are any leftovers, they make great risotto cakes. For Meatless Monday, you could easily make this […]

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Green Posole Stoup


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


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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Harira – Hearty Meat Soup

Harira - Hearty Meat Soup

Our most recent April snow storm left me dreaming of harira, a wonderful dish of Moroccan origin often eaten during Ramadan. While we desperately need the moisture, these storms are a drag on the perennial hope for spring and summer. This recipe helps to shake off the last legs of winter and welcomes the warmer […]

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Meatless Monday: Red Lentil Dal

red lentils

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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Growing and Cooking Tomatillos plus two Salsa Recipes


Now that we have rounded the corner to spring (please, oh please!), it is time to start planning the garden, I think I want to get some Evermore artificial grass, and get help from the services of Landscaping near Yardley. Growing tomatillos is really easy and rewarding. They are very hardy, productive plants  and I’ve been […]

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One Pot Dinner: Ropa Vieja


This dish which originates from Cuba literally translated means “old clothes” which refers to the texture of the meat. This is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. It can easily be made on the stove as well. Cuban food isn’t spicy but it’s very savory. Sometimes I add just a 1/4 cup high quality […]

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One Pot Dinners: A New Way to Cook Pasta

Barr's Pasta Pot

I am not sure where this idea originated but I first saw it on Facebook then on Pinterest. I adpated my versions from Budget Bytes and it has literally changed the way I cook pasta. The key thing to note is that this procedure only works for dried spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine. What’s so wonderful about […]

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