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Appetizers

Antipasti Platter: Mix and Match These 4 Appetizers

Consider these Italian tapas: appetizers before a full meal or delicious snacks for an intimate cocktail party.

Martini Party Penguins

Martini Party Penguins

These will brighten up any cocktail party.

Chard Stuffed with Risotto and Mozzarella

Chard Stuffed with Risotto and Mozzarella

Guests at our house said this was one of their favorites.

Tzatziki (Greek Dip)

Tzatziki (Greek Dip)

This Greek dip is healthier and less fattening than sour cream based dips, but tastes just as good, if not better.

Carol’s Cheesy Fig Delights

Carol’s Cheesy Fig Delights

This appetizer couldn’t be any easier to make, especially if you allow your guests to make their own.

Best Super Bowl App: AI (Asian-Italian) Chicken Wings

Best Super Bowl App: AI (Asian-Italian) Chicken Wings

Here’s something different and guaranteed to be addictive.

Shrimp Saute, “Fresh From Maine”

Shrimp Saute, “Fresh From Maine”

Here’s a simple and delicious way to cook shrimp, perfect for a quick weeknight supper but also impressive for a special occassion.

Healthy Green Gazpacho Soup

Healthy Green Gazpacho Soup

I created this recipe after tasting green gazpacho soup for the first time last month.

Giant Peruvian Lima Bean Soup (From Taranta Restaurant in Boston’s North End)

This soup is easy to make and guaranteed to make you healthy.

Tuscan-Style Fried Sage Leaves

Tuscan-Style Fried Sage Leaves

The light batter is reminiscent of tempura: another example of the similarities between Asian and Italian cuisine.

Caponata, aka: Sweet and Sour Eggplant

Caponata, aka: Sweet and Sour Eggplant

This is delicious by itself as a side dish or when mixed with pasta.

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers The Way My Mother Made Them

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers The Way My Mother Made Them

Light, crisp, delicate and delicious.

The Best French Onion Soup Recipe

The Best French Onion Soup Recipe

French cooking doesn’t have to be complicated as evidenced by this simple to follow recipe for a classic soup.

Guacamole

Guacamole

Fresh guacamole is much better than store-bought and it’s pretty easy to make.

Pub Kettle Chips

Pub Kettle Chips

These would go great with watching a football game or just watching the snow fall.

Homemade Hummus and Pita Chips

Homemade Hummus and Pita Chips

Why would anyone make their own hummus when it’s readily available at most supermarkets? Because the homemade is that much better. Trust me.

Mushrooms Stuffed With Nepitella Pesto

Mushrooms Stuffed With Nepitella Pesto

Nepitella is a cross between basil and mint and pairs perfectly with mushrooms.

10-Minute Crostini

10-Minute Crostini

This is super easy, super fast, and so good.

Stracciatella Soup

Stracciatella Soup

This is also called, “Roman Egg Drop Soup.”

Pumpkin Gnocchi in an Almond Cream Sauce

Pumpkin Gnocchi in an Almond Cream Sauce

This is a sweet, savory, gooey piece of heaven.

Patata Ball In Tomato Sauce

Patata Ball In Tomato Sauce

This makes a great first course or can be served as a side dish.

Tomatoes Stuffed With Pasta Salad

Tomatoes Stuffed With Pasta Salad

Another vegetarian delicacy from Southern France.

Cantaloupe Gazpacho With Crispy Prosciutto

Cantaloupe Gazpacho With Crispy Prosciutto

Instead of serving cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto for a first course, try this.

Parmesan Basket With Risotto or Rice

Parmesan Basket With Risotto or Rice

This is sure to impress your guests. It’s easy and quick to make, but don’t tell them that.

Easy Sunday Morning Popovers

Easy Sunday Morning Popovers

If you have 30 minutes before the gang wakes up, try this easy popover recipe.

What Do You Do With Watermelon Radishes?

What Do You Do With Watermelon Radishes?

Slice, dip, eat. Repeat.

Best Lobster Stew Recipe, Ever!

Best Lobster Stew Recipe, Ever!

This is easy to make, especially if you buy the lobsters already cooked.

Gnocchi Di Pollo E Patata Soup

Gnocchi Di Pollo E Patata Soup

This is chicken and potato gnocchi soup from the classic nineteenth century Italian cookbook, The Art of Eating Well, by Pellegrino Artusi.

Cheesy Khachapuri From ‘The World’

Cheesy Khachapuri From ‘The World’

This could be an appetizer for many or a meal for six, served with a salad.

Stuffed Artichokes

Stuffed Artichokes

Learn how to make and eat this classic Italian side dish.

Mortadella and Ham Salad Tapas

Mortadella and Ham Salad Tapas

Blending these ingredients may seem strange, but it creates a savory, sweet dish.

Kathy’s Fried Olives

Kathy’s Fried Olives

This unique appetizer is tangy, sweet and hot.

Our Signature Dish: Root Soup

Our Signature Dish: Root Soup

Eat this and lose weight. Seriously.

Work Night Dinner: Octopus’s Garden Gazpacho/Sandwiches

Work Night Dinner: Octopus’s Garden Gazpacho/Sandwiches

The cold soup is low on calories but high on taste.

Dinner on a Moonlit Beach

Dinner on a Moonlit Beach

Pack up these salads, bruschetta and a bottle of wine.

Asian Shrimp Salad

Asian Shrimp Salad

Trish has been making this favorite appetizer for more than 20 years.

Quick Appetizers in a Pinch

Quick Appetizers in a Pinch

When it’s hot and you don’t feel like cooking, try these poolside.