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Martini Party Penguins

Martini Party Penguins

These will brighten up any cocktail party.

Nepitella and Mushroom Spaghetti

Nepitella and Mushroom Spaghetti

This is quick and easy to make: perfect for a weeknight.

Quick Tomato Sauce

Quick Tomato Sauce

From a nineteenth-century, classic, Italian cookbook, it doesn’t get any more authentic than this.

Chard Stuffed with Risotto and Mozzarella

Chard Stuffed with Risotto and Mozzarella

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

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.

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.

Quick, Easy and Filling Greek Breakfast

Quick, Easy and Filling Greek Breakfast

(A Greek frappe and yogurt with honey makes a good filling breakfast.)In Greece there’s a thing called a “frappe.” You see people drinking them everywhere, in restaurants, outdoor cafes and small bars. It’s an iced coffee but without any pretense. The beans aren’t exotic. They’re […]

Quick, Easy Nutella Cookies

Quick, Easy Nutella Cookies

These are so good, it’s hard to stop eating them.

Cold Taiwanese Sesame Noodles With Peanut Sauce

Cold Taiwanese Sesame Noodles With Peanut Sauce

This is how you make Taiwanese street food.

A Quick, Easy, One-Pan, Weeknight Eggplant Delight

A Quick, Easy, One-Pan, Weeknight Eggplant Delight

This Turkish dish is similar to eggplant parmesan but without the cheese and without as much work.

Can’t Beet This Vegetarian Dinner

Can’t Beet This Vegetarian Dinner

After work I felt like cooking, so I went shopping and came home and whipped this up in about 90 minutes (I used left over tomato sauce). All of the recipes except for the beet recipe have been posted on Rootsliving. So, I’m posting a […]

An Easy Recipe For Making English Muffins From Scratch

An Easy Recipe For Making English Muffins From Scratch

(These english muffins are much better than store bought and contain only a few natural ingredients: not a long laundry list of chemicals you can’t pronounce.) I made english muffins from scratch for the first time this morning. And I’ll be making these again — […]

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.

Guacamole

Guacamole

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

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.

La Tourte de Blettes: A Pie for Dinner or Dessert

La Tourte de Blettes: A Pie for Dinner or Dessert

This is savory and sweet: perfect as a meal or as a dessert.

Pumpkin Gnocchi in an Almond Cream Sauce

Pumpkin Gnocchi in an Almond Cream Sauce

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

Marco’s Fuscilli

Marco’s Fuscilli

You can make this dish as fast as it takes you to boil a pot of water.

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.

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.

Stuffed Artichokes

Stuffed Artichokes

Learn how to make and eat this classic Italian side 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.

Dinner on a Moonlit Beach

Dinner on a Moonlit Beach

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