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Mushroom Risotto

If you’ve never had risotto, now’s the time to try it. Yes, it’s most popular as an Italian style rice, but anyone can make it. Actually, I think it’s even easier to make than some of the other types of rice, the only difference being that you should spend a lot of time stirring it while it … Read more

Cream of Cauliflower Soup

This Spring started out rainy, then became the season I hoped it would be- beautiful fresh air throughout the day without a cloud in the skies, dew drops on the leaves in the morning, songbirds singing cheerfully, and new life appearing everywhere. Sounds like something out of the Little House on the Prairie, right? Well, that … Read more

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I can’t remember the last time we had mashed potatoes from a box. Just the thought of it brings to mind the empty feeling I get from any foods that are simply a semblance of real food. I know it’s convenient, economical and sometimes the only option for people, but perhaps if we looked to … Read more

Stewing Summer Vegetables

This isn’t really a formal recipe post but more of a suggestion for what you can do with summer veggies- stew them in herbs, oil and their own wonderful juices. Read on to find out how. Use a large saute pan to heat some oil, then add freshly cut vegetables such as zucchini, other types of … Read more

Date Nut Balls Rolled in Coconut or Pistachio

I have loved dates for a very long time. I do think they’re one of the world’s best food, and completely more versatile than they’re often understood to be. They’re not just for desserts, as in the recipe I’m about to show you, but they’re wonderful in salads, great to cook with when dried (I love … Read more

Summer Eggplant Soup

Do people ever question certain foods you like to eat or drink in the summer? Not the winter, but just the hot summer time. They might say things like,  ‘How can you eat that (insert said food/drink) when it’s so hot outside?”  No one ever really questions you when you have a big bowl of ice cream … Read more

Freezing Tomato Sauce

I always get pretty large jars of tomato sauce, yes mostly because I’m Italian and grew up with it as a staple ingredient- we put it in just about everything  we make.  I’ve noticed over the years that I use it in almost all of the other types of dishes I make, too. It seems as though just about … Read more

Cholay: Indian Spiced Chickpea Curry

Spicy Indian dishes are a real treat to me. It’s food I crave, but don’t always make for myself. I don’t even seek out too many Indian restaurants (although I would love to). Instead, I learned most of what I know about Indian food from friends- in their kitchens, snooping around pots of curry, pans … Read more

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