Talk about a quick dinner- and yes, frittatas make great quick and nutritious dinners. Just take it from the rural Italians who live on such rustic, satisfying food. I roasted my peppers ahead of time, but you can easily purchase peppers in...
When we look through recipes online or in magazines, what really prompts us to go out of our way to make a list and head out to the store with the intention of buying all the ingredients specifically for that recipe...
I'm a huge fan of a hearty bowl of soup. I love to select, chop and see the change in texture of fresh, seasonal vegetables as I take them from market to my favorite Dutch oven. I love the...
If there is any one pasta dish you should make this week, it's this one. Whether you're a Meatless Monday subscriber (or any day of the week you plan to go vegetarian) or a strict vegetarian, this dish is...
One of the reasons this soup is so delicious is because it creates a rich chicken broth as it cooks. Use a whole, cut up chicken with all its bones and skin to get the most flavor and nutrition...
Sunday we took a trip out to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, just to capture the budding spring flowers on trees and, of course, the beautiful, colorful tulips. We also saw asparagus, which reminded me of my mom's recipe for...
Caprese Salad is a somewhat Italian-American dish since it has increased so much in popularity in recent years. More and more people know what fresh mozzarella looks like and even prefer the boccancini, or the small fresh mozzarella balls, to processed...
This morning I had the great honor of being able to show young junior high students at a local school how to prepare a fun and healthy after-school snack that they can prepare for themselves without ever having to turn...
One thing I've learned about taking the bitterness out of an eggplant is to salt it generously. If you can, place a heavy pan on top of it to help the eggplants "sweat" a bit. After about 15 minutes,...
I try to share a lot of my tips on my Instagram page as I'm cooking away and lost in thought about what I'm making. Mushrooms are one of those vegetables that taste so delicious when cooked right but...

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