Golden Lemon Scented Potato Salad Featuring Dijon & Dill

This creamy slightly piquant salad is paired with the rich, sweet, soft texture and pleasant aroma of dill and spicy Dijon; kissed with white wine and seasonings. It makes the perfect traveling or stay at home picnic fare. Alongside fried or barbecued chicken, or anything grilled, you have a complete culinary celebration. Delectable! PS…I accidentally…

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Tortelloni Italia Italian Pasta Salad

  Today, during pasta week, we continue in the theme of Italia. This time using delectable aged cheese filled puffs of pasta. Mmm! For those not aware, Tortelloni are stuffed pasta, the same shape as tortellini, but a bit larger. They are usually stuffed with various types of aged cheeses and or ricotta and leafy…

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Tuscan Panzanella-Italian Bread Salad

This week we will be exploring the wonders of salad–standalone, sandwich fillers, ethnic-based, potato packed and even an unusual, colorful veggie cornucopia! Today, I’m starting out with an old world,  Italian, family favorite-Panzanella. This fresh, colorful spring and summertime salad offers an incredible and flavorful marriage of tastes–savory, salty, tangy, pungent and sweet. You may…

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Pico de Gallo aka Salsa Fresca

In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo literally means beak of rooster. Legend has it that fighting cocks are calmed by their handlers by placing the rooster’s head in their mouth. Yum! 😉 It is said that darkness causes birds to immediately begin the sleep cycle. Often as soon as the handler puts the bird’s head…

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Ana’s Earth Day Brown Rice & Vegetable Harvest Bake

On this day, April 22nd we demonstrate our support and protection of our beloved Mother Nature. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide and global actions are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more…

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Grandpa Louie’s Sicilian Stuffed Artichokes Carciofo

Few things ignite the deep flames of the fondest memories of my childhood than spending moments with Grandpa Louie and Grandma Lena at my parent’s cottage by the lake. If my siblings and I were fortunate enough, we would experience one of these three, rare occurrences; a sample of a freshly plucked purple fig from our…

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Pasta Sauce: The Nectar of the gods? a little history

Spaghetti or pasta with tomato sauce, also known as marinara, is a staple of southern Italian cookery or almost anywhere that southern Italians live today. However, spaghetti with marinara hasn’t always been a pillar of southern Italian cuisine. It’s actually a relative newcomer. Let’s briefly touch on pasta. Once upon a time every school child…

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Irish Red Jacket Colcannon

Colcannon is a customary Irish potato dish that is not only rich in flavor, but folklore and history as well. It’s also a perfect recipe to make with the kids while sharing its interesting history! Contrary to popular belief that this is a St. Patrick’s Day dish, by tradition, it’s actually made on All Saints Day…

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Lemon Chicken & Asparagus Stir Fry: The Powerful Aphrodisiac?

Does this long, green, fibrous shaft really have the ability to excite the senses? While various foods such as strawberries, chocolate and pomegranates claim to hold powerful aphrodisiac qualities, today’s concentration is on the mighty asparagus; one of the most commanding of all. The Vegetarian Society, which recommends feeding asparagus to your lover by hand,…

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Mrs. Weinstein’s Traditional Potato Latkes

In the early 90’s, I was fortunate enough to live in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh.  There I encountered many wonderful Jewish families and their incredible, authentic beliefs and recipes. One precious experience that still resonates with me today was given to me by a kind, yet strong elderly woman named Mrs. Weinstein. She claimed…

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